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Stop Wrestling With Your Design Data – The Fundamentals of SOLIDWORKS PDM

Watch this 2-minute video to learn how you can focus more on design and spend less time wrestling with your design data! Learn More With SOLIDWORKS PDM, you can: Minimize redundant data and save time when searching for files Work with intelligent file versioning and revisioning controls Share and sync data that can be accessed [...] Read more...

Creating a Sound Design Part 4: Will It Fill? Fixing Our Headphones Using SOLIDWORKS Plastics [Webinar]

Learn how you can better understand real-world mold flow behavior and detect problems in molding earlier with SOLIDWORKS Plastics. Watch this webinar with Application Engineering Manager at DesignPoint, Roy Mutalik, for the details! Learn More Here View the Full Series In part four of this webinar series, you will learn how to set up and run [...] Read more...

Your Engineering Team’s Transformation [Webinar]

You no longer need to accept that "good" is "good enough" within your engineering department – More is Possible®! Learn More Learn how to solve these three common industry challenges: There is tremendous time pressure to get things done. Tedious, manual processes are slowing the team down. The team isn’t using their tools as effectively [...] Read more...


5 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for Workflow Speed Demons

As CAD users, you want nothing more than to work fast. For decades, SOLIDWORKS has introduced additional functionality to its suite of tools to make CAD speed demons work as quickly and efficiently as possible. And SOLIDWORKS 2018 is no exception. Try out these five new enhancements in 2018 design to learn how you can improve your [...] Read more...

Turn Your Engineering Status Quo Into a 3D Mastery Machine

Your Engineering Transformation – Make It Happen! Accelerate your engineering efforts for maximum impact. Watch the webinar to learn how! Watch It Here Formalize your vision for your engineering team by flipping internal inefficiencies into productivity-boosting strategies. How much time have you spent over or under analyzing a design concept? Having a second set of [...] Read more...

Driving Efficiency in Engineering [Webinar]

Learn about the correlation between engineering and product data management (PDM) systems. Application Engineering Manager at DesignPoint, Roy Mutalik, will walk you through how PDM can save you time with tasks such as searching for parts and helping with standardization. Learn More In less than 20 minutes, you’ll learn about: Standardization of file and folder [...] Read more...

Creating a Sound Design Part 3: Simulating a Plastic Part With SOLIDWORKS Simulation [Webinar]

Prevent future design failures by knowing exactly when and how your products will fail using SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Watch this webinar for the details! Learn More In part three of this webinar series, you will learn how to run studies on a broken plastic part from a set of headphones in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to prevent it from [...] Read more...


Achieving Plastic Part Perfection

Livestream: Optimize Your Plastics Parts Design & Manufacturability Join SOLIDWORKS for this 2-hour, live and interactive town hall event with guest speaker and industry expert Andy Routsis. Register Now Leverage Smart Data for Optimal Plastic Part Design & Manufacturability Are you a Plastic Part Designer, Process Engineer, and/or an Injection Mold Designer that needs real-world [...] Read more...


Creating a Sound Design Part 2: Reverse Engineering With Geomagic for SOLIDWORKS [Webinar]

See how easy it is to manipulate 3D scanned data within SOLIDWORKS. Learn how to reverse engineer a plastic part for production in this webinar with Andrés Lesmes, an applications engineer, at DesignPoint. Learn More In part two of this webinar series, you will learn how to reverse engineer a plastic component from a set of [...] Read more...

Introducing the World’s First Mini Workstation Designed for CAD Users

Get a FREE HP Z2 Mini with Your SOLIDWORKS Premium Purchase! Learn More Out of 7 billion people, 5 million designers imagine, engineer, and shape our world. You are 0.1% of the population. And now, there’s something designed specifically for you. Introducing the world’s first mini workstation designed for CAD users – the HP Z2 [...] Read more...

Building Custom, High End Ships Using SOLIDWORKS

Learn More Kvichak Marine retains every part of their high-end boat models within SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM. This ensures every part is modeled to a standard, allowing them to not only re-use parts on other boats but also stay compliant. See for yourself how SOLIDWORKS has helped them greatly reduce rework and simplify production by [...] Read more...


