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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

March 9th, 2015

With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards.

You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information is already on the 3D file so why not use it?  The point of a 2D drawing file was to communicate to manufacturing on what the final item should look like.  This has been the main delivery.  A majority of the time it took to create the 2D drawing is now saved.


So you might be thinking that I still need to have dimensions and add notes so that will take a bunch of time.  All the time I am saving from the 2D drawing is being placed on the 3D model.  That’s not the case and leads me into the reduction of errors.  SOLIDWORKS MBD uses a tool that has been in SOLIDWORKS since 2008; DimXpert.  DimXpert is extremely powerful in creating PMI.  It has the ability to automatically create the manufacturing dimensions with tolerance on the 3D model.


But the reduction of errors comes with the ability to check all the faces for a dimension and tolerance by changing the face color.

SOLIDWORKS MBD’s main job is to organize all of the PMI data.  It does this by creating custom views to represent specific dimensions.  With 2D drawings you have multiple views with specific dimensions.  You do the same process with MBD by creating custom 3D views.  The helps deliver the intended information to production with less confusion.


How is the information delivered to production?  You have 2 options which are industry standards.  You can save the information to eDrawings or a 3D PDF.  The 3D PDF is fully customizable to match your requirements.


I feel MBD is a great way to save time, reduce errors, and communicate easier with manufacturing.  If you would like more information or would like to see a demo, please contact 3DVision @ 1-800-745-3136 or click here.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Monthly Best – February 2015

February 27th, 2015

Don’t miss any of our articles from February. Catch up now with our Monthly Best – February 2015 recap.

1. Dassault Systèmes Launches SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design

Unveiled at the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 conference in Phoenix, Arizona, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design embraces the social, conceptual and collaborative design world in today’s age of experience.  The application accelerates the product design process by providing engineers with an intuitive cloud-based tool to design and collaborate on complex organic shapes—from concept to final product—anytime, anywhere.

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2.Stratasys Deepens Foothold in China, Buys Out Assets of Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd.

Stratasys has turned their attention toward China, enough so that they have bought out partner Intelligent CAD/CAM Technology Ltd (ICT) and look to be taking over operations with an expanded local team that they hope to use to gain deeper and better insight into the needs of their base in China.

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3. 3DVision Technologies Customer IMMI featured on Good Morning America and Nightline

Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. or IMMI  is an industry leader in design, testing, and manufacturing of advanced safety systems. Recently they joined the Nationwide debate on seatbelt requirements on school buses and have been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline.

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4. Katy Perry’s ‘Prismatic’ World Tour Lights Up with Stratasys 3D Printed Mohawks

Stratasys technology lights up Katy Perry’s “Prismatic” World Tour with vibrantly colored 3D printed mohawks made by special effects team Legacy Effects.

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5. Introducing 3DCC Professional Supplier Services

3D ContentCentral Professional Supplier Services was announced today on the main stage and will be available on the new 3D ContentCentral in the summer of 2015. Now, Supplier Services on 3D ContentCentral provides unrivaled capabilities to create and post a dynamic online catalog using a simple, intuitive publishing tool.

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015 Presentations

February 26th, 2015

Did you miss our presentations this year at SOLIDWORKS World? Check out the 3DVision Technologies presentations from SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015, presented by our award winning engineers.

Hands-On Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Routing (Tubing/Conduit/Piping Only)

Have you heard about SOLIDWORKS Routing/Piping capabilities but never used them? This session will give you hands-on exposure to what SOLIDWORKS can do to help you in the world of Tubing, Conduit, and Piping applications.

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3DVison Technologies Presenter:

Randy Simmons SOLIDWORKS World 2015

Randy Simmons

SolidWorks Elite Application Engineer

Randy Simmons has over 18 years in the CAD/CAM industry working for several leading companies. He is a CSWE who has been demoing, implementing, and training people in SOLIDWORKS for the past 13 years.

Deliver Interactive, 3D, Step-by-Step Instruction Sets with Composer

This session will show how to use SOLIDWORKS Composer to create 3D, interactive animations that can be used as step-by-step instructions for product assembly, repair, or training. It will also demonstrate how to deliver the animations using the free Composer Player.

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3DVision Technologies Presenter:


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Chris Snider

Application Engineer Lead- Project Management

Chris Snider is an application engineer for 3DVision Technologies, a Certified Composer Professional, and CSWE. He has shared his knowledge of Composer and SOLIDWORKS via demos, training, and support in Kentucky and Indiana for the past five years.


