Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Dragon Year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
&
ALL THE BEST

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Winter Solstice

祝大家冬至快乐!
I wish you all a happy winter Sonata Solstice!
Fellow followers, to-do list for today:
- Punch card on time *evil*
- Gather some close friends and family
Option 1
- visit to the nearest dessert house and order a bowl of rice ball.
- Enjoy the bowl of warm rice ball in your mouth and let the filling warm up your day.

Option 2
- Skip the jam and reach home earlier than usual.
- cook your own frozen rice ball.
- Enjoy the bowl of so called home-made rice ball in your mouth and let it warm up your day.
Option 2 is my choice, how about you?
Happy winter Solstice!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Gift, anyone?

Jingle bell, Jingle bell, Jingle all the way.... to shopping mall.

Aiya, same old same old. Nothing special nor unique to buy as Christmas gift for my special one. If only i can have something unique for this year Christmas. Finally, I found it, in SolidWorks official website. Yes, SolidWorks website.


We knew that over millions designers around the world create a new concept and product with SolidWorks. So, this year SolidWorks jingle all the way to introduce us some great inventions and products. A PAGE in SolidWorks shared some nice designs, if you still cracking your head for Christmas gift.

In that page, it featured an iPad 2 casing design that personally I like it a lot. Why? Because during SolidWorks Innovation Day 2011 it was use for 'Feature Freeze" presentation and I was thinking, is this casing for real or just for display purpose. Now, I got the answer. When I drill in further, I found out that it's not just for real. It is also customizable and 3Dprint-able as one of a kind design. Now, that is unique Christmas gift.


You can click below link to enjoy some of the customize design by "jbare design."
"A back wrap for the iPad 2. Engineered to work with Apple's Smart Cover, the wrap protects your iPad 2's corners and back while allowing your fingers to still feel the wonderfully designed & engineered surfaces of your iPad 2. And does so minimally adding only 2mm of thickness."
That's it, all the best for your Christmas shopping.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

SolidWorks 2012 Top 10- Motion Optimization

Part of SolidWorks simulation, we have this optimizaiton feature whereby we can put in design range and SolidWorks will optimize our design base on the given range. Easily we can achieve optimize design that is cost effective and safe to use.

Bare in mind, that's under static condition. How about mechanism? A bit tricky but in SolidWorks 2012, optimization no longer limit to static condition and it allow you to perform motion optimization. We can create sensor and refine machine aspects. Usually the sensor range base on the purchase item such as bearing, actuator, stock motors etc.

To make it easy to understand, 2 videos are prepared for explanation. The basketball explanation is for someone like me to understand, easily! Guest is time for me to play basketball again and win some match, with some technology help of course.



Friday, November 25, 2011

SolidWorks 2012 Top 10- SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integrated Search

Happy thanksgiving!~ 

It's alway good to have a blog to write something when you do not know how to speak it out. Did I share with you all that I'm a member of Toastmaster? I'm good in talking but not really good in writing. But write, still the best way to express yourself.

What I'm going to express now is about something that I missed out a week ago, our top 10 SolidWorks 2012 count down. Yup! Now we are at number 8 spot and we have SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integrated Search.

"Enterprise PDM Integrated Search gives you the option of searching from within your current Explorer window— no separate dialogs needed. Access favorite searches or open the full search tool for all options." This is the explanation and below is the video about this new enhancement for enterprise PDM.


That all for this week, off for my weekend getaway!~ 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

virtual event is back- DS SolidWorks Innovation Forum

You saw the BIG image on top of my blog and sure you are wondering what is that? Right?

Every year after SolidWorks Innovation day, DS SolidWorks will held an online virtual event for you to get to know more about SolidWorks latest release. This year, it named "DS SolidWorks Innovation Forum". The benefits? You can access anytime, anywhere (provided you have internet access)

join now http://www.imetech.com.my/innovationforum2011
"DS SolidWorks Innovation Forum is a series of online events hosted on a virtual conference platform. It provides you with a conducive environment for SolidWorks community to network and interact with each other, irrespective of geographical location. Get the update on the latest trends and technology from industry and product experts. Gain knowledge and enhance your skills to become more productive at what your do best."

