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Boyce Technologies’ Additive Solutions To Win Business [Case Study]

Boyce Technologies is one of the leading manufacturers of security and communication equipment for the mass transit market in New York. With BigRep 3D printing, Boyce has been able save time on the design, engineering, and production front. This has enabled the company to meet tighter deadlines and increase throughput. Check out the eBook and [...] Read more...


Is New England the Best? Ayuh!

5 Reasons Why We Love the New England States The New England States have a lot to love. The territory that brought us chowder, lobster rolls and Ben & Jerry’s is full of wicked awesome sights from Arcadia to the Cape. DesignPoint is lucky to serve the region, and while we can’t get enough of [...] Read more...





PDM for SMB [Webinar]

Check out this on-demand webinar. You'll hear about the 3 Things Keeping SMBs Away from formally managing, formalizing, and optimizing their data. Expect to hear about: • PDM Presumptions • Convoluted Costs • Business Size Implications You'll also see a short SOLIDWORKS PDM demo, and learn about all the holistic solutions that are readily available [...] Read more...


Why is PDM so Darned Expensive?

We’ve been talking all things SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) and why it’s such a critical investment for business growth. While in retrospect, most companies comprehend this, small to mid-sized companies are still notorious for not pulling the trigger on PDM. Naturally, we’ve been educating these exact customers on the incredible value they can gain [...] Read more...


I don’t need PDM, and other lies…

How SOLIDWORKS PDM is critical to your growth. DesignPoint has been in business for nearly 20 years now. In our time serving clients of all sizes who do a variety of massively impactful things, we’ve heard many reasons why clients think they don’t need Product Data Management (PDM). It usually goes something like this, “We [...] Read more...


Houston, We (Don’t) Have a Problem

How the Government Soars to New Heights With 3D Printing When the hardware store is 238,900 miles away, a broken or lost tool could mean a costly end to a critical NASA mission. Instead of flying back home, NASA engineers back on earth simply send the specifications for a replacement to the astronaut’s onboard 3D [...] Read more...

Why Tribal Knowledge Sucks But How You Can Use It To Your Advantage…

Remember your first car? If it was anything like mine, it was your baby. It took you to the mall, the beach, and all those awesome high school parties. And even though it rattled a little, had no working AC, and couldn’t open from the inside, it was the best hunk of steel. Ever. What? [...] Read more...


Land of the Free. Home of the 3D Printer.

Why the Government Uses 3D Printers to Enhance Their Military Might Markforged’s mantra is print stronger.  And there’s nothing stronger than the US Military. That’s why Markforged’s 3D Printers are used throughout the US Government to serve those who so honorably serve our country. Today we take a look at how 3D Printers ensure our [...] Read more...

Private vs Public Cloud: Management of the Solution

Thank you for following along thus far as we dig deep into the differences between Private vs. Public Cloud. The final and most important part of the puzzle for EpiGrid when considering Public Vs. Private Cloud is the ability for its partners, like DesignPoint, to manage not only the Cloud-host, but also the PDM Vault. With [...] Read more...

Private vs Public Cloud: Security and Compliance

Welcome to the third post in our series on Public vs Private Cloud. We started with an overview and then delved into a comparison of pricing. Today we will look at the security and compliance that our private Cloud solutions for SOLIDWORKS offer. One of the most important aspects of a Cloud-hosted solution is the [...] Read more...


Private vs Public Cloud: Pricing

Yesterday, we discussed using a Private vs Public Cloud for our Product Data Management needs. We’ll dive deeper into the differences between the two approaches over the next few days and give you an idea why we trust the private route. First up – pricing. When developing a Cloud-hosted solution for SOLIDWORKS PDM, our partner [...] Read more...


Private vs Public Cloud (Spoiler: Private is Better)

At DesignPoint, we understand the value of cloud solutions. We’ve partnered with EpiGrid to provide and implement SOLIDWORKS PDM for a number of our customers. Still, we’re finding that in our market those still exploring the cloud as a solution, have reservations about the cloud and that it’s in part due to all their options. [...] Read more...

Why You Should Consider Large Format 3D Printing with BigRep

The Future is Big Looking to take your company to the next level? Forget leveling up. It’s time to SCALE up with BigRep’s Large Format 3D Printing. BigRep’s Large Format 3D Printers can create single-piece parts at a scale that regular 3D printers can’t achieve. Now, big items like large industrial parts, furniture and even [...] Read more...












