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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Morgan Polymer Seals (MPS) delivers 100 million custom gaskets and seals for powertrain, fuel, and electrical applications each year to Ford, GM, Nissan, Hyundai, and other automotive original equipment manufacturer and tier 1 supplier customers in North America, Europe, and China.

MPS has a reputation as the most trusted name in automotive gaskets by consistently selecting the best materials to fit each specific seal application environment and fluid exposure and delivering on time every time.

Founded by Kevin Morgan in 1997, MPS has used SOLIDWORKS® 3D design system for many years to develop seal concepts, designs, and tooling, and to exchange design data with customers and partners. Until recently, MPS outsourced its finite element analysis (FEA) studies to a third-party partner.

The increasing demand related to the development and growth of the electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle markets created opportunities for new business and challenges, which prompted the seal manufacturer to bring complex FEA simulation studies in house to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

MPS chose the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio, using Structural Mechanics Engineer for simulation.

Faster and Cheaper FEA Studies, More Time for R&D

According to Design Engineer Thomas Morgan, “We chose a 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation solution because it’s cloud-based, which supports our remotely located engineering organization, works seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS design data, and incorporates the Abaqus® Explicit solver, which is best suited for the types of simulation studies that we need to conduct on our parts, which can involve hyper elasticity, creep, fatigue, and contact.”

Since adopting Structural Mechanics Engineer, MPS has drastically cut simulation turnaround times—from two weeks to one day—enabling the company to cut costs as it runs a substantially greater number of complex FEA studies. In addition, MPS can more quickly turn around work on specific applications for customers, but also benefit everyday production work and enable additional research into new materials calibration and analysis without overburdening computing resources.

Giving Customers Even More

In addition to attracting customers for the high-quality seals for which they are known, Structural Mechanics Engineer enables MPS to help advance its customers’ R&D with its engineering resources and experience. By easily and quickly running simulations and evaluating insertion forces on customers’ initial seal designs, MPS helps develop and improve customer innovations during the design phase.

Support Growth with Cloud Computing

Using 3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation aligns with MPS’s strategy of embracing cloud computing to maintain growth more cost-effectively. Morgan concludes, “Our production is in Mexico, but all of our engineering resources are scattered across the United States. We’re just starting to leverage the 3DEXPERIENCE Works product lifecycle management capabilities and plan to eventually consolidate all our design and engineering tools onto the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform.”

Contact your local reseller to learn how the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio can optimize your FEA simulation studies.

You can read the full Morgan Polymer Seals case study here.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Reimagining the Future of Product Development https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/reimagining-the-future-of-product-development.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/reimagining-the-future-of-product-development.html#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:00:20 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47647 SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi provides a look at how SOLIDWORKS solutions are evolving to take advantage of the new technologies that offer the most potential to improve product development.

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Gian Paolo Bassi is CEO of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS is a word synonymous with design, but today we do so much more; design is just one part of turning ideas into reality. After all, nothing exists until it is built. A design is an intangible, digital representation of a product. It’s not until raw material is processed—whether by additive or traditional subtractive manufacturing—that a product becomes real.

Now that said, SOLIDWORKS remains the industry leader in CAD and we are certainly proud of our heritage. We know that many of today’s coolest products were designed in SOLIDWORKS and that many of the world’s most innovative minds got their start in SOLIDWORKS. I’m happy to say our developers continue to make improvements to all of our SOLIDWORKS tools so I encourage all of our users to check out those new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2022.

Create part geometry faster in SOLIDWORKS 2022.

 

The importance of innovation

Despite the success we have had, as a company we must constantly be forward-thinking, always investigating what new technologies offer the most potential to improve how products are developed. We—much like our customers—must continuously innovate and improve what we offer our customers. An unwillingness to innovate puts any company at risk of failure. You have to look no farther than well-known brands such as Kodak, Xerox, Blockbuster, Motorola, or Atari.

Companies, such as Porsche and Ford, understand the importance of innovation and are providing their respective customers with product options that go way beyond traditional offerings. Similar to choosing between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, or four doors or two, customers can now decide between propulsion platforms: traditional gasoline, hybrid, or fully electric vehicles. Even Ford’s iconic F150 truck is available in both hybrid and electric models.

Now will all customers rush out and buy these more environmentally friendly options? No, they won’t, but just last week Ford announced it has taken over 150,000 orders for the electric version of the F150, and as a result are hiring 450 people to help meet the demand. The bottom line is that both of these industry leaders made the decision that they needed to be innovative and adopt the technologies that will enable them to grow, not just today but decades into the future.

It is with this in mind that we are now delivering our solutions in myriad of ways so our users can adopt the tools and technologies that are best suited for the unique needs of their businesses. Our users can now choose between solutions that run on the desktop, are cloud-connected or pure cloud tools.

Going beyond the desktop

The 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio of tools was designed specifically for businesses and people that use SOLIDWORKS today. These tools enable us to provide our users with capabilities that exceed what was possible on the desktop alone. These include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Generative Design, Sub-D modeling, advanced, multi-axis CNC toolpath creation, advanced nonlinear simulation, advanced data management, and High-Performance Computing (HPC).

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of adopting our unified solution is our unique platform approach to product development. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform serves as the backbone of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.

If the idea of using a platform intimidates you, it shouldn’t. Most likely you interact with cloud-based platforms daily, whether you realize it or not. By definition, platforms are ecosystems that enable and support the exchange of information between groups. A platform makes it possible to connect tools, teams, data, and processes under one digital roof. Think Amazon, Apple, and Facebook—all are platforms. What makes the 3DEXPERIENCE platform different is it’s the only purpose-built business platform for product development.

This platform approach improves efficiencies and workflows, and enables everyone in your organization to have access to a single source of truth. And, this digital continuity spans the entire lifecycle of the product, from concept to design and manufacturing to validation and quality to marketing and sales.

 

Once your SOLIDWORKS data is saved on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, all your data is automatically managed in a structured environment—no PDM vault or IT infrastructure needed. This resolves a host of issues that lead to costly mistakes when work is being done on files that are not up to date.

By connecting all of your teams in one unified environment and providing access to real-time data, they can innovate, collaborate, and make critical, data-driven decisions faster than ever. As a result, rapid design and engineering iterations can take place with less physical prototyping needed to finalize product development and manufacturing.

It also means customers get products faster, resulting in higher customer retention and lower overhead costs so you can focus on what matters most: creating that next competition-crushing, new product.

Looking back and forward

The original mission of SOLIDWORKS was to provide 3D CAD on every engineers’ desktop, back when the internet and email were considered revolutionary, and most businesses competed locally. Today, nearly 25 years later, the world is connected in ways we could have never imagined possible in 1995. When SOLIDWORKS started 3D modeling was only available to the largest companies with the deepest pockets. SOLIDWORKS allowed anyone to compete regardless of size or experience.

Using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, access your favorite 3DEXPERIENCE commands from multiple places within SOLIDWORKS, including the File Menu, Command Manager, and Context menu.

 

Today tools in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio continue that tradition and provide the next logical step, leveling the playing field by providing tools that enable companies of any size to do much more than what is possible on the desktop. Let’s reimagine the future of product development together.

We encourage you all to take you first steps onto the product development platform of the future: the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. You can learn more about tools in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio here. Click the banner below to learn more about all the exciting new tools and enhancements coming in SOLIDWORKS 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gian Paolo Bassi is CEO of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD 2022 is Here: Discover the Top Enhancements Now https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/top-enhancements-in-solidworks-3d-cad-2022.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/top-enhancements-in-solidworks-3d-cad-2022.html#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:00:06 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47619 Check out SOLIDWORKS 2022 3D CAD enhancements and work smarter by focusing on high-value activities while letting the system handle more repetitive, routine, and time-consuming tasks.

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Craig Therrien is a Product Manager at SolidWorks

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Dassault Systèmes has launched SOLIDWORKS® 2022 of its portfolio of 3D design applications. SOLIDWORKS 2022 features performance enhancements and expanded functionalities that improve workflows for design, documentation, data management, and validation. You can also expand your capabilities by connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE® Works portfolio to tackle more challenges, from design to manufacturing, while enabling cloud-based computing and collaboration.

Let’s take a quick look at just some of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2022. (Note there are hundreds more!)

Assembly Performance and Workflow

Work faster with large assemblies through expanded workflows and improved performance. Save time when opening, closing, and saving assemblies with improved performance. Open subassemblies faster by opening them in Large Design Review mode from an assembly that is already opened in Large Design Review mode.

Expanded Use of Detailing Mode

Save time when opening and detailing a SOLIDWORKS drawing. Access Detailing mode for all drawings, regardless of the SOLIDWORKS version you saved them in or if you saved them in Detailing mode. Open a drawing in Detailing mode directly from an assembly already opened in Large Design Review mode.

More Efficient Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

Work more intuitively when tolerancing your designs. Work directly in the graphics area guided by the user interface in building feature control frames cell by cell. Create tolerance frames per ISO 1101:2017 and the associated standards of ISO 2692, ISO 5458, ISO 5459, and ISO 8015.

Hybrid Modeling

Save time when working with mesh geometry by using hybrid modeling. Create a hybrid solid or surface body that includes mesh BREP geometry and classic BREP geometry. Combine the advantages of mesh data with the accuracy and parametric features available in solid modeling.

Part Modeling Enhancements

Create part geometry faster. Easily create external threaded stud features using the Stud Wizard. Create a draft on both sides of parting lines simultaneously. Mirror geometry about two planes at once instead of mirroring twice. Create cosmetic threads more easily with an improved user interface and a more realistic appearance.

Cut List Support in Bill of Material (BOM) Tables

Take advantage of enhanced BOM functionality with cut list improvements. Save time and create detailed cut lists in BOM tables exactly the way you want them to appear by dissolving components in indented BOMs automatically or manually. Create balloons for sub-weldment cut list items in BOMs in which balloon properties correspond to the linked BOM. Create detailed cut lists for all BOM types, not just indented BOMs.

Configuration Tables

Save time when creating configurations with simplified integrated workflows. Create table-driven parts with SOLIDWORKS native tables without the need for Microsoft® Excel. Save time and effort with automatic creation of configuration tables when parts or assemblies have multiple configurations. Gain design flexibility with the additional functionality provided by Configuration Table, which is not available in the Modify Configurations dialog box.

