Choosing the Right SOLIDWORKS Installation Method

If you’re the sole user of SOLIDWORKS at your company or you’re a solo operator, choosing an installation method is straight forward: install SOLIDWORKS through the SOLIDWORKS Installation manager. But once you add a few more users or multiple sites into the mix, you really have to start thinking about the other methods that are available:

1. The SolidWorksSOLIDWORKS Installation Manager
2. Command line installation

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SolidWorks Inspection

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Streamline Quality Control

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 is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection application that greatly simplifies and automates the creation process of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc…).

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CAMWorks Corner – CNC Machining a Turbo Impeller

With media coverage of the World Cup dominating news and sports sites, you may have missed some other major sporting events, such as the Le Mans 24hr and the Nürburgring 24hr. Whether it’s nostalgia and the opportunity to see some of motor racing’s elite at the French race, or the attraction of camping in a forest listening to cheesy Euro pop while slurping copious amounts of high quality beer at the German event, both provide an incredible experience for a motorsport fan. Given that the Porsche 919 Hybrid was sponsored by DMG Mori, it just made sense to have it related to machining a turbo impeller. So what’s involved?

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SolidWorks 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual – the Future of Collaborative Design

3D CAD tools have been around for a couple decades now, but old-school techniques are alive and well when it comes to conceptual design. With SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual, there is finally a proper tool for capturing quickly evolving designs and collaborating with multiple team members in the important stages of conceptual design.

So, why is SOLIDWORKS focusing on mechanical conceptual design? Well, in a typical design process there are many teams involved in producing the final product. Many processes can run in parallel, but certain activities – such as building prototypes, testing those prototypes, and creating technical communication deliverables – need to wait until the detailed design is finished.

One area that is often overlooked in the complete, end-to-end process is the conceptual design stage, where ideas are created and discarded in rapid succession, and many people are involved. By using SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual up front in the design process to capture and test numerous concepts quickly, the entire design process is compressed even further.

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