Creating a Sound Design Part 1: Reverse Engineering With the Geomagic Capture Scanner [Webinar]

Welcome to DesignPoint’s Reverse Engineering Video Series! This series will walk you through how to reverse engineer a plastic component from a set of broken headphones. Join us as we prepare this part for manufacturing or 3D printing without the hassle of using calipers, micrometers, calculators and other antiquated tools. For each major step in [...] Read more...


SOLIDWORKS 2018: Powerful Model Based Definition

Learn More Model Based Definition in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is more powerful than ever allowing you to more accurately define all the manufacturing information needed within the 3D model. You can now apply datum features to patterns more accurately representing real life designs like the three mounting holes in this cover. Model Based Definition helps companies [...] Read more...


3 Ways Collaboration Enhances Electrical Design

We live in a world where collaboration is the key to success. Without it, projects often aren’t completed on time and mistakes are much more likely to go unnoticed. Because of this, we need tools that enable a highly collaborative environment. You’ve probably used tools like Skype, Dropbox, Asana, Slack, and One Drive, but when [...] Read more...

4 Ways to Get the Most From Your SOLIDWORKS License

Many necessary evils live within the product development cycle. They can appear as design rework, hardware order mishaps, a chaotic quoting system or too many slow and manual processes just to name a few. But becoming more efficient with the capabilities already inside SOLIDWORKS can save you significant time on grueling, manual labor while monitoring the [...] Read more...


The Holy Grail of 3D Printing: The Markforged Industrial Series [Webinar]

Watch this quick webinar to learn how industrial strength 3D printing is now financially attainable for every manufacturing business! Request a Demo In this webinar, we introduce a variant on an established 3D printer line! Learn how the new Industrial Series 3D printers from Markforged are the go-to solution for manufacturing tooling such as jigs, [...] Read more...

The Holy Grail of 3D Printing Has Arrived!

You no longer need to accept the trade-offs between strength, part-quality, and affordability when selecting a 3D printer. We are pleased to introduce the Markforged Industrial Series line of composite 3D printers! With this introduction, Markforged has made industrial strength printing financially attainable for EVERY manufacturing business, allowing them to compete on a global stage. [...] Read more...

Markforged and SOLIDWORKS Join Forces

Watch the video to see how these two companies are bringing carbon fiber and metal 3D printers into the mainstream. Request a Demo Aerospace engineer, innovator and three-time entrepreneur, Greg Mark, went from creating wings for race cars made of carbon fiber to redefining the way engineers are building parts made with carbon fiber. By merging [...] Read more...

Stop Guesstimating and Start Validating Your Designs [Webinar]

Watch this 23-minute webinar to learn how you can solve common design challenges that disrupt product development earlier. Request a Demo Engineers and designers face these common design challenges at some point throughout their development cycles: Material costs are too high Product warranties get in the way Project delays Product failures in the field Long [...] Read more...


Production Quality 3D Printing Software for the Everyday Engineer

Whether you are brand new to 3D printing, use it for tooling and fixtures, prototyping, end-use parts, educational purposes or any combination of these applications -- adding materials for strength and calculating that cost has never been easier. You can leave your manual calculations in the 80s along with Microsoft Paint, and step into the [...] Read more...

7 Things I Learned in a SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals Class as a CSWE

Here at DesignPoint, we always talk to our customers about the benefits of formal SOLIDWORKS training. Even if you’ve used SOLIDWORKS for years, there’s always more you can learn from being formally trained. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience this first-hand when I attended a SOLIDWORKS Essentials class. As the newest Applications Engineer with [...] Read more...



3 Reasons Why Your Current Electrical Schematic Design Process Is Failing You

Test Drive SOLIDWORKS 3D Software Join us for an upcoming Hands-On Test Drive event. Test out the software at one of our three locations! View Events Speed up electrical schematic creation and say goodbye to exhausting, manual processes! Dreading your schematic design documentation? Unable to update your designs unerringly? Cumbersome communication methods causing a conundrum? [...] Read more...

Why Are My Products Failing in the Field?