Structure System and Weldment Improvements

Create weldments faster and more easily with structure system improvements. Easily add end caps to Structure System tube members with circular, square, or rectangular profiles. Create multiple secondary members using Between Points Member for the selected pair and secondary members with the Up to Members method. Save time by defining a reusable connection element and inserting it on a structure system part.

Performance Improvements for Import and Display

Speed up design with performance improvements in import and model display. Open DXF™ or DWG files into a part sketch faster. Open STEP files in SOLIDWORKS more quickly. Enjoy faster display of 3D textures and silhouette edges.

Improved Collaboration and Data Sharing

Increase your competitive advantage by tapping into the power and breadth of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio. Accelerate innovation and decision-making by connecting SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform where you can easily manage and share all your data and collaborate with others. Using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, access your favorite 3DEXPERIENCE commands from multiple places within SOLIDWORKS, including the File Menu, Command Manager, and Context menu, with support for all 3DEXPERIENCE operations.

Work Together Smarter and Faster

Many of the 2022 SOLIDWORKS enhancements have been developed to let you work smarter by focusing on high-value activities while letting the system handle more repetitive, routine, and time-consuming tasks. At the same time, SOLIDWORKS incorporates a range of specialized new improvements that make it easier than ever to execute sophisticated designs, such as configuration tables, part modeling enhancements, and hybrid modeling.

SOLIDWORKS 2022 provides user-driven enhancements designed to speed workflows, expand access to usable data, and facilitate seamless collaboration. These enhancements add up to an optimized design environment that enables you to focus on innovation while producing high-performing designs that improve product quality while accelerating the product development process.

Over the past 18 months, many SOLIDWORKS customers have connected to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform for easy access to advanced design, data management, and manufacturing tools that allow implementation of new strategies and workflows. And of course, being connected to the platform enables collaboration with more people more easily—colleagues, customers, and vendors—regardless of location.

More and more people are working remotely, which typically requires an increasingly flexible environment. The 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio is a suite of tools from SOLIDWORKS and Dassault Systèmes that brings your entire organization together in one secure environment in the cloud.

3DEXPERIENCE Works enables efficiencies across multiple stages of product development: concept, design, simulation, and manufacturing. Everyone works together—including management—from the same, real-time data.

That means rapid design and engineering iterations can take place with less physical prototyping needed to finalize product development and manufacturing. It also means customers receive what they want faster, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and lower overhead costs. As a result, your product development teams are freed to invest in what matters most to your organization: Building more innovative products faster that beat the competition to market.

To discover the entire story of SOLIDWORKS 2022 or to ask further questions or get a demo, please contact your local reseller.

 

 

 

 

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3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 Call for Papers is Officially Open https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/3dexperience-world-2022-call-for-papers-is-officially-open.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/3dexperience-world-2022-call-for-papers-is-officially-open.html#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:00:58 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47638 Don't miss your opportunity to share your knowledge with others by submitting your presentation for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022.

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Lynn Allen

In her 20+ year career as a Technology Evangelist, first for Autodesk and now at Dassault Systèmes, Lynn Allen has spoken to more than a half million professionals at events in over 50 countries. Her online presentations and videos have easily reached over five million individuals. Her passion and strength is connecting with users, helping them embrace change and shining a light on new technology. For over 20 years she wrote a column for Cadalyst magazine, and was the voice behind their popular videos –“Tips with Lynn Allen”. The author of three technology books - Lynn has over 21,000 followers on Twitter (Lynn_Allen) with over a quarter million impressions every month.

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Get your engines ready!  We are excited to announce that the time has come for you to submit your amazing proposal to present at everyone’s favorite conference – 3DEXPERIENCE World!  You now have the opportunity to present at 3DEXPERIENCE World live in Atlanta, GA (Feb. 6-9), virtually at our digital 3DEXPERIENCE World conference, or both.

What’s in it for you?  Other than that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from sharing your knowledge with others, virtual presenters will automatically be granted VIP access and may choose between a free transferable pass to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2023 or our new (and soon-to-be highly coveted) Speaker Swag Kit.  Those who present in Atlanta will receive a free all-inclusive pass to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022.  For those of you who choose to go big and do both – well, of course, you can reap many rewards!

Details on compensation for live and virtual speakers can be found here.

What type of presentations are we looking for?  Tips and tricks that improve productivity with SOLIDWORKS software, successful workflows, innovative techniques, etc.  Have you embraced the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?  If so – we would love to hear how you have incorporated it into your everyday routine, success stories, as well as any tips you might have for those just starting to use it.

There never seems to be enough advanced classes at 3DEXPERIENCE World – let’s break that trend this year by hitting it out of the park with some real head-scratchers!  Do you have some CAD Management life lessons you would like to pass on? Are you a Simulation guru?  We are looking for you! And, if you happen to be in the AEC industry –that is an area we are really hoping to expand this year – we need your proposals for sure!

All virtual sessions will be 45 minutes this year – no live Q&A.  You just need to submit your prerecorded presentation by January 7, 2022.  All sessions at the live event will be 60 minutes, except for the hands-on training sessions, which will be 90 minutes (because it takes a little more time when you are doing vs. watching!).

And we’ve added in a new category this year (live event only) that is certain to spark some stimulating conversations at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 – Round Tables!  Here a speaker proposes a topic of strong interest, perhaps even a polarizing topic, and after a short introduction leads a two-way discussion with predetermined questions.  Round Tables will be kept small in numbers to encourage the best possible outcome and encourage participation by all attendees.

We know you have some amazing skill that your fellow users could benefit from – now is your time to shine at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022!  Don’t miss this chance to share your knowledge and add “3DEXPERIENCE World Speaker” to your resume.

But hurry…the Call for Papers is only open for one month!  Deadline to submit is October 15.

 

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In her 20+ year career as a Technology Evangelist, first for Autodesk and now at Dassault Systèmes, Lynn Allen has spoken to more than a half million professionals at events in over 50 countries. Her online presentations and videos have easily reached over five million individuals. Her passion and strength is connecting with users, helping them embrace change and shining a light on new technology. For over 20 years she wrote a column for Cadalyst magazine, and was the voice behind their popular videos –“Tips with Lynn Allen”. The author of three technology books - Lynn has over 21,000 followers on Twitter (Lynn_Allen) with over a quarter million impressions every month.

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3DEXPERIENCE World 2022—Virtual and Real—Coming to Atlanta February 6-9th https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/3dexperience-world-2022-virtual-and-real-coming-to-atlanta-february-6-9th.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/3dexperience-world-2022-virtual-and-real-coming-to-atlanta-february-6-9th.html#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:00:54 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47587 Learn more about the changes coming to 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2022 taking place in Atlanta, GA, February 6-9, 2022.

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Simge Akarsu is a Senior Strategy & Program Manager. She is responsible for 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD event strategy.

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Are you tired of staying at home and ready to attend a spectacular event, one where you can reconnect with old friends, network with your peers, learn something new, and see what’s happening in the technology world? Then join us at 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2022!

The event will be held on February 6-9, 2022 in Atlanta, GA; but, if you are not quite ready to attend an in-person event, it’s not a problem. We have a very interesting agenda for you, and you can join wherever you are in the world virtually! We are calling 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2022 a unique hybrid experience with a blend of both in-person and virtual opportunities to attend.

If you are ready, I want to share what is waiting for you at this unique hybrid experience, which will enable you to participate in all of your favorite SOLIDWORKS moments you’ve come to know and love about our annual event in whatever way works for you.

LIVE vs. VIRTUAL The LIVE part of the event will be packed with more than 300 technical breakouts, general sessions, reseller-specific sessions, the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, Model Mania competition, and other ways to connect with fellow users, just like yourself! And, don’t forget about the Tuesday night special event! In addition, LIVE event attendees will have access to the virtual VIP Package and follow-up on the virtual part of the event.

The virtual part of the event will have its own platform (similar to 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2021 Virtual event) that enables you to see what is happening at the LIVE event with LIVE streaming. You can watch the livestream of General sessions, 100+ technical breakout sessions; join the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and virtual hands-on sessions; meet with other virtual attendees during 25+ meet-up sessions and listen to their stories, ask questions;  visit the Playground; watch Livestream videos; and visit our sponsors’ booths.  You can also join the virtual Model Mania, and last but not least, play online games and have a chance to win virtual badges and trophies!

Let’s go a little bit deeper into the agenda:

General Sessions: Preparation takes months, but the results are always worth it! 97% of our General Session attendees liked the content and shows during the sessions. Attendees will hear from industry luminaries and Dassault Systèmes executives about how the skills and strategies gained from attending 3DEXPERIENCE World can power innovation, growth, and prosperity for SOLIDWORKS users, business leaders, and entrepreneurs alike—now and into the future with its expanded 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio, which includes and the most recent addition of SOLIDWORKS ERP tools from DELMIA|Works (formerly IQMS).

Technical Breakout sessions:  You should never give up learning and improving yourself so our team is hard at work creating the best technical agenda. We will provide discussion and training opportunities across a wide range of topics, including:

  •         Cloud technologies
  •         Design/Engineering
  •         CAD Management
  •         Data/Project Management
  •         Simulation
  •         Manufacturing
  •         SOLIDWORKS ERP tools (DELMIA|Works)
  •         Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)
  •         Education & Research

If you attend the LIVE event, you will have access to more than 300+ technical breakout sessions to improve your knowledge; If you participate in the Virtual part of the event, you will have access to 100+ technical breakout sessions and will have the opportunity to ask your questions of the presenters.

3DEXPERIENCE Playground We will open the Playground with the most delicious food and beverages to celebrate what you will see in it! This is a great place to explore all of our new tools and solutions in  the Dassault Systèmes booth,  visit the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, Shop floor, Model Mania, our sponsors, resellers and marketplace[SB1]  sellers booths, some selected products designed by our customers, SOLIDWORKS Education booth, and more.

MeetUp Sessions: What more do we need than to talk to other people and learn from them? Join us for the 25+ MeetUp sessions that will be part of the virtual event. You can network with your peers, learn how similar challenges have been solved, and ask questions about SOLIDWORKS and its expanded 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio including and the most recent addition of SOLIDWORKS ERP (DELMIA|Works). Get the answers to your questions from experts and executives, thought leaders, makers, and influencers. In-person event attendees will also have access to all virtual MeetUp sessions.

