Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Answer of SolidWorks Word Puzzle!

Hey guys!

Have you tried the SolidWorks Word Puzzle? Here is the answer , wish you can score the highest mark!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Good Job from 3DVia Composer

Hey friends,
I come across with a nice video showing how 3DVia composer is able to present the sequence of dismantle parts in order to change batteries inside a remote control 4WD car. This video looks short and simple but it helps a lot in guiding the users by giving clear and easy understanding instruction! This can ensure the user follow exactly as what is required to do and able to dismantle and assemble the parts in a right way without causing any damage.

Also, with 3DVia composer you can create a clear instruction without a single piece of paper. that's great for reducing the chopping of tree.

Let's see how simple and powerful 3DVia Composer can be:

Friday, March 26, 2010

SolidWorks Education Edition

Dear Friends,

For your information, the 2010-2011 Academic Year EDU release is coming soon! This year, the SolidWorks Education Edition Product will be devided into 4 module which is:

SolidWorks Education Edition 2010-2011:
Include SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Simulation Premium, SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Sustainability (full version) along with educator resources to our customers. The networks license activation will become the standard network licensing method for the education edition 2010-2011.

SolidWorks Student Edition and Student Acess 2010-2011:
Include SolidWorks Premium, SolidWorks Simulation Premium and SolidWorks Flow Simulation. Student Access product will observe a hard expiration date on November 30th, 2011 while Student Edition will not.

SolidWorks Design Kit 2010-2011:
Base on SolidWorks Standard with limited export functionalities (SolidWorks native file format only). Its download website will be updated at the beginning of May.

All of the above products will fully support Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (both 32-bit and 64-bit) besides the existing platforms of Windows XP and Windows Vista. 9

Besides that, in conjunction with Microsoft's support policies, starting from SolidWorks 2011, only Window Vista and Window 7 (32 and 64 bit versions) operating systems will be supported . For 64-bit version of SolidWorks on 64-bit version of Window 7 does not display tables for SolidWorks files containing Microsoft Office 2003 components.

--Know more about SolidWorks--

Thursday, March 25, 2010

What's New in SolidWorks 2010- Virtual Component

Using the Virtual Component function, you will be able to make an external component become a virtual part, which mean:

1. A copy from the original part which will be saved internally with the assembly and without its own individual part file.

2. It will breaks the link to the external component file such as the original drawing file (while if it has in-context features with other parts in the assembly, the in context features will be remained.) The virtual component is renamed.

As you can see from the video, after the ring was made virtual, it will not effect to the drawing of the original part!

Besides, you can also copy virtual components between assemblies. The copy is not linked to the original virtual component. Existing references are not copied, and the copy is given a new name.

This function is really good in terms of, the designer are free to make change to the standard parts without affecting their library. If you wish to bring back the original part, what you need to do is just right click on the virtual part and select replace...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SolidWorks Word Puzzle

Hey friends, feel boring with your works? Take a break here to challenge this SolidWorks Word Puzzle:

Fill in the columns and rows with SolidWorks features by referring the given hints!
(click the image to enlarge or download)

Question after the jump.
  1. I need to create interesting image files in a simple and fastest way to present my product and for marketing purpose.
  2. I have no idea whether my single part design is strong enough to support the given load?How can I obtain the factor of safety (FOS)?
  3. I wish to check whether I have over design my parts? Any method to help me reduce the cost of material while maintain the feasibility of my design.
  4. My job is to design electronic enclosure, which feature can help me a lot?
  5. I always receive a lot of imported file from my customer and facing problem to modify them.
  6. I wish to have a good presentation to show the actual mechanism of my machine.
  7. I am a designer of a power plant where I always start my design with P&ID diagram.
  8. My product will encounter repeated loading and unloading, how can I know how to estimate the life cycle of my product?
  9. What is the fastes method I can use to produce a combination of structural members with different profile?
  10. How can I save my time from building all the standard fasteners and insert them to my assembly one by one?
  11. Can I figure out the assembly stack-up effect due to the individual dimensions and tolerances given to each part?
  12. I have a master design part and its drawing file. I wish to auto generate new version of my design base on the master model with different sizes.

