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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it?

What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it? PMI in the computer-aided design world stands for Product Manufacturing Information. The definition of PMI includes that it conveys attributes in 3-Dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) systems that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), 3D annotations (text), dimensions and surface finishes. There are couple of key words to point out here: 1) 3D and 2) Manufacturing. 3D: 2D drawings have been […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Utilities

SOLIDWORKS – Utilities Many people don’t know about the Utilities add-in in SOLIDWORKS. Once turned on, we get new tools to help us compare our designs. This isn’t just for our models, but with documents as well. This helps troubleshoot your drawings if someone changes something, but you don’t know what changed. You can run the compare tool to find out. Similarly, you can do this with your models. In this example, I have added a fillet and changed a […]

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Justifying 3D Scanning for your Business

Justifying 3D Scanning for your Business When investigating new tools for our business, the first thing that we are asked by upper management is “What is the justification for the cost?” If we were to flash-back to when 3D scanners first hit the commercial market I would say that the technology wasn’t quite there yet, and the cost was exorbitant to the company. Fast forward to the present, today we can say that this just isn’t true anymore. Still, many […]

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Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

Import DWG files into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Many times during a project design phase you have reference drawings or past projects that are in another file format that are needed in the current design.  With SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, you can import any file type into the project as a data file, but DWG files offer up a few more options in the Schematic tool.  These DWG files can now be supporting documents or scheme drawings using the import DWG tool.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM: Protecting Your PDM Vault

SOLIDWORKS PDM: Protecting Your PDM Vault There are many different backup strategies and related tools for company resources out there. Backing up and being able to restore your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault can often be more important than most of your company systems for a few reasons. First, it often stores and controls access to most if not all your company’s critical intellectual properties. In addition, these files are often a work in progress and any interruption or extended downtime can translate to […]

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Grilling with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional – Thermal Study

We all know it’s way too cold to cook burgers on the outdoor grill this time of year. For some, the grill might even be covered in snow! With the right seasonings, however, pan fried burgers will do just fine. But although I’ve got the timing down using the grill, I’m not sure how long to cook them in a pan to get a medium rare result. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional thermal study can help with that. So, grab a skillet, some spices […]

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Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer

Justifying 3D Printing for your Business Part 1: Choosing the Correct 3D Printer Justifying any capital equipment for your company can often feel like trying to get the planets to align. But if you can’t wait until May 6, 2492 (next alignment of all 8 planets) let’s discuss what steps you can take to acquire a 3D Printer for your business. Most 3D Printer justifications can be simplified into 3 basic tasks: Choosing the correct 3D Printer Collecting the information […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations SOLIDWORKS configurations allow users to maintain multiple versions of a part or an assembly in a single file. The differences between configurations are established by changing dimension values, suppressing features, and changing other parameters. (For a full list of configurable items, see the SOLIDWORKS Help article, “Configurable Items for Parts”). This blog is the first part in a series about configurations. In this article, we will examine the best cases for using […]

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SOLIDWORKS FREE TOOLS: MySolidworks Highlights

SOLIDWORKS FREE TOOLS: MySolidworks Highlights SOLIDWORKS released MySolidWorks.com as a one stop site for all things related to SOLIDWORKS. MySolidWorks has everything from SOLIDWORKS downloads to training learning paths for an entire topic such as SOLIDWORKS sheet metal. There are eight major sections of the website. This post will briefly take you through them all. The Buzz The Buzz page is a large-tiled blog that contains posts from the SOLIDWORKS community. These posts can be anything from actual part files, […]

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Stratasys F-Series Highlights

Stratasys F-Series FDM 3D printers are the next generation to improve upon the well known Dimension series printers. With these printers come great improvements in many areas such as material options, reliability, ease of use, and flexibility. The materials offered on the F123 lineup cover a wide range of uses and applications to give user the most bang for their buck. PLA- an economic, fast printing material used for truly rapid prototypes. This material uses its own special print head/fan […]

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