Students: When I was a student, it was like a dream to meet everyone who worked in my dream software company and see all the latest technology in one place! Well, obviously, it’s no longer a dream, but a reality! One of our highest priorities at SOLIDWORKS is to help students build the career of their dreams. We’re now inviting students to attend 3DEXPERIENCE World in person for FREE with that goal in mind! Join the next generation of makers and innovators who want to create products that make a difference for a three-day collective experience that will inspire and energize you to bring your ideas to life!

Makers: It is amazing to have a hobby and a passion that you can help you channel your creative energies. We love makers, hobbyists, builders and tinkerers working in their personal workshops, basements, garages, or in fab labs and makerspaces. Join us for all things “Making” and experience the power of design, digital fabrication, and collaboration. Come for the skills; stay for the Community!

Get Certified: “I have at least 6 SOLIDWORKS and 4 3DEXPERIENCE platform certifications; what about you?” Are you interested in getting certified? Earning a certification can help you get a job, keep a job, or possibly move up in your current role. Be a part of our growing and passionate Community of certified users and get certified today. There are several SOLIDWORKS exams, as well as 3DEXPERIENCE platform exams available.

Tuesday Night Special Event: Each year I promise myself to see all the special event areas. And believe me, it’s not easy because it’s too big, each stop is amazingly organized, and too much fun; I see everyone around, I talk, dance, drink, and eat with them. As I sit here writing now, I realize how much I miss this party and can’t wait to be back together again this year with all of you!  This year’s Special Event will take place at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Tuesday, February 8, 2022!  Just a short walk (or bus ride) from the Georgia World Congress Center. Pack your athletic shoes as you will be able to compete in activities like batting cage practice, punt pass & kick contest, soccer competition, and other interactive games.  Are food & drinks more of your style? We got you! Enjoy complimentary drinks, dinner, and live entertainment in the different themed lounges around the field.  We are counting down the days until this very special night!

Looking for more? You’ll have to wait for my second blog post, but before that, decide what you will do because the registration is opening soon. If you are ready to travel and network in person in Atlanta (limited capacity), we will see you there!  But if not, we will see you in the virtual event – both will be great. I told you this event would be a unique hybrid experience. We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Learn more about this exciting hybrid event on our 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2022 website.

 

 

 

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Simge Akarsu is a Senior Strategy & Program Manager. She is responsible for 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD event strategy.

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Vortex IoT Uses 3DEXPERIENCE Works to Deliver Clean Technologies on Time https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/vortex-iot-uses-3dexperience-works-to-deliver-clean-technologies-on-time.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/vortex-iot-uses-3dexperience-works-to-deliver-clean-technologies-on-time.html#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:00:20 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47462 Learn more about how VORTEX designers were able to keep working despite the pandemic because of the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE Works® platform.

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Vortex IoT, a leading clean technologies company, makes products that support transportation infrastructure development and smart cities. Using a combination of intelligent sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) learning, artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and unique low-power mesh networks, Vortex products deliver rich, real-time data.

VORTEX designers were able to keep working despite the pandemic because the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE Works® platform enabled remote collaboration and leveraging of SOLIDWORKS® design data in the cloud.

Remote Work Vital to Success

When Vortex was founded in 2017, it implemented SOLIDWORKS® to design and engineer its products. However, in early 2020 the innovative startup needed to find a way to continue product development during lockdowns, according to Senior Product Design Engineer Bryce Davey.

“We were already looking at doing product development on a cloud-based platform to remain on the cutting edge of innovation when COVID hit,” Davey recalls. “A cloud-based system suddenly became vital to keeping product design on track and on schedule. In short, we needed to quickly implement a cloud-based development system that enabled us to work remotely and exchange CAD data while also integrating our existing CAD designs.” Vortex implemented cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions in 2020.

Data Management and Workflow Matter

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD seamlessly connects with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, making SOLIDWORKS CAD data accessible to team members working from home, and the platform provides automated revision control and the ability to work in the cloud without the need for [building an internal] server infrastructure,” Davey continues.

Vortex was up and running within a few days. The platform also enabled the company to quickly replicate and streamline its workflows with distinct dashboards that helped make working remotely more efficient.

“Data management was the biggest issue we faced in the cloud, and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform takes care of that without having to spend thousands on server infrastructure and administration,” says Davey. “The system is safe and secure, and all that we need to worry about is who can access the system by managing user access rights, which creates opportunities for working more productively with vendors and partners by giving them access only to the data they need.”

Looking Forward

Since implementing 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions, Vortex has continued developing and transitioning to mass production of a next-generation sensor for its air quality monitoring system. “In the future, we plan on leveraging the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for efficiently managing engineering change orders and effectively communicating with manufacturing and assembly partners,” enthuses Davey. “As our product development efforts expand, we are confident that our use of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will also increase to support and maintain business growth.”

Contact your local reseller to learn more about how the 3DEXPERIENCE Works platform can optimize your product development regardless of unpredictable changes. You can read the entire Vortex IoT case study here.

 

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Animating Your Assemblies Like a Champion https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/animating-your-assemblies-like-a-champion.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/animating-your-assemblies-like-a-champion.html#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:00:10 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47534 SOLIDWORKS Champions Program member Yahya Khedr explores how sharing your passion and expertise with others around the world is a great way to grow your own SOLIDWORKS skills and the skills of those around you.

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As the Senior Strategy & Community Manager here at SOLIDWORKS, Sean helps connect community members from around the world who go above & beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise. Sean also looks to amplify the voices and efforts of many community members who seek to inspire others through their usage of our products.

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There’s this term called “edutainment,” which Oxford Languages describes as “entertainment with an educational aspect.” And, yes, I’m unsure I really ‘had to’ provide the definition for the word “edutainment,” as it was largely inferred.

Anyway, I’ve always found the design and engineering content world to be rich with this stuff. It can feel easier to learn new things when learning is fun. I think most of us would agree with that idea.

For instance, consider the prospect of learning to ‘build your own laser engraver.’ You might think that’s neat on its own. But now, consider the prospect of learning how to build a laser engraver while using your own company logo or an illustration of Batman.

The second option sounds way more enticing to me!

SOLIDWORKS Champion Yahya Khedr knows this tactic all too well. Earlier this year, Yahya set out on a quest to use SOLIDWORKS Motion to create cool and interesting animations.

This LinkedIn post featuring some of Yahya’s best Motion animations got 1,450 LinkedIn reactions and 82 comments!

“I found out about SOLIDWORKS Motion around the same time I started using SOLIDWORKS,” Yahya recounts. “That’s because I started learning using the built-in tutorials that come with the software, which cover many topics – including SOLIDWORKS Motion.”

“I was instantly fascinated by its capabilities. In no time, I was using it to animate many of my models, including the Wave Motion Simulator I submitted as a physics project while in school!”

It’s true that you wouldn’t describe some of the animation Yahya has created and shared as exhibiting ‘hardcore engineering principles,’ but that’s not always the point.

For example, Yahya made animations showing how to: color sort 565 balls within an hourglass-shaped prism and shift a cutout on a chocolate bar in a way that retains its core, original shape.

Regarding the ball sorting animation, Yahya explains: “I started with all the balls in the default grey color, ran the animation and left the balls fall into the 4 sections under the effect of gravity.”

Ah – very clever! Yahya continues: “After that, I colored the balls in each section the same color, then dragged the appearance keys of all balls to the beginning of the animation.”

“All that was left was to recalculate the animation and watch as the balls got sorted according to their color!”

Figuring out ways to make things work that aren’t so obvious at first? OK – maybe we aren’t so far away from exhibiting ‘hardcore engineering principles’ as we may have thought!

Nevertheless, Yahya’s also shared other more traditionally mechanical animations to LinkedIn, such as animating a passive pressure gauge while tracing its path.

All of these have been posted at one time or another to Yahya’s LinkedIn. At times, when I see interesting things being posted to fellow LinkedIn member feeds, I still catch myself wondering: “What does the creator feel they’re getting out of creating and sharing this piece?”

I actually asked Yahya this same question. Yahya responded: “I share my animations for 3 main reasons: getting feedback, inspiring others and- most importantly – motivating myself.” I imagine this is true for many people. Having your work seen incites all of these powerful forcing functions pressing you to continue on in your journey.

And what does Yahya value about the community we’ve all come to create? “I like how diverse the community is, especially the user experience & the wide range of topics we discuss.”

“I also like how selflessness is the norm, and how everyone is just willing to help – even if that means dedicating some of your own time for it!”

This rang so true for me. In many ways, Yahya offered a restatement of the founding values of the SOLIDWORKS Champions Program – to acknowledge and connect community members in industry from around the world who go above and beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise.

Yahya agreed, offering “I joined the Champions Program because I’ve always found surrounding myself with those who share my passion to be the best way to make good use of my experience, as well as a way to increase my knowledge.”

This much is clear! You can connect with Yahya on LinkedIn here, and see an aggregate of Yahya’s many animations within this post inside the Made In 3D community.

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SOLIDWORKS Users: Get your Valuable Design Time Back With 3DEXPERIENCE Works https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/solidworks-users-get-your-valuable-design-time-back-with-3dexperience-works.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/solidworks-users-get-your-valuable-design-time-back-with-3dexperience-works.html#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:24:59 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47548 Find out how you can unburden engineers with cloud-based data management so they can focus on what they do best: designing innovative products.

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Lisa Costa is a Senior Industry Process Consultant Specialist at Dassault Systems SOLIDWORKS. She leverages her many years as a user and in technical sales and support in the CAD industry to bring sanity to the topic of data and lifecycle management.

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SOLIDWORKS started out as one of the most efficient productivity tools around for engineering organizations, and it continues that tradition today. That is, when you can get the time to sit down at your computer and use it.

Because, let’s face it; engineers are constantly being asked to do what I would call non-value added tasks by others within the company, which takes them away from what they were hired to do: create innovative new products. Among these common distractions are meetings, endless emails, requests for screenshots, PDFs of drawings, needs for exports of the BOMS, and more that get in the way of SOLIDWORKS users being just that – users of SOLIDWORKS.