Frustrated by long lead times and excessive design iterations? Reduce your number of physical prototypes by virtually validating your ideas before they get to production. In 1954, two crashes involving the world’s first commercial jet airliner, the DeHavilland Comet, brought the words “metal fatigue” to newspaper headlines and into long-lasting public consciousness. The aircraft, also [...] Read more...



Create Your Design Documentation Faster

The typical electrical design documentation process goes something like this: Draw Document Audit In the drawing stage, you select parts, draw up panel layouts and determine the connections. In the documentation stage, you generate reports such as your Bill of Materials, Wire lists, Cable lists and more. And in the auditing stage, you verify your [...] Read more...



Getting Your Designs Right the First Time With SOLIDWORKS Simulation

“I’m surprised every day by what I find out running simulations. I don’t know that I could do my job anymore without it.” – Todd Turner, Senior Product Development Engineer at Macro Plastics, Inc. Macro Plastics, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of large agricultural bins in the citrus and apple industry. They rely heavily on [...] Read more...


Metal 3D Printing Redefined

Ready to benefit from 3D metal printing, but don’t have the space or budget to accommodate this technology? Then ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing) technology from Markforged is right for you. The metal 3D printers of today are very expensive ($500K - 1M) and can take up a large amount of space. Markforged's revolutionary ADAM technology [...] Read more...


4 Ways to Reduce Design Re-Work

The bane of every engineer's existence – re-work! You’ve just translated your brilliant idea into a beautiful schematic. You’ve created all its related documentation and verified that all connectors are properly constructed, and you’re feeling pretty great about it! With all designs, there’s almost always changes that will need to be made. Now, projects are [...] Read more...

Why Engineering Is a Company’s Greatest Asset

Streamline the day-to-day work and consistently meet your deadlines by accurately identifying and resolving bottlenecks throughout your development process. Are you not as productive as you need to be? Do you find yourself treading water in a never-ending flood of emails, new projects, projects that need to be re-designed, projects that need to be optimized, [...] Read more...


Implementing “Trouble Sheets” to Easily Document Design Change Requests

Your engineer team works tirelessly to design a product. After days, weeks, months, maybe even a year's worth of work, you finally approve and release your product design. Your job is done. Everything is sure to work out perfectly -- of course, this is hardly ever the case. Organizations, small and large alike, identify problems [...] Read more...

Why Can’t I Get My Electrical Schematics Done Fast Enough?

Test Drive SOLIDWORKS 3D Software Join us for an upcoming Hands-On Test Drive event. Test out the software at one of our three locations! View Events The days of drawing schematics with pen and paper, Microsoft Paint or any other general-purpose drafting tool are gone – free up your time and get projects done faster [...] Read more...

SOLIDWORKS® Awards DesignPoint Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America for 2016

Coveted award presented to DesignPoint at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 event, demonstrates DesignPoint’s unwavering commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service. CLARK, NEW JERSEY | JANUARY 31, 2017 DesignPoint — experts in 3D software and 3D printers for engineering and manufacturing companies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states — received the coveted SOLIDWORKS [...] Read more...



Need a Good Picture? Why Not Render It With SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

Photo-realistic rendering is a powerful tool for CAD designers. It allows you to output true-to-life images of your design before you’ve even built a model. The ability to create customer-facing marketing or sales materials earlier in the design process has huge benefits in cost and time savings later downstream in the design. However, that’s not [...] Read more...


How to Secure a Firm Grip in Robotics Automation

Looking to improve and expand production line solutions? Learn how Dixon Valve eliminated weeks of manufacturing lead time and developed new product solutions with 3D printing. Getting a Grip An industrial FANUC robotic arm gracefully swings from one automated machining center to another with a pipe fitting firmly gripped between its jaws. Dixon Valve, a [...] Read more...

DesignPoint Expands Offerings to Include Markforged 3D Printers Enabling their Manufacturing Customers to Create High-Strength Parts

Revolutionary Markforged 3D printers use materials such as Kevlar®, carbon fiber, and fiberglass which make it possible to create parts for manufacturing applications and in finished products. CLARK, NEW JERSEY | JANUARY 31, 2017 DesignPoint, a leading provider of solutions for product design, engineering, manufacturing and 3D printing in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, is [...] Read more...


