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Efficient Electrical Schematics [Webinar]

Are you using SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic to the best of its ability? Do you find yourself digging through the archives so you can reuse projects? If so, then join me for our Electrical Schematic webinar. This webinar will review the following topics: Creating project macros Editing symbol components Snapshots and snapshot manager Manufacturer parts Importing [...] Read more...

Discover the Range of DriveWorks Certifications

Over the past few months, I have been diving into DriveWorks through training, technical support, certifications and, most recently, implementing DriveWorks for one of our long-term customers at DesignPoint. There is always something new to learn with DriveWorks, and their certifications are a great way to develop your skills. I have completed all three certifications [...] Read more...

4 Reasons to Consider the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Should You Experience the 3DEXPERIENCE? The buzz is getting louder. Everyone is talking about the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, Dassault Systemes’ ultimate collaboration, data management, and product management platform. How do you know if this solution will benefit your business? Say hi to Collabby, DesignPoint’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform expert. She’s bringing up the top four reasons why you should consider [...] Read more...


SOLIDWORKS Education for Colleges and Universities [Webinar]

Did you know SOLIDWORKS EDU can benefit you for the upcoming Fall semester? We know what you’re thinking, ‘even with the pandemic’? Especially during the pandemic! In this webinar we’re covering: •       Are you using all of the benefits you’re already paying for (existing SOLIDWORKS EDU customers)? •       How can you & your instructors' leverage [...] Read more...

Adapting with Additive

How to More Efficiently Manage the Supply Chain Process Supply Chains are a necessary evil. You can’t get a product to the consumer if you don’t have the right materials, suppliers, producers, distributors and assembly mechanisms. But each of those facets require two things: Time and Money. Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce the amount [...] Read more...




A Live Look into Markforged’s 3D Printers [Webinar]

Additive manufacturing has become a competitive necessity. While recent global elements have exposed supply chain weaknesses, additive has proven to be the silver lining amidst the manufacturing ambiguity of today. So WHY additive? We all know why. Our webinar aims to address a different question...HOW? HOW is it that Markforged printers work? HOW is that [...] Read more...

4 Key Things We’ve Learned About 3D Printing During COVID-19

Necessity often spurs innovation. In the case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, necessity has ushered in unprecedented learning about 3D printing and additive manufacturing. 3D printing has been around for a while now, but it’s never been vetted quite like it has since the beginning of the COVID situation. Through rapid changes, workforce reductions, and [...] Read more...


The 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Offers Are Here

The business environment is rapidly evolving, but one thing is certain and becoming even more evident as time passes. Collaboration is a vital component of the way forward. Especially as the world moves faster and greater emphasis is placed on optimization, integrated processes and software that can bring people together. Well, the offers promised a [...] Read more...




Strategies to Prepare for and Thrive During Times of Crisis

Your Business Continuity Plan What’s the Worst That Could Happen? We hate to be a Debbie Downer, but pretending like nothing can harm your business is NOT a successful strategy. Risk comes from all areas, and the more you think about what those problems could be, the better prepared you will be to address them. [...] Read more...


Ask an Engineer – What’s SOLIDWORKS electrical, anyway? [Video]

Welcome back to our series, where we cover both sides of our business- - 3D Design and 3D Printing. How? By becoming more acquainted with every business unit and posing inquiries to two of our favorite engineers, Andrew Garchik and Brelan Blake. In this quick video, Brelan delves into his design forte, SOLIDWORKS Electrical...because I [...] Read more...


Data Management Software: What You Really Need to Know

Data Management: What You Really Need to Know The world of big data is taking over. Data collection and storage rates are at all-time highs and proliferating. And for a good reason! Companies need accurate data to make sound business decisions, generating and collecting more information every day. With that, there comes a need for [...] Read more...

Your Business Recovery Plan: 4 Focus Areas for Moving Forward

There’s nothing quite like a worldwide pandemic to bring about change! But with or without the current global circumstances, it is clear that the business environment is quickly evolving. Businesses must now be flexible and more adaptable than ever before. Not only must we find ways to ensure business continuity, but we also need to [...] Read more...