Anderson Dahlen Stainless-Steel Equipment Fabrication [Case Study]

With SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM software, Anderson Dahlen has saved time, reduced errors, and increased throughput in the development of its stainless-steel processing equipment. Check out this case study to learn more about how they... Shortened design time by 10 to 15 percent Cut rework by 5 to 10 percent Reduced errors by 10 percent Increased [...] Read more...

Markforged Stands Out on Unilever Factory Floor [Case Study]

Mateusz Loska works to improve manufacturing processes at Unilever’s Beverages and Foods Factory in Katowice, Poland. Using Markforged technologies, Loska has designed, printed, and installed long term factory solutions in just a single day, saving the production plant hundreds of dollars per week. Read this case study to learn more! Read more...


Cool Gear Product Growth [Case Study]

By using SOLIDWORKS, Cool Gear has realized rapid growth by consistently delivering innovative cooler products that are designed to keep beverages cold and food fresh for busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Read this case study to find out how they were able to... Double product offering Increase diversity of product line Grow partnerships with major brands Support [...] Read more...

AltWork Multi-Posture Workstation [Case Study]

The team of experienced technology professionals that founded Altwork relied on SOLIDWORKS design and product data management (PDM) solutions to innovate the Altwork Station. Check out this case study to see how they... Innovated automated multi-posture workstation Streamlined interactions with manufacturing vendors Fostered collaboration with consulting partners Improved handling of assemblies Read more...





SeaBotix, Inc. ROV Design [Case Study]

Check out this case study about SeaBotix, Inc., who were able to design and manufacture the first lightweight, low-cost, full-production, submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with SOLIDWORKS tech! Throughout the process, they found they had... Reduced the design cycle by 50 percent Minimized tooling modification costs Communicated design information among several locations Introduced the first [...] Read more...









Accurate Mold Filling [White Paper]

Products with injection-molded parts often have design and tooling challenges. To help mediate these problems, SOLIDWORKS Plastic software has accurate mold-filling simulations that can resolve design and production challenges! Read on to learn about how this software can develop products more efficiently, including products such as Diverse plastic parts Electronics housing Medical caps Radon detectors Read more...

How to Save Time SOLIDWORKS Plastics [White Paper]

Check out this piece about a mold-filling simulation by SOLIDWORKS that can help save time, reduce costs, and improve quality of injection-molded parts! Some interesting points you will find include... The Need for Improving Injection-Molding Performance Tooling Development Driven by Mold-Injection Simulation Injection Molding Challenges Streamline Injection-Mold Tooling Development Read more...




Realizing Creative Projects [eBook]

With BigRep, creative projects are more feasible than ever before. Whether you're in the furniture, automotive, or music industries-- there are applications for everyone. Click to read and learn how: • Different Industries are Using BigRep for Creative Projects • To Identify these Projects in your Business • Industries are Experiencing Efficiency gains in their [...] Read more...


Top 5 Tips to Transform Product Design for Smarter Products [eBook]

Check out the latest Tech Clarity eBook where we discuss the Top 5 Tips to Transform Product Design for Smarter Products. Click to learn: • About The Journey Toward New Development • How You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (--and what that means!) • How to Identify Best Practices • ...and so much more! [...] Read more...


3 Things I Learned about Large Format 3D Printing with BigRep

Behind the Big Open DesignPoint’s Open Houses are always great events. We get to showcase how additive manufacturing transforms business, and our partners get excited about the innovative possibilities for their own shop floors.  Occasionally, we get to be the excited one – seeing for the first time how More is Possible with one of [...] Read more...

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Foundries & 3D Printing Success
Part Two

How we can Incorporate 3D Printing into Foundry Processes Last week, we spoke about foundries on the blog…. what they do and where opportunities for improvement exist. In each instance, 3D Printing proved to be the tool that could make foundries more efficient. Today, we kick it up a notch as we cover exactly how [...] Read more...

Melt. Pour. Remove. Dress.
Foundries & 3D Printing Success
Part One

Why Foundries Should Invest in 3D Printing Foundries are the backbone of manufacturing. Their output literally gives shape to the parts and pieces used to create commodities on shop floors around the world. That’s a lot of weight on their fiery shoulders. Foundries face a multitude of challenges in order to keep up with the [...] Read more...


