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Urethane Casting 101: RTV Molding in Additive Manufacturing

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by: Derek Ellis Thursday, April 18, 2019
In my previous blog, we defined Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) silicone molding and the benefits of simulating production materials by using two-component urethanes. We also played out a real-world example of how printing four master patterns, molding them and piecemealing each engineer their parts is much more e...
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Industrial Magnetics Drawn to DriveWorks to Enhance Automation Journey with SOLIDWORKS

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by: Christa Prokos Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Headquartered in Boyne City, Michigan, Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) is a leading provider of permanent magnets and electromagnets for work holding, lifting, fixturing, conveying and magnetic separation. The company specializes in providing personalized service, innovative solutions, and custom fabrication — desig...
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Getting Started as a PDM User: What is PDM?

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by: Lindsay Early Monday, April 15, 2019
What is PDM? PDM stands for Product Data Management and is essentially an add-on for Windows that allows companies to better manage their data and collaborate more effectively. Some of the benefits of Product Data Management is that it keeps a full history of every file, allows only one user to edit a file at a time, f...
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How to Create a Plane in SOLIDWORKS

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by: Sean O'Neill Tuesday, April 9, 2019
When speaking to beginner SOLIDWORKS users, I always recommend taking a course like SOLIDWORKS Essentials in order to get started on the right track with their SOLIDWORKS-using experience. On the topic of planes: the word “plane” is used 337 times in the 2019 edition of the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course booklet. Tha...
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New Announcements from Stratasys: F120, V650 SLA Flex, and Pantone Colors

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by: Gerald Matarazzo Thursday, April 4, 2019
On April 1st, 2019, Stratasys announced some exciting new products to their additive manufacturing solutions portfolio. These new products include the F120 3D printer, which is an addition to their F123 Series line, the V650 SLA printer, and Pantone color capabilities for PolyJet which can be utilized on the J750 and J...
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What Can You Make with a 3D Printer?

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by: Lisa Hannon Thursday, April 4, 2019
3D printing has radically changed the way companies have done business, from 3D printing in the medical field to 3D printed airplane parts, but it’s no longer limited to big spenders. The availability of desktop 3D printers and designs has made it easier and more affordable for hobbyists to try 3D printing at home, a...
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Distributing SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Settings

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by: Todd Barr Tuesday, April 2, 2019
When working in SOLIDWORKS PDM, it may be desirable to have all of your users working with the same client settings. Having the same client settings can enable better collaboration by having all PDM users see the same columns, icons, variable information, etc. Note: If there is a setting outside of what is described be...
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Drawing a Line in SOLIDWORKS: Click-Click vs. Click-Drag

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by: Laura Nickerson Thursday, March 28, 2019
In this quick SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks blog, we’re going to take a look at how we draw our lines, the most fundamental shape in SOLIDWORKS. There are two techniques to draw a line: Click-Click and Click-Drag. I’m going to show you the differences between these two methods and how they may save you time, additiona...
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Push it Real Good: SOLIDWORKS Animations to SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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by: David Janicki Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are some stellar tools to get you started down the road of photorealistic animations and the ability to push those animations over to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. For those new to Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional takes the photorealistic rendering of Standard and enhanc...
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How to Make a Cube in SOLIDWORKS

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by: Sean O'Neill Monday, March 18, 2019
Ah, the cube. It’s such a fundamental geometric shape that SOLIDWORKS decided to incorporate it as part of its own logo. It might not be the most exciting shape to create, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? And besides, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? ‘Right’ - on both counts! In this blog post,...
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Maxed Out? Declutter Your Configurations and Equations with DriveWorks Solo

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by: Aaron Winthers Thursday, March 14, 2019
As a SOLIDWORKS user, you likely appreciate how easy it is to create parts and assemblies. But what if you want to make that process even easier? Maybe you’ve noticed that your assembly was pretty much the same, but still a little different, and started to leverage the use of Configurations. “Amazing! Now all I...
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Effective Usage of the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version Upgrade Tool

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by: Lindsay Early Wednesday, March 13, 2019
So you’ve recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM but now all of your assemblies are taking forever to open. Why? Isn’t a new version supposed to be better and faster? Well, you’ve upgraded the software version, but not the SOLIDWORKS files. Every time you open models in SOLIDWORKS they will need to be converted to t...
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