a. Any feature to assist me in calculate the impact to my product when falling down from certain elevation?
b. I have to add lighting from different direction and control the brightness given by those lighting to make my rendered image more attractive.
c. Can I produce machining drawing follow the manufacturing approach by define my own datum as reference?
d. I am dealing with customer who are using autoCAD, sometimes I may receive autoCAD files, need to modify them and send back to my customer. Which software to use?
e. I have been spend a lot of time just to compare the difference between 2 version of file either 3D model or drawing
f. Any tool can help me to create technical document for my machine in a faster way?
g. I wish my product can be more enviromental friendly so that it is more competitive in the market.
h. Any feature in SolidWorks can help me to design product with curvature geometry?
i. My goal is to determine how many fan should I include in order to maintain the temperature of power supply not over 95 deg.
j. How can I make use of offpeak hours to perform job such as file printing, file conversion and create drawing?
k. I am a designer who lack of machining experience, any feature can help me to design by considering the manufacturability?
l. I wish to calculate the stress distribution of a plastic part and also its behaviour under large deformation.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Events: Let's Go Simulate

Just a little something we did for our Premium users.

The best part about having SolidWorks Premium  is that it come along with a features that allow us to perform analysis and improve the design in SolidWorks. The features we called it SolidWorks Simultion. It's not something new or unique, it just a built-in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in SolidWorks. Because of this, it make life earlier, you design in SolidWorks; you analyze in SolidWorks, in one single interface.

Last Friday morning, SolidWorks Premium users were invited for a half day gathering, no other place than the IME's SolidWorks building. this event was special organised for invited Premium users. What we shared were nothing but SolidWorks simulation in  SolidWorks Premium.

Two words- full house! The registration were more than we expected as some only can confirm on last minute but the topics were to interesting that they knew they can't miss it.

They have the Premium, but often they use this benefits. After a period of time, they slowly forget that how great that this features can help them to design a better products. Let's go simulate, a gathering that focus on how to fully utilizes the FEA in SolidWorks. At the same time, urging Premium users to start using it.

Mr. CL Wong, Technical Manager started the gathering by recap all the steps and standard procedures to setup a simulation and extracting the results into a professional report. Attendances digested every steps explained by experience technical manager with more than 10 years in SolidWorks simulation.

Follow by "Best Practice of SolidWorks Simulation", presented by your truly. Topics mainly highlight on steps to fastern your setup, reducing error and increase result accuracy. 4 main focus:

1. Planning your analysis
2. simulation consideration
3. How to get good results with great accuracy
4. Large & complex assembly analysis.

did you know some features in SolidWorks can actually help to reduce simulation build up error? The answers has been revived in the sharing.

Attendances never miss out a chance to dig deeper about SolidWorks Simulation. 15 minutes tea break become the best time for them to ask and know each others, exchanging name card. that day, I saw a group of Premium users who passion in design and looking more alternatives to improve their design.

After the break, seven tips & tricks shared by one of the speaker, Chan. This sharing give more ideas on saving time, elimate repeat tasks and getting the right result in split second. The topics:

1. How to know which portion of the design carry the most load?
2. How to calculate the maximum load can be taken by a rack?
3. How to view the displacement results in terms of angular displacement (degree or radian)?
4. What is the way to create split face in the shortest time?
5. How to obtain the result at the same location even the mesh density change?
6. How to check deformation using your CAD tool & make comparison with the original design?
7. Dynamic stress in Motion Simulation.

If this only what SolidWorks can do, in term of analysis? No, answered by technical manager, CL Wong.

He ended the 3 hours gathering by sharing the last topic: Explore advance SolidWorks Simulation features. If static analysis is not enough for you, maybe some advance simulation can be helpful. To name as few, optimization, non-linear analysis, drop test, pressure vessel, flow simulation (CFD) and etc.

