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Using Enterprise PDM with SolidWorks can make life a lot easier!

Before working for Javelin I was a Mechanical Designer creating mobile equipment, and assembly machinery using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. I loved working with SolidWorks but did not have the luxury of being able to use SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software for file management. On more than one occasion I spent countless hours populating data over and over again, reattaching…

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Why Sustainable Design?

Worldwide awareness of environmental issues has never been more acute. Consumers are increasingly considering the environmental impact of products they buy. They’re not just looking at recyclability. They want to know about materials used and how the product was made. Manufacturers, in turn, are trying to respond to that growing demand. What it means to…

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Helping our communities, the eco-friendly way

Green living has become a part of our every day lives,  every one is trying to contribute and make a difference on our environment.    When we go to the supermarket, we now have the choice to bring our own bags or purchase a plastic one (made from recycled materials) for a small amount.    When we…

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One method of modeling a Chain in SolidWorks

Chain Model

NOTE: This is an older blog post.  The latest versions of SOLIDWORKS now have the Chain Component Pattern feature which is a better method.  See the following blog posts: New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Chain Component Pattern [VIDEO] How to use the SOLIDWORKS Belt/Chain Assembly Feature to control a Chain     If you need…

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Adding Fasteners to your assembly with a SolidWorks Feature Driven Pattern

If you don’t have access to SolidWorks Toolbox Smart Fasteners then there is an alternative method to quickly add fasteners to your assembly. To add fasteners first insert the required fastener part, then apply a SolidWorks feature driven pattern which utilizes a pattern feature of an existing part located in your assembly. Watch the following…

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3DVIA Composer Line Widths

3DVIA Composer Line Widths

In the 3DVIA Composer Technical Illustration module, line widths can be a bit tricky to figure out.  This 3DVIA Composer tech tip should make it easier for you. There are two main types of lines in Technical Illustrations, “Strong/Silhouette lines” and “Weak/Outline lines”.  To control the thickness of these two lines we adjust 3 variables:…

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Copying or resetting interface customizations and “clean” uninstall of 3DVIA Composer

3DVIA Composer Reset Registry

Note: this tip is for advanced users who are familiar with editing the registry of a computer! SolidWorks has the ‘Copy Settings Wizard’ to copy user customizations to other computers.  Unfortunately we have no equivalent with 3DVIA Composer.  All is not lost however for those familiar with editing the computer registry. The user settings are…

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What is CircuitWorks?

CircuitWorks

CircuitWorks is a translator bridge for SOLIDWORKS.  It allows SOLIDWORKS to open files produced by Electrical CAD software for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design.  Upon opening the file, SOLIDWORKS will create an assembly model of the PCB. CircuitWorks also allows SOLIDWORKS to save changes back to files to be imported in the electrical design software. …

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DraftSight 2D CAD Software is an alternative AutoCAD FREE Download

AutoCAD FREE Download DraftSight

Are you looking for a 2D CAD product? Need an AutoCAD Free Download? Have to maintain your library of 2D AutoCAD® drawings? Or simply want to save the money you are planning to spend on upgrading your AutoCAD licenses? Then you should try DraftSight, a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better…

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PlantWorks 2010 now available

Javelin’s Plant Design and Layout add-in product for SolidWorks has been updated for SolidWorks 2010. PlantWorks allows for rapid 3D layout generation from furniture layouts to full machine layouts in your facility for proposals, photo renderings, and fly-through animation. Using PlantWorks and SolidWorks visualization tools you will be able to provide early visibility of your…

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