Which 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Hosting Will Work Best for You?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform has so many benefits, but which version is right for you? When you have the right product in place, you’ll see collaborative, innovative, and sustainable improvements happen naturally as a result. We all want that! In most instances, there are three main versions of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to choose amongst. Based on [...] Read more...






Moving Onward with Online Training

Why DesignPoint’s Virtual Instruction Gets an A+ We all understand the importance of training to stay competitive in today’s market. Unfortunately, the market does not care that you may not be able to attend those valuable classes in person right now. That’s why DesignPoint went virtual with its world-class SOLIDWORKS training classes, and the results [...] Read more...

What’s New 2020 Electrical

SOLIDWORKS Electrical introduces new features in 2020. Every year SOLIDWORKS introduces new features based on customer’s feedback. These give the user more control and customization to their electrical projects. Check out these new features I highlighted for you below! User Right Management Save time and avoid costly mistakes with the new features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical [...] Read more...

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Interview [Video]

Tune in and listen to Andrew Parkhurst as he grills his supervisor and Engineering Manager, Andres Lesmes on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Parkhurst asks all the questions we're too scared to say out loud and Andres welcomes the challenge with genuine feedback. If you're looking for an honest and open assessment for what the 3DEXPERIENCE can [...] Read more...

Why SOLIDWORKS Daily Users Still Need Training

Three Rights Make a Left It has been my experience that the majority of SOLIDWORKS users equate learning a software to connecting points on a map. Once you know how to get from Philadelphia to New York by memory you’ve mastered that route and, likely, will not deviate from this tried and true path. It is because of this approach that myself [...] Read more...

SOLIDWORKS Data Management Product Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Data Management is a portfolio of sophisticated management tools. The incredibly robust software offers a range of applications with capabilities for quickly and efficiently managing files and documentation. The end result? Your teams maximize productivity and improve product quality due to better collaboration, streamlined communication, and seamless file management. But...how do you know which [...] Read more...

3D Printing Provides Supply Chain Control When You Need It Most

A worldwide pandemic is a cause for concern across all industries, but many manufacturers and other companies are facing logistical, supply chain, and production nightmares. Slowed or stopped production, laid-off employees, and interrupted supply chains are bad enough on their own but can be further complicated by machine breakdowns. 3D printing can really change the [...] Read more...

Critical Collaboration: How the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Can Help

Times have certainly been tough lately. Business is changing quickly and drastically in response to the global pandemic and subsequent fallout that we’re all facing. The good news! We’re all in this together. The time to come together—in all that we do—has arrived. Collaborative, integrative, and creative ways of working together are the way of [...] Read more...



SOLIDWORKS SIMULATIONXPRESS: Is it Enough?

So, you have SOLIDWORKS...that’s awesome! Regardless of which version you own, it came pre-loaded with SOLIDWORKS SIMULATIONXPRESS. But what is that, and what is it capable of? Additionally, if you need to simulate, analyze, and test your designs, is Xpress going to be enough, or will you need to purchase a full SOLIDWORKS Simulation license? [...] Read more...







Design Guide for 3D Printing with Metals [eBook]

Your design guide is inside to ensure you know exactly how to navigate the world of metal 3D Printing. With Markforged's robust technology, the opportunities are limitless. Still, it's nice to have guidance and understand what parameters you're working with. Open and learn: Design References How to Optimize for Printing, Washing, and Sintering Strategic Metal [...] Read more...

Industry Solutions for Construction [Infographic]

Your industry literally houses how we build, repair, and optimize structures. Whether it's a skyscraper, a bridge, or an irrigation project, you and your team contribute to our economic growth in insurmountable ways. Still More is Possible®...how can you get to the next level? In this infographic we cover all the game-changing tools that can [...] Read more...





Reverse Engineering a Motorcycle Foot Peg – Part 5

Part 5: Final Result Welcome back to our reverse engineering series. As a reminder, the goal of this project was to re-create a functioning foot peg for a BMW motorcycle. The original peg was broken, and the new design was meant to fit and function better than some generic, off-the-shelf replacement. So far, we've covered: [...] Read more...



