Feb 22

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Model Mania powered by NVIDIA

 

Model Mania is a SOLIDWORKS modeling contest for the resellers and users held during SOLIDWORKS World. This is a timed event that tests the ability to model a part then make some engineering changes to the model.  Usually, each contestant has 20 minutes to model the part and make the changes.  Prizes (sponsored by NVIDIA ) are awarded for the top 3 contestants in each category (Resellers and Users).

All of the entries are judged on accuracy first, and time second, because in the real world, it doesn’t matter how fast you get something done if it’s not right.

Here are the Stage 1 and 2 drawings for this year’s SOLIDWORKS World Model Mania contest.

The awesome prizes sponsored by NVIDIA

And finally congrats to all the winners

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I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and I hope to meet you again at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas from January 31st – February 3rd, 2016.

Feb 22

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List

 

Every year SOLIDWORKS users around the world submit their ideas on how SOLIDWORKS software can be improved further to meet their needs and requirements. Users are allowed to submit as many idea as they want. This year close to 972 ideas were submitted (almost twice than what was done last year) and then users are requested to vote for best ideas. Based on the voting, top ideas are picked for the SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten list.

I always try to add ides/enhancement request based on what I feel can be used by most SOLIDWORKS users. Bruce Holway, SOLIDWORKS R&D Application Define Director, introduced the results in a video featuring cameos from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 keynote speakers.

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This year’s Top Ten ideas include:

1. Support zero thickness geometry

2. Bidirectional sweep

3. Export sheet metal parts of an assembly to dxf/dwg in flat state

4. Selection list box is too small; should be bigger or flexible in size

5. Display the exact item causing the error

6. Ability to make the inferred relations permanent in sketch

7. Selecting inner loops on a selected face

8. Both direction pattern

9. Topology optimization from Tosca for all engineers

10. Variable pull direction draft

I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and I hope to meet you again at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas from January 31st – February 3rd, 2016.

Feb 20

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 2.0 is available for download!

SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP 2.0 is available for download

This service pack is available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update. For a listing of SPR’s fixed in this Service Pack, click here.

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Feb 08

3Dconnexion CadMouse: Zoom The Way You Were Meant To

 

With already having nice products for engineers throughout the world, 3Dconnexion is show casing it’s new product at SOLIDWORKS World 2015, the CadMouse, the first mouse for CAD professionals.

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CadMouse combines powerful, ergonomic hardware and smart, easy-to-use software to provide a level of performance ordinary mice just can’t match, inside and outside the CAD environment.

With Intelligent Ergonomic Design The days of clicking the mouse wheel are over thanks to the 3Dconnexion CadMouse’s dedicated middle mouse button. It’s simply more comfortable and convenient to press than the scroll wheel. And because enhancing the way CAD professionals work, rest and play is in our DNA, we housed it in a stylish matte black and steel ergonomic design that supports your hand in a comfortable and natural position, hour after hour.

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“We developed the 3Dconnexion CadMouse because CAD users asked us to,” says Antonio Pascucci, VP of products at 3Dconnexion. “We took the time to understand what they needed.”

With 3Dconnexion’s QuickZoom, you can effortlessly zoom in and out of your geometry with a single click of a thumb button.
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With the 3Dconnexion CadMouse, you’re in complete control thanks to its advanced laser sensor. With 8200dpi and a poll rate up to 1000Hz(responsiveness of 1 millisecond) you’ll click exactly where you need to, when you need to. It’s the level of precision CAD professionals demand—and deserve.

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“With the introduction of the 3Dconnexion CadMouse, we are excited to be meeting the demands of CAD professionals across a broad range of industries and professions,” Pascucci says.

“The icing on the cake is that CadMouse enables a new level of Two-Handed Power for our current customers. In other words, using a CadMouse together with a 3Dconnexion 3D mouse like the SpaceMouse Pro or SpaceNavigator makes it possible to interact with digital content in a way that wasn’t possible before.”

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Technical Specification:
  • 7 buttons total (including dedicated Middle Mouse Button)
  • 8200dpi / 1000Hz laser sensor
  • QuickZoom
  • Smart Scroll wheel
  • Gesture / radial menu button
  • PTFE feet
  • 2m braided USB cable
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 128mm x 80mm x 44mm / 5” x 3.15” x 1.7”
  • Weight: 130g / 0.29lb (without cable)
  • 2 year warranty

Visit 3Dconnexion Booth 317 at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 to see the CadMouse and other products in action.

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Don’t Miss to check out the SOLIDWORKS World App to get the latest news on SOLIDWORKS World 2015

And if you aren’t able to attend this year’s SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona you can still be part of the action and watch the live streaming of General Sessions from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Monday February 9th, Tuesday February 10th, and Wednesday February 11th.  We have a compelling and exciting line-up of speakers for all three days of SOLIDWORKS World General Sessions including SOLIDWORKS Executives and customers, as well as an amazing line up of keynote speakers. SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Free Live Stream:

Stay tuned for more coverage of SOLIDWORKS World 2015!

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PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW15 on Twitter for regular news and updates.

Feb 08

A Warm Welcome by Phoenix for #SWW15

 

After a long journey which ended this after noon, it was time to meet friends and make new ones. And there can not be best place than SOLIDWORKS World.

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Phoenix has been really nice with nice sun out here.

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This year you would see redesigned SOLIDWORKS World badge. Though it is light weight but you’ll miss the little booklet with sessions details. There is no plastic bag so you need something to keep your cards. Here is a glimpse of this year’s badge via Mike Puckett

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Had spent the evening meeting old friends.  And then finally my day ended with CAD Monkey Dinner at Alice Copperstown organized by Daniel Herzberg

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Luckily they have some vegetarian stuff for me.

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Don’t Miss to check out the SOLIDWORKS World App to get the latest news on SOLIDWORKS World 2015

And if you aren’t able to attend this year’s SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona you can still be part of the action and watch the live streaming of General Sessions from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Monday February 9th, Tuesday February 10th, and Wednesday February 11th.  We have a compelling and exciting line-up of speakers for all three days of SOLIDWORKS World General Sessions including SOLIDWORKS Executives and customers, as well as an amazing line up of keynote speakers. SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Free Live Stream:

Stay tuned for more coverage of SOLIDWORKS World 2015!

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PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW15 on Twitter for regular news and updates.