Rx Utility A utility that is installed with SolidWorks is called SolidWorks Rx and it is very useful for maintaining a healthy installation of SolidWorks and for gathering information that can be used for troubleshooting. Access it via Windows Start –>All Programs–>SolidWorks 20XX–>SolidWorks Tools. Once the interface is open, you may notice a small window […]
SolidWorks offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better
SolidWorks 3D CAD solutions enable you and your team to quickly transform new ideas into great products.
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM helps your team more easily find and re-purpose files, parts, and drawings; share design information; automate workflows and ensure manufacturing always has the right version.
SolidWorks Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds. It simulates how melted plastic flows during the injection molding process to predict manufacturing-related defects on parts and molds.
With SolidWorks Simulation, you can easily subject your designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world. Raise the quality of your products while you reduce your costs for live prototypes and testing.
SolidWorks Composer helps organizations to more effectively communicate complex product details, including leveraging existing 3D CAD data across your organization to create polished content and animations by non-engineers.
Inspection software that greatly simplifies and automates the creation process of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports. Quickly balloon engineering drawings and create inspection reports.
Conduct life cycle assessment (LCA) on parts or assemblies directly within the design window. Search for comparable materials, see in real time how they affect environmental impact and easily document your findings.
SolidWorks Electrical is a suite of software for users that design products requiring electrical systems for power, control, data acquisition, etc.
Innovate in an instinctive, powerful modeling environment that gives you the freedom to design the way you want. Then use the powerful, easy-to-use simulation and verification capabilities of SIMULIA® Structural Validation to evaluate and select the best concept while you design.
SolidWorks 3D CAD Software
A no-compromise solution for the engineer who wants it all. SolidWorks 3D CAD Premium combines the capabilities of SolidWorks Professional with powerful simulation and design validation tool sets, as well as advanced wire and pipe routing functionality. You will get designs right the first time with the SolidWorks flagship offering. Learn more…
For maximum design productivity, SolidWorks Professional builds on the capabilities of SolidWorks 3D CAD Standard. It introduces data management, photo realistic rendering, and a sophisticated components and parts library. Efficiency and innovation increase with the solution that is used by millions of designers. Learn more…
A powerful 3D design solution for rapid creation of parts, assemblies and 2D drawings with minimal training. Application-specific tools for sheet metal, weldments, surfacing, mold tool and die make it easy to deliver best-in-class designs. Unlock the benefits of SolidWorks 3D CAD with SolidWorks Standard. Learn more…
The Spline Tool Gets Some Style SolidWorks 2014 made some exciting enhancements to the spline sketch tool that gives you an entirely new way to sketch splines. In previous releases, it was quite difficult to both sketch and control the spline. Experienced users would often take advantage of sketching construction lines to create dimensions and […]
SolidWorks Design Validation Software
SIMULATION PREMIUM, SIMULATION PROFESSIONAL, SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION AND FLOW SIMULATION
SolidWorks Simulation Premium bolsters the depth and ease of use of SolidWorks Simulation Professional with additional capabilities, including a powerful set of tools for simulating nonlinear and dynamic response as well as composite materials.
- Simulate products made with nonlinear materials
- Capture the effects of large displacements on your designs
- Perform dynamic analyses of parts and assemblies
- Simulate composite materials with SolidWorks Simulation
Fully integrated with SolidWorks CAD software, SolidWorks Simulation Professional provides powerful tools that expand the capabilities of SolidWorks Simulation, so you can investigate more tests and operating environments on both parts and assemblies.
- Study and optimize assemblies of all sizes
- Understand the effects of temperature changes on parts and assemblies
- Simulate vibration or buckling in your designs
- Optimize critical dimensions and conceptual design features
- Simulate drop tests using your parts or assemblies
- Study the effects of cyclic loading and fatigue
- Predict Buckling or Collapse with SolidWorks Simulation
- Create motion simulations based on events and actions
Virtual Simulation is not only for specialists and final validation. Now it’s an integrated design tool for all product engineers in all industries. Discover the intuitive power of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard to support your everyday engineering process. Add SOLIDWORKS Simulation to your productivity tools.