The good news is that there is a way for our clients to get their time back by allowing the SOLIDWORKS files and data to be leveraged by other team members who aren’t SOLIDWORKS users and may not even be Windows users.

The ultimate productivity solution for product development is the 3DEXERIENCE platform. Tools designed specifically for our SOLIDWORKS users are in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.

All of us here at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS would love it if everybody in your company had access to our CAD tools. We’d love it if designers and engineers had the time to use it all day, every work day designing the innovative products that our customers are known for.

 

That’s the way we’d all like to think things should go! The reality is that the creation of the CAD data is just one piece of the product development process. It is a critical piece, though! The productivity of the SOLIDWORKS users is our number-one priority! The cloud data management and collaboration capabilities of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio can clear the decks for our users so they can be even more productive.

Collaborative Industry Innovator offers users cloud-based Data Management capabilities on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which includes organizing, managing lifecycles and approvals, engineering collaboration, design reviews and mark ups, issue and change management, and more.

 

It’s called the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for a really key reason – it was purpose-built and designed to manage all of the 3D data used to develop products. I mean that the name really is what it does – it gives you the ability to get your valuable 3D designs into a unified platform so others in your company – and beyond! – can experience it in the manner and ways that they need to in order to accomplish their tasks in the overall product development process. The key being that they will do that without bugging the SOLIDWORKS users all the time to get access to the CAD data. The platform enables them to self-serve and gain access to the information they need when they need it.

Use Product Release Engineer to manage your product engineering definition. This role brings the together the product definition from multiple disciplines and engineering tools (MCAD, ECAD, Software, etc.) from early definition through to product validation and release.

 

If SOLIDWORKS and CAD software in general did everything in the product development process, then companies wouldn’t need to give engineering organizations licenses to anything other than SOLIDWORKS, and our clients wouldn’t request ways to get the SOLIDWORKS data and files to other people, groups, or systems. Which they do – often!

 

Watch the video above to learn how the product development platform, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, provides capabilities and roles to give your SOLIDWORKS users back time to actual be using SOLIDWORKS. Learn how you can unburden your engineers so they can focus on what matters most by downloading Tech-Clarity’s “How-to Reduce Non-Value-Added Work in Engineering” eBook.

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Take Your Factory Floor Data Out of the Dark https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/take-your-factory-floor-data-out-of-the-dark.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/take-your-factory-floor-data-out-of-the-dark.html#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 12:00:18 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47505 See how MES software can help you capture valuable shop floor data, which can be leveraged to continuously improve your business.

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Michael Buchli has 20 years of design and manufacturing experience throughout the Midwest ranging from Aerospace to recycling systems. A number of those years were spent learning and understanding workflows and processes to improve efficiency and productivity. From running CNC equipment to welding and painting Michael has been hands-on in all aspects of bringing products to market. Michael is also certified in many areas of mfg and a CSWP. He has also written the CAMWorks Handbook.

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Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software programs monitor and manage your operations and the work in-progress on your shop floor.

A good MES program will offer real-time data exchange between your machines and your software. Why? To report on plant activities, trigger events, and more. Ultimately, an MES supports decision-making through operator support, planning and scheduling, resource management, and real-time production visibility. (Learn more about how MES software can increase efficiencies at your factory.)

MES tools shine a light on factory floor data that can be leveraged in several ways, including:

  •         Business Intelligence – Leverage the data collected by your MES software and have Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) data and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reporting and analysis at your fingertips to make more informed decisions.
  •         Inventory Management – Simplify and improve inventory transactions from the warehouse to the production floor to the shipping dock for maximum accountability and total inventory control.
  •         Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) – Establish a complete preventative maintenance program for your machines, tools, auxiliary equipment, gages, and more to eliminate scheduling conflicts and unexpected downtime.
  •         Planning and Scheduling –Incorporate all your scheduling requirements and objectives into one central engine that optimizes your schedule and meets your Lean business objectives.
  •         Real-time Production Monitoring –Immediately track and report your results as parts are made, including overall enterprise efficiency or specific work-center performance for ultimate shop floor control.

This list is not an exhaustive, but only scratches the surface of the breadth of valuable information you can gather from your shop floor. It is too valuable to ignore. MES software can complement Lean manufacturing principles at your company, too.

Why Integration Matters

Today MES software packages are increasingly integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solutions. Good ERP integration occurs when MES software complements your ERP software. The two programs should integrate fluidly. You should be able to capture data and make decisions in real time with all your critical information easily flowing back and forth between the two programs.

With modern MES software you can manage your entire shop floor. Here are some factors to consider regarding an MES software’s ability to integrate at the machine level:

  •         How will the MES package interface with your machines?
  •         Does it tie directly into the machine’s controller, PLCs, or directly to sensors?
  •         How does it get that information back to the software for analysis and alerts?
  •         Can you get visual aids, like machine status light sticks, to assist in the process?

Stop Complaining and Start Saving

What is happening on your shop floor right now? If time is money on the factory floor, ask yourself how you can better manage your resources and time with MES. This white paper will guide you in determining what you could save.

Many more savings can be uncovered with the right tools. Stop saying, “There has to be a better way.” An MES program can offer a single reliable version of the truth and provide a full orchestration of your resources. Your shop floor data no longer needs to be in the dark, isolated, and disconnected from the top floor.

If you have questions about DELMIAworks MES software, contact your local reseller.

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Michael Buchli has 20 years of design and manufacturing experience throughout the Midwest ranging from Aerospace to recycling systems. A number of those years were spent learning and understanding workflows and processes to improve efficiency and productivity. From running CNC equipment to welding and painting Michael has been hands-on in all aspects of bringing products to market. Michael is also certified in many areas of mfg and a CSWP. He has also written the CAMWorks Handbook.

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Developing Market-disruptive HVAC Airflow Products with SOLIDWORKS https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/developing-market-disruptive-hvac-airflow-products-with-solidworks.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/developing-market-disruptive-hvac-airflow-products-with-solidworks.html#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:00:38 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47475 See how Grupo NAMM uses SOLIDWORKS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis capabilities to demonstrate air flow performance to increase product design efficiencies.

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Grupo NAMM (The NAMM Group) is the largest Mexican equipment manufacturer for air distribution in HVAC systems, such as grilles, diffusers, industrial louvers, and architectural louvers, with a 30-percent share of the Mexican market. Founded in 1976, NAMM is committed to leveraging technology to provide high-performance and aesthetic solutions for air movement. The company’s headquarters and production facility are in Monterrey, and it recently entered the U.S. market with its Airkitek® brand.

Innovating Air-flow Solutions

The manufacturer needed flow simulation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis capabilities to show air flow performance, which prompted NAMM management to decide to replace the previous design software that the company had been using with SOLIDWORKS® solutions.

“There were no integrated flow simulators for use with [Autodesk®] Inventor that we had confidence in, so we made the decision to move to SOLIDWORKS Premium for design and structural simulation, and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for simulating air flow in our products,” Dossantos recalls.

He adds, “We need to be able to produce air flow performance answers fast when clients request them, and the integration between the SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation solutions gives us the ability that we need to quickly perform flow simulations and increase the efficiency of heat transfer by optimizing air flow in our products.”

Lowering Prototyping Costs

 In addition to quickly developing and launching the Airkitek brand in the U.S. since moving to SOLIDWORKS, NAMM cut prototyping costs by 20 percent while developing its breakthrough TermoTransfer Technology, a system of louvers that not only exhaust heat but also draw in the fresh air, increasing heat transfer efficiency as a result. “SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is really good for making disruptive designs without negatively affecting heat transfer efficiency,” Dossantos stresses.

 The company also used SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create marketing imagery and to slash photography costs through the use of photorealistic renderings.

Developing and Launching a New International Brand

Using integrated SOLIDWORKS design and simulation tools, NAMM created and launched its Airkitek brand, developing an entire line of LEED-compliant, high-quality products for the American market.

“As the Airkitek name signifies, we are leveraging technology to become true ‘architects of air’ when it comes to HVAC equipment,” NAMM Business Developer Abraham Alarcon says. “The ability to run flow simulations with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation allows us to quickly address any concerns that prospective customers may have, give them confidence in the performance of our products, and prove the effectiveness of our products as we expand internationally.”

You can read the full NAMM case study here.

Contact your local reseller to learn how SOLIDWORKS can optimize your product development process to create innovative products faster and more efficiently.

 

 

 

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SOLIDWORKS Largest (And Longest) User Group Meeting Ever https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/solidworks-largest-and-longest-user-group-meeting-ever.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/solidworks-largest-and-longest-user-group-meeting-ever.html#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:00:24 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47491 A recap of the largest, 24-hour SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting (SLUGME6) ever held, along with some mind-blowing stats.

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I am the manager of the SOLIDWORK User Group Network (SWUGN). I spent over 12 years in the reseller channel providing technical support to SOLIDWORK Users, teaching SOLIDWORKS classes, and delivering marketing & sales presentations to new and experienced SOLIDWORKS users. I am a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and I am thrilled to continuing serving the SOLIDWORKS community for many years to come.

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SLUGME6 was an epic event, to say the least. Let’s break down this one-of-a-kind, 24-hour User Group Meeting and examine some of the mind-blowing stats.

Earlier this year, Kam Smith, Todd Blacksher, and Eric Beatty approached me with a crazy idea for SLUGME6. After SLUGME5 went on for about 4 hours, they wanted to push SLUGME6 all the way to 24 hours. I immediately jumped onboard with the idea and the creativity started to flow. Click here to read a recent blog by Eric Beatty, offering a complete history of SLUGME.

We all agreed that it would be great if the four of us could broadcast live from DS SOLIDWORKS HQ in Waltham, Massachusetts, with a “News Desk” look and feel, complete with some pretty slick blazers. I reached out to several awesome people in Waltham and when we all arrived, we were greeted with a proper broadcast setup, complete with live studio audience seating.

We truly could not have asked for a nicer setup and we are grateful for the amazing people that helped to piece this all together. I was humbled by the hospitality and teamwork that was on display. From ordering food, to booking hotels, to creating the YouTube Event, to ironing the SLUGME6 patches onto those sweet green jackets, to setting up the news desk.

