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.

3 Reasons why the Stratasys F120 is the best 3D Printer for SOLIDWORKS

Best 3D Printer for SOLIDWORKS is the Stratasys F120

3D printing is becoming very popular with designers, engineers, educators, and especially SOLIDWORKS users who want to create prototypes of their CAD models. We are often asked the question “What is the best 3D printer for SOLIDWORKS?” That is a great question as there are many good 3D printers on the market right now and they vary…

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Beware of using a Cheap 3D Printer for Professional Work

The Truth about using a Cheap 3D Printer for work and how to get it right the first time with a low cost professional desktop machine You’re ready to buy a desktop 3D printer to enhance your business. You’ve done your homework and the benefits are clear: freedom of design, faster prototyping and reduced time-to-market,…

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DraftSight 2019 Packaging and Pricing Changes You Need To Know About

DraftSight 2019 2D CAD Software

DraftSight packaging and licensing has changed for the 2019 release. The biggest change is the fact that DraftSight Standard will no longer be available as a free version, instead there will be a charge of US$99 annually for the software which you can purchase directly from the DraftSight Online Store » What happens to installations…

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard vs Professional

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard vs Professional

In a previous post we talked about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard which is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium software with an active SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service. But what about SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional? What is the difference between the Standard and Professional versions? Well the professional version is a more comprehensive tool that not only allows you…

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SOLIDWORKS Packages Comparison

SOLIDWORKS Packages Comparison

A common question we receive is “What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS® Standard, Professional and Premium 3D CAD software?” In this post I’ll provide a SOLIDWORKS Packages Comparison and outline the features included in each of the three SOLIDWORKS offerings. SOLIDWORKS Standard SOLIDWORKS Standard delivers robust 3D design capabilities, performance, and ease-of-use. Not only can you create fully…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Beta version is now available to Try Online

SOLIDWORKS 2019

The SOLIDWORKS 2019 Beta program provides early access to test SOLIDWORKS software for SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service Customers. Beta testers can either download and install SOLIDWORKS 2019, or run the online version, from a supported browser. From July 2, 2019 the SOLIDWORKS Beta page will provide a Try Online link to access the Beta version online.…

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Are you considering adding CFD analysis to your SOLIDWORKS design process?

CFD Analysis SOLIDWORKS

CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis allows designers to understand the effect of moving liquids and gasses on their designs. The CFD analysis SOLIDWORKS add-in is called SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, and is a general purpose flow analysis tool with a comprehensive range of capabilities. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer,…

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ECAD Connected Process Solution from SOLIDWORKS

ECAD and MCAD

Every day, products are becoming more complex and features once the stuff of science fiction are now being offered in everything from cars to coffee makers. Smart products involve the marriage of many different systems, resulting in a variety of design and manufacturing challenges. Many SOLIDWORKS® customers are looking for a capable ECAD solution to…

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