5½ Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with SOLIDWORKS EPDM’s BOMs

This will be a fast-paced presentation of many useful tips and tricks of EPDM’s named and calculated bill material creation, management, and distribution. Learn about calculated BOMs, BOM overrides, updating data cards from the BOM table, comparing BOMs, formatting BOM when exported to Excel, named BOMs, their creation, and editing, updating, and pushing them through workflows—bridging the gap between engineering and procurement.

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3DVision Technologies Presenter:

Jeff Sweeney SOLIDWORKS World 2015

Jeff Sweeney

Engineering Data Specialist

Jeff Sweeney has been teaching, implementing, and customizing EPDM for over eight years, using SOLIDWORKS since 1995


Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Favorite Materials

February 20th, 2015

I like simple UI changes that save time.  The favorite materials list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 is one new example.  We’ve been creating custom lists of our favorite materials in SOLIDWORKS for some time now.  How long?  Well, I had to go back through all of the What’s New PDFs to find out.  The Materials Editor Property Manager was added in SOLIDWORKS 2004!  This screen capture shows what we’re used to seeing in our SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree for adding materials with a simple right-click.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

If you are following the best practice of applying a material to your part files, the material definition is automatically transferred into your finite element model.  If you are not following the best practice, then you must assign a material within Simulation.  Prior to SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015, you would have to open the Materials Editor and then make your selection.  Now you can be faster with assigning materials by having access to your material favorites list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Look for the Favorites tab in the Materials Editor Property Manager to customize your list of often used materials.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

This list of your favorite materials will show up on your right-click menu, both when working with your part files and your Simulation studies.  Here is what you now will see with SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – a highly customized favorite material list!

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Favorite Materials List

Be sure to check out this new feature and many others in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015.  Now go make your products better with SolidWorks Simulation!

Bill Reuss

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

February 17th, 2015

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered!

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1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system?

The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file.

The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins with a 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) model. After the 3D model is created, it is exported as an STL file. The STL file is then imported into one of two Stratasys software program, Insight or Catalyst, depending on the intended printer. Within the Stratasys software, the user will determine the tool path for the 3D printer to create the model made from durable thermoplastics.

2. What materials are offered when using a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer?

The Short Answer — Fused deposition modeling technology uses thirteen different thermoplastics.

The Extended Version — Stratasys offers ten different types of thermoplastics, which are dependent on the 3D printer. Each material has unique properties to fit the need of a variety of applications. For a complete list of materials click here.

3. Can I print a model with multiple colors?

The Short Answer — Yes

The Extended Version — FDM allows users the choice of multiple colors throughout a single part. Using Stratasys proprietary software, a user can add a pause between any layers of a build. When the machine is paused the operator can load a canister of a different color and resume building on top of the previous color. This can only be done with various colors of the same material, and only on 3D Printers that use Insight Software.

4. Can we print hollowed or partially filled models for cost/weight reduction?

The Short Answer — Yes, when processing your parts in Catalyst or Insight you can create different internal properties to allow for less material to be used.

The Extended Version — Catalyst software which comes with the purchase of a uPrint or Dimension 3D Printer allows users to choose the model interior make up. There are three options: Solid, Sparse – high density, and Sparse – low density.

Insight software which comes with the purchase of a Fortus3D Production System allows users to modify the interior model with solid and sparse fills as well, creating a custom fill by using advanced tools within the software.

5. What 3D printers are compatible with FDM Thermoplastics?

The Short Answer — There are eleven different 3D printers compatible with fused deposition modeling Thermoplastics.

The Extended Version — The following printers are FDM complatible,  click the links to learn more.


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Ask us anything related to FDM or 3D Printing by Contacting Us or Tweet us your question using #Ask3DV.

Cody Markham

Assistant Marketing Manager 3DVision Technologies

Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

February 13th, 2015

I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables.

Closed Table Rendered in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc.

Bill Of Materials in SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Bill Of Materials

Once you would get it looking like you want, you would want to save it out as a template so you can easily get back to same style.  If you Right Mouse Click on the table you will get the option to save it.  You can then specify it as a Template and place it with your other ones.  The next time you start a BOM, you will want to choose the one you just saved out and the columns and font will be the same.
Save as template in SOLIDWORKS Drawing
When you RMC, you will notice you can save the BOM as an excel file.  Now with it in excel, you can import it to an ERP/MRP system.

Hole Table

This is used to automatically generate hole information in a tabular format.  The table will show the location and hole size from a specified origin.

Hole Table in SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Hole Table

You also have the ability to customize it with a specific font and size.  You can also add tolerances for the locations and the hole sizes.

Revision Tables

This type of table is used to represent the latest revision of the drawing.  You can see the description of the change, the date it occurred, who did it, and the revision symbol in the drawing.



The revision table can also update the Revision Block in your title block.

