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iLogic - Suppress Components in all but the Active Level of Detail
Issue: Your assembly has several Level of Detail Representations set up, which works well. The problem is that when you add a new component to the assembly, you have to go to each Level of Detail and suppress the component in order to prevent it from showing up in those existing Level of Detail Representations. Solution: Here is an iLogic rule that will suppress any selected components in all of the other LOD's, with the exception of the active L [more...]
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The Engineering Manager's Field Guide
Great engineering managers are always looking for ways to become really great engineering managers. On one hand, a manager has to keep the skills they learned on the way up as sharp as possible. Otherwise, how can they expect to direct a team with any real credibility? On the other hand, being a manager brings with it a slew of responsibilities that are considerably broader than those belonging to an individual contributor. After all, managers manage teams [more...]
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Geometric and College of Engineering, Pune come together to promote 3D Printing
Geometric is a leader in PLM, Global engineering Services and OSPD. In October, they signed an MoU with College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) and Colorado State University (CSU), USA for setting up the Geometric 3D Make Lab at the COEP premises.  This lab will be available to student industry specialists and its goal is to explain and develop 3D printing technologies.      Geometrics will invest USD200.000 in this lab in the next 3 years and pr [more...]
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Surviving the Tour de France with XEffects Toolkit and FCP X
The following is a guest post by none other than Peter Wiggins. Peter has edited the Tour de France for many years and has been putting his knowledge and expertise to work to create some of the best products the FxFactory platform has to offer. Ill let you in on a secret, I designed the XEffects [… [more...]
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3D Systems Featured in "The Intel Experience" at Best Buy Stores
ROCK HILL, S.C., October 23, 2014 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announces its participation in the new Intel Experience , to be featured exclusively in 50 Best Buy retail stores across the United States. The Intel Experience gives anyone access to interact with the 3D printing lifestyle, and other new consumer technologies including augmented reality and digital DJ remixing. As the 3D printing pioneer and leader, 3DS is showcasing its new Cube 3 printers which [more...]
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Angel Delivers Clean Water Equipment with PTC Creo
Angel Equipment and Technology wants your next glass of water to be clean, safe, healthy, and even stylish. The company, based in Guangdong, China, specializes in every aspect of thirst prevention. It makes attractive water dispensers, efficient filtration systems, bottling machines, coolers, warmers, and ice makers. Our mission is to push the application of drinking [… [more...]
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Tidbits: Tech Soft 3D, Vectorworks and Chaos Group News items
Mac CAD and 3D News tidbits include the new book on Vectorworks for Entertainment Design, the latest V-Ray 3.0 for Maya and HOOPS Exchange 2015 technology for ISV's integrating 3D data into their app [more...]
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Chaos Group Releases New V-Ray 3.0 for Autodesk Maya
The new V-Ray 3.0 for Maya is out and has many new features including Probabilistic Light Sampling, Render Masks and more [more...]
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Up to speed: Mould making for high finish plastics
The VISI CAD/CAM solution from Vero Software speeds up bespoke electrode production at German company TVB Technologie Vertriebs und Beratungs GmbH (TVB) in Upper Bavaria is a toolmaker specialising in graphite electrodes and associated services. We produce an average of 12,000 to 15,000 electrodes a year in a variety of sizes for up to 70 customers from the tool and mould making sector, explains Florian Rauchenberger, TVBs project manager. Electr [more...]
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Revit Tutorial - Creating a Custom Mullion Profile (Curtainwall BIM)
I published a post introducing you to Jon's blog a few weeks ago. I mentioned that there were some real quality posts on his blog, and I meant it! So much so, that I felt it necessary to re-post one of Jon's tutorials on a topic that comes up often: custom curtainwall mullions. Yes, that's right, you CAN create custom profiles for your mullions... You aren't just stuck with the OOTB profiles... Custom Profiles Posted by Jon McFarland on Februrary 25 [more...]