- Linear static analysis for assembly
- Time-based motion simulation
- Fatigue analysis (to test product durability)
- The Trend Tracker Productivity Tool (provides visual feedback on the impact of a design change on performance criteria, such as maximum stress level)
SolidWorks Premium includes built-in simulation tools allowing you to easily subject your designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world. SolidWorks Premium will allow you to simulate static or dynamic loads to evaluate your design’s performance under stress, strain, and displacement. Other simulation capabilities included in SolidWorks Premium include:
- Assembly Simulation
- Mechanism Simulation
- Tolerance stack-up Simulation
SolidWorks Flow Simulation is a powerful computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool that enables you to quickly and easily simulate fluid flow, heat transfer, and fluid forces when these interactions are critical to the success of your design.
- Simulate complex flow problems with SolidWorks Simulation
- Simulate liquid and gas flow in real world conditions
- Quickly analyze the effects of fluid flow, heat transfer, and related forces on immersed or surrounding components
- Simulate electronic design with multi-physics for fluid flow as well as thermal analysis.
- Visualize complex flow results such as flow trajectories, section plots, and surface plot data.
For companies that design plastic parts or injection molds, SolidWorks Plastics simulation software helps users predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of part and mold design, eliminating costly mold rework, improving part quality, and decreasing time to market. Learn More
SolidWorks Simulation Articles:
OxyArm: Engineering a Medical First with Simulation How many problems do you need to solve while bringing a new product to market? Probably more than you want to think about right now. However, despite setbacks, looming deadlines and unforeseen circumstances, you manage to get the job done. When it’s over, you feel great. Well, I […]
Product Data Management
SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM
SOLIDWORKS ENTERPRISE PDM
Take control of your data to enhance collaboration and innovation
Access, store, change and approve design data more efficiently with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software.Uniquely adapted to the requirements of geographically dispersed workgroups, SolidWorks EPDM software can be deployed in a fraction of the time required by other PDM and PLM systems.
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM helps organizations manage and share product data more effectively and automate workflow to allow better collaboration from engineering to the shop floor, resulting in better products, lower costs, and faster time to market. Easy to implement and use, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software is the only product data management solution (PDM solution) entirely integrated within Windows Explorer.
Users perform all functions either through Windows Explorer or one of its CAD integrations. Through this SolidWorks EPDM software functionality, users across the enterprise can readily manage files and collaborate more effectively throughout the product lifecycle.
SolidWorks PDM Features:
Easy, fast implementation
Reduce search time by 90%
Find and reuse design data
Full document preview
Distributed design teams
Automated approval process
Enhanced SolidWorks EPDM Workflow
and User Properties
Route documents and contact users more efficiently with enhanced workflow and expanded SolidWorks Enterprise PDM user properties.
Reduce delays and accelerate your time-to-market
Simplify process mapping requiring multiple approvers with parallel workflow transition
Automatically keep interested parties updated with Workflow Timers
Display user’s current status with Presence Note
Provide instant links to connect with user property pop-ups
Rapidly find data and control access
Focus your design organization on product innovation with tools to quickly and efficiently find, share, and reuse data
Search for data in multiple ways, using parameters such as document or file name, contained data, or custom properties like part number, description, and current workflow state (for example, released or in process)
Save searches for easy reuse, individually or across the enterprise
Prevent designers from accidentally overwriting files through integrated version control
Easily produce customized bills of materials (BOMs) for individual departments
Manage, view, and print documents from more than 250 file types, including major CAD formats, Microsoft® Office, images, and animations
Protect data from theft, damage, or misuse with secure login
Always ensure manufacturing has the right version, avoiding costly mistakes
SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Articles:
Four Simple Steps To A Solution When working in SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM, files can occasionally open in read-only mode, despite the fact that the file vault view indicates the file is checked out to the user. Because the user is expecting the file to be writable, they often won’t notice that the status of the […]
When working outside of a PDM system, it can be common to have multiple copies of the same component floating around on the system. Working across the network can make it slow to include files from a network share in your assembly, so instead you pull down copies of hardware or other components that are […]
SolidWorks ComposerSolidWorks Composer is easy-to-use software that anyone associated with product development can use to quickly create 2D and 3D images and animations, allowing you to create a full range of product documentation — whether for assembly instructions, marketing collateral, technical illustrations, interactive animations, or training materials.
