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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta version is now available to try Online

SOLIDWORKS 2020

The SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta program provides early access to test SOLIDWORKS software for SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service Customers. Beta testers can either download and install SOLIDWORKS 2020, or run a version online from a supported browser via the MySolidWorks beta website. SOLIDWORKS 2020 delivers many important enhancements to help you optimize and streamline your product development process from conceptual design through manufactured products, and in this release DS SolidWorks focused on the following areas: Improved Performance – improvements in drawings, assemblies and simulation help you significantly speed up the design of large assemblies and validation analyses. Streamlined Workflows – enhancements in design, simulation, data management, and manufacturing enable simplified workflows to shorten time to market, improve product quality, and reduce manufacturing costs. Connected Design-to-Manufacturing Ecosystem in the Cloud – easily connect SOLIDWORKS with key tools through the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to better manage every aspect of developing and delivering products in one place accessible…

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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 of the DraftSight free version? If you are currently using the free version of DraftSight, you may continue to use DraftSight 2018 or previous versions until December 31, 2019. You may reactivate your free version once more after the launch of DraftSight 2019. All free versions of DraftSight will cease to run after December 31, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: If you decide to download and install the free 30-day trial of DraftSight 2019 Professional, or if you purchase any version of DraftSight 2019, you will not be able to reinstall any previous free version of DraftSight…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Downloads Faster and with Greater Success

As SOLIDWORKS provides new tools and products to make your design process easier and faster, the SOLIDWORKS 2019 download size has inevitably got larger.  Yet computer technology is also increasing.  Hard drives have more capacity and internet speeds are increasing at the speed of light (pun intended).  I have a fiber optic internet connection with close to 200Mbps download speed.  An entire service pack download of SOLIDWORKS (~13GB) can be completed in about 20 minutes. SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Manager Yet for those who don’t have access to high-speed broadband internet, the download can seem large and slow.  The SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Manager has been optimized to have faster downloads and a higher rate of success.  In some cases it has been found to be twice as fast.  But don’t expect a 20 minute download to be reduced to 10 minutes on a high-speed connection.  Though I did go from about…

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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. Features of SOLIDWORKS 2019 Beta Online: New! In addition to all three beta releases being available online, there will be intermediate bug fix updates midway between B1 and B2: B2 and B3 and B3 and Pre Release. Access to SOLIDWORKS Premium (excluding SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard), eDrawings Professional, SOLIDWORKS MBD, and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. Instant access to the software; no download or installation required. Upload and download sample parts/assemblies using Dropbox, Google Drive, and leading cloud storage solutions. SOLIDWORKS Beta online version will be available through the duration of Beta (ending September 9, 2018). Targeted FAQ and…

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How to solve complex simulations to enhance product performance

Solve complex simulations

Engineering successful, innovative products in today’s competitive environment requires simulation power. The ability to analyze the multifaceted physical performance characteristics of a design before making a prototype can substantially increase productivity. Companies need to solve complex simulations to efficiently overcome time, budget, and quality demands. SOLIDWORKS® Simulation delivers powerful simulation capabilities that can solve complex analysis problems, help enhance product performance, design innovative products faster and more cost-effectively. Take a look at the latest SOLIDWORKS Simulation version below: How do you test your products? When it comes to choosing the best design for your project, do you: Go with your gut? Over-engineer it, cross your fingers and hope for the best? Methodically test a series of expensive physical prototypes? Now there is a better way. Test your designs before you build them, with design validation tools from SOLIDWORKS. By empowering your product teams to make better design decisions, your company…

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How to Adopt Model Based Definition (MBD) Guide

Model Based Definition guide

Download the “How-To Adopt Model Based Definition Guide” to learn best practices that will help you shorten the learning curve for adopting MBD and achieve the fastest possible ROI. Companies initially adopt Model Based Definition to improve communication with manufacturing and suppliers, but its benefits expand well beyond dialogue. In fact results from research conducted by Tech-Clarity indicate that among the companies that have adopted MBD, a resounding 89 percent are either satisfied or extremely satisfied by their results. Download Tech-Clarity’s white paper to learn how you can reap benefits, which include: 61 percent fewer manufacturing mistakes/less rework 50 percent improvement in communications with suppliers 33 percent happier employees focused on more value-added work 28 percent shorter design cycles/time savings 22 percent faster access to product information

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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 analysis. What is fatigue? Designers normally consider the most important safety consideration to be the overall strength of the component, assembly, or product. To design for this, engineers want to create a design that will stand up to the probable ultimate load, and add a safety factor to that, for insurance. In operation, however, the design is unlikely to experience static loads. Much more frequently, it will experience cyclical variation, and undergo multiple applications of such load variation, which may lead to failure over time. The definition of fatigue is: failure under a repeated or…

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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 for more in-depth examination of product performance than would ever be possible using even the most detailed prototypes, resulting in more innovative, reliable, and marketable products. Prototypes vs. Design Analysis Studies have shown that 80% of a product’s manufacturing costs are locked into the approved design, which is why the ability to perform quick and inexpensive design iterations prior to releasing the design has become a critical competitive advantage. Design analysis makes it possible to perform design iterations quickly and inexpensively on computer models instead of on costly physical prototypes. Even if prototyping costs were…

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