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First Look: Materialise Magics 19
The new distribution option for the 3D nester in Magics should improve part quality and build time First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to 3D printing professionals for two decades , although with new challengers on the horizon many are paying close attention to see what developments are being made to the tool. Currently it's the industry standard software for professional 3D printing STL file preparation, with users loving its a [more...]
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Glue rather than screw or nail
A spec I learned from an old Architect was to glue and screw a door frame in place, no mention of the glue, he saw it as a filler, relying on the screw for the fixing, and for a long time it worked, but with the advent of some rather strong and powerful glues at […] The post Glue rather than screw or nail appeared first on Konstrukshon CPD Weblog [more...]
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Empty (white/transparent) Quick Access Toolbar - QAT.
See Answer to the tip 10062: (ACAD,LT,ADT,Civil,Map,Plant) this is only a preview of a tip - for all CAD tips, block libraries and discussion visit www.cadforum.c [more...]
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Video: Committed to the most intuitive Simulation interface
Over the past few years, simulation tools are becoming more powerful and integrated with all phases of the design process. In the past validation tools were relegated to late stages … Continued Author information Mike Fearon Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Video game world champion and whisky advocate. I like turtles [more...]
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Solar Radiation for Revit Now Available via Autodesk Labs
I am happy to announce another technology preview available via Autodesk Labs that you can try for free. Revit 2014 and 2015 users can now quickly, easily, and iteratively perform solar analysis on the faces of a mass in Autodesk [more...]
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SOLIDWORKS 2015 Variables with Linear Pattern Up to Reference
Last week I attended the MOKA SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting and saw an interesting presentation on using Variables in a way that I had never considered using them before. The presentation was on tips for preparing to take one of [more...]
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Celebrating Architecture: #ArchitectureoftheDay
Promoting our Profession and Emphasizing the Value of an Architect: I do believe the more we promote our profession on a macro level, the better it is for us as individual architects. And the more we share about architecture, the more we are telling the story of the value that working with an architect offers. In… The post Celebrating Architecture: #ArchitectureoftheDay appeared first on Studio MM Architect [more...]
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Autodesk's Parisian 3D Printing gallery to head out across Europe
Autodesk's Paris gallery is a showcase for its customers work, stretching from architectural structures to Maker projects With Autodesk's first European pop-up gallery in the heart of Paris attracting over 1,500 visits in the first four days, the company is now considering other cities for in which to hold the experience. The software giant already has US-based engagement centres where it showcases customer work, such as at its headquarters in down [more...]
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Update: Waves Audio Yosemite Compatibility
Waves Audio has just announced that all Waves Native plugins V9 as well as the Waves License Center (WLC) are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Please note: SoundGrid plugins and software applications are not yet supported by Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We are working to resolve this compatibility issue as soon as possible. Click here to download the updated installer. [via Toolfarm.com [more...]
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Update: That Studio Indie Essentials
High-quality, one-click effects you can use to enhance any Independent film, creating impressive practical visual effects in minutes. Indie Essentials can be used in any post production software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke and other solutions. Indie Essentials has been updated to include Creature Kit II & III, adding over 6GB of creature eyes, skin textures, wounds, and more.   Learn More | Purchase Indie Ess [more...]
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Modul'Air: Design Thinking and Simulation Technology Help Redesign Public Transportation
Click to tweet: "Designing a #Sustainable and Painless Public Transportation System" ModulAir, a finalist for the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), offers a radical rethink of the urban mobility experience. A central goal of the new public transportation system redesign was to harmonize human activity and nature in the French city of Grenoble. The result [… [more...]
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Acadia Features Intricate 3D-Printed Art Pieces
MINNEAPOLIS   and REHOVOT,   ISRAEL Stratasys,   a 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, has collaborated with a prestigious lineup of artists for this years ACADIA (the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference, held this week in Los Angeles [more...]
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New: mamoworld Text2Spreadsheet
Text2Spreadsheet exports the texts of your After Effects project to a spreadsheet where you can modify them easily with applications like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers or Open Office. When you are done editing, you can apply the changes to your After Effects project in a single click. The spreadsheets are easy to read and also support several versions of your texts. Perfect for translating your projects into different languages or sending texts to your c [more...]