VIDEO: First Look: SolidWorks Composer - Technical Communications
With its easy-to-use product approach, SolidWorks Composer streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations. SolidWorks Composer allows non-technical users to create associative 2D and 3D product communication deliverables directly from your 3D CAD data. By leveraging existing product designs, SolidWorks Composer enables deliverables to be initiated earlier and then kept up to date automatically, helping to lower costs and speed time to market. 3D interactive animations, 2D line art images (SVG, EPS, CGM), as well as high-resolution raster images (BMP, JPG, PNG, and TIF files), can be created easily earlier in the design process. By leveraging the power of 3D, manufacturers can produce technical product communications that help customers and partners understand and retain information more effectively.
SolidWorks Composer PlayerThe SolidWorks Composer Player is a free utility to distribute the content you create to end-users. More than a simple viewer, SolidWorks Composer Player provides your customers and partners with an interactive 3D product experience. Anyone can see your animated files, just by using the free Player software. Show how your product works, what you can do with it, and how to do it with interactive 3D content.
The Traditional WayTraditionally, engineers spend valuable hours capturing digital pictures and screen shots of their designs for both internal departments and external agencies. This imperfect system often leads to workflow bottlenecks on the engineering side and costly delays in getting products to market.
The SolidWorks Composer WayNow, a company’s design and documentation can be produced on parallel tracks, greatly reducing a products time to market. With SolidWorks Composer, companies realize substantial savings in time and rework costs by not having to recreate or redo product documentation when there are changes to the product. For engineers, SolidWorks Composer means less time focusing on ad hoc work, and more time focusing on innovation.
Add a new dimension to your product communications
SolidWorks Composer software brings the next generation of 3D product communication, helping product developers cut costs, save time, and grow their competitive advantage.
With SolidWorks Composer technology, manufacturing organizations can leverage existing 3D CAD data to streamline development of technical communications content and create more compelling documentation with higher impact. You can start your product communication deliverables sooner, update them faster, and complete them with the product design, giving you lower costs and improved time to market.
SolidWorks Composer Sync and SolidWorks Composer Enterprise Sync
All students must be ready to present their ideas in a global environment. By illustrating products in 3D, students can create more accurate, understandable communications that make them more prepared for employment. SolidWorks Composer software complements the SolidWorks Education Edition, helping students develop a wide range of communication and interactive visualization skills. SolidWorks Composer tools help you quickly and cost-effectively create dynamic 3D technical communications using your existing design data. Students can utilize SolidWorks Composer software to communicate their senior capstone project or present their ideas in SAE, Robotic and other design competitions.
SolidWorks Student Edition Software
With SolidWorks software skills, you’ll have a clear advantage in the engineering or industrial design job markets. The easy-to-use SolidWorks Student Edition lets you sharpen your skills outside the classroom as you learn to design better products.
SolidWorks Education Edition Software
The complete 3D design teaching tool provides software plus a full curriculum and interactive courseware. SolidWorks Education Edition is your all-inclusive resource for teaching 3D mechanical CAD, design validation, and data management.
With the SolidWorks University Research License, researchers can access the latest in engineering technology, while communicating with other researchers and industrial users around the world.
SolidWorks Composer Articles:
Raster Images in SolidWorks Composer (3DVIA) The high resolution image workshop in 3DVIA Composer gives you more control over your image quality. You can assign the size of the image, the amount of pixels, the file size, and many other qualities about your image. Enhanced rendering effects can also be applied by turning on a […]3DVIA, Technical Documentation, Workshop
First Article Inspection (FAI) Software
The automotive, aerospace, defense, oil & gas, and medical device industries have strict safety regulations and requirements. Most companies working in these industries must provide industry-standard reports including inspection documents such as AS91002 or PPAP forms. Many SolidWorks users are creating First Article Inspections (FAI), Inspection Report, or Ballooned Drawings, but only a handful of you are already using software to do so.
