Love Robots? SOLIDWORKS might be for you!

Designing competitive robots can be challenging and resource consuming! Sure, you love doing it, but wouldn’t you rather spend less time and money while doing the same thing on a computer? This way you can optimize it before you

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Building a Cycloidal Drive with SOLIDWORKS

A Cycloidal Drive is a mechanism used in the engineering world as a speed reducer for an input shaft while reversing its direction. It is able to do this for high ratios in a small space. They do this using

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Use Solidworks in Stress Analysis – Measure Stresses, Strains and Displacements

If you are taking a course in Stress Analysis, you will encounter problems that require you to calculate deflections that occur when certain forces/moments/loads are applied. You can use Solidworks Simulation to verify your answers. You have the options to

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Lost in Translation

As a drafting and design student, I have spent some time putting things in the “glass box”, and visualizing what they would look like in 2D in order to draw multi-view orthographics in 2D software.  At the

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SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Helps RIT Baja Team Design, Compete and Succeed.

The Rochester Institute of Technology Baja team, like many other collegiate engineering teams, faces the challenge of designing, fabricating, testing and competing with a new vehicle every year.  So, when SolidWorks began offering workgroup PDM software alongside the educational version

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CAD/CAM to New Heights with EdgeFactor’s Gnarly Metal

CAD/CAM – two acronyms that define Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. Sometimes they live in separate worlds.   When you want to teach students the same excitement I feel every time I walk into a machine shop, then the new

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Kinematics Tutorial: Finding Linkage Cognates with SolidWorks

Lately, I have been thoroughly enjoying learning about linkages, their motion, and their synthesis.  Anyone who has tried to find the cognates of a four-bar linkage may have noticed that the process is time-consuming and a bit tedious. SolidWorks to

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If Eiffel had SolidWorks, would Marie Sophie Germain make the short list?

In the week where major retailers have pulled from their shelves the girls Tshirts “Allergic to Algebra” and “ I am too pretty for homework so my brother has to do it for me”, I find myself in at a

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Tips for the Engineering Student – and SolidWorks too

I decided to put some tips together to help engineering students this week – not just with SolidWorks but also with engineering subjects. Choosing the engineering fields can be challenging as an engineering student. My intern Greg created his own web

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Building a Robot Arena

You have seen Assabet Valley robot students featured on the SolidWorks TV series, Let's Go Design.  These students and their instructor, Bryant LaFlemme, have used SolidWorks to design the robot arena.   Then they built it for a National Robots

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Students 6dot Braille Labeler Designed in SolidWorks on KickStarter

Students designed the 6dot Braille Labeler in SolidWorks. the 6dot is a low cost, low weight printer that can be used on all types of objects to assist those who are visually impaired.  Now they are using KickStarter to

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SolidWorks Curriculum for Educators on the SolidWorks Customer Portal

SolidWorks provides curriculum, tutorials and projects for educators on our SolidWorks Customer Portal. This video shows how you obtain your SolidWorks serial number, create an account and access the Customer Portal right inside of the SolidWorks Education Edition.   The projects

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SolidWorks Tutorial: CO2 Dragster from Team CudaCountry

SolidWorks Tutorials by master teacher,  Pat Haley astound me again with his lastest SolidWorks Tutorial featuring a CO2 dragster.  Take a look at the updated CO2 Dragster Car Tutorials at Cudacountry https://www.cudacountry.net/html/sw_co2car.html New in the SolidWorks 2011 tutorials: Mate References

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The University of Western Ontario, under the direction of  Paul Kurowski, has built an undergraduate design curriculum around SolidWorks. A number of non-design courses are also linked to that design stream. Graduating students leave  UWO with working knowledge of CAD and Simulation and with

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Women Stars make Engineering Exciting for Students

Every week I get to meet amazing students, educators and commerical customers that make it truly exciting to be an engineer.  This week is no exception.  On Tuesday, Professor Barbara Hughey from the MIT Women in Technology program got to talk

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