I would not say much about their feedback but one thing for sure, they're going back with a big satisfied smile. As happy as a kid with a ice cream in his hand. We know that this is not enough. That why for coming month, you will recieve more invitations for other simulation events. Specially for you.

Attendances do take note. The slides will deliver to you soon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SolidWorks FloXpress

SolidWorks FloXpress is a first pass qualitative flow analysis tool which gives insight into water or air flow inside your SolidWorks model.

Basically, to apply the analysis with FloXpress:

1. You need to prepare single internal cavity model. (SolidWorks FloXpress can only calculate single cavity model). Besides that, you need to create the lids (inside the SolidWorks model) for both inlet and outlet

2. Once you click on the FloXpress button, it will help you to check if geometry of the model is ready to be analyzed. Besides that, FloXpress also will automatically define and generate smallest flow passage value depends on model size and boundary conditions.

3. Then, user have to define what type of fluid is being analyzed. In FloXpress, you can either analyzed water or air.

4. Select the inlet face that contact with the fluid and define pressure/volume/ mass flow rate

5. Select the outlet face that contact with the fluid and define pressure/volume flow rate.

6. Finally, hit on the "Solve" button and let the software to run the analysis. You will obtain the result in terms of the velocity and also the fluid trajectory plot.

To get more quantitative results like pressure drop, flow rate etc you will have to use Flow Simulation.

Let's enjoy the video to know how Floxpress can help you!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New User Interface of SolidWorks Simulation Xpress!

Have you try the new user interface of SolidWorks Simulation Xpress in 2010? If you have tried, you will found that it has been redesign to reduce the screen clutter and have better guidance to the new user.

Once you hit on the Simulation Xpress button, the user interface will provide the user detail information to guide you through the steps on how to run a simulation, these information including how to define fixtures and forces, warning that should be alert, and also some examples to improve the understanding of users.

After simulate the part and obtain the result, Simulation Xpress also allow user to improve their design throughout optimization. With this function, user will able to define which dimension is the changeable parameter throughout the optimization process, and which parameter is the constraint you wish to maintain. When you rerun the analysis, SolidWorks will alter the changable parameter to make the design meetig the requirement.

Let's enjoy the short video to know more about the Simulation Xpress in SolidWorks 2010!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Let's Go Simulate Seminar

Are these what your company practicing?
1. Reduce your product development cost?
2. Reduce your designs error?
3. Reduce your prototyping cost?

The answer is here!

Let's go Simulate! Let's go Simulate with SolidWorks Simulation!

With SolidWorks Simulation, you can easily subject your designs to the same conditions that they'll experience in the real world. Raise the quality of your products while you reduce costs for live prototypes and testing.

Don't know how it works? Not sure how this system can apply in your industry or your company?
No worry, join IME "Let's Go Simulate"! We shall share with you how this design Simulation applies in your company.

In return, you will stand a chance to attend 1 day simulation workshop worth RM1200 with no charged!

Click to join now, limited seats offered!

First come first serve basic!

SolidWorks 2010: flick touch and multi-touch gestures

Rule #1, you need a touch-enabled computer.
Rule #2, you need fingers. (toe, if you prefer)

Last week we brought in a touch-enabled computer,installed with Window 7. Once the large 23" touch-enabled all-in-1 monitor was ready, SolidWorks installed and the fingers are ready for twisting. :)

It was not really a workstation. What we manage to get is an Acer Aspire Z5600. It come with a wireless slim keyboard and mouse. anyway, who need the mouse when you can use your finger at the screen to replace the mouse. (*laugh*)

I always believe that for a touch-enabled monitor, the bigger the screen, the better. In this case, Acer Aspire did a nice job, 23" wide touch screen is more than enough for the finger of an Asian, like mine. 

