Introduction to Delmia

Manufacturing is debatably the most important step in the creation of a product. Designs and concepts mean nothing if no part is produced in the end. It’s important to have the manufacturing processes done in the most efficient way, safely, and with as few errors as possible. This could range from reducing errors in the machining itself to reducing errors in the assembly of products. With Delmia from the 3DExperience platform introduced by Dassault Systemes, these worries will be a thing of the past.

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Cody Cook
SolidWorks: Freeze Bar

If you work with large, complex assemblies in SolidWorks then it’s likely that you’ve experienced lengthy rebuild times. Or, worse yet, a set of unwanted updates that occurred while rebuilding a part or assembly. Fortunately, SolidWorks has a feature known as the Freeze Bar which can help with both issues.

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Matthew Fontana
SolidWorks: Mouse Gestures Shortcut

Similar to the shortcut bar, mouse gestures are used to save time looking for specific buttons during a designer’s time within SolidWorks. It has the ability to group commonly used buttons in one single feature wheel so changing from one command to the next can be done instantly. This blog will highlight where to update and change buttons on the feature wheel as well as how to use it.

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Cody Cook
SolidWorks: S Key (Shortcut Bar)

If there’s one thing in the engineering and designing world that is constant, it is that products need to be designed quicker and more accurate each day. With the ability to design quick comes less lead times, quicker concepts in front of the customer, and ultimately more products going out the door. With every second in design being crucial, cutting down on mouse movement and wasted time trying to find the one desired command in the sea of buttons is key. Thankfully, SolidWorks has the perfect solution with the “S” key. This blog will highlight the capabilities of this tool.

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Cody Cook
SolidWorks: Advanced Mates - Limit Mates

Part mates are a significant feature in SolidWorks that literally hold everything together. Most of the time a simple coincident or concentric mate is enough to get the job done. Other times you need mates that can give you more detail or more freedom. SolidWorks offers an advanced mating selection menu that seems very intimidating at first, but if used correctly, can change your whole assembly.

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Hayden Kemme
3DExperience 2019 (Introduction)

3DExperience is a platform offered through Dassault Systèmes that brings together all aspects of your project in a single place with the option to work from the cloud. Rather than accessing all Dassault Systèmes’ applications separately, such as Catia, Simulia, Enovia, etc, they can all be accessed through the 3DExperience platform. This presents the potential to greatly streamline your workflow as well as reducing the chance for errors.

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Matthew Fontana
Industry 4.0

Industry is continuously evolving. You’ve likely heard of the first industrial revolution in your high school history class with the evolution of steam engines. What you may not have known is that we are currently progressing into not the second, not the third, but the fourth industrial revolution.

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Matthew Fontana
SOLIDNAPKIN 2019

If you’ve ever been involved in a brainstorming session, then you’ve likely gone through the experience of sketching up your concept on a whiteboard or piece of paper, wishing that you could quickly convert it into a CAD model. Lucky for you, now there’s an app for that!

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Matthew Fontana
SolidWorks User Group Network

If you’ve ever struggled with learning a new software, then you know how vital it is to have the appropriate resources supporting your development. Having these resources is essential to new and adept users alike for advancing your skills. User groups are one example of such a resource

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Matthew Fontana
SolidWorks: File Renaming

Renaming SolidWorks models efficiently without losing all relations used to be a problem. The file that was renamed would show up suppressed in the main assembly and it had to be relocated to update. On a large-scale assembly, with many part files, this task would be tedious if multiple files would need to be renamed. Recently, I needed to find an effective file rename system, as a customer requested the names of all models to be changed.

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Brenden DeVries
Manufacturing Fundamentals

“Manufacturing” is a term that is thrown around quite often. It is a word that can be applied to a wide range of processes or techniques. Manufacturing can be broken into these basic elements - industries, products, design, materials, processes, and technologies. I will be doing a short overview of the primary manufacturing fundamentals so continue reading to learn more!

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Hayden Kemme
SolidWorks Quick Rendering and Shadowing

Creating quick renderings without wasting time waiting for the model to load is a balancing act. Renderings usually take some time as the SolidWorks models updates its appearance. At Perception Engineering, we take render screen shots for quick customer reports but without shadows.

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Brenden DeVries
Introduction to Enovia

Proper file sharing is a challenge that every company faces when working with multiple projects or a project filled with a variety of different part revisions. Sometimes, the wrong file can be worked on for hours creating wasted time on projects. Saving files locally and only sharing tangible prints is a huge problem and not possible for companies that work with other partners that aren’t local. With the Enovia app within the 3DExpereince platform, file sharing and collaborative efforts have never been easier.

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Cody Cook
Introduction to Simulia

With Dassault Systems gaining more and more popularity with the 3DExperience platform, they are introducing and refining a wide variety of apps to help companies save time and money. One that particularly stands out is the app Simulia. This blog will highlight and explain exactly what the app can achieve and why companies are rushing to use it in their day to day processes!

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Cody Cook
SolidWorks 2019: 3D Textures

For too long adding small detailed textures to parts and surfaces was a tedious and time demanding task in SolidWorks. We were forced to rely on patterns and manual adjustment to create the perfect match between texture and surface. In some instances, these textures are purely cosmetic and have no actual 3D geometry. However, this painful task is now a thing of the past thanks to SolidWorks 2019’s new feature, 3D textures. This feature allows for quick texture application of any image, shape, logo that you can imagine to any surface.

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Hayden Kemme
3D Printing in Manufacturing

3D printing has come a long way since it was first introduced to the world. It started off as a ridiculous idea, but it started to gain traction. It grew in popularity until just about everyone had a 3D printer in their house and were printing little trinkets and toys. And for a while that seemed like that’s all 3D printers were good for, cheap small plastic toys. But now 3D printers and their prints are bigger, faster, and stronger. And the manufacturing industry is starting to notice just how big of an impact these 3D printers can make.

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Hayden Kemme
New Product Development Process

One of our main service areas here at Perception Engineering is assisting customers with new product development. We serve a wide range of customers in this area, but our approach is typically very similar and systematic by nature. It is first important to recognize what type of new product development project is presented to us and what stage of the development cycle the project is currently at. Is the design still resting in the back of someone’s head or an existing design already in CAD that isn’t quite at the prototype phase? Based on the category, current state of the project, and the needs of the customer, our team will map out the next steps to take and develop a timeline for action.

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Marcus Prigge
Google Cardboard and Other 360 Viewers

For how inexpensive and readily available 360° viewers are, it’s hard to think that people everywhere don’t have at least a cardboard viewer in their home. Working through Perception Engineering has really opened my eyes to all the advantages of using these headsets. Not only for engineering fields, but for other things such as entertainment and education. This blog will highlight some key features when selecting which headset will work best such as comfort, price, and functionality.

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Cody Cook
CRM Comparison

CRM stands for Customer Resource Management. There are many tools included in CRM solutions that let you keep track of your tasks, events, contacts, interactions with these contacts, leads, deals, and more. A simple Google search for best CRM and you will discover there is a truly overwhelming number of options for you to choose from. Following, I will offer you a narrowed down selection of which solutions seemed best to me, and why.

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SolidWorks XDesign

It seems like in today’s world everything is connected to “The Cloud”. With such a huge storage capacity, fast servers, and the ability to share files easily,  the cloud sounds like a pretty good platform for CAD software. And this is just what Dassault systems did! SolidWorks XDesign is one of the first cloud based CAD systems and it is going to bring a lot of changes to the game. Keep reading to find out just what advantages lie ahead with cloud CAD! 

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