Weldment Cut List Tables

A cut list is similar to a BOM.  This is used with the weldment function to represent the cut lengths for structural shapes.


Weldment Cutlist

The cut list can again be customized like the BOM to show what is important for final manufacturing.  It has the same ability to be saved as a template and excel file.  This is only active when you have a part file that is a weldment.

General Table

This would be used when you need to type in data in the cells rather than having the software automatically generate the data.  You have the same ability as other tables.  You can split, merge, sort, save, etc this table just like the other types.

Weld Table

The weld table is a summary of weld specifications.  It will represent weld quantity, size, symbol, length, and other custom bead properties.


Weld Table

The table will get the data from the drawing view.  If you add the weld beads to the model, it will automatically fill the table out.  If you are only placing the weld symbols on the drawing views, there is an option in the property manager to include drawing annotations.

Bend Table


Bend Table in SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Bend tables are used with Sheet Metal parts.  In place of having many callout for each bend, you can represent these in a table.  It will specify the bend direction, the angle that it needs to bend to, and the radius of the bend.

Punch Table


Punch Table in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Punch tables are also used with Sheet Metal parts.  This is very similar to hole tables but in place of holes, it is used with form features.  The table will represent the location of the punch on the flat pattern, the punch ID, the quantity, and the angle between the X-axis and the tool.

Thank You

This was just a high level overview of SOLIDWORKS tables.  If you have any specific questions about them, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Josh Spencer

Elite Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

Adding relations is faster/easier in SOLIDWORKS 2015

February 6th, 2015

Often the small, simple things are the ones that can save you the most time. Perhaps because they are easy to remember to use?! SOLIDWORKS 2015 has many of these awesome time savers just waiting for you to take advantage of. Today we are going to look at the NEW super easy way to add relations in SOLIDWORKS 2015. This will be great for new users to the software because it is so instinctive, but also save experienced users tons of time as well.

Adding Relations Method 1: “JUST DRAW IT”

One of the quick and easy methods for adding relations in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is to just do nothing! Just draw a line as you normally would. As soon as you end the line or arc or spline at the endpoint of another entity, you will be instantly be prompted if you want it to be tangent, collinear, perpendicular, paralell, curvature continuous, etc.! No more drawing it, deselecting it, then going back and ctrl+ selecting both entities just to get the relation… Can’t get much easier than that!

Adding Relations Just Draw It



Adding Relations Method 2: “Click the VERTEX”

The other super easy way to add relations, in this case after the entities have been drawn, is to simply click the vertex (corner) of the two. You’ll get the familiar relations pop up you were used to in the past by ctrl+ selecting the two entities, but with less clicking and less to remember!


Adding Relations Click the Vertex

Hope you implement SOLIDWORKS 2015 sooner than later so YOU can start taking advantage of all the great time saving enhancements!

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Monthly Best – January 2015

February 3rd, 2015

Did you miss a few of our articles in January? Catch up now with our Monthly Best – January 2015 recap.

1. Unilever Accerlerates Consumer Product Prototyping by 40% with 3D Printed Injection Molds

Unilever has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process.

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2. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 – Self Contact

There were a number of new features added in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 to help improve our analysis work.  One of those cool features is the ‘Self Contact’ option, available in Simulation Professional and Simulation Premium.  Full Article 

3. The Benefits of 3D Printing for Your Business

3D printing is at the front lines when it comes to the future of business technology. Watch the video

4. SolidWorks World 2015 : The Movie Trailer

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5. #3DVTechTip – Center of Mass Tool

Use the Center of Mass tool to show the global center of mass of your parts and assemblies. Use Insert Model Items to display them in drawings.  The Center of Mass feature will stay at the top of the feature tree and indicates the global center of mass. Full Tip Here

Monthly Best Using the SolidWorks Center of Mass Tool

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January 30th, 2015

The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation team has added powerful new functionality to their arsenal,  Rotating Mesh Regions.  Rotating mesh regions or “sliding mesh regions” allow the user to rotate geometry in the model and drive the fluid of the system.  If you are designing any device that utilizes, impellers, propellers, or other rotational apparatus Flow Simulation can provide results such as flow rate, pressure drop, velocity, and many more, all based on the rotation of the geometry.  A transient or time based study is required to use the Rotating Mesh Region.

Application of Rotating Mesh

Application of Rotating Mesh


Rotating Mesh Region

Rotating Mesh Region


If you have SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2015 already loaded you can find the rotating mesh region under the rotation type “Local regions(s) (Sliding mesh).  Utilize the rotating region boundary condition as usual in the Flow Simulation Design Tree.

Analysis Settings

Analysis Settings


For a look at the Rotating Mesh Region please see the following link.


Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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