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How can Simulation Help Design Process?

I read an article recently, regarding to how Simulation can improve product design.  There are some interesting points I would like to talk about. The purpose of any FEA software is to linearize the product development, eventually, to reduce cost.  For new product or existing design, FEA plays its role in the process.  The article…

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Recycle your Electronics

It is that time of the year when we all receive shiny new electronic devices and it is time to retire the old ones.  What to do with these? Check out the “Recycle Your Electronics” Canadian website, where you will find places around your area to recycle, what types are accepted and great insight on…

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Auto vs Corner Relief in SolidWorks Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal functionality within SolidWorks provides designers with powerful tools to create accurate, formable models of their designs.  However, a common point of confusion when using sheet metal functions is the difference between the auto relief and corner treatment tools.     Auto Relief When starting a sheet metal part by creating a base flange…

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The case against using the /3GB switch on 32-bit Windows

For those of us who are still using older workstations running 32 bit Operating Systems, applying the so called /3GB switch to get more memory allocated to SolidWorks is the first thing we consider when opening large files or running complex Simulation studies. There are a lot of people for whom the /3GB switch is working…

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Process, Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electric Schematics

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…

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Frustrated designers in 2010

Frustrated designers have spoken and have declared the most popular download of 2010. I have heard designers comment that the *@%*! is what they were thinking as their assemblies are taking too long to load. I have also heard that any article that has *@%*! in the title is likely an honest and straight forward view of what the word on the street is. Regardless of the speculation, the designers have spoken and the simple truth is that they are frustrated.

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New in 2011 – You can now link model configurations between drawing views

One of the modules that received the most enhancements in the 2011 version of SolidWorks is the Drawing Environment. Most of the new functionality is well documented in the “What’s New” document (Help menu/What’s New) and in the Help file. Paul Marsman, a regular contributor on SolidWorks Forums, noticed a new, undocumented, functionality in regards…

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Use the SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings Wizard to save and restore your custom menu and system options

Copy Settings Wizard

After spending the time in SOLIDWORKS to customize all your toolbar, menu, shortcut and system options, the last thing you want to do is go back and do it all over again.  A computer crash, registry corruption, or simply switching to a new computer can put you right back to square one.  The SOLIDWORKS Copy Settings…

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Where Did My RAM Go?

Most of us are likely familiar with a now commonly encountered limitation of 32 bit computer systems, they can only support a maximum 4 gigabytes of physical RAM.  But you may wonder, why is this limit there and especially, what does it mean for us SolidWorks users?

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It’s the Little Things that Help the Earth

Here are a few ways I have changed in how I am doing things this fall.  Try some yourself. I only run the dish washer once a week if possible Only have lights on if I’m in the room and need them Use re-usable bags when grocery shopping now Never keep things plugged in Started…

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