SolidWorks Simulation: Combining Simulations Results with Renderings Renderings are great for showing off your product before making a physical prototype and FEA simulations are great for understanding the stresses and deflections on your product under normal usage, but what if you could combine them? Can SOLIDWORKS do it? That would be the best of both […]
With more core power and performance, and new capabilities for emerging technologies, it’s never been easier to design and create with SOLIDWORKS®, the design and development solution chosen by more than 3.1 million users worldwide. Here is a sampling of the new key features to help improve your workflow.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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3D Demonstrators Designed for Bigger, Lighter Auto and Aerospace Parts
Stratasys will be previewing demonstrations of next-generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT™ vision for manufacturing. SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT builds on Stratasys’ industrial FDM® 3D printing expertise to respond to the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, addressing manufacturers’ needs to rapidly produce strong parts ranging in size from an automobile armrest to an entire aircraft interior panel. The Stratasys ecosystem of additive and traditional technologies, software workflows, materials development and professional services align with individual application needs – better meeting quality, cost and delivery metrics while unlocking the capabilities of additive manufacturing to revolutionize how parts are designed and built.
The Stratasys technology demonstrators are being displayed at the Stratasys IMTS booth, N-60, September 12–17.
Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator Developed for Large Part Production in Custom OEM and On-Demand Aftermarket Applications
The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large, lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite-build” approach, which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.
Aerospace giant Boeing played an influential role in defining the requirements and specifications for the demonstrator. Boeing is currently using an Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator to explore the production of low-volume, lightweight parts. Ford Motor Company is also exploring innovative automotive manufacturing applications for this demonstrator and will evaluate this new technology. Ford and Stratasys will work together to test and develop new applications for automotive-grade 3D printed materials that were not previously possible due to limited size, enabling and accelerating innovative automotive product design.
“Additive manufacturing represents a great opportunity for Boeing and our customers, so we made a strategic decision more than a decade ago to work closely with Stratasys on this technology. We are always looking for ways to reduce the cost and weight of aircraft structures, or reduce the time it takes to prototype and test new tools and products so we can provide them to customers in a more affordable and rapid manner. The Stratasys Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator enables products to be made at a much larger and potentially unlimited length, offering us a breakthrough tool to add to our robust additive manufacturing processes,” said Darryl Davis, President, Boeing Phantom Works.
“3D printing holds the promise of changing automotive design and manufacturing because it opens up new ways to innovate and create efficiencies in production. Our vision at Ford is to make high-speed, high-quality printing of automotive-grade parts a reality. We are excited about the future opportunities that the scalable and versatile Infinite-Build concept can unlock, and look forward to collaborating with Stratasys to help achieve our goals,” said Mike Whitens, director, Vehicle Enterprise Sciences, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering.
Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator Combines Stratasys Advanced Extrusion Technologies with Siemens’ Motion Control Hardware and PLM Software
Stratasys and Siemens have been working very closely together to further their shared vision of making 3D printing a viable and indispensable component of production manufacturing. As an example of this vision, Stratasys developed the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator, integrating its core additive manufacturing technologies with industrial motion control hardware and design–to-3D printing software capabilities provided by Siemens. This Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is designed to revolutionize the 3D printing of composite parts.
In addition to widespread use in transportation industries like Automotive and Aerospace, industries such as Oil & Gas and Medical use composite materials to make strong yet lightweight structures. Unfortunately, composites production is constrained by labor-intensive processes and geometric limitations. The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator delivers true 3D printing by using an 8-axis motion system that enables precise, directional material placement for strength while also reducing dramatically the need for speed-hindering support strategies. This redefines how future lightweight parts will be built, and provides a glimpse into how this technology could be used to accelerate the production of parts made from a wide variety of materials.
“Siemens is pleased to support Stratasys in their innovative additive manufacturing initiatives, of which the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator is one of the most promising. By working closely with Stratasys on motion control and CNC automation, Siemens is helping to create a flexible, multi-function manufacturing workflow that puts 3D printing firmly in the factory. We look forward to continuing to work with Stratasys to build manufacturing solutions that transform industries,” said Arun Jain, VP, Motion Control, Digital Factory US, Siemens.
“Stratasys is building on our success in manufacturing with applications such as manufacturing aids, injection molds and composite tooling, and leveraging our relationships with innovative industry leaders to further extend the applicability of additive manufacturing in demanding production environments,” said Ilan Levin, CEO, Stratasys. ”We view the level of factory integration, automation and performance monitoring potentially offered by these new demonstrators as catalysts for the transformation to Industry 4.0. Stratasys invites all visitors to IMTS to see these new technologies, as well as our field-proven industrial additive manufacturing solutions, in action.”
In addition to the Infinite-Build and Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrators being featured in technology demonstrations, at IMTS 2016 Stratasys will be showcasing examples of 3D printing applications used today by Stratasys customers all over the world for tooling and manufacturing processes, including 3D printed Jigs & Fixtures, Composite Tooling, Mold Tooling and Production Parts.
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.
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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.
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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 Packages:
Design Analysis Features:
- First Article Inspection (FAI)
- Inspection Reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.)
- Ballooned Drawings
- Record Inspection Measurements
- 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.
SolidWorks Inspection Professional
- 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.
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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Take your 2D and 3D product designs wherever you go with our eDrawings® mobile apps: eDrawings® and eDrawings® Pro. Collaborate from anywhere with the easy-to-use, email-enabled software trusted by engineers and designers worldwide.
Design on the go just got better with eDrawings® Pro mobile app. Take your designs to the next level of 2D and 3D collaboration with increased interactivity, including dynamic cross section views, measurements, markup and annotations, and the ability to share your design files via email.
eDrawings®mobile app makes it easy for anyone to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data. Open, zoom, rotate, animate, browse, store, monitor, and manage your product designs wherever you go. It’s simple to download and supports all your CAD files. Enjoy the seamless viewing and sharing capabilities of eDrawings software on the go.
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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