We could not have pulled off this event without a huge team effort. Gian Paolo, Suchit, Ana, Suzanne Locke, Derek Jones, Matthew, Sean, Sara Z, Kristen, Simge, Jiggy, Tony, Mary, Jane, Karen, Barb, Margie, Lynn, Juan Chapa, Mike Puckett, Richie More, Junko Matsumoto, Manon Ranger and more. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone. Thank you Team!

Let’s take a close look at some of the stats from the YouTube Live Stream of the event:

  1. The total length with the pre and post show was 25:24:08
  2. The live stream was viewed 5,273 times and with an estimated number of 3,300 unique viewers
  3. There were 3,249 messages sent in the live chat
  4. The event was viewed by people in 41 countries. (Top 5 – US, India, Brazil, Mexico & The UK)
  5. 54% of viewers watched on smartphones
  6. 684 Surveys were completed
  7. 24 new SOLIDWORKS Certifications were purchased

This event would not have been possible without the help of our amazing production crew at Cramer. They were organized and patient with us as we completed the agenda and organized the very last presentation. The logistics were flawless and the quality level of the event was second to none. Please extend our gratitude to the entire Cramer staff. Lyssa, Abbie, Vinnie, Pat, Rob, Emilee, Phil, Billy, Darren, Gibby, Matt and Dan – Thank You!

Kirby Downey and Johnny Harrison are a couple of User Group Leaders and SOLIDWORKS Champions, based in the UK. They offered us an opportunity to connect SLUGME6 with the first Magic Wheel Chair build in the UK. The kiddo, George, asked if they could build a dragon from Lego Ninjago.

As we can see in the image below, they delivered in a big way. They did an amazing thing for little George and he seemed really happy. Thank you to everyone who helped with this build and thank you to Magic Wheelchair for connecting Kirby and Johnny with George.

As part of the agenda, we developed a six-part keystone presentation series for which a LeMans Themed Hypercar Body, Wheels &Tires, and Frame would be developed and simulated. This series was one of the most comprehensive 3DEXPERIENCE Platform demonstrations that I have ever seen. It was delivered in a casual and approachable format. Jason Pohl, Jordan Tadic, and Andy Barnes were having an engaging and lighthearted conversation while creating a masterpiece on screen in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

Shreyas Vaidya and Omar Zohni validated the design with some fantastic analysis work and were able to provide some real-time feedback to Jordan and Jason in terms of the Frame and Body design. Dan McGinn also contributed a great bonus on 3D Structural Creator. Toby Schnaars hosted the final keystone session during which he recapped the entire design and cultivated a great conversation with each presenter and the desk. This data set is one of the best and I hope to see it in other presentations.  Many thanks to this incredible bunch!

As we saw in Eric’s recent blog, this event was years in the making. Todd, Kam, and Eric built a reputation and following with SLUGME 1-5. This was a perfect launch pad for SLUGME6. Their contributions to the SOLIDWORKS Community are invaluable. The efforts of these fine gentleman have delivered top notch technical content directly to SOLIDWORKS users across the world. This event has also contributed to the sense of community within SOLIDWORKS users in a big way! The live chat was a constant flow of positive energy for over 25 hours. As Gian Paolo stated, we are forever in their debt for lifting up our community with this one-of-a-kind event. On a personal note, it was an honor to sit at the desk with these guys.

We also had some help from some great partners and other vendors. Driveworks supplied us with some great Pizza gift cards and a cool video about Driveworks CPQ for Manufacturing. Driveworks recently blogged about this SLUGME6 as well. You can check that out here.

We also cannot forget the 20+ presenters who recorded and submitted their presentations. Many of these folks are user group leaders and SOLIDWORKS champions from around the world. We even had presentations delivered in Portuguese, Japanese, and Russian. SLUGME6 was truly an international event.

I undoubtedly missed some folks who helped to make this event happen but we are truly grateful for everyone’s help. I look forward to the future of SLUGME and SWUGN as a whole. Let us know your ideas for SLUGME 7!

 

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Don’t Miss SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Live – Mavens of Manufacturing on September 7th https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/dont-miss-solidworks-manufacturing-live-mavens-of-manufacturing-on-september-7th.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/dont-miss-solidworks-manufacturing-live-mavens-of-manufacturing-on-september-7th.html#respond Thu, 02 Sep 2021 12:00:37 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47426 The theme of this month's SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Live is "Celebrating women in manufacturing; from the shop floor to the c-suite.”

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Michael Buchli has 20 years of design and manufacturing experience throughout the Midwest ranging from Aerospace to recycling systems. A number of those years were spent learning and understanding workflows and processes to improve efficiency and productivity. From running CNC equipment to welding and painting Michael has been hands-on in all aspects of bringing products to market. Michael is also certified in many areas of mfg and a CSWP. He has also written the CAMWorks Handbook.

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Throughout the last couple of episodes of Manufacturing Live, we started to recognized a common theme with our guests: the all-too-common skills gap in manufacturing coupled with the next generation of manufacturers and what types of people will be needed to fill those positions.

None of these discussions are new.  Everyone is talking about them at a high level, and some are even doing things to make the world better, like Titan Gilroy in our last episode.  He is not alone.

There is another person out there making a big impact—Meaghan Ziemba from Mavens of Manufacturing, who will be our special guest for Episode 4 of SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Live, taking place on September 7th at 11AM ET on LinkedIn.

Meaghan is leading the charge to showcase women in Manufacturing and driving the discussion on how to get the next generation excited about Manufacturing and all the possibilities it can offer.

Mavens of Manufacturing has four major goals:

  •         Bring awareness to U.S. manufacturing to help increase our competitive edge from the rest of the world.
  •         Recruit younger generations to the engineering and manufacturing sectors to decrease the skills and gender gaps and create a platform of mentors for younger generations to connect and network with.
  •         Attract more women to increase our presence and fill more of the expected vacancies over the next 5 to 10 years.
  •         Provide a platform for different brands to share their stories and get connected with potential customers and employees.

Meaghan and the Mavens of Manufacturing are doing an amazing job at pulling back the curtain of Manufacturing today and asking the correct question of why can’t everyone have a successful and fulfilling career making things to improve the world around.  What was once a male-dominated sector is now home to everyone who wants to use their skills to build and create products.  More importantly, they discuss the real-world issues and challenges that are still present through the evolution of Manufacturing for everyone.  If you would like to tune into past episodes, please check out the podcasts here.

Please join me on September 7th at 11AM ET as we welcome Meaghan to Episode 4 of SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Live on LinkedIn to chat about Manufacturing, the skills gap, and Manufacturing for everyone!

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Michael Buchli has 20 years of design and manufacturing experience throughout the Midwest ranging from Aerospace to recycling systems. A number of those years were spent learning and understanding workflows and processes to improve efficiency and productivity. From running CNC equipment to welding and painting Michael has been hands-on in all aspects of bringing products to market. Michael is also certified in many areas of mfg and a CSWP. He has also written the CAMWorks Handbook.

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Lean Manufacturing Is Perfect for Smaller Businesses (Part II) https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/lean-manufacturing-is-perfect-for-smaller-businesses-part-ii.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/09/lean-manufacturing-is-perfect-for-smaller-businesses-part-ii.html#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 12:00:52 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47447 Part II of this Lean MFG blog shows you how to apply Lean principles at your company, associated challenges you may face, and what results you might expect.

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Adrian Wood

Adrian has spent over 20 years in customer-facing positions ranging from sales and marketing, to fulfilment and account management. His career focus has been on problem solving and development within emerging and rapid growth segments to enable customer success across a wide range of industries from High Tech to Retail and Logistics and across multiple disciplines such as Supply Chain, Manufacturing Simulation and Analytics.

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In Part I, we discussed some practical principles of Lean manufacturing (I hope you tried the Five Whys on someone you know). Today we will discuss how to apply these principles at your company, associated challenges you may face, and what results you might expect. As you saw in Part I, Lean is rooted in common sense and is more straightforward than most people assume. Below are some of the keys ideas to successfully implementing Lean.

Secure Agreement from All Involved

First, because Lean changes a company’s behavior, you need to have buy-in at all levels. You can’t change design and manufacturing teams if managers or executives are not willing to change. And if managers and executives are willing to change but they don’t respect the teams themselves, Lean won’t work, either. You need to have agreement across the entire organization.

Don’t Treat Lean as a Project

If you treat Lean as a project with a start, middle, and end, the transformation will end when you get to the end of the project. The tendency is to snap back to the way things were tends to happen upon project completion. Kaizen, part of the Lean philosophy or mantra, is about continuous improvement. It indicates a change in company culture and behavior, which goes way beyond the idea of completing a project.

Walk a Mile in Your Employees’ Shoes

You must start at the beginning. That means knowing exactly what’s happening at your company today. Toyota uses the term gemba, which literally means go and see what’s happening, walk the shop floor, and live a day in the life of the workers. So, you go and look, and you go watch and you go see. If someone says, “I can’t do this because it’s pretty difficult,” try it for yourself and see what happens. That’s the first process. First understand, from the worker’s perspective and experience, what’s happening. Then you can truly understand the issue at hand.

And then consider digital visual management tools to make standards known and easily communicate issues to your departmental teams. This is a vital part of company and culture transformation: clearly showing people what’s happening. Digital whiteboards and sticky notes are simple management tools that enable people to see the problems and discuss them. Visuals such as traffic-light indicators (green for good, yellow for warning, and red for bad) can be very effective. Making it easy and convenient to visually go and see what’s happening is key to continuous improvement.

No Finger Pointing

Another concept is to focus on the solution rather than point fingers. The Lean philosophy has many concepts around mutual respect, whether it’s respecting a manager, a team member, a peer, or a subordinate. The focus should be the solution (rather than pointing fingers) and then making sure the goals are reasonable and attainable over time versus a big-bang project (with a ludicrous goal regarding production rates or reducing costs) that just isn’t realistic. A series of smalls wins, over time, equals big wins. It takes time and patience and focus.

Remember, there are digital visualization tools to assist your company in enacting changes. The digital tools for Lean also include other problem-solving tools like Five Why diagrams that help you quickly solve problems on the fly. Digital tools often make it easier and faster to implement Lean practices and make critical cultural and operational changes to your business.