DS SolidWorks Innovation forum will go 'live' for three weeks and every week it have a theme:

Winning in Business: 14th November 2011

Winning in Product Innovation: 21st November 2011

Winning in life: 28th November 2011

Detail you can refer to http://imetech.com.my/innovationforum2011/

Register now for free, have a 'walk' in the virtual conference and you stand a chance to win a lucky prizes.

Join now and bump me in the virtual hall. I  will be walking around the conference for whole day. See ya!~

(I can't wait for Michael A. Podolinsky presentation)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SolidWorks 2012 Top 10- 3DVIA Composer™ Enhanced Lifelike

#9 spot is belong to 3DVIA Composer. Hmm... our brother manage to fight into our number spot of our 'SolidWorks" top 10. Which is a good news. It mean that the usage of 3DVIA Composer playing an important role in an engineering department.

This year, the improvement is more focus on presentation and HTML publishing. Take precise control over your 3DVIA Composer renderings and add a more lifelike appearance to you visualizations.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

SolidWorks 2012 Top 10- SolidWorks Sustainability

SolidWorks 2012 launched in Malaysia. Users are waiting for us to deliver the latest version and install into their workstation.

Relaks!~ We are arranging and soon you will receive a call from us to confirm our delivery appointment.

Meanwhile, let's recap all the top 10 features for SolidWorks 2012.

#10: SolidWorks Sustainability

It's not something new in SolidWorks. SolidWorks Sustainability available in SolidWorks since previous version and the reason being is simple: to design a sustainable future. As the 1st 3D CAD to implement a life cycle assessment, it bring lot of excitement to engineers and designer. We may not have a tight rule to control our carbon index like other countries did but a word of advice: start early better than late. It's for social awareness and our kids.

Well, below video show the new enhancements for our green feature: SolidWorks sustainability.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Deepavali

IME & SolidWorks Malaysia community wishes you 

Happy Deepavali & happy holiday.

Peace!~

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SolidWorks 2012- mouse

Never ever though that my 1st time (SolidWorks 2012) gave to a mouse, in less than 5 minutes.

SolidWorks surfacing just get better and better. It just a screenshoot with photoview 360 integrated preview. Any change of orientation will instantly update with realistic preview. It's nothing new in SolidWorks 2012 but it fun to share this, in case you don't know that we have this 'cool' feature.


BTW, congratulation to all 3 winners again!~


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SWID: slogan competition Winner

Hp notebook is in my hand. The winner name and detail is in my hand. The winning slogan is in my hand. The slogan that gives you a HP notebook is:

"Dream your idea, Design with SolidWorks, Do it with IME"

A big big congratulation to you, Mr. Akmal Khariz B.Ahmad Fuad from Petronas Research.

So, the question: what so special about his slogan? Can you spot the hidden meaning behind this slogan?

3D! 3D! 3D! The answer is 3D (dream, design, do). He manages to use 3 'D' to write a slogan that consists of "IME" and "SolidWorks". Very impressive and that's the reason why he truly the one who deserve to be the champion of the slogan competition in conjunction of IME SolidWorks Innovation Day 201, the launching of SolidWorks 2012.

As I mentioned early, the HP notebook is in my hand. You better contact us ASAP before I install SolidWorks 2012 into it for my own use.

Again, congratulation for all 3 winners!~

For the rest, continue to follow our fan page and blog. I'm planning to give out prizes every week. Detail soon to announce.