New Markforged Material – A2 Tool Steel

Markforged has been on a roll expanding their material's portfolio. This is the third release of the month, and the latest material is expanding applications for the Metal X! An exclusive material, since Markforged is the only company 3D printing with it, that does not disappoint. What is A2? A2 is a commonly used all-purpose [...] Read more...





FroYo and Filaments

A Tasty Guide to How 3D Printing Works One of my family’s favorite outings is a trip to the self-serve frozen yogurt shop.  “FroYo” is always a tasty treat, but eating the yogurt is just part of the experience.  The real fun lies in pulling the yogurt machine’s lever and watching with delight as the [...] Read more...

How does SOLIDWORKS PDM Work?

SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) Solution helps you better manage your data and substantially improve the way your teams collaborate on product development. Today, we’re digging into how SOLIDWORKS PDM works. Let's Start with the Platform When it comes to PDM, there are three important components: the SQL Server, the Archive Server, and your local [...] Read more...

The 3 Dimensions of 3D Printing

Three Benefits of Additive Strategy We’ve been educating you about exactly WHAT is 3D Printing but are you wondering WHY 3D Printing is the right choice for your manufacturing needs?  Additive manufacturing is literally changing the way in which we make objects, adding new dimensions of possibilities that save time and money while creating superior [...] Read more...


Dinner and a 3D Printer?

A Date with Additive Manufacturing Trying to determine the best manufacturing method to advance your product design and engineering business needs is a lot like dating. There are plenty of “fish in the sea,” so how do you determine which one is Mr. or Mrs. Right? Now more than ever 3D Printing scores a perfect [...] Read more...


What is Design Automation?

Achieve More with Design AutomationCreat and Configure Custom Products, Fast. Offering customized products is a great competitive differentiator. It often leads to more sales, higher revenues, and happy customers. However, with more and more companies offering customization, you need to work smarter than your competitors. Design automation enables you to turn around proposals quickly, design and [...] Read more...

3 Ways the Manufacturing Industry is Changing

Times are a-changing. It seems where ever we turn in our daily lives innovations are changing the way we work, play, and collaborate. Especially within our industries. One of the major industries that is evolving at rapid speed is manufacturing. Here’s how: Automation You might be thinking, the whole concept of manufacturing is to automate, [...] Read more...

SOLIDWORKS World 2019 – Day 1 Recap

SOLIDWORKS World 2019 (SWW19) has officially begun and our team has completed their first day. As always, SOLIDWORKS does not disappoint. The conference was kicked off with an amazing amount of energy, enthusiasms, and announcements. For those who would like to follow along live, you can actually stream SWW19 right here. ANNOUNCEMENTS STRATEGY - 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS [...] Read more...

Celebrating Women in Science – Colleen Moore

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, established by the United Nations to “recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to celebrate DesignPoint’s Application Engineer, Colleen Moore. We sat down recently to learn a little bit more about [...] Read more...

DesignPoint and BigRep Announce 3D Printing Partnership

CLARK, N.J. | February 06, 2019 DesignPoint is proud to announce their partnership with BigRep, a German tech start-up making waves with their Large-Scale 3D printers.  With one of the largest FDM 3D printers on the market, BigRep believes “it’s time to change how we produce things.” Striving to make the world of manufacturing more individual, [...] Read more...

Using Defeature in 2019 to Speed Up Assemblies

If you have been following the blog you may know that we are preparing to renovate our training room and have been using SOLIDWORKS to assist with the task! Last time, I used 2019’s new Large Design Review to add components and mate them in place with magnetic mates functionality. It worked well for me, [...] Read more...


EpiGrid – On Cloud Solutions

DesignPoint is passionate about providing clients with holistic solutions. It's the reason why we partnered with EpiGrid, a comprehensive IT solution provider specifically focused on the mechanical and design engineering industries. EpiGrid has expertise in server hosting, network architecture optimization and implementation, as well as system administration and consultation. Recently, we've been taking our Product Data [...] Read more...

H13 Tool Steel Now Available for Markforged

H13 for your additive machine--you read that correctly. Today Markforged launched the latest material for the Metal X. Here's what you need to know. What is H13 Metal? H13 is a hot-work tool steel, meaning that it exhibits high strength even at elevated temperatures and is traditionally used for tooling and molds in processes like [...] Read more...

