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03/15/2017 07:26 PM
Guest Post: SWW: The Magic of Design
Would You Trust Your Life to SOLIDWORKS? The Magic of Design at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 SOLIDWORKS World is where the magic happens. This year, that magic was literal as the conference kicked off in Los Angeles with death-defying illusions. The magic continued throughout the three day conference with innovations from SOLIDWORKS, their partners, and their customers that surprised and delighted the 5000 attendees. 2017’s SOLIDWORKS World kicked off with Illusion Projects INC partners Justin Flom and Tim Clothier challenging Gian Paolo Bassi, “would you trust your life to SOLIDWORKS?” Bassi put his head ...

02/11/2015 02:58 PM
What’s New In SolidWorks 2016
Wednesday is my favorite day of SolidWorks World, as that is the day that they publicly show some of the new features of the upcoming release of SolidWorks. This year, they unveiled some pretty cool features, including some surfacing improvements! Here they are, in no particular order:     Hide/Show Main Planes Select Sketch Mid Point Without Right Mouse Button Sketch Context Toolbar Stays Available Plane For Pattern Direction Convert Entities – Grab All Internal Loops Degree Style Spline (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and Bezier Curves C2 Edge Blend Hide/Show Bodies With Tab Key Bi-directional Sweep Assembly Mate Controller Simulation – Mesh Sectioning Simulation – Release Prescribed ...

01/28/2014 04:22 PM
SolidWorks World 2014–Monday General Session
SolidWorks World 2014 kicked of on Monday morning with a lot of excitement!  eatArt’s Mondo Spider walked out on stage ahead of DS SolidWorks CEO, Bertrand Sicot.  It was an awesome sight, and a sign of things to come! Sicot announced over 5000 attendees were here in San Diego.  He then mentioned the new offerings that have come out this year: SolidWorks Plastics, SolidWorks Electrical (2D and 3D), eDrawings on Android, and DraftSight Professional.  Then we were told of some upcoming products: SolidWorks Inspection, SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual, and SolidWorks Industrial Conceptual. Sicot ...

09/13/2013 02:05 PM
SWUGN Summit 2013 – SolidWorks Assembly Tips & Tricks
The 2013 SWUGN Summit came to Nashville, TN this past week on Tuesday, September 10.  I presented some tips and tricks for SolidWorks assemblies.  There were several inquiries about the presentation, so I am making it available for download here.  (Unfortunately, I cannot provide the file sets.) Enjoy!  

08/14/2013 08:38 AM
SolidWorks World 2014 Registration Is Open!
  Registration for SolidWorks World 2014 is now open! SolidWorks World is the yearly premiere event for SolidWorks users and partners.  There are multiple tracks over three days, and it’s a great venue for networking with your peers, SolidWorks users from around the world, SolidWorks Solutions partners, and SolidWorks employees. The Partner Pavillion is open throughout the conference and features booths from 3rd party providers and partners, along with some very interesting models that have been created using SolidWorks tools. If you register on or before October 25, 2013, you can save $200 off ...

08/01/2013 06:04 AM
Interactive Visualization Tools Survey
Some of my coworkers are presenting at the upcoming Nashville SolidWorks User Group Network (SWUGN) Summit in September.  They have put together a survey on 3D interactive input devices to help them build their presentation.  It’s a very short survey and you do not have to divulge personal information. Please help them out! Today’s 3D environment is evolving at a torrid pace.  This is due in part to the pairing of emerging 3D input technologies with the flexible design environments of existing software.  Not only do 3D professionals have total control over ...

06/20/2013 06:00 AM
View Selector
I got an email from one of my co-workers the other day about the SolidWorks View Selector.  The View Selector is a new tool in SolidWorks 2013, and it can help you visualize the different default model views that are available to you.  It is invoked by pressing Ctrl-Spacebar or by pressing the View Selector button on the Orientation dialog (activated by pressing the spacebar).  Doing the latter will make the View Selector (hereafter referred to as “cube”) persistent and will cause it to appear along with the Orientation dialog ...

02/18/2013 06:00 AM
SolidWorks 2013 – Previous Version Interoperability
SolidWorks Previous Version Interoperability introduced with SolidWorks 2013 probably isn’t what most users were wanting (or at least, were expecting), but I believe it’s what most users need. When users hear, “previous version capability”, most think of being able to save their files back to an earlier version.  I believe this is what most users were asking for.  But I think that trying to carry back new features introduced in each new version would be fraught with major issues.  And I also think that most people asking for this type of ...

01/23/2013 10:17 PM
SolidWorks World 2013 – Wednesday General Session
The Wednesday General Session is usually bittersweet for me, because while it is the day we get a sneak peek at the upcoming version of SolidWorks, it is also the last day of the conference.  This year is no different; things start winding down and we say goodbye to friends and colleagues, many of whom we won’t see until next World. DUDE, WE’RE SPONSORED BY DELL! Fielder Hiss opened the General Session and introduced Kirsten Billhardt from Dell. MODEL MANIA SolidWorks Product Marketing Specialist Mark Schneider took the stage to announce the winners of ...

01/22/2013 01:17 PM
SolidWorks World 2013 – Tuesday General Session
Tuesday’s General Session opened with Fielder Hiss, VP of Product Management taking the stage.  Hiss talked about how SolidWorks had been working with Intel on creating better experiences for users.  Frank Soqui, Workstation General Manager from Intel was then brought up on stage to give a short talk. BETA AWARDS Time to talk Beta – there were 4000 activations for the SolidWorks 2013 Beta program.  Hiss then announced the winners of the SolidWorks Beta 2013 Awards. Reseller awards were announced first.  Here are the results: Customer awards were announced next.  This year was a ...

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