Archive for February, 2014

Circuit Works and Flow Simulation Working Together

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

When you think about it, it makes sense that different parts of our SolidWorks Software work together to make a total package.  Keeping in this tradition now in 2014 Circuit Works and Flow Simulation work together to make your life easier.

2014 Flow simulation now imports the Circuit Works component properties and applies them automatically as boundary conditions in your Flow Simulation setup.  Previously these properties would be input manually.  Now we can import ECAD file PCB or Component Thermal Properties to Flow Simulation.

Circuit Board

Circuit Board

Some of the properties that can be directly utilized from Circuit Works are, Dielectric and Conductor Density, Specific Heat, Conductivity for PCBs, and Conductivity for Volumetric Heat Sources.

Circuit Board Thermal Flow

Circuit Board Thermal Flow

Two Import Options:

Right-click Heat Sources and select Import volume source from model. Select the heat sources to import in Item properties.
Right-click Printed Circuit Boards and select Import Printed Circuit Boards from model. Select the PCBs to import in Item properties.

Import Interface

Import Interface

If you are doing Flow Simulation on Electronics Enclosures check out the new Circuit Works import options.  This new feature is a great time saver.  Manually adding these properties on a typical circuit board (100’s of components) is tedious and time consuming.  Circuit Works integration brings this task down to a few simple clicks.

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Register Now for the Greater Evansville Area SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, March 20th

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

3DVision invites you to register for the Greater Evansville Area SolidWorks User Group (GEASWUG) Meeting Thursday, March 20th. SolidWorks Product Manger PDM Solutions, Kurt Lundstedt and SolidWorks Research and Development, System and Tools, David Leblanc, will be joining the meeting. 3DVision’s very own Application Engineer, Chris Snider will be presenting, “Multi-bodies are Better than One.”

5:00-5:30 Network and Dinner
5:30-5:45 Opening Remarks
5:45-6:15 Kurt Lundstedt
6:15-7:00 David Leblanc –“CAD Admin Dashboard & Beta”
7:00-7:15 Break
7:15-8:15 Chris Snider from 3DVision – “Multi-bodies are Better than One”
8:15-9:15 Giveaways and Networking

Berry Plastics Corporation

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Register Now for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, March 11th

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

3DVision invites you to register for the Northern Indiana SolidWorks User Group (NISWUG) Meeting Tuesday, March 11th. There will be a presentation by ExactFlat Director of Sales, Andrew Rudisill, about ExactFlat Design Studio for SolidWorks. You won’t want to miss what’s new in Sheet Metal as well as some tips and tricks!

5:00-5:30 Meet, Greet and Eat
5:30-5:50 SolidWorks World 2014 Recap
5:50-6:00 Break
6:00-6:50 “ExactFlat Design Studio for SolidWorks” Presenter: Andrew Rudisill- ExactFlat
6:50-7:00 Break
7:00-7:50 Sheet Metal- “What’s New in SolidWorks 2014” as well as “Tips and Tricks”
7:50-8:00 Giveaways and Wrap Up

LMC- Bertrand Campus
1905 Foundation Drive
Niles, MI 49120

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SolidWorks at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Monday, February 17th, 2014

What does SolidWorks have to do with the Olympics? If you attended SolidWorks World in January, you already know that the connection is with Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo, the two men behind the Gold Medal winning “Night Train” Bobsled.

Geoff Bodine, winner of the Daytona 500 in 1986, contacted Bob Cuneo, owner of Chassis Dynamics, in 1992 and together they partnered to form the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project.

Click here to watch Bodine explain how he came up with the idea to build an American-made, medal-winning bobsled.

After successfully winning an Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010 with the bobsled, “Night Train,” the Bo-Dyn Bobsled project decided to utilize SolidWorks to create an even faster bobsled.

Due to the difference in the track at the Sochi Games compared to the Canadian track, Bodine knew they needed to try something different. “We knew we needed an accurate and precise 3D design that could give us a realistic and cost-effective way to test and tweak Night Train 2 prototypes. The solution was SolidWorks,” said Bodine.

When it comes to bobsledding, hundredths of a second are extremely important. At the start of the race, the bobsledders run for about 5 seconds and can get up to speeds of over 25 miles per hour.

Watch the Bo-Dyn bobsled team explain how important their head engineer is to their success.

The Bobsleigh Four-man competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be held on February 22nd and 23rd. We will have to wait and see if Bo-Dyn and Night Train 2 bring home the gold medal!

