Monday, March 30, 2009

Jewellery Box

A few days ago, one of my colleagues (Issac Koh) had passed me a drawing file on a design of a “Jewellery Box”! He is Rapid Prototype Specialist!!! May be he can print out the jewellery box in SLA!!! hahaha.....

Through his design, we understand SolidWorks today is not only targeted to mechanical design any more, from what we can see recently, our designer was designing something they feel interesting in their life, such as a perfume bottle, Ramen bowl, and today even we can see a design opportunities for SolidWorks in Jewellery industries.

What are you waiting for? Let’s join to our “design your dream product” community! Design your dream product today!!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Terrafugia "Flying CAR"

Driving on the road and flying on the sky might not be our dream now. My first exposure to this Terrafugia "Flying Car" was during my visit to SolidWorks World 2009. I was so impress when I saw this “Flying CAR” in front of me, it is a REAL CAR….. we can drive on the sky soon!

Of course my intention today is not to only share with you there is a FLYING Car in the world, but to share with all design engineers. This FLYING CAR was DESIGN in SOLIDWORKS. Can you believe?

Ya, it is! SolidWorks is the best mechanical design software. Without I typing so many word, let’s watch the video yourself on some of the part being design in SolidWorks.

Your will believe, SolidWorks can do so! SolidWorks is the BEST!

I can fly now….. Yeh!!!!

click on the image for the video

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Vase - designed by SS

I have spoke to some of my friend about the intention to create a design group since last month. Most of them give positive feedback but none of them send me their product for display so far. But one of them, SS (nickname) did send me what he/she designed which i am going to publish it in this post. With the help of Nelson and photoview 360, this is the final rendered image of his/her product.
A SS...

SS, i hope you like the rendering effect of your vase.

For others, if you have good design that you wish to share with us. So what are you waiting for??? Send us the picture or send us your model and we will render for you.

Thank you, SS!!

Arigato Gozaimasu!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sony Ericson - Part ll

Today through one of my friend from SolidWorks Singapore, I got to find a video clip about Sony Ericson being show during “ SolidWorks World 2009” …….

It was quite an interesting video clip, it show how Sony Ericson’s new model being develop from a conceptual design to modelling, develop prototype until and actual new model. It show how SolidWorks apply in their design job, it was so easy…… the design team was able to develop a new model within a short period with the lowest cost incur.

Let’s click on below video clip, to view how a new Sony Ericson being develops.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

How To Make A Stable Assembly?

Hey, I found this articles from a website that share tips about solidworks. I found this will be good if every Solidworks user know about this, so i decided to copy and paste this article to Solidworks Malaysia Community to share with all Solidworks user in Malaysia.
What are some basic tips to making a stable assembly?

There are many considerations that must be addressed when starting an assembly. There are also several methods and philosophies to address these considerations. This answer only provides general recommendations without getting into specific methods. Planning is important to making a stable and useful assembly.
When starting an assembly, align the primary part’s solid model origin to the origin of the assembly model. However, instead of mating to this origin, the solid model should simply be set to Fixed. Reorientation of the assembly may be difficult if the part solid models are dependant on the assembly model reference geometry (origin, default planes). The primary part should be either:
• A base part to which most other components are mated (such as a base plate)
• The most functionally important part to which most of the other components must be related. (In this case, it is also important to make sure the part’s origin is at the most functional location within that part’s solid model.)
Mate subsequent parts to existing fully constrained parts. Avoid unnecessary mates that may cause overdefining errors later in the process of building the assembly model. Generally, avoid mating to the reference geometry of the assembly itself.
To help reduce overdefining errors, avoid circular mating. Circular mating is where several parts in an assembly model are mated together from two or more separate methods. This can occur in larger assemblies where several parts are chained in mates leading off from a common component, but also mate directly to each other at the other end of the component chain, thus forming a mating circle.
Where possible, repeated instances of same part should be patterned using feature driving, accessible at pulldown Insert>Component Pattern...>Feature Driven…. Patterning parts simplifies the assembly model and also can improve SolidWorks performance.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SolidWorks Wins Engineers’ Choice Award

We know that SolidWorks has simulation package in it, we know that SolidWorks was famous because of its ease of use, we know that SolidWorks has a short learning curve to master it, that's why engineers knew that they have to vote for the best 3D CAD software and they made it! The winner goes to (of course) SOLIDWORKS!

Be proud to be part of the community who is using the award winning 3D CAD software, SolidWorks. I'm proud of it; hope you proud of it as well.

"This award speaks volumes to the value our users see with our built-in simulation tools and further enforces our position as developers of more than just CAD, but end-to-end engineering tools,” said Fielder Hiss, SolidWorks director of product management.