How to Add Wire Numbers to Schematics in 10 Seconds or Less

Adding wire numbers to a schematic with standard 2D CAD software can be a tedious, time-consuming and error-prone task – especially if a project is revised before sending it out to production. Power lines are often numbered differently than other wires, and there might be even more variation based on the type of wire we [...] Read more...

Solar Power and Disaster Relief Reach New Horizons with SOLIDWORKS

See how Solar Ship designed, simulated, reduced prototypes and completed detailed analyses to accelerate the development of the first piloted hybrid airplane/airship with SOLIDWORKS. The designers and engineers of today have the ability to create with unlimited capabilities and explore new topics that were once deemed impossible. With the fundamental shift from fossil fuels to [...] Read more...




Reducing the Need for 2D Drawings ‘ Summary of the MBE Summit

SOLIDWORKS MBD helps companies define, organize, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) including 3D model data in industry standard file formats such as eDrawings’ and 3DPDF. Unlike traditional 2D drawings, SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in 3D, which helps streamline production, cut cycle time, reduce errors, and support industry standards.

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Demystify Plastic Part Design ‘ Part 1 of 2

Think designing an injection molded plastic part is easy? Try hitting up your favorite internet search engine with ‘guidelines for plastic part design’. You’ll find a litany of material on the subject. After about 20 minutes you’ll start to wonder ‘so if I can’t do this, and I certainly can’t do THAT’ what can I do???’ Still, you’re tasked with this project. You bury your head in the literature, and somehow you struggle your way through it. You modify your part so it has uniform wall thickness. You ensure it’s got ample draft. You adjust your ribs and fillets to be about half and one third of your nominal thickness, respectively. You’re good right? You followed all the directions in the literature, so your part is sure to come out right!

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What Takes Longer: Creating an Assembly Parts Lists, or Brewing Your Morning Coffee?

With the use of SOLIDWORKS Composer, assembly instruction images and parts lists are a breeze! I’m going to utilize three specialized tools, and get this task in the amount of time it takes brew a cup of coffee.

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Stress Less — Simplify Your Models with SOLIDWORKS!

Most of us have dreamed of a simpler life ‘ one that allows us to enjoy more freedom and less stress. However, the reality of our everyday life seems to push us in the opposite direction. This complexity can even be reflected in the way we do our jobs, and as CAD users in the way we model. Luckily, if you happen to be a SOLIDWORKS user, there is a tool that will help you simplify your models. Whether you want to reduce the complexity of your models to improve performance, or to generate a version for FEA, you will find the Simplify tool very useful.

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Adding a Comparison Application for the Compare Command

Have you ever tried to use the Compare tool in PDM Professional (or Enterprise PDM)? View the History for a file, Ctrl + click on two version of a file and then hit the Compare Button. While it’s great that it can tell us that the versions are different, that’s not extremely helpful. However, this message does hint at something we can do to get something more helpful. It’s telling us we can map this command to a move advanced compare tool in the PDM Administration tool.

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Shockingly Easy to Draw Schematics!

Looking at wiring diagrams or schematics can be intimidating sometimes, there is a lot going on in just a 2D drawing. Think of schematics as treasure maps, it’s basically telling us where to find things, and let’s face it, treasure maps are fun therefore schematics are too! I’m going to show you how easy it is to create your own schematic using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics. For now, we will only cover the basics of drawing some wires and adding symbols but, I guarantee you will want to learn more after you see how easy this is! Let’s start out on a blank sheet.

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Simulation Tech Tip: Mesh Sectioning

We’ve got our simulation study set up for the above shown suspension bracket. We’ve meshed the assembly, and think it looks pretty good’ but how do we know? It’s important to have a larger number of mesh elements at any location where we’ll be seeing large changes in stress. With insufficient elements, we may not accurately capture the stress values in the part, and as a result won’t be able to understand if the part is really yielding or not. On the above mesh plot, we predict that stress change will likely occur at the fillet pointed out.

