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The “Easy Bake” recipe for Displaying Cosmetic Threads

Are SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads a ‘Nice to have’, or a ‘Nuisance’? Depending on your organizations standards, SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads can be a life-saver or a nuisance. The nuisance factor may be enhanced multi-fold, when you are unable to display cosmetic threads as intended in your drawings or assemblies. Given the difficulty that can ensue with the display of this annotation feature, many give up and elect to avoid using SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads altogether. Our hope with this article is to guide you through the pinch points and have you confidently apply cosmetic threads as desired. Display settings for SOLIDWORKS Cosmetic Threads There are five main settings that will effect the display of SOLIDWORKS cosmetic threads within your parts, drawings or assemblies. The very first point to make regarding the visibility of cosmetic threads is: IF the cosmetic thread annotation in the component’s feature tree is set to HIDDEN, the cosmetic…

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How SOLIDWORKS Electrical Reduces Manufacturing Costs [VIDEO]

In our latest on-demand webinar you will learn how SOLIDWORKS Electrical reduces manufacturing costs by combining the electrical schematic functionality with 3D modeling capabilities in one powerful, easy-to-use package. The new 2016 release of SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Enables faster and more accurate schematics and documentation. Reduces errors before the work hits the shop floor. Is easy to interpret and create documentation to allow for streamlined process on the floor. Has integration with 3D and routing to plan real design scenarios. Watch the webinar below:

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The World’s First 3D Printed Jet Aircraft [VIDEO]

Assembled Aircraft

Stratasys are helping to shape the future of flight with a 3D printed jet aircraft! Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, VA., has been developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both the civil and military markets for nearly three decades. However, with advancing customer needs and requirements, its research and development center is utilizing Stratasys® 3D printing technology more frequently for production parts and tooling to help bring new innovations to unmanned flight. Recently, engineers at Aurora and Stratasys embarked on an ambitious project: to build a jet-powered, thrust vectoring, blended wing body, remotely piloted aircraft. “Our goal with this project was to show the aerospace industry how quickly you can go from designing and building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft.” — Dan Campbell / Aurora Flight Sciences “Nobody has ever done anything like this,” said James Berlin, an Additive Manufacturing Research Engineer at Stratasys. “For us, it was…

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