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3D Printing for Pinball Wizards

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

I grew up an arcade junkie.  If I had money in my pocket, I couldn’t wait to get to the nearest video game or pinball machine.  I remember when the best video games were in arcades, not something you connected to your television at home.  Which leads me to write about using 3D Printing technology to repair a bit of nostalgia.

My good friend Stuart, an Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Louisville, approached me with a problem during a round of golf.  One of his vintage pinball machines, a wondrous solid-state link to my youth, had broken.  Not the entire machine, just a piece of plastic that separates two possible paths for the pinball to travel.  As you can imagine, replacement parts for old pinball machines are not something you pick up at a local store.  So last fall on the 19th hole – that means drinking a beer to you non-golfers – Stuart handed me the broken piece and later sent me a picture of where it went in his pinball machine.

2014-0212a Broken part reference

I began by scanning the broken off plastic next to a ruler.  Using SolidWorks, I inserted the scanned image into a sketch of a new part.  I then resized the sketch picture to use as reference.  With the broken part, the scanned image, and the picture, I had everything I needed to create the replacement piece.  Other than having to make a few guesses about the metal standoffs for a secure fit, the solid model was fairly simple to generate.  The key aspects of the design are the slot cutout on one end for adjustment and the split U-shape for wrapping around the standoff posts and capturing the end of the still attached plastic.

2014-0212b - First SW Part Design

With my design completed, I used a Mojo Desktop 3D Printer to build a prototype.  I built up the sides a bit to help withstand the impact of the pinball into the part.  As a self professed Pinball Wizard, I didn’t want to chance the part breaking shortly after installation.  That would be like three fast drains after you start your game.

2014-0212c Initial Printed part

Other than time, like golf season when I started and Christmas season when I saw Stuart again, it was time to try out the repair kit!  One evening on the way home from work, I stopped by to visit Stuart and help him with the 3D Printed repair part install.  The installation process took about twenty minutes.

2014-0212d - Initial Part Installation

As you can see, I missed a little bit on the diameter of the metal standoffs, causing one side of the part to flare out into the path of the pinball.  While this was easily fixed with an exacto knife, I did revisit the design and build a second prototype.  The second prototype was installed on a Sunday during the NFL Divisional round of playoffs.  I recall it well as I scored one of the highest games that a guest has played on that machine!

I did learn and confirm a few things while creating this 3D printed repair part.  First, pinball games are still great fun!  Second, a picture and a broken part are enough to repair a pinball machine.  (At least this one.)  Third, I have found a new business opportunity for a budding entrepreneur!  In closing, while my normal tagline is ‘go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation’, this time I’ll go with ‘now go make your product on a 3D Printer’!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks Electrical: From 10 minutes to less than 3 seconds

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

One of the best benefits of using SolidWorks Electrical is not having to worry about using multiple software to do what you need to do. For example, an electrical designer needs to design a 3-phase motor starter system. He would first have to create a schematic, look up part information, manually update the text, then finally stumble through a long spreadsheet to update the changes he made. This process takes a lot of time and is error prone. Whereas, if the same designer were to use SolidWorks Electrical, he would not have to worry about the manual work. Now, the engineer has more time to spend designing, rather than manual work.

The total time and money saving is tremendous when adding everything up at the end of the day.

This video shows a sped-up typical process of designing and documenting an electrical system using a regular 2D CAD software, then compares it to using SolidWorks Electrical.



Paesol Veerakitti

Application Engineer - Electrical 3DVision Technologies

Introducing the NEW Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It’s here- the NEW Objet500 Connex3, the only 3D printer for color and advanced multi-material combinations!

With over 500 material options, including Digital ABS, you can 3D print across the spectrum from rigid to flexible. No other 3D printer offers this level of final product realism. The Objet500 Connex3 3D printer is taking design freedom to a new level of intensity.

Objet500 Connex3 Multi Color 3D Printer


Offering a large 500 X 400 X 200 mm (19.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in) build size, the Objet500 Connex3 masters precision prototyping throughout all stages of the product development cycle. With this new 3D printer comes the innovative three-material jetting technology, which automates creation of complex prototypes that have diverse material properties.

Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

The Objet500 Connex3 provides:

Advanced Product Realism
Ability for Refinement of Specific Design Elements
Design Validation
Endless Material Options & Combinations
Watch the video at to learn more about the Objet500 Connex 3D Printer.


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