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The Xpert That Can Help You

SOLIDWORKS is telling us that there is something wrong with this sketch. Sure; we could spend a few minutes trying to understand what the problem is, and how to correct it; however, shouldn’t we be focusing on ‘the big picture’, rather than the relations in a sketch?

If you agree with the previous statement then I want to introduce you to a time-saving tool for scenarios like this: SketchXpert.

With your sketch active go to: Tools>Sketch Tools>SketchXpert

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: DimXpert in Assemblies!

The DimXpert tool is commonly used in SOLIDWORKS MBD in order to display dimensions and tolerances onto your 3D Views. Previous to SOLIDWORKS 2016, DimXpert was only accessible within part documents. Now, DimXpert can be easily used in assembly documents too. Dimensions and tolerances specific to the assembly can be displayed just as they would be displayed in the part model.

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SOLIDWORKS Modeling For Performance: How to Get Better Performance, without Spending a Penny on Hardware

So you have your hard-earned $2,500 in hand, and are ready to invest it in a powerful new machine. After all, that will solve all your performance frustrations inside SOLIDWORKS, right? Not so fast. If I could save you that money, that would be great, wouldn’t it? You just need to understand that how YOU model in SOLIDWORKS is part of the equation, too.

A critical area to review first is YOUR specific modeling techniques. More often than not, when we investigate ‘poor’ PC or SOLIDWORKS performance issues from our customers, their modeling technique is part of the problem. Unfortunately, it is impossible to build a PC to compensate for poor SOLIDWORKS assembly and modeling techniques. The truth is, PC loads starts to grow exponentially as ‘processing expensive’ modeling techniques add up. If you want to have success with anything, you must first have a plan. We want to avoid PC ‘load expensive’ modeling because we plan to use these parts in large assemblies and drawings. These are the most common missteps we see with respect to poor performance, so let’s ensure you aren’t making these before spending money on a new PC that may not help solve your problem.

Today, we’ll talk about Part, Assemblies, and Drawing techniques, and examine some of the best practices that will allow you to be more productive, while sacrificing as little as possible. Our goal is to reduce the time you spend sitting around and waiting for a model to rebuild, and instead get you back to designing sooner.

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DesignPoint Customer, Onkos Surgical, Supports Difficult Tumor Case with 3D Printed Medical Model

3D Systems pioneers healthcare solutions that enhance quality-of-life through the use of 3D printing technologies and has been a leader in surgical planning and personalized medical solutions for almost 20 years.

3D Systems’ products and services meet the needs of all customers; they are dedicated to helping doctors train for, plan, practice and perform complex medical procedures and achieve better patient outcomes. The company is committed to building an end-to-end Digital Thread for Personalized Surgery; they offer healthcare-centric 3D printing and 3D visualization technology. The Digital Thread for Personalized Surgey is a a proprietary workflow guiding the entire process from patient medical imaging through surgical outcomes, enabling the transition from the virtual world to the physical with perceptual design tools and software, surgical simulation and 3D printed surgical guides and models.

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PDM (Play Data Management): How PDM won the Broncos the Super Bowl

Ok, I am not even sure if any company/team associated with the NFL is using PDM. Really, this is just a poor ploy to get you to read this blog post. But now that you are here, let’s imagine the Denver Broncos secured their plays in a PDM Vault with file permissions set up so well that not even the New England Patriots could spy on them. We will discuss permissions within PDM and how they relate to different departments coexisting.

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Building a Cost Effective Workstation for SOLIDWORKS 2016

We receive a few calls every month looking for recommendations from users and CAD administrators building or buying new PCs to run SOLIDWORKS. Depending on your primary workflow, the PC requirements for SOLIDWORKS can vary greatly. Let’s break out the main tasks in SOLIDWORKS and see how they relate to PC hardware, then we will focus on building a BALANCED system for SOLIDWORKS that doesn’t break the bank. We can easily do this between $1250 and $2000 (or $1500-$2500 for a laptop). If you are spending more than $2000 on a system, you are generally purchasing many ‘luxury’ items that have little impact per $. The bleeding edge of PC technology generally refers to your wallet.