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Yesterday
Tinkercad to 123D Migration Walkthrough - Your Models are OK!
  Here's a walkthrough of the Tinkercad -> 123D migration for those of you who are still having trouble! This has worked for most people, but if your models are still missing, give this a shot. We've also gotten reports of Safari and IE giving people the most trouble. We're aware of that and are [… [more...]
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Rhino to Navisworks
RhinoToNavisworks is a free plug-in that allows Navisworks to open Rhino models (*.3dm) in Autodesk Navisworks 2015. Details [more...]
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BIM Technician - Level 127 - Black & Veatch - Kansas City - MO
Opportunity: BIM Technician (Level 127) Black & Veatch, Water Division Kansas City, MO Primary Purpose: Functions in a mid level engineering technician capacity Under general supervision, performs functions requiring intermediate knowledge and use of electronic applications, standards and document control processes/procedures in support of creating and modifying deliverables May begin to provide technical guidance to other engineering technicians [more...]
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BIM Technician - Level 128 - Black & Veatch - Kansas City, MO
BIM Technician (Level 128) Black & Veatch, Water Division Kansas City, MO Primary Purpose: Functions in a senior level engineering technician capacity. With minimal supervision, performs advanced functions requiring knowledge and use of electronic applications, standards and document control processes/procedures in support of creating and modifying deliverables. May provide technical guidance and direction to other engineering professionals includin [more...]
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Local File Error on Open
Have you run into this error message before? One possible reason is that the folder you are storing local files is running out of allowable space. A folder can have restrictions placed on it. If so Revit can't properly create the local file in a folder that has hit its quota [more...]
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Parallel Approval Data Mapping Is Finally Here In EPDM 2015!
In SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2013, parallel workflow transitions were introduced. This was the start to make setting up and administering parallel workflow processes easier. This was a great method as long as you didn't need to map variables for each [more...]
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The 'bottleLoft' Hangs Bottles From Your Fridge Ceiling With Magnets. Here's How.
Necessity is the mother of invention some might say and the need to make optimum utilization of the limited space available in the refrigerator has given birth to many a... Read The 'bottleLoft' Hangs Bottles From Your Fridge Ceiling With Magnets. Here's How. at SolidSmack [more...]
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Vectorworks Tip #164 - Text - Use Text Styles with Classes
One of the new features with Vectorworks 2015 is the ability to link a class to a text style. This gives you a similar control to controlling the graphic style of objects with a class, when you assign your text to a class it will automatically use the text style assigned. This is such an improvement when you have areas of text that have to be on different classes and different sizes. The leader in Vectorworks training and manuals:  http://learn.arch [more...]
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Interview: Kevin Riggs of the Learning Media Development group
The help and training documentation is something that most of us have had some interaction with, and to some extent has helped make us who we are as CAD users. In this interview, Kevin Riggs talks about several ideas around the documentation and how to best convey complex technical concepts to engineers and designers [more...]
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CubePro Puts "Rapid" in "Rapid Prototyping" for Lyman Connor
After a severe bicycling accident in October 2013, Lyman Connor left the hospital with partial blindness in one eye, several broken bones, and a heap of pain. As he rode the elevator down, Lyman tried to cheer up a fellow passenger a boy with eyes red from crying. Lyman tried to make him smile, pointing to his various casts, and the teenager responded by showing him a stump where his hand should have been. Lyman gathered from the conversation that the boy [more...]
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Rhino in a botanical garden
Another fan is raving about Rhino's capacity to model complex shapes. This one is in Ketchum, Idaho. The collaboration for the Ellen Long Garden Pavilion at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens started with the architect, Jolyon Sawrey . Sawrey drew up the pavilion roof for size, height, basic shape, and other features like electrical and site placement.  To figure out the roof parts he then contacted Bill Amaya of Cimarron Lofting . Amaya took the archite [more...]