What to Expect from a Lean Implementation

Some results will be hard values like reduced costs, material expenditures, and time, which you’d expect from implementing Lean across an organization. Other results include significant reduction in product quality issues or an increase in the rate of production. But there are also soft values; one of the most important ones is having autonomous teams. Gone is rigid management structure, where problems get escalated and often stuck at higher levels in the company. Lean teams are able and entrusted to basically solve problems themselves. The Lean methodology enables them with the practical tools necessary.

Without a Lean and efficient manufacturing process, the only other way to satisfy customer demand is by throwing money at it. If you throw inventory at customer demand, you make sure you have finished goods when customers ask for them because you’re not agile enough to create them on-demand or in a shorter time frame. Again, given the competitiveness of some industries today and the level of disruption, smaller companies just can’t afford such a strategy. It’s not sustainable for them, and they’ll jeopardize their business if they try. So Lean is all about doing more with less or the same with less without adding excess waste.

Why Lean Can Be More Successful at Smaller Companies

With a specific purpose in mind, smaller companies are better at adopting Lean methodologies. It’s much easier to get buy-in because you can typically get the CEO’s attention reasonably fast to get approvals, a process that is much more complicated in larger companies where politics and bureaucracy can prohibit quick decision-making at all levels.

Changing the culture of an organization is not a project. It’s about small continuous changes. Every manufacturing stand-up meeting is an opportunity to do something slightly better or to improve in some way. It’s not about sending a team off to a six-week training course to become Six Sigma black belts and expecting them to bring about change when they return, because that’s not the way people change.

People change continuously when there’s a slight change to behavior that’s beneficial and reinforced over time. People don’t change quickly. Going to boot camp for a week and coming back a different person doesn’t happen. So, start small and improve continuously. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

People are More Important than Products

Remember: it is the people that make it happen. A product doesn’t make itself, so the key is focusing on the team and the human element and the relationships and how they can improve, as a team is critical to success.

Even in highly automated industries, it’s still the humans behind the machines that effectively solve the problems and make the industry work efficiently. No amount of artificial intelligence will solve a design problem or fix a part of a process that isn’t working properly.

Teams are the lifeblood of organizations. Without teams, business doesn’t work, and every company is an aggregation of various teams at different levels, including manufacturing. If you can improve each one just a little bit, the cumulative benefit can be enormous to an organization.

 

Technology Can Help

Colleagues that used to meet in person now are dispersed—especially from precautions regarding COVID-19. Collaborating in hybrid environments is likely here to stay.

That’s another reason cloud-based applications like 3DLean are becoming so popular. You can be at home or the office or traveling and still attend daily Lean stand-up manufacturing meetings to help solve issues with your team.

If you have more questions about how 3DLean or Lean manufacturing tools that can help your business, don’t hesitate to contact your local reseller.

 

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Adrian has spent over 20 years in customer-facing positions ranging from sales and marketing, to fulfilment and account management. His career focus has been on problem solving and development within emerging and rapid growth segments to enable customer success across a wide range of industries from High Tech to Retail and Logistics and across multiple disciplines such as Supply Chain, Manufacturing Simulation and Analytics.

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Two SOLIDWORKS Communities- Ready and Waiting for You https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/two-solidworks-communitites-ready-and-waiting-for-you.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/two-solidworks-communitites-ready-and-waiting-for-you.html#respond Thu, 26 Aug 2021 12:00:54 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47417 Learn more about two communities on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform that were created specifically for SOLIDWORKS users.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Get more with your SOLIDWORKS experience by accessing and engaging in two online communities 24/7:

 

What is the SOLIDWORKS User Forum Community?

The SOLIDWORKS User Forum Community is where users can learn, engage, discover and share knowledge with other SOLIDWORKS users about 3DEXPERIENCE Works – desktop, cloud-connected, or pure cloud.

In this community you can find answers to questions you may have related to using SOLIDWORKS. To do so you can:

  •        Post your technical-related questions
  •        Access FAQ’s and additional resources in the community Wiki

The SOLIDWORKS User Forum Community has thousands of active SOLIDWORKS users as members, and 100’s of questions already asked and answered.

This community provides you – via an “Ideas Funnel” – the option to share your ideas related to the SOLIDWORKS enhancements that you’d like to see.  The funnel is reviewed and acted on by the SOLIDWORKS R&D team.  There are currently over 100 ideas submitted by community members and you, too, can jump in and share your thoughts and ideas!

What is the SOLIDWORKS Connect Community?

The SOLIDWORKS Connect Community is where you can get the latest news, information about upcoming events and connect with SOLIDWORKS Brand experts.

Stay up-to-date with what’s going on with SOLIDWORKS.  Access all the content and available session replays from the 2021 3DEXPERIENCE World event in the community wiki.  Feel free to ask SOLIDWORKS brand experts your questions related to the content posted in the community and get answers.

Both of these communities are here for you, 24/7 – to get the most out of your communities, log in or join and get started now.  Browse available content, participate and set up your subscription notifications so you never miss a community heartbeat.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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How SOLIDWORKS Connectors Can Streamline Your Business https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/how-solidworks-connectors-can-streamline-your-business.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/how-solidworks-connectors-can-streamline-your-business.html#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 12:00:20 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47353 Learn more about how SOLIDWORKS Connectors make it easier to transition to a single platform to optimize efficiencies and collaboration.

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Kurt is a Product Portfolio Manager for PDM Solutions at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS.

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It’s rare to find a medium- to large-sized company that uses a single authoring tool for mechanical, electrical, and electronics design. Mixed tools often result from acquisitions and mergers, and although a company’s goal might be achieving consensus on a single tool, the process of attaining that goal is often painfully slow. Data migration and conversion and user resistance are common roadblocks. Companies need to weigh their options and plan skillfully to not disrupt the product development process.

Make Changes with Minimal Disruption

While transitioning to a preferred authoring tool, companies can use a single data management system to ease the transition and to ensure everything they need is in one application. Very often the data from an authoring tool needs some type of manipulation before it can be fed to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Manipulations can include adding non-modeled items such as paint, glue, or packaging to the product structure (Bill of Material). In addition, data from different types of authoring tools may need to be consolidated. Many products have both mechanical and electrical/electronic components that are created in specialized applications that need to be part of the overall structure.

A single data management or product lifecycle management (PLM) system, a single source of truth, is a common requirement, so a data management system must be capable of integrating with several authoring applications, so all the data is centrally stored and managed.

Everyone Gathers at the Same Place

The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform Collaborative Designer Roles can make the single source of truth a reality. In addition to best-in-class integrations for DASSAULT SYSTEMES authoring tools like SOLIDWORKS® and CATIA, companies can select from many other integrations to third party applications, including applications from Autodesk, PTC, and Siemens.

Employing various integrations ensures that all data is understood and stored in a single collaborative platform where it can be used for many other activities, like design reviews, digital mockups, issue management, change management, project management, and manufacturing.

For instance, a new design that needs to be reviewed and evaluated in its entirety may contain components or subassemblies modeled in several different CAD tools. The digital mock-up capabilities of the 3D Product Architect Role enable users from any discipline to bring in and position the various components and sub-assemblies in a single web-based user interface without needing to apply for licenses or to study how to use the tools.

Learn More

Are you ready to streamline your business and improve productivity? All the platform apps needed for design and collaboration are available on the cloud with connectivity to your own CAD environment. Enable your company’s productivity with diverse computing environments, so multiple teams can work on a singular product definition in a concurrent, safe, and real-time computing ecosystem.

For more information about 3D Product Architect and the CAD Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, DraftSight, AutoCAD, PTC, and others, click here. If you have more questions about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform or Collaborative Designer roles and would like to see a demo, please contact your local reseller.

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Kurt is a Product Portfolio Manager for PDM Solutions at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS.

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Let’s Make: a DIY Laser-Engraving Robot https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/lets-make-a-diy-laser-engraving-robot.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/lets-make-a-diy-laser-engraving-robot.html#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 13:14:21 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47412 Learn how Dejan of How to Mechatronics used tools you can access today inside 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers to build on the newest capability for their SCARA robot: laser engraving!

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As the Senior Strategy & Community Manager here at SOLIDWORKS, Sean helps connect community members from around the world who go above & beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise. Sean also looks to amplify the voices and efforts of many community members who seek to inspire others through their usage of our products.

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When you think of “laser engraving,” what comes to mind?

Maybe it’s a personalized gift you received – or made for someone else – during the holidays last year. Perhaps there’s a sign in your apartment or house that features some laser engraving. Or, maybe a cutting board?

Dejan of How to Mechatronics actually made a laser engraver. And if you have never watched a laser engraver at work, please: do yourself a favor, and watch this.

So, how did How to Mechatronics bring this to life?

Well, in this video, How to Mechatronics can be seen using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, a cloud-connected version of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that is included in the low-priced 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers offer (and sold for commercial use cases as well). You may remember, if you are an avid reader of the SOLIDWORKS Blog, that Dejan designed the first version of the SCARA robot to perform pick and place commands.

How to Mechatronics plugged back in to make a branch off version of the pick and place SCARA robot this time around, adding the laser engraving capabilities. If you’re familiar with the original SCARA build, you likely recall many of the components are 3D printed, and there’s lots of belt/pulley work to get the robot to move appropriately within its degrees of freedom.

As is custom on the channel, Dejan does the programming in Arduino, and they delve deeply into the wiring and kinematics within the video.

From a CAD standpoint, having the ability to branch off with different types of designs is a continued hallmark of SOLIDWORKS design tools. With 3DEXPERIENCE connected apps, there are easy ways to make this happen, as we discussed recently on “Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works” here.

Typically, on our own webcasts, blogs, etc., we talk about this more often than not in an industry-specific context. Think about if you were an automotive manufacturer, with trucks that were of the same model, but with varying bed types. You might want to acknowledge these as altogether ‘different’ products in your connected systems across business units. And changes you make to each respective bed ‘type’ might be things you wish to keep separate in a way SOLIDWORKS configurations wouldn’t be so great at (though, configurations are awesome for many other things!)

As Dejan shows, this is an approach you might want to take with personal projects as well. It doesn’t have to be a SCARA robot. Think of how many items you’ve seen – or even made yourself – that are strikingly similar to other designs, but remarkably ‘different’ enough to where they should have their own individual history trees and criterion. For instance: what if you were into making custom arcade cabinets? Perhaps the dimensions remain the same, but the exterior aesthetic is designed to match the game it ultimately is being made to house.