Thank you for attended SolidWorks Innovation day (either in Penang, Kuala Lumpur or Johor). Contact us if you would like to have more details about SolidWorks 2012.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SWID: slogan competition 1st runner up

Congratulation to Mr. Ahmad Hafiz B. Zainudin with your winning slogan:

"Share your needs with IME, realize your dream with SolidWorks"

You just won yourself an iPad 2 after competing over 450 participants who attended SolidWorks Innovation day 2011. It's not easy to filter all the bad, good, better and best slogan. It tough for us to choice but finally we decided you, Ahmad is the 2nd runner up winner. Again, please contact us before I keep your iPad in my house.


For the rest who submitted your slogan, good news is that you might be the final winner. Tomorrow, same time, 9,00pm will announce the winner of Hp notebook. Make sure you stay with us for the announcement.

Also, please help me to inform your kawan who attended SWID but haven 'fan' our Facebook fan page to 'fan' us and found out is he or you are the winner.

Monday, October 17, 2011

SWID: slogan competition 2nd runner up

In conjunction of the 20th release of SolidWorks, SolidWorks 2012, we organize a slogan writing competition.

Pretty simple, blend some creativity into "IME" & "SolidWorks" to write a less than 20 words slogan, and you stand a chance to win:

1. Hp notebook
2. iPad 2 (sponsored by DS SolidWorks)
3. Dell notebook

As agreed, today is the day to announce the winners winner. Yup, we decided to announce one by one.

Today, at our facebook fan page, we announced the winner for the Dell notebook. The winner for Dell notebook is Mr. Hang Chit Yong,  Laird Technologies (Penang), with his winning slogan:

" Dream our future, SolidWorks visualize it, IME deliver it"

Bravo! Bravo!


Mr. Hang, please contact us for your Dell notebook before i keep it for myself.

Tomorrow, we shall announce the winner for the iPad 2 at our facebook fan page.

Stay tuned!~

Click here to find out more about Laird Technologies.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SolidWorks Innovation Day 2011: Winning in Business

It's time! It's back! this is the event I so wish it comes earlier, SolidWorks Innovation Day 2011. This year, we have a very serious topic: Winning in Business.


Well, I can't disclose much on the details, but what I can say, this year the topics are more focusing on how a CAD system play an important element to help you win in you business.

As usual, we going to have this "HUGE" event in 3 places; Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor. Details as below:

Penang:
Date: 4th October 2011
Venue: Easten Hotel
Time: 9.00am-4.00pm

Kuala Lumpur:
Date: 5th October 2011
Venue: Technology Park Malaysia (TPM), Bukit Jalil
Time: 9.00am-4.00pm

Johor Bharu:
Date: 11th October 2011
Venue: T.B.C
Time: 9.00am-1.00pm

Well, this blog will totally lack of attractiveness if I didn't mention anything about prizes. As a give back to you who attend our event this year, you stand a chance to win BIG prizes. I'm referring to HP notebook, Ipad 2 & Dell notebook. A simple, very simple step you need to do and you are one of them who can win the prize.

For more detail, Log on to www.imetech.com.my/SWID2011 to register and find out more.

Keep follow up with my blog for time to time update about the event.

See you there.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Selamat Hari Raya Merdeka

Hope I'm not too late to wish all of you who visits our blog and big big

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI

&

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!

Remember to drive safe and please, consume less sugar and fat. *evil*

Holiday!~ I'm off to Cameron Highland, the weather is too hot~

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Green Design Contest - Winner

Great news folk. For you who had joined the SolidWorks Green Design Contest, the results are out.

You can get the winner list HERE.

A screenshot of the winner page
You are right, my name is not in the list.

In the list, I saw a lot of winners who bringing back an Apple Ipad 2 and the 1st place winner for commercial are packing his luggage and preparing to fly to Chaa Creek Rainforest Eco Lodge in Belize for a 4 nights vacation.

Now I'm really, really jealous because my submission didn't win any prize, even runner up. Below is my submission.

simple 1 piece sheet metal that can be arrangement in different methods
Guess my design is not sustainable enough by selecting the wrong material.Any comments on my design? If you are the interior designer for an airport, will you consider my design?

