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The heck with the groundhog and his weather prediction! The NFL season recently ended in spectacular fashion and spring is right around the corner. And spring means baseball! With hardball season fast approaching, now is a good time to clear up the mystery of defining orthotropic material properties in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Why? Well, you might want to solve a few Finite Element Analysis studies with baseball bats and if your material properties aren’t set up properly the results will be invalid. Most of us are used to working with materials that are isotropic in nature. Isotropic means the material properties are the same in each direction. But an orthotropic material is unique in that material properties are dependent upon orientation. The most common example of an orthotropic material is wood. Other orthotropic...
In Part 1, I introduced you to the concept of Macros and how they can save you time in creating schematics that have similar components to previous projects. The method I showed, though, works best with smaller pieces of circuitry. You could certainly use it for an entire page of a schematic if you wanted, but the next level of the tool, Project Macros, is a much better way to handle that. It can even save multiple pages of a schematic for reuse later. In that way, you can think of your projects as connecting modules together. Take for instance the electrical design of an ambulance. Maybe you have different radio setups you would install. Or different equipment installed in the back. Different light arrays. In SOLIDWORKS, you would probably save...
In our latest installment of our How To Solve Webinar series I discussed SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional and how it can be used to create high end animations, batched renderings, multiple configurations, and harness the power of boost. The design approval process often requires multiple versions of the model in various orientations. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional allows you to quickly create multiple life-like images of your design and provides the capability to guide your viewer around the design using animation and virtual reality. When you need to create these types of professional level content you need a professional level tool! Check out the link below to see a full recording of the webinar to learn more about how you too can solve your professional level needs with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional.
Good day, and welcome to the third and final installment of the “Forgotten Tools and Reasons to Use Them” series. Today we’re going to look at the user interface, and see how we can configure it to maximize efficiency when using SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS provides a myriad of ways to customize the interface. As a matter of fact, you can even save your custom settings in a matter of seconds. For right now we’ll focus on the command manager, and shortcut tool bars. Along the top of your screen to find an array of tabs. These tabs make up the command manager, and contain several feature sets that you’ll use on a regular basis. Each tab hosts features pertaining to specific modeling functions. For sheet metal and thin walled parts there’s the...
Recently I was up late with my sick child trying to keep his fever down. To keep myself awake for the next thermometer reading, I decided to partake in some late night television. I ended up watching one of the popular sales channels known for its Quality Value and Convenience. Why I do not know, but that is where I ended up. The clearance deal that they were selling at that moment peaked my interest. The "Iced Up Appetizer on Ice Divided Platter with Locking Lid" is a plastic appetizer tray that has a dome lid. Nothing special there until they explained what the "bowl" that was incorporated in the lid was for. It was for Ice. Yep this was a cooling appetizer tray that used Ice to keep your fruit,...