Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010- Happy New Year

31st Dec 2009- It's so fast to reach the last day of year 2009. For the pass 365 days, what have you achieved? Beside sitting in front of the monitor screen everyday.

for you who following SolidWorks-Malaysia blog since the very 1st day, we are glad to tell you that this is our 1st year anniversary and my 1st ever blog- Ice Kacang machine Our blog started last year, since 10th of December & thank to the team commitment and passion on SolidWorks with a willingness to share, we currently have 79 followers from varies country (mainly from Malaysia) and posted 170 blogs.

For a new blog in the bloggy blog world, we really proud to share with you our excitement and our achievement. Continue to support us by following our blogs and i guarantee you more and more interesting and eye-opening articles will be share in year 2010.

We wish you a fruitful year in 2010!~

Bye bye 2009! Welcome 2010!~

Glass bottle Vs Aluminium can, which is more environmental friendly?

A great blog to share to my fellow followers. SolidTutor posted an article by comparing glass bottle and aluminium by using SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress. Click here to view the great sharing.

which is grenner?

To use SustainabilityXpress you need to have SolidWorks 2010 installed. However, if you are using SolidWorks 2009 you can download SustainabilityXpress from the SolidWorks Labs site.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery: How to save your own weldment profile?

Many don't know how to save their own standard weldment profile in SolidWorks, some may even do not know there is a function called Weldment in SolidWorks where it can help you a lot when your design involve a combination of structural member!

Sometimes, the standard of structural member that you request may not supplied in SolidWorks by default. In this case, you can open a new part file and sketch out the weldment profile that you wish to apply. Next, how to integrate this weldment profile into SolidWorks is very important.

First, you need to know where is the weldment profile provided in SolidWorks is saved. Commonly, it is under your local disk C>Program Files>SolidWorks Corp>SolidWorks>Data> Weldment profile , add a file location and point to the location that I mentioned, so that it will apppeard under your task pane as shown in the picture below:

Then, press on the "Add to Library" button (which is beside the button of add file location under task pane), select the sketch from the feature tree and assign a name to it. Browse to the weldment profile location, in order to differentiate the profile supplied in SolidWorks and your own standard profile, you may create a new folder under the weldment profile, (for exp: name it as customized), under this customized folder, cretae sub folder for different type of member profile.

Besides that, file type is very improtant, make sure you select "Lib Feat Part" which means SolidWorks library feature part!

Try it now! You will find that when you try to insert the weldment profile to your sketch, the customized folder will appear under the pull down list of structural member function and you will able to use it!

In case it is not appear as what expected, go to Tools> Options>File location, under "show folder for:"select weldment profiles. Check the folder location, make sure it is point to the location of where you save your profile just now.

Hope this useful tips can help you !

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wanna have a Christmas Mystery Gift?

IME wish you a merry Christmas,

SolidWorks wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year………….

Year 2009 is leaving us soon, thanks for joining SolidWorks Malaysia community. We appreciated your support, your participation for all the activity and the event that organize by IME Technology.

IME SolidWorks Malaysia community vision is “To provide the best service, to deliver the latest technology information to Malaysia engineering industry”! To serve you better, we always look forward for your opinion or suggestion to serve you better. Visit SolidWorks Malaysia Facebook community discussion board to drop your idea, your suggestion, etc……… Visit SW Malaysia FB

The most creative idea, the most attractive posting will stay a chance to win for a Christmas mystery GIFT!!

What to suggest?
* Event & Activity that you would like to attend?
* Creative idea for SolidWorks program
* SolidWorks Rendering competition
* Information you would like to know
* SolidWorks Training Courses, etc…………….

Lastly, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a fruitful and happy year 2010…………

Visit SW Malaysia FB Discussion Board

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Avatar's director-James Cameron live in SolidWorks World 2010, Anaheim, CA.

What a great news I got today! The BIG director is coming, live!

1st of all, have you watch Avatar? OMG! you haven't watch it! Better be fast because you definately do not want to miss the chances to watch this fantastic movie by the great director of Terminator, Alien, Titanic, Mr. James Cameron.

James Cameron with his star @ Hollywood walk of fame

Yes, he is appearing live in SolidWorks World 2010, Anaheim, CA. Just wondering, will he bring the terminator along? Or an Alien? Well, don't feel shock if you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger come along. He did filmed a couple of movies with the current 38th Governor of the state of California.

Last year we have Sir Richard Branson as keynote speaker of SolidWorks World 2009, Florida. Sir Richard Branson is the founder and President of Virgin Group. He talked about the 1st commercial trip to space and going to happen very soon.

I guess I need to have a walk at Hollywood walk of frame and snap the start of James Cameron.

To know more about the keynote speakers (yes, the 's' mean more than 1), please click here.

If you have not booked yet your seat for SolidWorks World in sunny Anaheim, CA - USA, it is not too late. Early bird registrations go until January 8th.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lucky Winner for IME SolidWorks Xpresso

Hello fellow friend, thanks for joining IME SolidWorks Xpresso on 10th Dec – 14th Dec 2009.
We get well respond and support from all SolidWorks design engineer in Malaysia during the online seminar. I am sure all of us enjoy the session very much. (Which session you like the Most?)