The Difference Between Markforged’s Desktop and Industrial Lines

Remember when we first introduced you to the complete Markforged Industrial Line? It was a game changer for the way we do business and the way our clients managed their shop floors. However, to this day, we still get a multitude of clients that ask... "Yeah, the Industrial Series looks awesome,but what's the difference between [...] Read more...

What is the Cloud?

We’re so happy you asked.  You might have already heard that DesignPoint has an exclusive partnership with EpiGrid. They are pioneers for CAD in the Cloud and provide a multitude of solutions for our customers. Still, it is only with a full understanding of what the cloud is that you can you decide for yourself [...] Read more...

How to Activate DriveWorksXpress

Design Automation for SOLIDWORKS DriveWorksXpress is the time-saving Design Automation tool, free inside every licence of SOLIDWORKS. It’s ideal for configuring designs that are the same but different. Configuring and automating your designs with DriveWorksXpress is easy: Set up your project to capture your design knowledge. Fill out your input form. Create new SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD parts, assemblies [...] Read more...


Guided Selling with DriveWorks CPQ

“Guided Selling” helps vendors of products actively guide their customers to a buying decision. In doing so, it increases their inquiry to sale conversion rate. In today’s competitive market, manufacturing companies should consider building guided selling into their digital strategy. This approach is often described as a Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) solution. CPQ software enables companies to develop customization strategies that [...] Read more...

Large Design Review for Large Design Changes: Planning our New Training Room in SOLIDWORKS

If you’ve been around the SOLIDWORKS community at all, you know that not only is SOLIDWORKS 2019 out, but it came with some game changing features!  One of my favorites is the new enhancements in Large Design Review (LDR). The feature initially came out in SOLIDWORKS 2012 and revolutionized the way large assemblies could be [...] Read more...

Accelerate Your Online Configurator with Your Marketing Team

What is DriveWorks Pro? Use DriveWorks Pro to create a custom design automation and online 3D configurator solution. Save time, reduce errors and win more orders. Enable anyone to configure custom products and see the results in 3D on any device. Quotes and follow up emails are sent automatically, quickly, professionally and in line with [...] Read more...


What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Crazy to think that a whole month has already gone by since the SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch. If you didn't have the chance to stream the stacked rollout, you can check it out here. YouTube, SOLIDWORKS, & Social Media aren't the only means by which we learn about the greatest feature enhancements for our favorite CAD [...] Read more...

URB- E Workflow Pro Tips

Our 2018 More Is Possible® event was a success. We were honored to have Jordan Tadic, SOLIDWORKS Technical Manager, attend and speak on behalf of URB- E. For those who don't know, URB- E is the world’s most compact, foldable electric vehicle and the focus of this year's Creation in Motion | Concept to Consumer Tour. [...] Read more...

What is the DriveWorks CPQ Template?

Digital selling and the ability to Configure, Price and Quote easily has fast become a vital part of “doing business” for manufacturing companies of all sizes and in most sectors. Online customization tools are becoming increasingly popular and they’re now used by many companies as a way to offer customization products cost-effectively. We’ve all seen, and probably used, one of [...] Read more...

What is Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) Software?

Online customization tools are becoming increasingly popular and they’re used by many companies as a way to cost-effectively offer customization products. This type of software is often referred to as Configure, Price and Quote (CPQ) software. We’ve all seen, and probably used, one of the sales configurators that so many recognized brands are using. If [...] Read more...

Using SOLIDWORKS and 3D Printing to Breathe New Life Into Broken Toys

1. Uncovering a childhood memory at the thrift store! I love thrift stores. There’s something magical about walking into one of these places and uncovering a treasure or seeing something from your childhood resurface. The latter is what happened to me when I went to my local thrift store last weekend. The thing that caught [...] Read more...

EpiGrid and DesignPoint Announce Exclusive Technology Partnership

DesignPoint is the first reseller of EpiGrid Cloud-hosted services with exclusivity in their SOLIDWORKS territory. CLARK, N.J. | August 30, 2018 Today EpiGrid and DesignPoint announced a strategic exclusive partnership to provide CAD and PDM in the Cloud. DesignPoint is the first reseller of EpiGrid Cloud-hosted services with exclusivity in their SOLIDWORKS® territory. Despite EpiGrid’s [...] Read more...