What are Consultants/Growth Advisors & How Can They Help You?

It’s inevitable. We all know it. Whenever we bring people together to work around a common mission and to provide goods and services (as we do in all businesses, in some capacity), change and challenges are going to arise. Change is one of the few certainties we can count on in this world. Typically, businesses [...] Read more...

Aerospace & Defense 3D Printing Applications

How A&D Leverages 3D Printing Technology The Aerospace and Defense Industry is way ahead of the 3D Printing game. As one of the biggest and earliest adopters to additive manufacturing, they figured out long ago what we all now know– 3D Printing is changing the way we do business. From the smallest fixture to the [...] Read more...

Let’s Talk Topology! A SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study [Webinar]

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has so many capabilities. In fact, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional version includes one of our favorite studies...Topology! So let's  talk topology! What is it, and how can it help? Topology allows you to mathematically enhance the geometric and spatial relations of your model. How so? Well for that answer, you'll have to check [...] Read more...



70% of Aerospace Industry Says 3D Printing Changed How They Operate

Here's Why. Jabil recently conducted a survey that showed some impressive 3D Printing insight in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Industry. While we knew that A&D had adopted additive manufacturing prior to a lot of other industries, we were taken back by the impact it’s had on the industry since. For instance, while prototyping is [...] Read more...

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Product Matrix

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a portfolio of sophisticated analysis tools. The easy-to-use, and incredibly robust software allows you to subject your designs to harsh environments in order to test, validate, and therefore, raise product quality. The best part? There's a tailored solution for everyone--regardless of individual needs. With 3 fantastic packages to choose from, you'll be [...] Read more...


3 Ways to Fully Leverage CAD in the Additive Manufacturing Process

In the additive manufacturing process, everything truly starts in the design phase, which is usually facilitated by computer-aided design (CAD) software for 3D printing. To fully grasp the importance, imagine you walk into a large grocery store. Look around. Nearly every manufactured product in that store—whether created through additive or subtractive manufacturing—probably had its humble [...] Read more...




5 Key Design Considerations for 3D Printing Production Parts

3D printing production parts is an absolute game-changer, there's no debate in that. 3D printing itself is reinventing how we approach manufacturing (among many other industries). As a designer, you’ll need to learn how to work with this technology and its parameters. Gone are the days of designing and building prototype after prototype until you [...] Read more...

Industry Solutions for Industrial Equipment [Infographic]

Your industry serves a wide range of robust devices. From ball bearings to bulldozers and everything in between, the Industrial Equipment vertical is a cornerstone for the way we build, machine, and manufacture. Without your industry we wouldn't be able to build and design at the rate that we do. Your products enable manual work [...] Read more...


Why Manufacturers Are NOT Investing in 3D Printing

3D Printing is everywhere. From the medical industry to the military, everyone is jumping on the 3D Printing bandwagon. Well, not everyone. A few manufacturers are passing on this transformational technology. Meet three people who are just saying no to 3D Printing. No Knowledge Noah Relatively speaking, 3D Printing is a new(ish) technology. So it’s [...] Read more...

How Airbus Manufactures Shipping Cases In-House [eBook]

Airbus and Ralf Schlueter, Managing Director, of Flugzeug Union Süd (an Airbus subsidiary), are revolutionizing the shipping case industry with additive manufacturing. So much so that they have submitted a patent application for their process. By using BigRep large-format 3D printers and Bigrep’s TPU filament (a shock absorbent engineering-grade material) overnight production is not just [...] Read more...


7 Ways BigRep 3D Printers Unlock Profit Instantly [eBook]

BigRep's line of 3D Printers are dependable, robust, and offer flexible functionality. But the real game changer with this large-format additive manufacturing…is your Return On Investment (ROI). From optimizing your work environment to increasing your throughput, there are endless possibilities for you to be more cost efficient. This eBook covers 7 ways that BigRep 3D [...] Read more...

