Posts tagged Software
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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Converting Files to DXF/DWG

When working with CAD software or in the design field, it is likely you will come across files that will not be in a CAD friendly format. Customers might send over files such as PDF’s or JPEG. These are two very common file types; however, these files cannot be input into any CAD software.

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Hayden KemmeSoftware
SolidWorks: PDM Version History

You’re working on a project in SolidWorks when you realize you or a project partner has made some unwanted changes and saved over any previous versions. It happens to the best of us. Looks like you’ll have to spend extra time remodeling the part to get it back to the way you wanted, just to spend more time now modeling the changes you wanted to make in the first place.

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Matthew Fontana2, PDM, Software, SolidWorks
Creating Appearances in Visualize

Have you come across an issue with SolidWorks Visualize where the exact desired appearance isn’t available in their wide variety of selections? Nothing is more satisfying than having what you imagine appear exactly as though in a final render. This blog will help to create inform readers on how to achieve these appearances!

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Cody Cook2, Software, SolidWorks, Visualize
SolidWorks: DriveWorks

Repetitive tasks in SolidWorks have you down? Do you find yourself making the same design multiple times with small differences in features, size, and properties? DriveWorks is a unique design automation software that may be able to help! The best part about DriveWorks is that if you are already using SolidWorks the most basic version, Xpress is already built in.

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Marcus Prigge2, Software, SolidWorks
Lighting in Visualize

With each package of SolidWorks Visualize there are some things you can and can’t do from one to the next. This blog will focus mainly on one little issue that we’ve run into at Perception Engineering when it comes to the lighting aspect of models and some of the tips and tricks we use to overcome them.

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Cody Cook2, Software, Visualize
PDM: Searching Local Files

You’ve been working with SolidWorks PDM and it has worked well for the most part. Lately, you’ve noticed that occasionally the files you’re saving to the vault aren’t showing up. Especially if you’ve been working with step files (.step) or you saved files while working in offline mode. This blog will go over a quick tip that may save you hours of frustration trying to find them or worse, having to recreate them completely.

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Matthew Fontana2, PDM, Software, SolidWorks
What's New to SolidWorks 2019

With another year coming to a close a new and improved version of SolidWorks has been released, SolidWorks 2019. This new SolidWorks version is full of powerful new modeling tools and various other updates to help bring design and manufacturing closer together. These updates and features cover all aspects of SolidWorks including, Assemblies, Routing, Drawings, PDM, Plastics, Simulation, Visualize, and much more.

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Hayden Kemme2, Software, SolidWorks
SolidWorks: CAM Tool Path

SolidWorks CAM is a fully integrated, knowledge-based technology that allows you to integrate design and manufacturing processes under one system to evaluate designs earlier in the process to avoid unexpected costs and delays in finishing products on time.

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Cody Cook2, Software, SolidWorks
SolidWorks: Forming Tools

Over the years at Perception Engineering, I have modeled and detailed hundreds of sheet metal parts. Often these sheet metal parts will require specific tooling to match the customer specs. Taking to the internet for help on creating tooling yielded minimal results. Having to do my own research to ensure the customers receive the quality parts they requested; I’ve decided to post my finding to help others out.

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SolidWorks: Custom Drawing Template

A drawing template is one of the main components to any assembly or part drawing. A drawing template allows you to convey all information about a part or assembly in a clean and organized manner. The key features of a drawing template are simplicity and clarity. This blog will demonstrate how to make a simple custom drawing template in SolidWorks! 

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Hayden Kemme1, Software, SolidWorks
Comparing CAD Software Solutions

Here at Perception Engineering, we reach out to various companies across many industries in the West Michigan area. Among these companies, many different CAD software’s are utilized. Although SolidWorks is our expertise, we have assisted some customers out using other software's such as Inventor and Fusion 360.

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Marcus Prigge1, Software
Virtual Reality: Softwares

With virtual reality technology is growing and growing, there are a wide variety of softwares that can suit a company’s specific needs. Finding the right one for the company is all up to trying different softwares to find that exact fit! At Perception Engineering, we’ve been actively testing different softwares and this blog will cover some that we’ve been using.

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SolidWorks: PDM Data Cards

Keeping track of part properties in SolidWorks can be a very tedious task. If multiple properties need to be changed from part to part on a project, it can cut into your productivity, taking time away from further refining your design. Luckily, with SolidWorks Product Data Management, we can remove much of this wasted time with the use of data cards.

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Matthew Fontana1, PDM, Software, SolidWorks
SolidWorks: Property Tab Builder

In this blog, we will be discussing the SolidWorks Property Tab Builder. The property tab builder allows the user to build preset properties that can be loaded into parts and assemblies. We will also look at how to integrate these into the SolidWorks Properties Tab, and some of the convenient ways to use the SolidWorks Properties Tab.

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Austin Jacobs1, Software, SolidWorks