Comments.

PERODUA ECO CHALLENGE 2011 – PART II

Wonder how UTM can convince the judges about the engineering ability of the car? Here is the answer!

1. Versatility of 3D modeling

 UTM visualize the car from the conceptual modeling to 3D modeling. Waht the best thing when talk about 3D modeling is you might find that your design and actual product will looks the same!

speaking of Engineering Drawing 101- SolidWorks 3D Modeling software will easily create most curves that is hard to be drawn in 2D drawing. the curve that had been made in 3D will then read out as Drawing with exact parameter as what the 3D modeling have.


2. Intergration of FEA analysis with 3D modeling

Providing the proof on bending analysis of the car frame definitely helps the team in term of fabricating the lightest frame as possible. With the result of bending analysis using SolidWorks simulation software, the entire structure was calculated and the best design for framework with highest safety factor and lightest weight had been produced.

3. Post processing of Aerodynamics analysis

Using SolidWorks Flow Simulation, the team had been able to provide evidence on the ability of the 3D modeling design to achieve desired coefficient of drag where at the same time the analysis will help the team to construct a model that produce lowest vortex as possible.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Feature: Variable Fillet

Hi there! This month I will show you how to create a variable fillet. Ok, let’s take example I want to create a glass like this.


What you need to do:

1. Create the glass shape. As you can see, the bottom area is smaller than the top area. Thus, The fastest way to create this profile is by using loft technique.
2. Create the sketch on the top plane. Then, create another sketch at the offset plane 100mm from the top plane. Sketch rectangle on both plane start from the origin. Use center rectangle type.


3. A good loft technique will bear in mind the location of the connector. Make sure that the connectors resume a straight line when you try to loft the shape. Shown below is the connector connection between one to the other.


4. Now, i want to create a variable fillet at the edge of the lofted feature. What is variable fillet? Variable fillet is one of the fillets inside SolidWorks. Using variable fillet, it allow you to use control points to define the fillet. Take example, this edge; I use variable fillets to define its radius at certain points.


5. The result would be like this.


6. Next, I want to copy the variable fillet so that is looks like this.


Okay, let the tutorial end here. I would like you to think how we can copy this variable fillet and put it at the other edges. When we are done with the brainstorming, we are going to finish the glass. Let's try this out.

Warhamni (warhamni@cadcam.com.my) a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Sketch extend

Hi, Have you ever found that we can extend the line by using trim entities command in sketch?

Have you ever tried?

For example on the sketch above I would like close the gap by extending the line with command “Trim Entities” instead of “Extend Entities”. Can it be done? Let’s try on it.



I use Trim to closest type of trim and click on the line and drag it to the vertical line until the colour highlight (green in this case) and release your mouse.


And the result showed as above. Have a try!
Suhaila (suhaila@cadcam.com.my) beside a great singer, she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Her experiences in SolidWorks help to explore a lot of great tips and tricks to allow us to design faster.

Monday, July 4, 2011

tips & tricks: G2 fillet

G2 surfaces (in SolidWorks, we call it C2) are very common use on aerospace and automotive design. Or can say that they need 1001 of G2 on their design. It determines how smooth the surfaces connect to another surface.

When we apply a fillet on the geometry, is it a G2 condition? Erm... nope!~ I try to explain the different with below image.


So, how can we apply a curvature continuity fillet (G2) fillet? Very simple.

1. apply a normal fillet onto the geometry.


2. Use delete face to remove the fillet face.


3. Use Boundary Surface with curvature condition to fill the surface. Now you are able to get a G2 fillet. 


I say so, very simple.