SolidWorks performace in this machine didn't let us down. Thanks to Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q8200s with 4GB DDR3 RAM. The graphic card fairly good, it is not really a certified CAD graphic card. In this case, the powerful built-in audio doesn't seem to help much for SolidWorks application. (haha)

Okay, a video showing some movement commands in the software. You will find that it look the same on how my finger move but end with different type of movement, especially pan and rotate.

tips: I found that using 2 hand is better than 1 hand and more fun too.
We found that the icons, especially the heads-up view toolbar are too small. It will be better if can have a bigger icon. You can even feel the pain when selecting an edge, it was too slim for a fatty finger of mine. but you don't expect a thick edge, right?
Hmm, how to right click with a finger? Simple hold awhile and a cool ring appear and you have your right click shortcut list. Cool huh!~ Until you watch how I drag my on-screen keyboard out for dimensioning.
Another video to share on how I use my finger to draw a simple model with some basic features in SolidWorks.

I guess this maybe helpful. Instead of using finger, try consider to use this:

Get a touch screen, try by yourself and let's share with us how do you think.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sneak preview: SolidWorks 2011

You just installed SolidWorks 2010 but SolidWorks 2011 new features have been reviewed in SolidWorks World 2010. To present these upcoming features, they did it like a game show. Something like wrestling but with CAD. This year’s theme was “SUPER CAD SMACK DOWN”

A contest in which two opponents versus each other to be the best and fastest CAD fighter. Pretty entertaining.
Overall performance is improve as compare with SolidWorks 2010, resulting increased reliability and lower memory usage.

The new features that bring out for the fight are:

1. Revolve Up To Surface
2. Defeature- convert and assembly to a dumb part which has surface only, great for file sharing and upload (3DCC)
3. Custom RealView- is like PhotoWorks features located into Realview.
4. PhotoView 360 Integration- preview window in SolidWorks with real-time rendering.
5. Planar Simulation- 2D section simulation, suitable for revolve part. At the end, project onto 3D model.
6. Dimension Layout Improvements- in short, more intelligence drawing?
7. Dual Dimension Hole Tables- support dual dimensions
8. Enterprise PDM Design Checker Task- Design Checker is now integrated into Enterprise PDM
9. Lightweight Welds- Welds in an assembly can now be “virtual” parts residing in the assembly file.10. Weld Tables- table of all the welds shown in drawing.
11. Piping Enhancements- features weld gap which will automatically adjust pipe length.
12. Walk Through- walk or fly through in plant design.
13. Feature Lock- Suitable for large, complicated parts where features can be lock to prevent rebuild.

Personally, I like those in blue. No doubt all are great enhancements but there must have some you like the most, right?

These are just some preview on what you will get in SolidWorks 2011. More to come. It just getting more interesting in SolidWorks.:)


Piping libraries

The piping enhancement just getting better and better. Recently, I found that it come with HUGE fittings library. With this library come along, it save us a lot of time building up our very own library.

Of course, you would need to download and store into your drive. Just turn on your SolidWorks 2010, go to Task Pane> Design library> SolidWorks Contents> routing and you shall found the fittings library located over there. Below listed the available standard (just copy paste from the list):

1. ANSI-ASTM metric B16.11- A234
2. ASME B16.10M
3. ASME B16.5
4. Australian BSP
5. DIN
6. ISO

 I guess it cover most of the standard, right? How do you think, Is this cool? I bet so.

To download, simple select the standard you want and hold CTRL+click to download.
Warming: make sure you have a great internet connection, the HUGE library is not a joke.


Monday, March 8, 2010

What's new 2010: 3D ISO for piping

Woohoo!~ finally it's here.

3D Isometic drawing is very common in piping industry. In SolidWorks 2010, it has a new enhancement where just one click away to generate a 3D isometric drawing for piping layout with the Bill of materials (BOM). A simple window appear asking us to select the right drawing template and BOM template when generating the 3D Isometric drawing. Of course, you still can save your BOM into excel, which i like the most.

There are still room to improve and enhance in term of generating output for piping industry and meeting their requirement. at least it's a good start. the most important- easy to use!~

Hmm, i was thinking, is it possible to hide all the 3d model and only show the 3D sketch line?

For better understanding, below video show the simple steps to generate 3D iso in SolidWorks drawing.

(edited: replaced with new video, without my voice as background music)