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NVIDIA Opens up Applications for $25,000 Grad-Student Grants
The world has big research problems. GPUs can help solve them. Thats why were launching our 14th annual Graduate Fellowship Program. Our goal is to provide grants and technical support to graduate students doing outstanding GPU-based research. Well select up to 10 doctoral students from around the world for grants of $25,000 each for research Read Mor [more...]
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From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise (Part I)
In a previous post, I asked, Why bother replacing 2D Drawings with 3D Models? My answer looked the shortcomings of 2D drawings and the more powerful tools available for those working in 3D. The truth is, that article only hinted at whats possible for anybody ready to rethink 2D. Consider the Model-Based Enterprise. Model-Based Enterprise [… [more...]
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SolidWorks Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies
Each week we're sharing a new tip with you here on the 'Smack to help elevate your CAD game to a new level. Our goal is to mix up the... Read SolidWorks Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies at SolidSmack [more...]
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Major New TurboSite v4 from IMSI/Design Out for CAD professionals
Mobile CAD professionals have a new version of IMSI/Design's new TurboSite v [more...]
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PLM and Microsoft Azure Cloud In A Box
How do you move to the cloud? This is one of topics I'm discussing on my blog for the last year. The last time, I took a swing towards public cloud. Navigate to my PLM vendors, large manufacturers and public cloud article for more information. However, not everybody will move to public cloud. At least not [… [more...]
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What Makes a Great Technical Drawing: 4 Best Practices
What makes a great technical drawing?   This isn't as simple as it might seem actually as different companies and industries may have contrasting opinions based on needs. But no matter what specifications your company needs, there are ways to hone your skills and improve your technical drawings. For a draftsperson or drafting technician, technical drawings are an essential, if not all-encompassing, part of daily work. The ability to efficiently commu [more...]
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Maya / Photoshop Texture Paint
October 22, 2014 Maya / Photoshop Texture Paint is an 80-minute tutorial. We unwrap the UVs of a polygon object in Maya, then paint it in Photoshop using both 2D and 3D workflows. Here are some of the activites covered in this tutorial: Separate UVs Create UVs > Planar Projection Unfold UVs Unfold UVs with constraints Maximize UV efficiency Create non-square textures UV Snapshot Plug-in Manager Export Selected Photoshop 2D p [more...]
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Corel releases new CorelCAD 2015 for Mac and Windows-unparalleled native DWG file support
Corel Corporation releases new CorelCAD 2015 for Mac OS X and Windows this week, offering full DWG-file compatibility with Autodesk AutoCA [more...]
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You Can Now Watch Every Simpsons Episode…For Free
Every. Simpsons. Episode. Ever. Need we say more? Head over to Simpsons World to stream via your browser or get the FXNow App to stream to your devices. Just remember... Read You Can Now Watch Every Simpsons Episode…For Free at SolidSmack [more...]
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VFX Industry Meets for 6th Visual Effects Society Summit
By Mike Amron, Chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH The 6th Annual Visual Effects Society Summit was held on October 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. An event that hosted VFX professionals from a variety of disciplines, the summit provided a networking opportunity for many. This year's summit keynote was delivered by Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production at Marvel Studios, who opted for a question and an [more...]
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Weekly App Smack 17: Over, Rain Sounds HQ, Handyscan, Rotox and More…
Time for another round of apps that cover the spectrum of your beloved mobile device, be it iPhone, Android or Windows! The Weekly App Smack is the best of design... Read Weekly App Smack 17: Over, Rain Sounds HQ, Handyscan, Rotox and More… at SolidSmack [more...]
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Four Ways Engineering Managers Can Improve the Product Verification Process
Product verification is the comparison of as-built data to as-designed data. Basically, it ensures as-built product reflects the as-designed product, including change orders that arose during development. Companies that fail to verify products expose themselves to dangerous risks, including expensive recalls, costly product rework, and unexpected delays in product releases. While most companies perform verification, [… [more...]