Thanks for all of your support (& mine)!

click here to read the award winning software's article!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lancome Hypnose by Solidworks

When Lancome launched Hypnose perfume, the unique bottle design attracted me immediately. i'm wondered if one day i can modelled this in a software and on my own...... but this was a few year back.......

Thanks to the rapid growth and rich content of Solidworks features, today to model this perfume bottle is not a dream anymore. I'd spend about 20 minutes yesterday trying to model this unique bottle with Solidworks...... Suprisingly, with 20 minutes of is the result.......

have a nice day!!!

~ah lau~

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Ramen bowl please! Part II

Guys & girls,

Let's go into the detail of the bowl. this is not an ordinary bowl, this is a bowl with ear. The bowl was easily design with 3 revolves, everyone know how to use the revolve function right? then you will also notice a few cuts at my bowl. No, it is not for you to pour the soup out nor putting straw into it to drink the soup.

Do allow me to explain about my masterpiece with printscreens + the G button on my keyboard (What? You did not know that the G button is for you to turn on the magnifying glass in SolidWorks 2009!)
See the cut in my magnifying glass? Yes, is for you to put your thumb when holding your bowl of maggie mee while watching Lee Chong Wei Vs Lin Dan (btw, Dato Lee won)
Very obvious, the slot + 2 holes is to put the pair of cute chopstick which come along with my design. A Set!Lastly i created two rendered images, 1 with PhotoWorks and another with PhotoView 360. Guys, make a guess, which 1 was created with PhotoWorks?

Free Seminar: Managing MultiCAD Data with SolidWorks PDM enterprise

We are going to held SolidWorks PDM enterprise Seminar on next week. Detail as below:

SolidWorks PDM enterprise is a Product Data Management (PDM) solution that can be used to help manage, find, share and re-use your valuable engineering data, both within the Engineering Department and throughout the organization.
The PDMWorks Enterprise Quick Start program is a proven implementation system:-
> Quickly gain the benefits of PDM in the shortest amount of time.
> Train your entire team on how to share CAD data from a secure vault.
> Get your new PDM system up and running in as little as 5 days.
Join us to the PDM Seminar for quick understanding how PDM manage your Design Data
Date: 27 Mac 2009
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: IME CTSP Centre
The best part is that we manage to invite Mr. Ba-Thong, Regional Technical Manager- PDM Asia Pacific SolidWorks Corp. to share and present to you the fastest way to benefit from Product Data Management.
For more information, feel free to contact us @ 1300-88-2797
Is all about collaboration efficiency :)

Design: Bottle

It seems like the design posted by sew is very interest and it make me feel hungry..... I hope there will be more great designs share in this blog in the future. Last few week during my free time, i did a bottle design with Solidworks. Initially, it was planned to be a perfume bottle design but when it comes to rendering portion, i can't find a suitable material for perfume liquid that satisfy me. So it ended up to be a bottle or container for .............(guess what?please see it yourself!)

Lets me share with you on the process and main feature that i used in the modeling stage.......

Then, i used FLEX feature to bend the hexagon extrusion by 180 degree. (click on the image to view my setting)

Finally, the result and rendered image as below. TANG TANG TANG TANG.........

You need to enlarge the rendered image to find out what i put in the bottle........Have you figured out what is in the bottle?

~ah lau~

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A bowl of Ramen please or Ramen Bowl please

5.17pm, Sunday- home alone without having lunch~ Raining! Partner went for shopping with her friends, not following because need to prepare some on-demand flow benchmark & who knew, insufficient information to proceed.

SolidWorks was on & I knew that I starving which mean I can easily consume few bowls of ramen! Damn, so wish that i can have a bowl of warm ramen with grilled sliced beef on top of it. Of course, I would need a bowl to pour my ramen into it!

Hereby, I present to you; another great design from Sew, Ramen Bowl with Ear! (huh) Ear? Why? Why?

Below picture answered all your why!

Designed with SolidWorks without rendering and some touch up (wording) with PhotoShops

So far for now, will post more views from different angle later on~ need to put something into my stomach now else you will never see my design anymore! Bye!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

SolidWorks PhotoView 360


Today Our Professional Lady Trainer was exploring some feature on SolidWorks PhotoView 360 feature. by using the module, she had come out an idea to design a "Ginger Biscuit".... Cute and Sweet Ginger biscuit.

Charlie told me that "PhotoView 360 is the dedicated application specifically designed for the SolidWorks user. This program attached with realtime refinement where you can easily make adjustment and get the result on the spot!"

With PhotoView 360, everyone can be an artist!

