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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SolidWorks: Repairing Surfaces

In this blog, we will be discussing the Repairing Surfaces function in SolidWorks. SolidWorks has the ability to import 3D modeled files created in different CAD systems and fix errors associated with the translation. Here is some information on how to heal the faulty faces and gaps!

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SolidWorks 3DExperience

What if it was possible to have every step of the design and engineering process laid out right in front of you? What if there was an easier way to collaborate with all the organizations your company is involved with? Well the solution to all these problems is here with the Dassault’s new 3DExperience! With different apps available for almost all solutions, keep reading to see if the new 3DExperience business platform is the solution you have been looking for.

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Basic Unreal Importing

Unreal Engine 4 by Epic Games is a powerful development software that is used to create things from games to engineering solutions that can be used across many different platforms such as PC and mobile. At Perception Engineering, we have been using this software to view some of our CAD files and interact with them in a seemingly real way thanks to virtual reality. This blog will cover some very basic steps to importing and placing files.

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SolidWorks: Custom BOM & REV Table

Using custom settings for a bill of materials or a revision table can make things move much faster during the design process. With the wide array of different manufacturing types, such as special techniques, processes, and materials, there need to be multiple different ways to convey all the information, not just through one standard.

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Hayden Kemme
Team Lunch and Learns

Here at Perception Engineering, we are constantly expanding our knowledge to become professionals in everything that we do. However, in the engineering field, there are thousands of different types of manufacturing processes, design tactics, software, and techniques that can be utilized. Lunch and learns are a great way to dig into numerous new processes and ideas.

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Hayden KemmeBusiness
Laser Cutting Name Plates Design Process

As a professional CAD designer, the design process is the most crucial process to be familiar and proficient with. A CAD designer must be able to take an idea and bring it through the process and come out with a product on the other side. This blog will be over one of the in-house projects completed at Perception Engineering.

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Manufacturing Support Services

In manufacturing, there are a lot of fluctuating circumstances that need to be monitored in order for a company to be successful and profitable.  Companies need to be constantly working to make sure that the manufacturing side of the business is always operating at max efficiency.

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Hayden KemmeBusiness