You may have noticed that Windows 7 x64 is now the recommended operating system for SolidWorks 2010 and 2011 (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html). In a recent poll, Windows 7 x64 was reported as the most common operating system that SolidWorks users have chosen to install on.
What makes Windows 7 x64 and SolidWorks such a good combination?
Yes, it’s true. Javelin is moving. On April 1st we will be operating out of brand spanking new offices at 3457 Superior Court in Oakville. We are all very excited about the move and looking forward to the change since we have been at 700 Dorval Drive in Oakville since 1998. Superior Court is located off Burloak in Oakville just south of the QEW. Our new office is almost 12,000 square feet which is double the space that we have now.
We have contracted with Style Construction for project management and On-Sight Design for design services. Frank, Penny and Wendy are all working hard to ensure that the build goes smooth. The space that we have leased is flexSpace and it is the first development in the Great Lakes Business Park. Our next door neighbors are Canadian Tire Financial.
The space is brand new so we have had the pleasure of designing our own layout. Wendy (our designer) has provided us with a great deal of advice and guidance on best practices for efficient office layout. We have used Draftsight from DS SolidWorks (free and downloadable from the Javelin website) to view all of the plans to help make decisions on the new space layout. See below.
Draftsight is being used to edit and review DWG files
Of course, as the leading 3D design software company in Canada we needed to have our building design as a usable 3D solid model. Our team has used SolidWorks 2011 as well as BuiltWorks to model up the building and the structure. We have been using eDrawings and PhotoView 360 renderings to help us with decision making along the way in the project. We will be doing more work using SolidWorks Simulation to model and test the interior, exterior and other aspects of the building.
New Javelin office modeled in SolidWorks 2011
You will notice a different logo over the front. That’s new also. The Javelin team has also undertaken a project to update our look and brand. We will provide more information about that in follow-on posts.
We are hoping that you’ll come and see us in the new office. In future blog posts I’ll share some great reasons to visit. Some of them will be about awesome new technology we have and some of them will be just for fun.
DS SolidWorks have posted a video for the SolidWorks World day 2 general session on their YouTube channel and we have it available in this post for our readers. The second day general session includes:
Richard Doyle, who manages the SolidWorks User Group Network, presenting awards to SWUGN leaders
SolidWorks founder Jon Hirschtick introduces some really cool SolidWorks customers including:
Barrett Technologies who design robots.
MAKO Surgical who use robotics and software to make surgery better.
Local Motors, a company that builds cars based on crowdsourced design efforts.
Information overload after the first day of SolidWorks World 2011. A few facts that stood out:
Attendees: more than 5000– a few hundred more than last year. Everybody is in high spirits.
At 7:30am a crowd at least 1000 strong was waiting in front of the auditorium doors where the General Session would take place. At 8:30 am when the doors opened more than 5000 users filled the huge room.
DS SolidWorks have posted a video for the SolidWorks World day 1 general session on their YouTube channel and we have it available in this post for our readers. The first day general session includes:
A farewell from former SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray.
A presentation from the new SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot.
An introduction to Post3D, presented by Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles and Jeremy Luchini, SolidWorks Certification Manager and host of Let’s Go Design. Post3D is a product based on 3DVIA technology that lets SolidWorks users show off their work in new ways.
Javelin Technologies’ SolidWorks training caters to new and experienced users alike. We highly recommend that users of all experience levels attend the SolidWorks Essentials training. Even users that have many years in the 3D design industry benefit greatly from attending the Essentials course. By attending the SolidWorks Essentials course, no matter how long you’ve been using the software, there are efficiencies, tips and techniques presented in the course that immediately improve your knowledge of SolidWorks and how you approach your designs.
Who should attend the SolidWorks Refresher course? If you have completed the SolidWorks Essentials course previously and want to brush up on your knowledge or learn what is new in the latest version of SolidWorks, then we recommend you attend the SolidWorks Refresher training. This course consists of key modules from the Essentials; Assembly Modeling and Part Modeling courses to ensure you have a solid base knowledge of the current software capabilities.
Are you wondering “Can I attend the Refresher course instead of SolidWorks Essentials?” This is a question that is commonly asked. We recommend that you complete a complimentary SolidWorks Skills Assessment. The results of the skills assessment will help us understand if you have enough SolidWorks experience to take the course and maximize your time during the training.
The SolidProfessor assessment takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. To begin, simply enter your contact and company information. Adding the company information is very important since it will help you access the results at a later time. To access the exam: www.javelin-tech.com/assessment. You will receive a copy of the results once the exam is completed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have completed the assessment.
Whatever your experience level may be, Javelin Technologies will satisfy your training needs with either the SolidWorks Essentials or SolidWorks Refresher training courses. To learn more contact Christy at 1-877-21-WORKS (96757) extension 3, email@example.com.
When showing the electrical capabilities of E3.WireWorks to our customers I have had many of them ask me whether it is a suitable tool for doing other types of schematics as well. The types that are most commonly asked for are hydraulics and pneumatics but process design (P&ID) should not be excluded. A lot of the functionality that I show in electrical design carries directly over to these disciplines. Some examples include, quick connections, device naming, connection lists, bill of materials, etc.
Some of you may have seen the new SolidWorks 2011 functionality which leverages P&ID’s for automatically generating piping. You may have wondered where these P&ID’s come from… well, luckily E3.WireWorks has stepped up to the plate and has programmed a way to generate them based on the automatic connection list (look for that in future postings).
One of the things that really makes E3.WireWorks stand out is how good of job it does with having all of these disciplines in a single project. I have created a quick video to describe how this behaves so have a look and let me know what you think or if you have suggestions for future content:
Are you a SolidWorks user who collaborates with architectural or building construction design? If so, I have good news! SolidWorks 2011 now provides Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) export based on the latest International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) IFC 2×3 data exchange standard. This export type is available via File > Save As…
If you haven’t tried this, you should! 2D simplification study for Simulation Professional.
It will save you a lot of time to conduct detailed analysis on your model.
Let’s use a bolt and nut example:
To create a 2D simplification study, go to create a study, as usual. Then, you will see under “static”, “thermal”, and “nonlinear”, you can use 2D simplification. In our case, let’s select nonlinear type.
For CAD admins out there, SolidWorks 2011 has made a nice enhancement you’ll really benefit from – no longer do you need to download the 64-bit installation fileset using a 64-bit machine and the 32-bit fileset from a 32-bit machine. You can now download either package from either machine type, i.e. 64-bit on a 32-bit machine, and 32-bit files on a 64-bit machine. Obviously of course this only applies to the DOWNLOAD option, you still need to ensure the right package is used for installation based on the workstation bit rate.
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