Three simple steps:
1.Open SW Part or Assembly
2.Change/adjust environment (optional)
3.Render final Image

Emm ... i think one day i can learn how to design as well........ design anything that i like.......

>>>> To Know More <<<<

3 Dudes Gone 3D

Remember Sew Share with us on the 3Dudes Gone 3D.
Everybody Share; Everybody Win

In this episode of 3 Dudes Gone 3D, Kish suggests a new way to reduce tension in the office.
See full episodes at was really interested and fun, it show a new series featuring three engineers who suddenly find themselves working together in an overflow trailer.

3 Dudes Gone 3D Preview: Sharing

3 Dudes Gone 3D Preview: User Forum

3 Dudes Gone 3D Preview: Tai Chi

3 Dudes Gone 3D Preview: Dancing

Friday, March 13, 2009

Homeowners Go Green with Wind Turbines Designed in SolidWorks 3D CAD and Simulation Software

Windsave Turbines are Small, and Can Help Customers Save up to 30 percent on Electricity Costs

Homeowners and small businesses throughout the U.K. are using micro wind turbines designed in SolidWorks ® 3D CAD software by Windsave, Ltd. to cut their energy costs while reducing their carbon footprint. The Scottish company is also using SolidWorks Simulation Professional to improve overall performance and efficiency. Windsave standardized on SolidWorks to refine the technology and accelerate development of its wall-mounted micro-wind turbine system to reduce the amount of power a home or business draws from the national electricity grid.

Key facts
· Founded in 2002 in Glasgow , Windsave is the largest micro wind turbine installer in the
U.K and at the forefront of a movement to bring green energy choices to consumers.
· The micro wind turbine stands just over three meters (nearly 10 feet) tall with a bladespan of 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) and is attached to a building.
· As wind spins the blades, the turbine generates electricity that supplements the incoming electricity from the grid, reducing the amount the customer has to pay for, and decreasing overall carbon emissions.
· Windsave has reduced the number of prototypes to test new products or features from four to one, saving up to £3,000 ($4,400), using SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation.
· The company has also reduced the prototype production and testing process from eight weeks to two.
· As the company expands sales internationally in 2009, Lumsdaine and his team will explore the possibility of mounting smaller versions of the micro turbines on street lights so municipalities can cut energy costs.
· The
Global Wind Energy Council predicts that the global wind market will grow by over 155 percent to reach 240 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity by 2012.
· The amount of wind energy produced globally will represent nearly three percent of global electricity consumption by 2012, according to a Global Wind Energy Council
· More than one third of
European Union electricity must come from renewable resources by 2020, according to the recently signed Renewable Energy Directive. Wind power will account for most of that renewable energy.

From Mike Lumsdaine, mechanical engineer at Windsave
“With SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation, we’ve been able to refine the action of the tailfin so that it is more efficient and aerodynamic. Additionally, prototyping costs and time kept adding up with Pro/ENGINEER. SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation allow us to produce and test a sample on screen to see if we’ve over- or under-engineered it. That’s a huge benefit when optimizing a design.”

Windsave relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Thom Microsystems for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

3 dudes gone 3D

Everybody share, everybody win! This is the new day!

Let me put it right, SolidWorks moving into movie industry? Hmm.. interesting..

Recently SolidWorks Corp. post a new 'movie' into their website~ 3Dudes gone 3D.
It's kinda funny but hey, this is what I like about SolidWorks, using Real innovative way to promote their products & educate us.

Back to the movie, there is a part where they were discussing about SolidWorks enterprise PDM , two words appeared from the VP, words that perfectly describe SolidWorks enterprise PDM~

Collaboration efficiency! & I'm totally agree with it!

I not going to share much about the video content, it will better if you can watch & enjoy it by yourself.

Did I heard macrobating? Click me to watch all the available episodes.


Friday, March 6, 2009

FREE 2D Drafting and Detailing Software - WOW!!!

This is Part II of " Nothing in the world is FREE" post.

This means................another free tool for anyone who visit this blog...yeah!!!!....Hooray....Hooray.....

Actually I discovered this software yesterday accidentally, so instead keep it to myself.....why not share with everyone!!!....

Let me introduce you with DoubleCAD XT™.

DoubleCAD™ XT is an AutoCAD LT work-alike. But free.

DoubleCAD™ XT is a great companion with AutoCAD® -- and if you are a Google™ SketchUp™ user wanting to go from concept-to-construction drawings -- or have an older copy of AutoCAD LT® that can't read the latest AutoCAD® files -- DoubleCAD™ XT is an invaluable companion to SketchUp™ and AutoCAD LT®, too.