Jackson (jacksonlim@cadcam.com.my) is part of the team member who good in sufacing skill in SolidWorks. You won't believe it until you see some of the exotic cars he modeled with SolidWorks

Friday, July 1, 2011

PERODUA ECO CHALLENGE 2011

On 25 June 2011, the third installment of Perodua Eco-Challenge (PEC) 2011 had taken place at Melaka International Motorsports Circuit. This year, PEC had brought a new challenge to thirteen selected higher learning institutional when they have to construct their own design and engineered their own car while engine and transmission were provided by Perodua.


The main objective of the PEC 2011 is to provide a training ground for undergraduates to challenge their engineering prowess and to promote innovativeness among local students. The challenge is to build a car powered by a 660cc 3 cylinder engine. A transmission and an ECU were also provided. In addition, Perodua also gave RM17 500 development fund to all the participating teams.
The PEC 2011 falls into 3 categories. The main category is Longest Distance where the cars have to be driven on circuit until it completely stop. 0.5liter fuel was provided to run each car. The winner of this challenge was selected based on the longest distance a car can be move with the least amount of penalties. The other two categories are Engineering and Design where the winner was selected based on the booth presentation on the engineering and design aspects such as framework, aerodynamics, visual and etc.

As can be seen in the pictures below, there are a lot of creative car designs produced by our local undergraduates in this challenge. All of this team has come out with a unique car design with different engineering capabilities. A great effort had been shown by all the participating team members while the supporters of every team also play into roles to make the event more exciting and memorable.




Now, let’s take a look at one of the participating team in this PEC 2011, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).  It is an honor for our company and SolidWorks when we are able to sponsor one of the PEC team (UTM team) which consists of young future engineers and inventors in order to accomplish our social responsibility for the nation. It is in line with our company vision which to provide the best CAD/CAM/CAE solutions throughout this region. Our Product Manager, CW Lau went to Melaka to give moral support to the team on the event day and see by himself the car produced by the UTM team.


This is the Calamaro designed by the UTM team where had fully utilize SolidWorks in its design and development. The mechanical structure of the car chassis was designed using 3D CAD software, SolidWorks and not only that; UTM had also make use of CAE in SolidWorks by coming out with the bending analysis of the structure using SolidWorks Simulations. UTM team realizing the workability of the car in term of engineering and design by providing flow analysis results which also using the SolidWorks Flow Simulations. Using SolidWorks as the backbone of CAD and CAE for this car engineering and design, UTM can proudly claim themselves as the winner of Engineering category and second runner up of Design category.

SolidWorks is not only can be used for mechanical design purposes. As you can see in the PEC 2011, UTM had provided us with a very good example of how we can extend our design a step further. By using SolidWorks 3D modeling software as a platform, UTM had use the SolidWorks Simulations to perform Finite Element Analysis to analyze the impact of the force load to the structure of this car. Taking the bend analysis result of the car frame as the medium to interpret the strength of the car to withstand the gravity, engine weight, suspensions and the human weight body; it can be said that the main objective of UTM team on making a car with lightest frame without sacrificing the strength of the frame had successfully achieved.


UTM also put the car design concept into serious consideration when the team came out with four different concepts of design. In order to select which design is the best design to be produced, the team had tested all the conceptual design using SolidWorks Flow Simulations. This way, the team has early prediction on the dynamicity of the car’s design which contributes to the lower production cost as the team just need to fabricate the real car based on the best calculated prediction provided by the aerodynamics analysis of SolidWorks Flow Simulations.

With the help of this two amazing CAE tools provide by SolidWorks Corporation which fully integrated with SolidWorks 3D CAD software itself, time had been save a lot when there is no need to transfer the model into other CAE software. The cost of unnecessary modification is also being reduced as all the results of the car engineering had been predicted earlier which also contribute on reducing the time of fabrication.  In total, this Calamaro produced by UTM undergraduate team had shown SolidWorks can be a total solution provider for your design purposes. The simplicity and highly user friendly software succeed in moving the team a step forward.