Image 1Let’s take a look at several operations that a standard SOLIDWORKS user would put their machine through each day. We’ll discuss what each task is taxing in terms of your computer hardware, and look at what hardware can improve performance. Remember, it doesn’t matter how powerful certain individual components are, your machine is only as powerful as its weakest link.

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Copy Settings Wizard

When you get into a car after someone else has driven, it’s usually necessary to re-adjust the seat, mirrors, or maybe even the radio to what is most comfortable for you. What if I told you there is a way to save your custom settings to allow you to essentially pick up where you left off?

Well, I can’t say that this can be done for your car, but we can do this in SOLIDWORKS with the Copy Settings Wizard! As SOLIDWORKS users, we adapt to certain short cuts, quick keys, mouse gestures, or toolbar locations that are most convenient to us and we may have spent a good chunk of time doing so. By using the Copy Settings Wizard, we can save these customizations just in case SOLIDWORKS needs to be uninstalled, reinstalled, or upgraded. Also, it is really easy to use!

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Headed to SOLIDWORKS WORLD, in Dallas? Don’t forget your Lasso (selection tool)!

Many of us here at DesignPoint will be headed out to Dallas Texas next week for SOLIDWORKS World 2016. It’ll three full days of informative SOLIDWORKS sessions, and I’ll venture a guess that more than a handful of them will be cowboy themed, given the location.

With that being said, I come prepared. I wanted to remind you quickly of a nice enhancement from a couple of releases back: the Lasso Selection Tool.

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SOLIDWORKS Composer: What’s New for 2016?

SOLIDWORKS adds many new enhancements in each consecutive release. While some number of these are truly new features, many of the enhancements look to improve the user experience by making common tasks faster and easier to manage. These ‘delighters’ may seem small, but can save a lot of time and frustration.

Let’s take a look at a few of these, new for SOLIDOWORKS Composer 2016.

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Update: Taking Derby to New Heights

It’s hard to forget Derby, the incorrigible Little-Husky-That-Could that we outfitted with 3D printed prosthetics last December. With flagless determination, Derby was all tail wags and enthusiasm over his first set of prosthetics, which we designed to help him overcome the debilitating impact of his congenitally malformed front paws. In case you missed his story, get the full impact of his amazing transformation with this video.

As many noted when Derby’s story initially came out, the first version of his prosthetics kept him fairly low to the ground. This was a very intentional choice. Derby’s first pair of prosthetics was not only a concept test for the feasibility of the overall design, it also started the process of acclimating Derby to a new elevation. We wanted to give Derby the opportunity to gradually and comfortably adjust to a vertical status quo. Had we skipped this intermediary step and immediately addressed his height in isolation of his ambulatory abilities, his story would have evolved differently. His struggles would have outweighed his successes.

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How to Pick the Right 3D CAD Package

Choosing a 3-D CAD package today is significantly different than it was 10 years ago. If you were to take to your search engine of choice and search for CAD software you’d get dozens of options, some immensely dissimilar from others . . . but not necessarily on the surface. While medical devices vary greatly in complexity and application, without question a mature, capable, and scalable 3-D CAD system should be used to design these products for manufacturing.

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Virtual Surgical Planning Assists with Full Face Transplant

In September of 2001, first responder Patrick Hardison was gravely injured in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter in Senatobia, Mississippi. After entering a burning home on a rescue search, the flaming roof collapsed, leaving Patrick with traumatic and disfiguring injuries across his face, head, neck and upper torso. ‘It was terrible,’ Patrick told Nightline, having left home on what seemed a normal day, only to have his life take a severe and painful turn. He lost his eyelids, ears, lips and scalp, as well as most of his nose.

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Customizing Hotkeys in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

One of the great things about SOLIDWORKS Electrical that really sets it apart from other software packages is that it has a best-in-class user interface. With each new release of the software, we see fantastic updates that make the software even easier to use. SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 introduced some of my favorite new enhancements to the user interface, including the new properties pane and nodal indicators (more on this to come). One of the features that has been around for a while, however, is the ability to add shortcut keys in order to immediately access your most-used commands.

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Horizontal Inspection Reports

New in 2016, you can now create inspection reports that are formatted vertically or horizontally. In the horizontal report format, characteristics are listed in a column, and the properties of each characteristic (for example results, or inspection methods) are listed horizontally by row.