SolidWorks Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that greatly simplifies and automates the creation process of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc…). SolidWorks Inspection consists of a stand-alone application and a SolidWorks add-in that enables users to leverage their legacy data regardless of whether they are SolidWorks files, PDFs or TIFFs. SolidWorks Inspection Professional extends SolidWorks Inspection capabilities by giving you multiple ways to enter measured values directly into an inspection project. Each characteristic’s value can be entered by manually typing them in, using a digital caliper or importing CMM results.
SolidWorks Inspection is a simple and intuitive application that reduces the time needed to create inspection documentation by up to 90%, and virtually eliminates errors inherent to any manual process, thus improving quality and reducing time to market. SolidWorks Inspection lets you
- Use the stand-alone application or the SolidWorks add-in to quickly balloon engineering drawings and create inspection reports.
- Work with SolidWorks drawing files, PDFs or TIFFs.
- Automatically balloon Inspection Dimensions specified by the designer or mechanical engineer.
- When working with PDF and TIFF files, capture inspection data using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
- Compare drawing revision to quickly identify changes.
- Instantly export finished ballooned drawings as a PDF.
- Export inspection reports to Excel spreadsheets using standard templates such as AS9102 or PPAP forms.
- Customize Excel templates using the Template Editor to follow company or industry standards.
- Export inspection projects directly to quality systems such as Net-Inspect or CEBOS MQ1.
In addition to all the key features mentioned above, SolidWorks Inspection Professional allows users to manually or almost automatically enter measured inspection values.
- Enter measured values for each characteristic directly into the project either manually or by using a digital calliper.
- Import Coordinate-Measuring Machine (CMM) results.
- Highlight dimensions in green, red or yellow to instantly see which dimensions are In Tolerance, Out of Tolerance or Marginally within Tolerance – based on the values entered.
- Export color-coded ballooned drawings and inspection reports.
SolidWorks Inspection will be available from SolidWorks Value Added Resellers later this spring.
SolidWorks Inspection Video
Supported CMM Formats
Non-exhaustive list of supported CMM formats:
- CMD Line Format (via Polyworks)
- CMM Manager
- Faro Cam
- Faro Cam2 Tabular
- Faro Cam2 CSV
- Metrosoft CM Delimited
- Metrosoft Quartis
- MicroVu Looping
- OGP – Smart Scope
- OGP – MeasureMind Export Stats
- OGP – MeasureMind QC Calc Export
- Open DMIS
- Power Inspect
- QC 5000 – IK 5000
- Tarus – TDR
- Virtual DMIS
DraftSight: Free CAD Software* for your DWG Files – Dassault Systèmes
DraftSight – 2D CAD Product is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to create, edit and view DWG files. A better way to create, edit and view DWG files.
DraftSight™ takes just a few minutes to download and runs on Microsoft® Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 (general release available), Mac® and Linux®
Moving to 3D design–it’s not that hard
Have you ever gotten a call from your machine shop pointing out an error in a drawing; or even worse, received parts back from the shop only to discover an error that was overlooked? One of the major benefits of 3D CAD is that it lets you check for form, fit and function before spending a dime to manufacture parts.
Moving to 3D is easier than you think. SolidWorks software allows you to preserve the value of your 2D DWG data with the best available tools for converting data from 2D to 3D, accommodating reusable 2D geometry, and enabling a smooth transition–including extensive help documentation for AutoCAD users.
Moving from DraftSight 2D to SolidWorks 3D: learn more in SolidWorks Help
See how you can automate the creation of drawings, and automatically check designs for common errors and auto-updates while you work. You’ll work more efficiently while eliminating manual errors.
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A CAD file manager that provides flexible, searchable file management for SolidWorks files.
SolidWorks 2015 includes over 200 new features and enhancements covering the entire range of SolidWorks solutions for 3D design, simulation, technical communication, product data management, and sustainable design to maximize your productivity.
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SolidWorks 2015 – New Features