It is indeed a fair competition for UTM when the team is able to convince the judges of how they engineered the car. Huge efforts had been done by these undergraduate students and a 200% commitment should be given praise. In general, the PEC 2011 teams which consist of 20 undergraduate students work in a team lead by two lecturers as advisors had  succeed in proving to Malaysia that our local universities can be as creative and as motivated as the global undergraduates. All needed is a pump of adrenaline by the local companies in Malaysia to support them into realizing their dreams. It is hope that in future, more companies will be hand in hand in organizing other competitions to create more local experts in technical area within various industries.

Warhamni (warhamni@cadcam.com.my) a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Let's go design!~

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How to model a softball

Remember I promise to teach you how to create the softball? Now, here are the steps:

1. Create a semi-circle that looks like this. You can create at any plane you like because a semi-circle will result to a round shape object when you apply the Revolve feature. I dimension this semi-circle with diameter 30.5mm. Don’t forget to pin your geometry to the origin.
2. Revolve the geometric 360 degree using the Center Line on the semi-circle. The result will appear as a round shape object.


3. Now, a plane is need in certain angle so that the thread can be created at the surface of the ball. In order to create a plane with an angle, an edge or a reference line is needed. Thus, I create a construction line at the Front Plane.


4. Confirm the sketch. Then, go to Features tab and expand Reference Geometry. Select the Plane tool. In Property Manager Tab, select the Front Plane as the First Reference and then select the center line that created earlier to be the Second Reference. For the First Reference, assign the angle 35 degrees while for the Second Reference assigns the coincident.


5. Make this sketch at Plane 1 that had been created earlier. Start from origin.


6. Confirm the sketch. From isometric view, clearly the sketch was made at the origin. (It means the sketch is inside the round object!) Now, extrude the sketch so that it would be at the surface of the ball. Go to the Features Tab, Extrude Boss the sketch. Use Offset From Surface end condition for Direction 1 and select the round surface. Then, set the offset dimension to be 0.2mm.


7. The result will appear like this.


8. Then, pattern the features. Expand the linear pattern from Features Tab and select circular pattern. Then, use the center line that you make to set the angle plane to be the axis of revolution for the pattern. Set the angle to be 360 degrees and pattern the features 51 times. Use equal spacing.

9. The result would be like this. Add different color to the thread features. (Extrude Boss  and Circ Pattern)


10. Mirror the thread to the other side of the part. Use the Right Plane as Mirror Face/Plane. Select the thread features as the Features to Mirror. This is the end result after I put some rendering to this part. Well, it looks like a real ball to me! Got the ball? Got to try! Have FUN!!


Warhamni (warhamni@cadcam.com.my) a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tutorial: 3D Curve III

My final post on 3D curve- 3D sketch.

3D Sketch is a powerful tool to create a 3D curve. But if you don’t know how to use it, this powerful tool will become difficult to use. Here I’m going to show you the way I use this tool.
How are we going to create a nice 3D sketch in this 3D environment, when we actually only viewing in 2D?  Without rotating the view, all sketches we created are creating on any of the 3 standard views. 

If you cannot imagine what I’m mention above, you can open a 3D sketch; press Crtl + 7 to change to Isometric view and sketch a curve. Then press Crtl + 5 to change to top view, you can found that the sketch in created in the front plane.



To create a 3D curve, sometimes we need some imagination. It is better if we can imagine what the curve look like in the front, top and right view. 

What I’ll do to create a 3D curve with 3D sketch is create the sketch on a standard view (Front, Top or Right) first. Then I’ll change the view to Top View to drag the point of the sketch which I create just now until I get what I want it to be on the right view.

If the curve view from top not same as what you like, you can adjust it until you feel it is perfect. Hope this tips help you on your future design. 

Happy design!

Jackson (jacksonlim@cadcam.com.my) is part of the team member who good in surfacing skill in SolidWorks. You won't believe it until you see some of the exotic cars he modeled with SolidWorks.