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SOLIDWORKS Autotrace

Whether you’re embossing an image on your design or simply using images as a reference to get your design started, being able to trace images in a sketch is a very useful skill to have when working in SOLIDWORKS. Luckily, there’s an Autotrace function built directly into SOLIDWORKS Add-ins that can help you out with this in many cases!

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Automatically Generate a PDF Using SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Tasks

With the 2016 release, SOLIDWORKS has created a powerful product in the form of PDM Standard. Files now live at states, and move through workflows, so you always know their status; integrates right in windows explorer; and most of all it’s included at no additional cost with all Professional and Premium licenses.

So where does this leave Enterprise PDM (EPDM)? Why do I need it?

EPDM is dead.

No, not really. Not at all, actually! Enterprise PDM has just been renamed to SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. It’s an upgrade over PDM Standard, which has many additional functions, the biggest of which is task automation.

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Using the Update Function in SOLIDWORKS Composer

In SOLIDWORKS Composer, you have the ability to update your CAD model with any changes made after creating the SOLIDWORKS Composer file. This feature allows for concurrent work. Your designers can model the assembly while your technical documentation team can create the SOLIDWORKS Composer images and animation. An understanding of how this update function works will be beneficial to use this command properly.

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics: What the Mesh?

SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a powerful tool for validation of your injection molded parts. One of the earliest steps in the process though can often prove to be challenging: creating the mesh. Without a proper mesh, our results can be inacurate, so let’s talk briefly about the mesh types.

SOLIDWORKS Plastics has a robust auto-mesher. It is used to create two different types of meshes: Shell and Solid. Each has their pros and cons, and therefore have different uses.

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Family Molds – Automatic Runner Balancing

In SOLIDWORKS, I’m designing some parts that will eventually be injection molded. Really, I’d like to create a Family Mold; having two different parts created in the same mold. This is most often done when you have two components that need to fit together, like the top and bottom half of a casing, as I’m working on, shown below.

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It’s Time to Go “Back to the Features”!

The month of October is fast approaching and it is almost time for our SOLIDWORKS 2016 Rollout event co-sponsored by HP and Intel’ Core’ i7′!

Travel “Back to the Features” with the DesignPoint Team – watch the trailer below for a sneak peek of what to expect when you attend a rollout session at one of our two locations:

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Using a Grid in SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

Most companies include a grid on their drawings. The grid system provides a great way to help someone find something you want them to look at. Revisions are a great example of this. In your revision block, you can have a column that specifies the location where a revision is located on the drawing.

A grid system can also be extremely helpful with ballooned inspection drawings. Luckily for us, SOLIDWORKS Inspection allows us to include a location column in our Inspection Reports. The only thing we need to do is setup the Grid and Inspection will automatically assign the location values to our ballooned characteristics. Let’s look at how we can set up this grid in SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone.

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Giving Your Model a Face Lift

Did you just receive an imported part from a vendor but the part you received is not exactly the part you need? You might need to increase the diameter or length of a particular feature within your part. With imported parts, that can be difficult to achieve because you are not able to import the features used to create the part. When you import a part, the FeatureManager design tree looks like the image shown with the only feature displayed is Imported1.

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Get (Even More) Parts Using the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Online Content Portal

Manufacturers parts in SOLIDWORKS Electrical capture a bunch of metadata about parts that can be purchased including their Part Number, Description, Circuits, Terminals, Class (Category), Root mark, Size, Series and any other User Data that you want to include (for example, Voltage, Frequency, Internal Part Number, etc). This metadata is extremely useful because it can be linked to symbols, allowing you to quickly create a detailed and accurate schematic. It is also used to automatically create detailed and accurate reports such as a Bill of Materials.

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Copy Tree Enhancements for 2015

Are you looking for yet another reason to make that jump to the newest version of Enterprise PDM? Or are you one of those individuals who has already made the jump to Enterprise PDM and just haven’t had a chance to check out all its new features and enhancements? If you answered, ‘YES!’ to either of those questions, then I think you would be very interested in hearing about the new enhancements to the Copy Tree tool.

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