To appreciate your support and your participation, on behalf of IME Technology I would like to announce En Ahmad Rizal Maharam from Halliburton Malaysia to be IME SolidWorks Xpresso lucky winner. He had won a “SolidWorks Limited Solar Charger(which come with 7 type of adaptor)”

Hope this session brings you smart design tips, which help us to design better and smarter.

Miss the session?? No worry. With the technology now a day, we can share the presentation easily through Facebook or Youtube.

Please visit to :

SolidWorks Malaysia - IME Authorized Reseller
SolidWorks IME Youtube

All the material is there for you to download. Click now and share with your friend.

Kindly click on to IME discussion board feedback how you think about seminar online??? Click to "IME discussion Board"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Local designer, we need you!

for a country to grow, we need young, fresh, innovative designer to come up with new state-of-the-art design. You do not need to design an aeroplane or alien spacecraft to make you special. Something simple, something out of the box, something will make others say " why i never think of that!" is good enough  to say I'm a creative designer.

We always complain you can survive in Malaysia by designing. We always heard a friend say Malaysia will never have a great designer. Malaysian would not appreciate a design and we believe that Buatan Malaysia products is a not reliable and I rather pay more to buy an imported design.

Is it really 'design' in Malaysia consider tak boleh lah (cannot laa~)? I believe this is just a mindset. A mindset that we should shift+delete and forget about it forever and ever.

so dear designer, this video is dedicated to you and I hope with this video can inspire you to stay to design and one day you stand proud to say: Malaysian design is the best!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let's learn some basic surfacing technique!

Hey friends! Take a look on the figure below, here are two similar model with simple geometry, but when you take a closer look, you will notice there are a bit difference between this two models. As indicate in my picture, the ending face of the 1st model are normal to the adjacent face whereas for the 2nd model is not. Besides that, the transition of flanges at the fillet corner for the second model are not as perfect as the 1st one.

When handle this kind of model, you may apply simple features such as extrude->chamfer (for the flanges)>fillet (at the four corner)> and follow by shell to make it hollow. Somehow you may not get the desired outcome. The steps I have mentioned above is the technique being applied to create the 2nd model! To get the nice result as shown in the 1st model, you may try sheet metal feature if it is a sheet metal part, or else you can try another alternative which is using surfacing. Here are some simple steps for surfacing approach:
1. Draw a recrangular, extrude surface and fillet the 4 corner.

2. To create the flanges, you can use Ruled Surface. This is a function for you to create or extend surface base on the selected edges on existing geometry, with a reference plane/face, you can control the angle of the flanges! (there are some other options in this function such as "normal/tangent/perpendicular to surface" for you to create a face at certain direction.

3. How to handle the transition between two flanges at the fillet corner? I will use loft surface. To control the behaviour or direction of the lofted face, we need to create the guide curve. Just insert a 3D sketch and use a spline line to join the point of two flanges as shown in the picture below:

I want to make sure the lofted face must tangent to each connected flanges. To achive this, I will add a tangent relation between the spline line and the edge of the flange at each side:

4. When apply the loft surface funtion, define the edges of the flanges as loft profile (edges of geometry can be the loft profile besides sketches) , while the 3D spline curve and the opposite fillet edge will be the guide curve. Take a look at the figure below:

5. To complete the loft surface for another 3 corner, i will rather use circular pattern! But this is a rectangular shape geometry! How?:

Just create a dummy circular surface body at the center of the rectangular. When you define the direction of circular pattern, you can either pick the circular edge/face / axis to chieve this! What you need to do after this is just make the dummy circular surface body hidden!
6. Finally, use Knit Surface to combine all the pieces (remember, you are working with surface body, not solid!) then, turn this surface body into solid by using Thicken option. Here, you can define the thickness of the solid and also the direction to add in the thickness!

Hope you get some idea from this sharing~ ^_^

Friday, December 11, 2009


BOOOM~~ *APPEARing...*

hiiyooooo~ Good days everyone.. finally, tyler here again. This is my latest work by SolidWorks, Ninja~~~

For this ninja.. What i wanna share here is... Once we finish the modeling, we may do the appearances assignments in the SolidWorks environment before we import it to the PhotoView. As you see for the picture above, i assigned the appearances: fabric to ninja custom, plastic to skin and neon light to eyes.

BOOOM~ all of them were APPEARing~ Once i imported it into PhotoView~

Fuyoh.. so we may do the appearances assignments in SolidWorks or PhotoView depend on how you like~

Have a nice weekends and sayonara~

BOOOM~~ *disAPPEARing...*

:: Tyler ::

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

fastest car in the world; fastest car designed in SolidWorks

Lots of time, I facing this question." Er... can SolidWorks design car ar?" Most of them are ask for fun, some of them are waiting me to say no and say, "Cheh! your software also not powerful 1". But sorry to disappoint them, my answer is 'YES'. Proof? Koenigsegg CCX is design in SolidWorks & it it the fastest street legal car designed in SolidWork.   SolidWorks is a high horsepower 3D CAD which allow you to design anything, anything, anything.

