Posts with tag: ‘solidworks’

If you can’t figure out what PDM costs, don’t feel bad. It’s not you.

Ever try to figure out the cost of a given PDM system? How’d it go? Get everything you need? I’m guessing not. Here’s why.

What’s the first thing most people do before they make any kind of meaningful purchase? They search for it. They read reviews, they watch a few videos, maybe they hit the relevant forums. Once they’ve become more familiar with what’s out there and pared down their options, what’s the next thing they do? They search for the price.

After that? Your average consumer likely doesn’t think about total cost of ownership (TCO) for every single meaningful purchase. But if you’re evaluating PDM, you likely will think about TCO. Or at least we think you should.

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GrabCAD Workbench Makes File Management Easy for SolidWorks Users

When we launched our Workbench for PC app in November of last year, the response was overwhelming.  Now that there was an easy way to sync desktop files with cloud projects, thousands of users signed up to manage their CAD files in Workbench.  Customers like Hemosonics and Hogtunes have been able to get their entire CAD libraries under control and fully organized - finally there was a PDM solution that fit their needs.  But easy access to files was only part of the challenge.  To make Workbench the best PDM solution for small and mid-sized businesses, we needed to integrate it to their CAD systems.

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What I was surprised to learn at SolidWorks World 2014 about CAD data management

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since Solidworks World 2014, and after enough times of saying “At SolidWorks World I learned...”, or “I talked to a guy at SolidWorks World who said…”, I thought I should probably write a post about it. But be warned: this is not your typical SWW14 recap.

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Given that as Director for Products at GrabCAD I’ve been working pretty heads-down on our GrabCAD Workbench for the past two years, I spent a lot of time at #SWW14 attending sessions on data management and talking to other SolidWorks users about data management. What I learned may surprise you.

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Make your SolidWorks CAD model a tutorial

It’s easier than ever to teach others with your SolidWorks CAD models thanks to the GrabCAD Library. Many engineers and students download others’ work to see how something was created. Walking step-by-step through a CAD model offers invaluable information on design and CAD skills. It helps the engineer downloading create better designs the next time they work or use best practices more. By recording your thoughts as you build, or after the fact, you get to preserve your design decisions and give back to the engineering community at the same time.

Football Helmet SolidWorks Rendering STEP / IGES Other By Jordan Tadic

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Solidworks Augmented Reality App

Last September I had the opportunity to attend the launch of Solidworks 2013 and see a few things coming down the pipe. One thing that throughly impressed me was their augmented reality app for mobile devices or tablets. Presented by one of the original developers of eDrawings, Rick Chin, the AR app generated some audible gasps in the room. Still in the preliminary stages, the quality of the app was pretty clear. And now it's available for download. 



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Model Spotlight – The Cavator

This here is The Cavator, a futuristic vision of your standard Evacuator and the 2nd place winner in Polish regional Solidworks Design competition organized by CNS Solutions (all winners can be seen here) Created by GrabCADr Mariusz Jablonski, it does away with the single arm and replaces it with two in order to create a machine capable of doing multiple actions in concert. After seeing this posted, I began talking to Mariusz about what his thinking was behind the concept.


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Tips of the Trade – Pencils, Dimensions and Flow Analysis

If someone asked,  'I want to learn how to make a pencil, measure the various dimension arcs of said pencil and then carry out intensive flow analysis of a fluid around the pencil.' You would say 'Why would you?'. Because you can. At least, on GrabCAD Tutorial you can. Combined, you will know all of the exact dimensions of your pencil, you will know how to make the most aerodynamic pencil on the planet. At least, because that's one way to impress your boss, your professor, or everyone here on GrabCAD.



How to Model a Propelling Pencil

Speaking of impressing everyone here on GrabCAD, who hasn't seen what Aykut Dana has been doing. We awarded him a Golden Gear because he is, and forever will be, a GrabCAD professor to us. He's been uploading a storm out there, creating these hyper-detailed tutorials about making a propelling pencil (a mechanical pencil to others). If you're new to Solidworks, and feel like learning a lot of the essentials for product design, start off with this tutorial. You won't be disappointed.

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