The Economics of 3D Printing [White Paper]

3D printing is advancing into the realm of production, both in terms of work-holding to assist in machining operations and custom end-use parts. While the value of a printer may not seem apparent at first, executing the calculations will tell a different story. In production and manufacturing, productivity is directly tied to revenue and performance. […]

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Continuous Fiber for Strong 3D Printing [White Paper]

For the past few decades, the biggest roadblock to 3D printing has been materials. Many of the most common materials are weak and brittle, limiting 3D printing to modeling and fit prototyping. As the technology has advanced, so have its materials. Today 3D printing materials are better than ever. Prohibitively expensive materials that only multi-million […]

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Fiberglass, Kevlar, and Carbon Fiber: Differences in 3D Printing Materials

3D printing, while still a relatively new technology, has been around long enough in manufacturing to prove its value. When 3D printing is introduced into the manufacturing process, big benefits follow. Some of those benefits include reduced waste, fewer resources required and consumed, and less negative impact on the natural world around us. There’s no [...] Read more...

Five Applications of Metal 3D Printing [White Paper]

Metal 3D printing introduced a different, new way to fabricate parts. After hundreds of years of metal fabrication limited to cutting and forming operations, the idea of methodically building up raw material into a desired shape was completely foreign to the manufacturing industry. What sorts of parts could a 3D printer produce? Would it make […]

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Certification Series – (CSWA-E) The Electrical Exam

The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate - Electrical Exam Where are my electrical engineers at? My name is Brelan Blake and I love electrical! Our certification series often speaks to mechanical engineers--but today, we're talking to you about the things you care about. I recently took the Associate Electrical Exam and I figured you all might appreciate [...] Read more...

Certification Series – (CSWPA) Part 4. Surfacing

The Advanced Surfacing Exam Welcome back to the blog! In our certification series, we've been focusing on the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced (CSWPA) exams.  So far we've covered... Advanced Drawing Tools Advanced Sheet Metal Advanced Weldments ...and today, you'll join me, Andrew Parkhurst, as we talk about Surfacing! Overview of the Exam The CSWPA – [...] Read more...


Your 3D Printing Investment Journey

How We Help You Invest in 3D Printing You’re smart. You’re savvy. And you know that innovative additive technology will give your business a competitive edge. It’s time to invest in a 3D printer. But where to begin? The journey towards making an additive investment has three essential components, and DesignPoint is here to help [...] Read more...

Certification Series – (CSWPA) Part 3. Weldments

The Advanced Weldments Exam Hey there, name is George Noble! If you're here it's because you understand the value of SOLIDWORKS Certification, but moreso--because you're ready for some awesome pointers on how to ace your exam. Now as a reminder, if you pass each Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced (CSWPA) exam, you qualify to take the [...] Read more...

Certification Series – (CSWPA) Part 2. Sheet Metal

The Advanced Sheet Metal Exam Welcome back! My name is Julio Calles and I am stoked to walk you through some tips and tricks that can build your confidence while you prepare for the CSWPA. As a  reminder SOLIDWORKS offers a variety of different certifications that can help you stand out in today's competitive market. [...] Read more...

Certification Series – (CSWPA) Part 1. Drawing Tools

The Advanced Drawing Tools Exam Getting your CSWP is an awesome achievement and can help take your career to the next level. But why stop there? SOLIDWORKS offers a multitude of certifications that users can take to show off their skills in specific areas or fields of engineering. In this post, follow along with me, [...] Read more...


Efficient Sand Casting Strategy with Large Format Additive [eBook]

Recently, industrial manufacturers have discovered that large-format additive manufacturing can create a plethora of efficiencies in developing and creating the patterns that sand casting depends on. In this eBook, you'll learn how one company did just that with BigRep. JC Steele, a 130 year old company, reduced expenses by 75% and increased annual production by [...] Read more...

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Your Engineering Assessment

Engineering Assessments Transform Your Business Running an engineering business can be a lot like driving through a maze. There are tons of twists, turns, and the occasional dead end that challenge even the most successful company. Are your operations running as effectively and efficiently as they could?  Are your processes slowing you down? Does your [...] Read more...