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Project ECMFin Now Available via Autodesk Labs
I have been tracking my own savings with my energy conversation measures. Without these measures, it would be like burning money. Project ECMFin is our free technology preview that allows you to conduct financial analyses on desired energy conservation measures [more...]
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Review: Koji Products from CrumplePop and Dale Grahn
"Crumplepop has teamed up with film industry veteran Dale Grahn to produce a range of cross-platform plugins that produce highly accurate 35mm film colour emulation. They are called Koji. When Final Cut Pro X was released, Crumplepop started pushing out plugins at a rapid pace. Things have slowed down and we were curious what their next product would be. They have just announced Koji. Take a look at the introduction video that explains the history (and t [more...]
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New: Macphun Software Now Available
Macphun Software Preview: Tonality Tonality takes inspiration from the film and wet darkroom black and white photo effects and moves it smartly into the digital age. We've harnessed the best practices of monochrome image editing, added tools, b&w filters and features that were missing in other photo editors, and put it at your fingertips as Tonality for Mac. Over 25 million of people use Macphun software to create stunning, inspiring & unique images.  [more...]
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Midweek Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy and MAXON Cinema 4D
STELLAR VISUALS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Duncan Evans (Excerpt) "For a project as ambitious as Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' it required the efforts of half a dozen VFX companies to do the culture-spanning tale justice....Playing a vital part was Territory Studio, which was asked to create holograms, screens and interfaces for the Marvel Studios film.... The brief called for hundreds of designs and animations, with each set requiring its own [more...]
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Coming Soon: The Foundry NUKE 9 arriving in November!
Did you miss the NUKE 9 live digital event on October 21st?  No worries.  You can watch it here.  (You will have to log in to your account with The Foundry.) Here's a few key points that were covered in the event. NUKE 9 The team have worked tirelessly to make huge performance gains across the board as well as adding new functionality and significantly widening the range of formats and hardware we support. Powerful node based compositing Our industry [more...]
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New: Chaos Group V-Ray for Maya 3.0 is here!
V-Ray 3.0 for Maya is a full suite of physically-based lighting, shading and rendering tools tightly integrated into Autodesk Maya. This release focuses on artist productivity and delivers a powerful new set of features and improvements to speed up lighting, look development and rendering workflows. Speed, control and quality are key reasons why so many artists and studios choose V-Ray. From award winning feature films, television shows and commercials, t [more...]
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Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.0 for Maya
SOFIA, BULGARIA Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.0 for Maya, delivering a new set of features and optimizations focused on speeding up lighting, look development, and rendering workflows [more...]
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NUKE 9: A NUKE Evolution
LONDON   The Foundry has unveiled NUKE 9, the biggest shake-up of its NUKE technology, including the brand-new addition of NUKE Studio [more...]
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Digital Domain to Produce 3D Hologram of Asian Star
PLAYA VISTA, CA Digital Domain Holdings Limited, the parent company of Digital Domain 3.0 ,  has entered into an unprecedented 10-year agreement with TNT Production Limited to produce 3D virtual performance holograms of Miss Teresa Teng for concerts, movies and all manner of media [more...]
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New: SUGARfx Smash!
The Smash! Elements The Smash! elements are labeled according to the Broadcast industry naming standards. You will find Banners, Half Screens, Lower Third, Transitions and the Open or Main Title elements, ready to be used and customization-friendly. Features 15 Animated Motion Graphic elements. Style, palette and Text Customization. Several styles to choose from in each element. Fully animated. Learn More | Purchase SUGARfx Smash! A free [more...]
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Oct 17, 14
Interference in SOLIDWORKS Motion
SOLIDWORKS Motion is a great tool for analyzing kinematic motion of assemblies. When problems arise, discovering why is difficult at times. I had a particular case of this recently. I was analyzing a complex mechanism, and the behavior of it...           Related Stories 2015 SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's New - Shell Manager Maximizing the Benefits with SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's Really Neat About SOLIDWORKS and Simulation? [more...]
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