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.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New Top 10 Features

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Screen Section

SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides hundreds of new features to help you design your products faster than ever. You can learn what’s new by attending our LIVE Launch Broadcast on Tuesday October 1, 2019, either at 9:00 AM ET or at 2:00 PM ET. In the meantime…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch Broadcast on October 1, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch

Attend our SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch Broadcast to learn how to streamline your product development process from concept to manufactured part. LIVE from our broadcast studio in Oakville, on Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 9 AM ET and again at 2 PM ET; Javelin’s team of…

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3D printing allows for lighter and less expensive End of Arm Tooling

End of arm tooling

FDM technology provides an alternative method for producing End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) that can provide dramatic time and cost savings while optimizing performance. FDM is an additive manufacturing (3D printing) process that builds plastic parts layer by layer using data from 3D computer-aided design (CAD)…

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3D Printing Jigs & Fixtures can reduce fabrication costs by 50–90%

3D print jig & fixture

Watch the video below to learn how 3D printed jigs and fixtures for the production floor can reduce fabrication costs by 50–90%. Factory production lines know the right jig or fixture speeds production, which increases productivity. But that’s just the beginning. Well-designed tools are more…

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How to apply Textures to 3D Printed Parts with SOLIDWORKS

3D Printed Texture

SOLIDWORKS users often need to create complex or repeating features, but these features can be time-consuming to generate, especially on complex models. Some designs, such as a textured surface or a grip, require textures or bumps which can be functional or just for aesthetic purposes….

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How Educators and Students create realistic full-colour multi-material 3D models

3D Printing Education

Ask anyone in education what their top objectives are, and they’ll probably say it’s to enable students and faculty to achieve more, faster than what’s possible now, while saving money in the process. Ask what’s holding them back and you’ll probably find a diverse variety…

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How to replace a Print Head on a Stratasys F120 Desktop 3D Printer

Stratasys F120 Print Head Desktop

The Stratasys F120 is designed to be reliable, easy to work with, and more importantly easy to maintain. Take a look at the video below to see how easy it is to replace a print head on the Stratasys F120: How is the Stratasys F120…

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Linear Vs Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis Explained

For some designers, finite element analysis (FEA) can feel like a complicated venture. The truth is, if you know SOLIDWORKS, you already have the background to take advantage of simulation capabilities, and using Linear vs Nonlinear analyses. Both Linear Static and Nonlinear analyses provide limitless…

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