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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Non-Linear Study of Carabiner Clip

I have always loved climbing, and at the heart of every climb is safety. The gear used should be strong enough to keep a climber safe through any sort of accident. A crucial piece of a climber’s gear is the carabiner. It is used to hook climbers to ropes, to hook ropes to an anchor, basically to hook anything to anything else. I have always been curious though, what would happen if the “gate” or the piece that closes and […]

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Material Storage and Handling FDM Printers

Stratasys offers a wide array of FDM Thermoplastic materials: ABS-ESD7, ABSi, ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABSplus, Antero 800NA, ASA, FDM Nylon 12, FDM Nylon 6, Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber, PC, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PLA, PPSF, ST-130, ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, and ULTEM 9085 Certified. A full list of the FDM Material’s properties can be found here: View FDM Material Properties Alternatively, you can find brief overviews of these materials below: Material Documents: FDM Materials Overview Material Safety Data Sheets Fortus Systems & Material Overview Recycling […]

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DriveWorksXpress Sample – Shed Door

If you have SOLIDWORKS, you have a free copy of DriveWorksXpress waiting to be activated. Just hit Tools > Xpress Tools to get started! In this blog, I’ll be going over a quick example of how you could use DriveWorksXpress to simplify the configuration and modification steps in a model. I’ve designed a basic Shed Door that I’ll be using to examine the capabilities of this Free Version of DriveWorks. Step 1 – Create your model. Keeping the variables in mind, […]

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Updating Standard Views in SOLIDWORKS

Often, we like to use the standard views that SOLIDWORKS offers. Other times, in order to work smarter not harder, we want to change things up and customize SOLIDWORKS to work in our favor. Back in 2013, SOLIDWORKS added the functionality of Updating Standard Views. With many “What’s New” blog posts with each release of SOLIDWORKS, sometimes features slip through the cracks. Let me introduce you to, or rather, re-introduce you to Updating Standard Views. Open a model in SOLIDWORKS. […]

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What’s New in Creaform’s VXmodel 6.2 – Assemblies

Scan Assemblies CREAFORM just released VXelements 6.2 which includes new features and enhancements. One of the top features in VXmodel is the ability to create assemblies with scanned parts. This enhancement has been a long time coming and now allows the user to scan individual components and align them the way they would fit together, almost like a mate feature in SOLIDWORKS. Prior to this build, users could only assemble scans using manual maneuvers or some crafty superposition with the […]

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From InFlow: Configuring Copy Tree: Making Sense of all the Options

At first glance, the SOLIDWORKS PDM Copy Tree wizard can be somewhat daunting with all the buttons, check boxes, and drop-down menus. If you are familiar with the SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go, the interface is very similar, with additional options specific to PDM. To access the wizard, highlight a file in the PDM Explorer View, and navigate to Tools>Copy Tree. In the upper left corner of the wizard there is an Edit box for your default output destination, as well […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Delete Face Command

In this blog, I will describe how to create an internal volume of a part using the delete face command as an alternative to the intersect command. An alternate method is sometimes needed in cases where the intersect method fails and there may not be time to troubleshoot, so a manual method is needed. Initially it may be difficult to understand why deleting faces can help create an internal volume, but it does one key thing for us: it separates […]

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How To: Preventative Maintenance DIY Guide for your Stratasys FDM System

If you have a Stratasys Dimension 1200, Dimension Elite, uPrint, or Fortus 250mc, then doing preventative maintenance is a simple process that can be done on your own. You will first need to obtain a preventative maintenance kit from Stratasys by ordering it through your local reseller. Once the kit arrives you will notice that it contains 4 chamber fans, (2 for uPrint), a head cooling fan, and some covers for the print head. We do not replace the head […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: Bending Basics

Of all concepts in sheet metal design, bending and flattening are two of the most fundamental and important to understand. In this blog article, we will look at the basic theory behind sheet metal bends, particularly the Bend Allowance (BA), and how to apply this knowledge when utilizing SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools. The main concept revolves around the idea of a “neutral axis”. When a piece of sheet metal is bent, the inside radius material at the bend region is […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 – SOLIDWORKS CAM – Adding Material

Since the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 with the addition of SOLIDWORKS CAM powered by CAMWorks six months ago, Computer Aided Technology and SOLIDWORKS Technicians have been working overtime to catch up on the new technology, along with users setting up to switch over to become full time users. Today’s subject is about adding material to enable selection in the stock manager SOLIDWORKS Cam Material After selecting the pull down from the Stock Manager, the Material you are programming is not included […]

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