Articles by: Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018Online2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

How to Automate Tedious SOLIDWORKS Tasks

Automate SOLIDWORKS

Tedious tasks. Every company has them, and nearly every company would like to automate them. Join us for a live webinar on June 20th at 2PM ET, when our Design Automation Expert, John Mignardi, will review the many ways DriveWorks SOLIDWORKS add-in software can be used to generate a 3D Product Configurator to help you…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018Online2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

3D Product Configurators Enable the “Business Friendly” Experience

3D product configurators

3D Product Configurators provide a graphical, interactive and engaging user experience that makes it easy to specify and customize your products. Customers can see a dynamic 3D model showing the results of their selections as they follow the customization process for the product that suit their needs. 3D Product Configurators are proven to increase sales,…

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You can now test upcoming SOLIDWORKS Service Packs in your browser

SOLIDWORKS EV in the browser

In an earlier post we discussed how to gain early access to a SOLIDWORKS Service Pack for testing purposes through the Early Visibility (EV) program included with SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service. An EV release is usually available a couple of weeks before a full release and it appears in the Downloads and Updates section of the…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018Online2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Control Complex Data with SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Manage

SOLIDWORKS Manage

Join us for a demonstration of SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) and SOLIDWORKS Manage Webinar. Learn how you can automate your repetitive tasks and streamline your everyday functions. The amount of time savings, error reduction and cost savings will amaze you. Why Product Data Management? By leveraging a secure vault, you can extend the access…

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50% of product failure is due to Mechanical Fatigue! How can you predict & avoid it?

Fatigue Analysis

Market data indicates that more than 50% of product failure is due to fatigue, which occurs in many different mechanical components such as turbines and other rotating equipment operating under intense, repeated cyclical loads. The primary tool for both understanding and being able to predict and avoid fatigue has proven to be finite element fatigue…

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Saving Costs with Virtual Prototyping

Virtual prototyping

Leveraging the combined powers of 3D solid modeling and design analysis software, engineers can now test a design on the computer instead of using prototype-test iterations for design. CAD models have become virtual prototypes, and design analysis has supplanted physical testing, enabling faster, less costly, and more optimized product development. In addition, computer-based design analysis allows…

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Top Features only available in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional Camera filters

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with design-oriented features and workflows that enable easy and fast creation of visual content for designers, engineers, marketing, and other content creators. The software is provided in two different versions: SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard — included with SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service or available…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Analysis is NOT just for Experts anymore

Design Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS design analysis provides the greatest benefits when implemented very early in the design cycle because that’s when it is easiest and most cost-effective to make design changes. When analysis is performed in conjunction with solid modeling, design engineers can leverage analysis results to fix, improve, or optimize designs. For many years, design analysis was the…

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