Saturday, November 28, 2009

Green design: Iris Coffee Table

When doing my internet browsing today and search for images related to laser cutting, this design caught my attention and I decided to download it and share here. I think this is one good example of simple and nice design. The designer,Michael Bihain who is now working with companies and distribution firms development furniture, jewels and accessories and this is one of his new design, the iris table.
He has used laser cutting to transform a single sheet of steel into a coffee table that resembles an iris. Unlike most tables the iris is stackable. So I assume this designer had considered sustainability factor in this coffee table. Imagine the transportation cost saving by incorporate stackable features in his design. Besides, this is also good for environment as we can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the number of transportation trip when shipping.
As a designer, we can play a big role in conversation of our environment, let start incorporate those features in our design that can reduce our carbon footprint like this one here. Thumb up for Mr. Michael Bihain.

have a nice weekend!!
~ah lau~

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Do you know about 3D Content Central?

Does my NOKIA 6500 looks cool? This is not the actual model, this is the image of SolidWorks file rendered with PhotoView360! Well, this photo was rendered by me but I am not the person who create this model, this model was downloaded from 3D Content Central through SolidWorks!

3D ContentCentral is a community of both users and suppliers. This website supplies millions of free parts and assemblies which are available in all major 2D and 3D CAD formats. SolidWorks is one of the supported format. In order to download all the supplied parts, basically what you need to do is just register as a member of 3D Content Central, then you will have the access to all the supplied parts. Besides that, you can also become a 3D Content Central supplier to contribute all your 3D models to this community.

Throughout 3D Content Central, you can search for supplier component using part numbers, product name and so on, you can also configure those parts base on your requirment such as customize the dimension or feature control. Besides 3D model, it also supply 2D blocks, library features and even macros for SolidWorks! All this functions are definitely save our time from create those standards or common parts by ourself~!

Do you know you can actually access 3D Content Central from SolidWorks? Here are the picture to show you where can you access the website from SolidWorks!

Callout the task pane (the smaller window on right hand side) of SolidWorks, click on the Design Library tab, and get the access to 3D Content Central!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Hole Wizard~

Last of the day, Hole wizard. Good news for Australian, it now come with Australia Standard. Hmm.. do we have Malaysia standard? Cosmetic thread can now easily insert into the hole during inserting the hole via hole wizard.

Video speak all!~

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Drawing Enhancementsssss

Easier. Faster. Focus on design, not drawing.

Selamat Pagi (Morning) guys, I just woke up, haven brush my teeth and I'm thinking how to explain all the new enhancementsssss (yes, lot of  's') for drawing. For the number of  's' you see, i believe you know what I mean. Yes! lot of enhancementsssss.

Some of the enhancementsssss:
1. New dimension palette. Reduce mouse travel.
2. Text tolerances with recent setting record
3. Change section depth to remove unnecessary sketch.
4. Detail view with ordinate dimension.
5. Dimensioning with popup widget.
6. drag and drop note.
7. Ballon size standard.
8. Annotation in 3D model.

You know what? Just watch after the jump and you will get what I mean by enhancementsssss.

Happy Sunday!~

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Mirror components

Still remember how to model a handle by just referring to an existing 2D drawing? Refer my previous post, projected curve, if you don't get what I mean. Model a handle is piece of cake for you. After the handle bar, of course we need to design the grip, grip shift, brake lever etc. Since left and right is the same, all we need to do is mirror the components.

Honestly, I believe most of you facing a comment issue when mirror a part. It may end up in an orientation which not as what we are expecting, something like this,

Aiya!~ How ar? What can I do ar? The answer is SolidWorks 2010. In SolidWorks 2010, a great enhancement available for mirror feature. It allow us to select the mirror part and reorient it to the right position which make you happy. Like this,

With the mate 'mirror' along, interactive motion is more accurate and faster result. As usual, after the jump is a video that I would like to share with you all.

Happy weekend!~

Friday, November 20, 2009

IME SolidWorks Xpresso

IME SolidWorks Xpresso, 10 Dec 09, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

When you heard about “IME SolidWorks Xpresso”!!! What come into your mind? A cup of espresso??? :)

IME SolidWorks Xpresso, is a 3D online seminar first in Malaysia. Through this seminar, you will able to get an idea how SolidWorks’ Xpress features apply in our daily design life? How efficient it is SolidWorks today?

SolidWorks are design according to world wide design engineer require!! Through SolidWorks, it help us to shorten design circle with it automatic features, with it Xpress features.

How much you understand about SolidWorks’ features?

IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day on 10 December 2009 will highlight to you what is SolidWorks’ Xpress features. Join us on 10 Dec 2009 at 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

Click to to join for the event.

** remember get ready a cup of Espresso on your table during the event, let’s enjoy the coffee together…….

“Not free to join during working hour?” don’t worry all the video and the presentation material will available at the site for 2 days once the event starts. If you are not FREE to join for the event during the specified period, join any time when you are free (at night as well).

Don't miss the opportunities to experience in 3D online seminar.

** we can chat with each other during the seminar through this online seminar platform!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Day

2 December 2009, 2pm - SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Day

Hi member, you are invited to join SolidWorks Tips & Tricks day on 2nd December 2009 at 2.00pm. At this unique one-day online conference, you will have the opportunity to pick-up some great SolidWorks tips and learn how to create more accurate and reliable product designs. We have special invite speaker from Malaysia, Singapore, India, etc to present you all the great SolidWorks Tips.

During the conference, you will be able to:

- Watch countless SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Videos
- Challenge your knowledge by taking our design quiz
- Have your question answered by proffesionals in “Ask The Expert” session.

Join us in this event, and participate in our live chat sessions. Our SolidWorks Experts will be there to answer all your questions, live from the Virtual Conference Auditorium.