Or, what about about masks or helmets? Lots of times, the ‘base’ design may be uniform, but many of the downstream features can vary wildly.

All of this to say: there’s lots to take from a video like this one, even if you aren’t looking to make your own laser engraver. But if you’re looking to get inspired, How to Mechatronics surely delivers here. And if you’re really, really inspired, be sure to check out the description of the video embedded above. You will find a special 20% off  link for 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers. This means you’ll get 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, 3D Sculptor, and 3D Creator for 20% off the $99USD/year price for use with maker/hobbyist projects!

 

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As the Senior Strategy & Community Manager here at SOLIDWORKS, Sean helps connect community members from around the world who go above & beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise. Sean also looks to amplify the voices and efforts of many community members who seek to inspire others through their usage of our products.

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SLUGME Through the Years https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/slugme-through-the-years.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/slugme-through-the-years.html#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 12:00:37 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47371 A look back at the origins of SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever (SLUGME).

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Note: this blog post was written by Eric Beatty, the leader of the Seattle Area SOLIDWORKS Power Users Group, and Senior Mechanical Designer at OMAX Corporation.

Early March, 2016. Todd Blacksher sits watching Alin Vargatu, one of THE preeminent presenters in the SOLIDWORKS user community, deliver his world-class “Large Assembly Tips” presentation. As one would expect, Alin drops knowledge bomb after knowledge bomb. Despite being a CSWE-level SOLIDWORKS user, Todd is never afraid to admit that he just learned something new, useful, and amazing. He turns to his side and eagerly asks, “Did you know that?”

But there was no one there to answer him. In his excitement, Todd has forgotten that he’s watching a webinar. Only a month earlier, he was in Dallas, TX for SOLIDWORKS World 2016, where such remarks, whispered to a fellow attendee seated next to you are extremely commonplace (as are the ultra-high caliber of presenters and sessions to attend).

As a user group leader, Todd is more than aware of the difficulty of securing dynamic speakers and engaging presentations on a consistent basis for quarterly or monthly user group meetings. Just the travel costs and logistics alone can be daunting to bring in a noted speaker to his area, if not outright prohibitive. But this doesn’t deter Todd. Instead, he comes up with a plan.

Todd’s idea was born that very moment. Webinars are already a commonplace event in 2016. User groups have been a part of the SOLIDWORKS universe since 1996. Why not combine the two. Arrange for a noted SOLIDWORKS speaker to deliver their presentation via webinar AND (instead of individuals tuning in) stream it to user group meetings all around the country, if not the world potentially. This was the idea behind the SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever (SLUGME).

He immediately sent off an email, pitching the idea to SWUGN leadership. And he continued to pitch the idea, even though it was falling on mostly deaf ears. Nevertheless, he persisted. And at long last, Todd received (not quite) the answer that he needed:

Then he took it to the SOLIDWORKS Forums, where the idea really gained traction.

On December 7, 2016, almost 750 members of 33 SOLIDWORKS user groups in 19 different states and regions gathered together (physically AND virtually), ate 201 pizzas, and learned from Tom Cote’s “Large Assembly Techniques” presentation – which he delivered from the SOLIDWORKS corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA, with CEO Gian Paolo Bassi in attendance.

The event was a rousing success. So much so that planning for the 2nd SLUGME event got underway almost immediately. In November 2017, webcasting from Lincoln, NE, Todd Blacksher presented his acclaimed SOLIDWORKS World “All The Small Things” presentation. As for the event statistics, SLUGME 2, aka SLUGME 2017, set the bar even higher. The number of user groups, the number of attendees AND the number of pizzas consumed ALL doubled from the first event.

In 2018, SLUGME landed on the West Coast. Orange County, CA user group leader Neil Custard delivered “More Productivity Tips and Tricks” to nearly 1000 users in nearly 50 different user groups around the USA and the world.

At this point, you’re probably seeing a trend. With each successive event, the hosting time zone changed. Time zones have always been a challenge to SLUGME organizers. Starting an event “after work” on the East Coast of the U.S. means that attendees on the West Coast have to interrupt their work day to participate. Similarly, a West Coast event starts way too late for Eastern groups. So, in 2019, Kam Smith and Eric Beatty joined the SLUGME organizing committee and they attempted to correct this imbalance.

Kam and Eric suggested that, instead of offering a single webcast presentation, there should be TWO of them. Both sessions would be streamed live for Eastern and Central time zones. In Mountain and Pacific USA time zones, the 2nd session could also be viewed live and the first session was recorded and made available for immediate playback. It was a logistical gamble but it paid off. Eric Beatty served as overall host/announcer while co-organizer Kam Smith kicked off the event with his popular “Maniacal Modeling Methods” presentation. Following Kam, Alin Vargatu (the original SLUGME inspiration) delivered his much-acclaimed “Multi-Bodies Save the Day” talk.

As we all know, 2020 changed the rules in SO many ways. SLUGME was no exception. SWUGN leadership made the decision, very early in the pandemic, that user groups should not be holding physical, in-person meetings. This was hard to accept at first. These types of meetings have been at the core of the SOLIDWORKS user group community since the very beginning. Even with their virtual meeting aspect, each of the first four SLUGME events had ALWAYS paired an in-person meeting with the webcast component.

At the same time, you might say that SLUGME had well-prepared the SWUGN community to pivot rapidly and successfully to an online meeting mode. And so, for SLUGME 5 (aka SLUGME 2020), we went entirely virtual for the first time. Kam and Eric switched roles. Eric served as the “opening act” presentation. He took a look at SOLIDWORKS Connected and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform cloud apps, xDesign and xSheetmetal. Noted Industrial Designer and surface modeling expert Ed Eaton encored his well-received “Trees of Blood” feature manager troubleshooting tips and techniques. Additionally, SOLIDWORKS own Mark Schneider (of Model Mania fame) joined the team for a special edition of “Stump the Chumps.” The added content took the meeting length to nearly four hours!

That almost four-hour run time inspired Joe N. Lance of the Houston, TX user group (HOUSWUG) to remark “I thought the ‘L’ in SLUGME meant Largest? Isn’t this the LONGEST user group meeting ever?” The SLUGME organizing committee immediately replied “Challenge Accepted!” and SLUGME 6 was born. The only logical next step was a 24-hour meeting, but we needed a theme. So, we figured – SOLIDWORKS is part of Dassault Systemes, which is is based in France. What else is based in France and 24 hours long? The 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race. Kam, Todd, and Eric were all fans of the movie “Ford Vs. Ferrari.” It all came together. They recruited a team of SOLIDWORKS experts to design a Le Mans Hypercar-series racer and pitched the idea to SOLIDWORKS management. The result will debut, starting at 5PM Paris, 11AM ET US, 8AM PT US and proceed, time zone by time zone, to deliver 26 hours of “pre-race,” event, and “post-race” presentations full of amazing SOLIDWORKS learning content at 6PM no matter where in the world you are.

Register for SLUGME 6 today, and watch live on the SOLIDWORKS YouTube channel on Saturday, August 21. Please join us!

 

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Improve Design Efficiency Through Collaboration https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/improve-design-efficiency-through-collaboration.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/improve-design-efficiency-through-collaboration.html#respond Wed, 18 Aug 2021 12:00:13 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47340 See how to naturally increase design efficiency using the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to connect SOLIDWORKS® data with everyone on the team—in just a few clicks.

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Jerome Marget

Jerome Marget

Jerome joined SOLIDWORKS in 2008. He held different technical roles including large accounts management before he joined the Product Management Team in 2016. He is now focused on data management products and specifically on SOLIDWORKS PDM. Jerome likes new challenges and is always eager to fix any issue. Consequently, in his spare time, you may find Jerome writing code using SOLIDWORKS’ products API to bring even more to the user community.

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Whether you are a smaller company in a single location or a multisite international firm, your design teams must stay on the same page, including managers and executives. Connecting and working together as a single product development entity naturally increases design efficiency. With the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, connecting SOLIDWORKS® content with everyone on the team is just a few clicks away. All the platform applications needed for improving design efficiencies are directly available within the SOLIDWORKS environment.

Secure Design Approvals Faster

Now you can conduct real-time design reviews, accessible to everyone on the team, even when people are working from home or on the road. Everyone with a device and an internet connection can be included in the design review meeting. Plus, no CAD knowledge or CAD software is required to participate in the review. That means managers or executives can be brought into early-stage design reviews when making changes is less painful and time-consuming.

Because any team member can view, rotate, markup, and measure your model, manager or executive signoffs are accelerated since they can see—and better understand—the full 3D version of the product for themselves.

Design efficiencies also increase by getting real-time design for manufacturing advice from the shop floor or manufacturing vendors, avoiding potentially expensive downstream manufacturing issues. Making 3D available to everyone is like sharing a common language; everyone can fully understand it, eliminating the need for non-engineers to interpret (or attempt to imagine) what a 2D drawing is trying to communicate.

Eliminate Email Challenges

One of the challenges of product development is managing communications throughout the process, which can include managers, vendors, and customers. Managing all those project emails quickly becomes unwieldy, often requiring a myriad of folders and subfolders.

The cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform takes a different approach, allowing communications from an exclusive, secure place on the cloud. Project communities you set up on the platform enable everyone to make posts, ask questions, or present product ideas, all in the same shared environment, making traceability automatic—no more managing tons of project emails.

Disputes with co-workers or managers or clients can be quickly resolved by reviewing communication threads, which makes it easy to solve disagreements without the frustration of digging through piles of emails and associated folders. Making it easy to manage this critical communication task can instantly increase design project efficiencies.

Manage Real-time Data

Product changes are a pain. Managing updates is an integral part of designing and engineering products, whether major design issues or minor changes. One of the nice things about connecting to the platform is that you always access live data; there is no risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations. And there is no need to set up a PDM or PLM system; the data management capabilities are baked right into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The platform provides the technology infrastructure to manage SOLIDWORKS product design data and documents on the cloud.

Immersive PDM and PLM tools are integrated within SOLIDWORKS, with roles like Collaborative Designer for SOLIDWORKS becoming the gateway to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. You can push new revisions of your design and set maturity states with no special setup required. (Talk about efficiency!) Attach your data to Collaborative Tasks to help keep a project organized and on schedule. Formal change controls, such as Issue Management, Approval Routing, and Change Actions are right in front of every SOLIDWORKS user and the designs they are working on via SOLIDWORKS.