Let me see,
- I love car, fast one.
- I love orange colour.
- I love SolidWorks.

So, I bet this is my dream car after all. It have the power under the hook, it have the colour that I like, it was designed by the software that i like too. I guess it really make my day.

And from a local forum, this sexy Sweden exotic sport car listed #4 in fastest cars in the world for year 2009-2010. I not sure how reliable is this news but... from the figure, why not?  
245 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp.

the top 10 list:
1 SSC Ultimate Aero
2 Bugatti Veyron
3 Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
4 Koenigsegg CCX
5 McLaren F1
6 Ferrari Enzo
7 Jaguar XJ220
8 Pagani Zonda F
9 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
10 Porsche Carrera GT

So, boss! Cant I have a replica 1:100 scale for my X'mas present? Please~

p/s: please don't ask me again
, can SolidWorks design car.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thank you autotrace & merry early X'mas

Haha! was thinking to design something special to hang on our x'mas tree in our office. It all start with a quick hand drafting and then I scan it, mooo~

And with SolidWorks autotrace, I trace it and wah lah!~ this is what I get. Still thinking to 3D print it and hang my tree or not? X'mas come early. yeah!~

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery: Delete Face & Replace Face

SolidWorks Surfacing Tools
Hi friends, recently I am working with a customer who are designing model which need a lot of surfacing techniques, here I would like to share two simple surfacing commands with you guys which are very useful and save you a lot of time when you doing surfacing. Let's take a look at the model above, this is a surface body with simple geometry, everything looks nice and okay at this moment.

Excessive material due to geometry of model

Somehow when you try to thicken the surface body in order to convert it become a solid model with a defined thickness, you may face this kind of situation where due to the geometry of model, some area of the solid model will have excessive material which is unwanted as shown in the figure above.

Delete Face

In this situation, you need not to use sketch and extrude cut in order to remove the unwanted geometry. This will pretty take time to sketch a close contour to fully enclose the unwanted volume and you may not get the nice result as you want!

Try on the Delete Face command first! This is the fastest way to help you repair the geometry of the model. Select the face belong to the unwanted geometry and under the option for Delete Face command, choose " Delete and patch", means, the software will remove the selected face and patch back the model with a more predictable geometry. (If you select option"Delete" only, it will only remove the selected face and you solid model will turned into surface model). Refer to the figure below, this is the outcome of the delete face command! Simple and nice?

Sometimes, Delete Face might not able to solve your problem, it's all depends on the complexity of model geometry just like the situation as shown in the figure below:

In this case, you can try the 2nd alternative which is Replace Face command! Let see how simple it is! First, do a offset surface for the face that you feel is suitable to be used to patch back the unnecessay geometry, make sure the offseted face is large enough to cover the target face to be patched! Or else, you will need to extend it!

Identify the face you need to patch back the unwanted area!

Replace Face

Use the replace face command, identify the target face for replacement and the surface for replacement.
Outcome for Replace Face Command

Hope you enjoy the small tips here, have a nice weekened! =)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tips to join FREE IME SolidWorks Xpresso Online Seminar

Hi my dear friend, I am sure all of you heard about SolidWorks Virtual event for some months. This platform is amazing, just like you attending an actual event at 5 star hotels.

IME Technology Malaysia had joining in this virtual experience platform, to be Malaysia first “SolidWorks Virtual event” program organizer! Thanks SolidWorks Corporation.

For the pass few week, IME SolidWorks Engineer are cracking their head THINK! THINK! And THINK! for innovative stuff to share with all of us. When my first time watching the video my team created, I was so surprise!!! Unbelievable ....

Please don’t miss this amazing day! During IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day, you will heard some very sweet & sexy lady voice (japanese) :) , innovative design sharing  and a very important actor “ Paper Man”…

To appreciate your support, who ever attend IME SolidWorks Xpresso, on 10Dec 2009 at 12.30pm to 2.30pm” will stay a chance to win for a “SolidWorks Limited prize”.
(if you are not available to join during this period, don’t worry the presentation material will on demand basic until 14 Dec, you can login any time during this period)

While, how to join for the event. It was just as simple as below:

1.Login to
2.Click Register

3. Fill in your personnel detail and click submit
- You can add in your photo if you wan
- During the event, you can chat with other attendees from different country

4. Congratulation, you are now able to login as an participants for “IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day”
5. You will see a lot of people walking around at the lobby, here, you can easily click on to auditorium hall or exhibition to visit.

6. This is how an auditorium hall look like
- You can create your own chat room
- Or join other created chat room

7. This is how an exhibition hall look like
- Browse over your mouse to click for the information

8. What if I facing problem to login this side, try this solution “ delete your internet explorer cookies”. This will solve your problem.

Remember our date, see you on 10 Dec, 12.30pm. until 14 December.
You are always welcome to drop me an email at for more.

Bye and have a nice weekend!!!!