Please click to to join and experience virtual 3D experience.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Donate to rise sustainable design awareness

Important message: I'm not asking you to donate~

The best donation is that we just need to play a simple small role and others will donate on behalf of our small effort. We run for donation, we eat for donation (this is the best 1), we scarify sleep for donation, we doing heavy duty labor job for donation, and so on.... So, do I have an easier way to get donation to rise sustainable design awareness beside using above method?

Yes!~ let Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp do the donation and all we need to do is download SolidWorks® SustainabilityXpress solution. You download, you use it and you playing an important role to save our earth and the donation, just leave it to SolidWorks Corp, they will do the rest. :) Senang dengan legal download!~

What are you waiting for? Have you downloaded SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress?

"Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. has launched a donation program to promote environmental sustainability among designers of products as simple as water bottles and as complex as industrial machinery.

SolidWorks will donate $1 for every download of its SolidWorks® SustainabilityXpress solution, up to $10,000, to Formula Hybrid™, an international competition of university engineering students to develop high-performance fuel-electric hybrid vehicles. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress is professional-grade software providing advanced functionality that aids engineers in determining a product’s carbon footprint, energy consumption, air and water impact. By downloading SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, engineers and designers will help educate the next generation about environmentally friendly design while gaining a tool to help them create “green” designs today. SolidWorks’ goal with this new program is to spread the idea that any product can be designed with the lowest possible environmental impact."

For the complete press release, click HERE

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Macro Review: Springs Maker

Hello.... long time no see..... sorry for didn't appear in this blog I am kinda busy with my daily work........ and busy in nights .......and busy in dreams as well.......feel kinda pressure with my job and lack of inspriration of writing post.....bla bla bla bla......(a man can tell a thousand lies for one excuse... he he he!!)

Today, I going to steal some Glamour from What's New in SolidWorks 2010 and I will do a review on "Maker Springs" macro - one of the Top 50 Macro which can be downloaded from 3D ContentCentral. This macro is downloadable via this link click here . I am not sure how many of you have downloaded this macro but after I tried this macro, I realized that this is a very very useful macro. I probably will vote this macro as "The Must have Macro for a Mechanical Engineer".
As you can see from the video that I recorded, I have created an icon for this marco.

Thank you, Mr. Washington Santos for contributing such as great macro. I salute you!!

~ah lau~

What's New in SolidWorks 2010- Multi lips Groove

Mari!  Mari! Great lips groove enhancement in SolidWorks 2010, I'm pretty sure product design and related industry will like it very very very much!~

Yes, now lips groove come with 'MULTI' & 'JUMP GAP'. How?

1. Mutli lips groove means that now you can select multiple face at one time to create the lip even though the faces are not merge together. we are talking about saving time, a lot a lot of time!~

2. Jump gap means if you have a gap in between two created lips, then instead of leaving is as a gap, turning on this feature allow it to create a continuos wall gap. So, it reduce the need to manually create a wall' to close the gap.

Ok la, i know you prefer to watch it in action. A video after the jump!~

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What's News in SolidWorks 2010-> Closed Corner & Hem

Good news for those users who always working with sheet metal design! I found that throughout the years, the ability of sheet metal features is keep on increasing in order to compensate the needs from users. This year, the enhancements are focus on how to enable the user create more complex geometry for sheet metal model in an easier and smarter way!
One of the examples is now we can use the existing Closed Corner command with a greater variety of sheet metal parts. When you are applying the closed corner function to add material for an opened gap, SolidWorks help you to manage the transition well.
Another example will be the improved sheet metal functionality to let the user design more complex sheet metal parts. User can now add hems to non linear edges. When you add hem to a sheet metal part edge, you can now edit the hem profile to control the length! Just like how you can do for edge flange!
Let’s go through the video:

Closed Corner & Hem in sheet metal

We have more than that! please keep following SolidWorks M'sia Community~ =)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What's New in SolidWorks 2010->Assembly Visualization

Hey guys & gals! Heard about assembly visualization before? If you haven't explore in SW2010, perhaps you don't know about this! This is a brand new feature introduced in SolidWorks 2010!
Basically, Assembly visualization provides multiple ways to display and sort components within an assembly in a list and in the graphic area. With this function, user can sort the list by one property at a time.

Assembly Visualization
How Assembly Visualization Can Help You?
1) Basic information calculated from SolidWorks such as mass, volume, surface area are available in the tool.
2) User can define other properties such as vendor, revision or status of a component in the part file itself and then access those data from Assembly Visualization.
3) If you sort by SW-Material, you can edit component materials directly from the list!
4) Color indication-In the graphic area, colors are applied to the model to help the user visualize and compare the relative value of the sorting property for each component.
5) You can save the list information in a separate file such as a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet or a text file.

Monday, November 2, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery-How to customized your own standard toolbox?

Do you know how to customize you own standard toolbox? No? Okay, follow below step by step to create your own toolbox. :)

Step 1: Go to Add-in, check the selection box for both SolidWorks Toolbox & SolidWorks Toolbox Browser.

Step 2: Go to Toolbox>Configure...

Step 3: From the toolbox user interface, choose "1. Select your hardware"

Step 4: From the provided toolbox standard, select a standard that you wish to copy. Hit on the copy icon, then enter a new name for the copied standard.

Step 5: Select the second page(customize hardware), select the hardware you wosh to modify, then customize the size and information from the interface as shown in the figure below:

Step 6: You can add new size for the selected hardware:

Step 7: After key in and customized all the information, remember to press the "Save" button for all the updates. Now, you can browse your own created standard from the toolbox browser, just drag and drop the hardware into you assembly.

and there you go!~