Become More Efficient

By connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, designers can continue their work in SOLIDWORKS. At the same time, the design data becomes part of a unified product definition, which enables the seamless use of the data throughout the connected enterprise. As designs change, the shared common data updates automatically, so everyone stays in sync, increasing efficiency across the board.

Collaboration with all stakeholders is critical in today’s product development process. Managing design data, assigning tasks, conducting reviews, and sharing ideas give you a strategic advantage. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides the infrastructure and tools to bring together everyone in the product development process in a singular, dynamic product development environment.

The result is faster, more efficient product development.

If you have any questions regarding connecting SOLIDWORKS to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, please get in touch with your local reseller.

 

 

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Jerome Marget
Jerome Marget
Jerome joined SOLIDWORKS in 2008. He held different technical roles including large accounts management before he joined the Product Management Team in 2016. He is now focused on data management products and specifically on SOLIDWORKS PDM. Jerome likes new challenges and is always eager to fix any issue. Consequently, in his spare time, you may find Jerome writing code using SOLIDWORKS’ products API to bring even more to the user community.

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‘Make It Real’ Today with This Special Offer for Makers & Hobbyists! https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/make-it-real-today-with-this-special-offer-for-makers-hobbyists.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/make-it-real-today-with-this-special-offer-for-makers-hobbyists.html#respond Mon, 16 Aug 2021 12:00:56 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47310 We teamed up with the super-makers over at Hacksmith Industries to announce the new 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers offer – available today at the groundbreakingly-low price of $99/yr. (with a monthly option coming Fall 2021)!

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Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

As the Senior Strategy & Community Manager here at SOLIDWORKS, Sean helps connect community members from around the world who go above & beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise. Sean also looks to amplify the voices and efforts of many community members who seek to inspire others through their usage of our products.

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Self-tying shoes? Plasma lightsabers? Hoverboards?

Working at Hacksmith Industries surely seems like a dream job! When it comes to contraptions of sci-fi and superhero wonder, you’re in prime position to ‘make it real’ – while documenting your process and good humor all throughout.

The team at Hacksmith Industries has been collaborating with one another on insane maker projects for many, many years. Our team here at SOLIDWORKS has supported their design visions over this time. When we developed the plan to launch 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, one of the first calls I made was to Ian Hillier, their COO and cofounder.

Every year, our team at SOLIDWORKS comes out with the new major release of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. With every new major release, our Product Introduction and marketing teams work hard to provide a massive flight of video-based, educational content to inform the community on ‘What’s New,’ as they do with each new product.

But when it came time to release our first-ever offer that’s just for makers, we thought it might be more apt to have the message and announcement delivered directly from the team that’s shown us how to make almost anything real for many years now!

 

When we told Ian and James Hobson, CEO and cofounder of Hacksmith Industries, about the package we’d put together for makers with this offer, they were super enthused.

After all, they’re certainly well-acquainted with the power of SOLIDWORKS design tools. And, with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, we’ve bundled 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, 3D Creator, and 3D Sculptor together – at “the same price as a streaming service,” as SOLIDWORKS Champion Rob Maldonado put it.

Don’t miss this SPECIAL offer for blog readers, available while supplies last! You can get 20% off the already amazingly low-priced Maker offer (while supplies last)!

Having all of these great design tools available today for maker and hobbyist projects for $99/year (or $9.99/month, a pricing option coming this Fall) is a game changer their team understands. Their community has been watching them build incredible things on their channel as a team – something makers and hobbyists everywhere can look to do now with our fully cloud-connected offer.

As you’ll see in the video above, our community is bound to find value in having unprecedented access to SOLIDWORKS 3D design tools – even if the intention is not to make a certain futuristic truck design replica for personal use.

You might want to use it to sketch out design layouts for a home remodel. Or, perhaps you’re into woodworking and love the idea of SOLIDWORKS giving you auto-generated cut lists. Maybe you’re getting into prop making or custom home décor.

Just like in commercial use cases, imaginations and inventions will surely run wild once this offer gets into the hands of more and more users from around the world. Leading the charge – even pre-launch – were several SOLIDWORKS Champions, who submitted their own maker/DIYer projects for featuring in this video showing off a variety of ways you could use SOLIDWORKS software to ‘make’ the world around you!

Check some of these out for yourself:

 

Special thank you to Ivan Loewen, Todd Blacksher, Ayush Agrawal, Walker Parks, Kirby Downey, Harish Nagda, Thomas Veloskey, Mauricio Sánchez López, and John Matrishon for submitting these fantastic creations for featuring in the video!

So, as The Hacksmith so often says: are you ready to ‘make it real’ with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers? Click the banner below for a special 20% discount – available while supplies last!

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Sean O'Neill
As the Senior Strategy & Community Manager here at SOLIDWORKS, Sean helps connect community members from around the world who go above & beyond in sharing their SOLIDWORKS passion and expertise. Sean also looks to amplify the voices and efforts of many community members who seek to inspire others through their usage of our products.

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3DEXPERIENCE Works Simulation for FEA and CFD in the Automotive Industry https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/3dexperience-works-simulation-for-fea-and-cfd-in-the-automotive-industry.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/08/3dexperience-works-simulation-for-fea-and-cfd-in-the-automotive-industry.html#respond Fri, 13 Aug 2021 12:00:57 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=47326 The automotive industry has many applications in which simulation, especially FEA and CFD, is needed. Learn how SOLIDWORKS has the diverse simulation solutions designers, engineers and analysts can use, both on desktop or in cloud.

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Dr. Reza Tabatabai

Reza Tabatabai is a Sr. Technical Manager for Simulation products, focusing on SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SIMULIA works product portfolios at Dassault Systèmes. He has 20 years of industry experience. Reza received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and was a Lecturer & Research Associate at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Transportation and Mobility or the Automotive Industry affect our everyday life in many different ways. From directly impacting us with the safety and comfort of our everyday commute to the long-term effect on the sustainability and the future of our planet, the effort to develop better products is a never-ending goal. In this context, simulation and virtual prototyping are extremely beneficial, from ideation to design, engineering and beyond.

In this blog and the presentation, I focus on a subset of the Simulation solutions that we at SOLIDWORKS offer to our customers in the Automotive Industry, focusing on Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

 

 

In structural stress simulation using FEA and the early stage part design and engineering, a car wheel rim, for example, where a linear static analysis together with capabilities for Design of Experiments (DoE) and possibility topology optimization can come very handy. For the analyst, think of a car crash test simulation, an example of a nonlinear dynamic analysis suitable for an explicit solver. Between these extreme cases, countless FEA studies can be imagined like fatigue and durability of the individual components and vibration and linear dynamic applications, such as the harmonic response of the engine in a frequency range to the random vibration of the suspension system under the non-deterministic road conditions.

Using CFD, you can simulate the aerodynamics of the body, to the comfort level of passengers sitting inside, to the fluid flow and thermal management of the engine, and the battery packs in the EVs. Plastic Injection Molding Simulation can help the designer and mold-maker avoid possible defects such as short shots, sink marks and excessive warpage and improve product designs for manufacturability. Other areas can be simulated, including electromagnetics, multi-body system simulation and the combination of different analysis types into multi-physics.

 

SOLIDWORKS Simulation desktop solutions for FEA, CFD and Plastics are fully embedded within the CAD environment and provide designers and engineers easy-to-use tools that can handle mainstream applications extremely well. Broad sets of solutions are available, and the first focus is ease of use, opening Simulation to many who may not have used simulation before or done so only at a very basic level. Our 3DEXPERIENCE platform product portfolio is distinguished by its scalability, cloud and power. Structured under different roles, they provide scalable simulation tools that work in a single cloud environment.

Comparing our SOLIDWORKS Simulation desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE Works cloud solutions, there are big differences, small differences and similarities. The big difference is, of course, desktop versus platform and all that the platform brings in terms of collaboration and cloud.

In terms of technology and behind the scene numerics, SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation and Plastic Injection Engineer both use the same underlying technology. In CFD, Flow Simulation and Fluid Dynamics Engineer both solve the Navier-Stokes PDEs and governing equations and cover many similar applications, but have differences in areas such as meshing methodology and element types, capturing the boundary layer and some turbulence models.

Staying with the topic of CFD, the other solution offered by our SIMULIA brand uses the so-called Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM). This is more suitable for highly transient problems, also for moving parts.

In the video below, you see water sloshing in the tank of a moving truck. While this video shows the solution using XFlow and the LBM approach, you can also run this problem with both Navier-Stokes-based Flow Simulation and Fluid Dynamics Engineer using the Volume of Fluid VOF approach, albeit with a different mesh.

 

 

Doing FEA and stress analysis, Structural Performance Engineer is especially suitable for highly nonlinear problems, be it material, geometric or contact nonlinearities. This is because it uses the underlying ABAQUS technology, with its highly efficient solver, diverse material models and range of element types with different formulations. For short duration applications such as impact, collision, drop test and crash test, the ABAQUS explicit solver is used in the Structural Mechanics Engineer role.

 

From a design engineering perspective, and for all our Simulation roles, a typical workflow is shown above, in this case for an exhaust design. Reading in the CAD geometry and doing some model preparation for Simulation, if necessary, you specify the operating scenario by imposing appropriate boundary conditions; have the program generate the mesh; execute the job either locally on desktop or remotely in cloud; and post-process the results. To improve your design and study alternatives, you make changes, with the program automatically updating the simulation setup and re-meshing, solving and post-processing. You iterate through this process until you are satisfied with your design.

The automotive industry has many applications that are suitable for Simulation, especially FEA and CFD. Designers, engineers and analysts can use our diverse solutions for this purpose, both on desktop or in cloud. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform, with its many roles under one unified environment, can help you achieve your goals in doing more realistic simulations easily, accurately and efficiently.

Click here to watch the recording of this webinar for more details.

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Dr. Reza Tabatabai
Reza Tabatabai is a Sr. Technical Manager for Simulation products, focusing on SOLIDWORKS Simulation and SIMULIA works product portfolios at Dassault Systèmes. He has 20 years of industry experience. Reza received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and was a Lecturer & Research Associate at the University of California at Berkeley.

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