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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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3D Printing Tutorial: How to Embed and Print Parts with VeroClear Material

VeroClear Material Medical Example

VeroClear is a transparent material that simulates PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate), commonly known as acrylic. Like PMMA, VeroClear material is used as an alternative to glass and is ideal for concept modeling and design verification of clear parts such as eye wear, light covers and medical devices. In this blog post we will explain the steps…

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How do I install the same version of eDrawings as SOLIDWORKS?

Install eDrawings Product Selection

In some cases, when you download and install SOLIDWORKS and try to launch eDrawings from the start menu, it doesn’t show up. This means that even though the latest version of SOLIDWORKS was installed you still need to install the latest release of eDrawings. To download and install the same version of eDrawings as that…

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How do I download older versions of eDrawings?

download older eDrawings versions

Lets say you have SOLIDWORKS 2017 installed on your machine, which also provides you access to eDrawings 2017; but you also need access to an older version of eDrawings such as eDrawings 2015. To download older eDrawings versions follow the procedure below: Log in to your SOLIDWORKS Customer portal account. 2. On the SUPPORT tab, in…

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How do I create a SOLIDWORKS ID / Customer Portal Account?

After a customer purchases a license of SOLIDWORKS quite often the first question they ask is “How do I create SOLIDWORKS ID?”. The SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal provides customers, who have an active subscription service contract, access to a number of SOLIDWORKS tools conveniently located in one place, 24 hour x 7 days a week. Follow…

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DraftSight Critical Hotfix required to avoid usage interruption

DraftSight Critical Hotfix

Attention all DraftSight users. Dassault Systèmes have released a DraftSight Critical Hotfix due to an expired certificate; Windows* 32 and 64-bit versions of DraftSight released from 2012 to 2017 will not launch and/or will stop running as of March 1, 2017. The hotfix can be found on the DraftSight download page to resolve the issue before…

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The Top 10 Reasons to move from 2D CAD to SOLIDWORKS 3D Software

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Top Ten List

Moving from 2D to 3D CAD has allowed many successful manufacturers to expand, grow, and innovate. 3D design generates time, cost, and material savings; improves workflows, processes, and product quality; and fosters creativity, inspiration, and innovation. No matter what you design, moving to 3D will help you do a better job—and help your company succeed—by accelerating time-to-market, improving design for…

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