With so many new, innovative features, you might even think DoubleCAD™ XT is an upgrade for AutoCAD LT®:

  • Better drafting

  • Better detailing

  • Self-healing walls (ADT compatible)

  • Self-aligning blocks

  • Advanced handle-based editing with instant access to a variety of tools

  • Snap prioritization

  • Smart dimensions

  • Fast zoom with no pauses

  • Brush editor

  • Better hatch patterns & gradient fills (using bitmaps, transparency, & full color)

  • Draw in 16 million colors (vs. only 256 colors in AutoCAD LT®)

  • Special line, arc, and circle tools

  • Multiline, bezier, and fixed ratio ellipses tools

  • Meet-Two-Lines and Convert-to-Curve modify tools

  • Superior workflow with Google™ SketchUp™ and SketchUp™ Pro (including new v7)

  • Open & save .DWG, .DXF, and .DWF formats from AutoCAD® R14 (1997) up to 2009

But the most important thing is there is no catch at all to use DoubleCAD™ XT, What we need to do is just fill the form. Then Serial Number and Activation Code will be given immediately via email.

The developers of DoubleCAD are trying to shake up the CAD world. "We won't do that unless we have something special."

"DoubleCAD™ XT is a full-powered 2D CAD application -- one that you already know how to use -- and is free with none of the usual limitations: We're not constraining printing, saving, file sizes... we're not including untimely time-outs... we're not even constraining the software license -- our free DoubleCAD™ XT can be used for unlimited personal and commercial use."

"Our hope is that as you need even more power, you'll consider upgrading to our enhanced DoubleCAD™ XT Pro product or DoubleCAD™ plug-ins as available.
Based On Award-Winning CAD Code"
(quote from their website) I had downloaded and tested this software and i personally felt that DoubleCAD™ XT is more than enough if you use it for 2D drafting only.

Besides this, i also downloaded the Advantages of DoubleCAD™ XT over AutoCAD LT.

and FULL Feature List

Wait no more


~ah lau~

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Free 3d Models, Free CAD Models- 3D ContentCentral

'Nothing in the world is FREE', ya right!~ Say it again until you read this! The only FREE stuff in the world will be
a printscreen of 3DCC

What it offer is a free registration website where you can browse 3D CAD models of supplier components and use it in you design process. Again, it's totally FREE! Don't believe me?

Okay, pretending the website can talk and I'm chatting with him (it):

me: Hi, tell us more about 3d contentcentral.
3D: 3D ContentCentral® is a free service for locating, configuring, downloading, and requesting 3D parts and assemblies, 2D blocks, library features, and macros.

It consist of active community of 496,989 CAD users who share and download user contributed and supplier-certified 3D parts & assemblies, 2D blocks, library features and macros. Thereby saving you precious design time that you would otherwise spend designing 3D CAD models of supplier components from 2D catalogs.

me: you mean you have 3d and even 2d? I though it only have 3d parts?
3D: Yup! Not only 3d,
free parts and assemblies are available in all major 2D and 3D CAD formats, including SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and AutoCAD.

me: Interesting. Okay, i download a part then what should i do?
3D: alright, lets me explain the 5 simple steps: search, configure, view, download & use

Search for supplier components using part numbers, product names, descriptions, product parameters, and other application-specific criteria, or by simply browsing through an intuitive catalog interface.

Configure components based on specific requirements, such as dimensions, features, colors, and accessories.

View free 3D parts & assemblies of both user-contributed and supplier components, 2D blocks, Library Features and Macros. You can zoom, pan, and rotate the parts & assemblies.

Download free 2D blocks, library features and macros for SolidWorks. Download free 3D parts & assemblies in just seconds, in either native formats for several major mechanical CAD systems, including SolidWorks® 3D CAD software, CATIA®, Pro/ENGINEER®, eDrawings®, and AutoCAD®, or industry standard CAD formats for Autodesk Inventor Series, Solid Edge, Unigraphics®, and other CAD systems.

Use the downloaded part by dragging the part into your 3D assembly.

me: oh, i see, that is easy! Beside that, can i publish my products into the website, as a supplier?
3D: yes, you're welcome to do so. This is how you do it:

me: Do i have to turn on my internet browser everytime when I want to accesss to 3d contentcentral?
3D: can access to 3d contentcentral through SolidWorks as well. While you are designing and you are looking for a supplier part, just go to your task pane>design library and you will found an icon for instant access to 3d contentcentral, is just that easy!

Believe it? Better believe it!
Join now for free 3d part download to save your time/money, either you are a student who is rushing for final year project or engineer/designer who is designing a machine.

More and more free stuff will be post later. Stay tuned!~