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SOLIDWORKS MBD was a great tool when it was introduced all the way back in 2015. It is SOLIDWORKS solution to drawing-less manufacturing. Even in its short life so far, there have been a lot of enhancements added to the product to either make it easier to use or increase the capabilities. With 2017 right around the corner, I wanted to remind everyone (or point out!) of some of those enhancements in 2016. In 2016, you can now select edges when creating dimensions, you are not limited to surfaces. You do not have to rotate the model around, saving you time on the selection. Previously, you could only fully take advantage of this functionality in parts. This has been extended to assemblies as well, meaning you can now fully annotate your assemblies, giving you the ability to define components and features...
Previously in my last blog “SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys put the POW Back in Power Wheels Part 1“ I discussed the origins of the beloved Jeep Power Wheels. The Jeep lasted for 24 years and 14 hard playing kids before it was almost set out to pasture. After rescuing the Power Wheels, the plan was simple make the Jeep Better, Smarter, and Faster. With the help of my son Matthew we were able to turn a worn out toy into a like new powerhouse. Here is how we accomplished this task. To start we dissembled the Power Wheels down to its frame, and laid out all the components to assess the condition they were in. Minor rust and wear were seen on all the metal components including the frame, and roll bar. The screws all had rust on the heads and I decided...
Well you can’t use that tool for that. One of the first days of college, our professor held up a screw driver. He asked, “What is this, and what it was used for?” Of course we all said that it was a screw driver and it was used for screws, to drive them or to take them out. He kept the picture up and just stood there. We sat there for a few seconds and then someone spoke up and said, a can opener, a pry bar, and then the ideas started to flow. We all started to throw out the things we have used a screw driver for. The final response was a weapon. My fellow students fell silent on that revelation. His point was to make sure that we thought about what we were going to design and what...
If you grew up in the 80’s you certainly remember the Power Wheels commercials aired between the Saturday morning cartoons. Pow Pow Power Wheels were the toys to have, and fortunately we had cool grandparents. We, meaning my 2 sisters and me. The picture below was taken in 1988. The Power Wheels Golden Eagle Jeep is 2 years old. Yes, those are the shorts I wore in 1988. Over the years our family grew, adding an additional 11 cousins/grandchildren. This is important information as the Power Wheels stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the bulk of it's life and was heavily used by all 14 of us. By 2013 the Jeep was more than worn and on its way to the great junk yard in the sky. Luckily I found out before the Power Wheels was put out to...
Merriam-Webster defines Fatigue as: the state of being very tired: Extreme weariness. the tendency of a material (such as metal) to break after being bent or moved many times The first definition makes sense for an animal or person. After a long day of hard work or play you might feel fatigued, tired, or weary. The second definition pertains to structural material such as steel and their ability to accommodate multiple loading cycles. This is the fatigue Engineers are concerned with. Engineers place high importance on fatigue and expend a great deal of energy defining, understanding, and testing a given design for fatigue. Let us step back a moment and look at the first definition again. ‘the state of being very tired’ How does a person become very tired? Usually by repetitious labor. This sounds a good deal like...