Posts Tagged ‘Sheet Metal’

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

Please RSVP to

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The Design Looks Great, But How Much Does It Cost? Let SolidWorks Costing Tell You.

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The world is full of ‘what ifs’. What if I knew I could drive as fast as I wanted to work every day because I knew the police would never stop me for speeding? What if I knew moving my investments from one broker to another would guarantee me an additional 10% in earnings this year? What if I could simulate the cost of manufacturing my product before it ever left my computer?

SolidWorks can’t help you with getting to work faster or growing your investments, but it has a great tool for doing ‘what if’ analyses on your sheet metal and machined parts. It’s called Costing and it’s available in the Professional or Premium SolidWorks license.

You create templates with manufacturing and material information and in turn they drive the Costing tool to determine the manufacturing cost. In the templates, you can specify the material used to create the part, the manufacturing processes (such as laser cutting, bending, or milling), and the associated costs of these materials and manufacturing operations. The templates also let you create custom operations such as packaging, ERP entry, painting, or cleaning.

The tool is great for both designers and manufacturers: it helps designers make design decisions based on the cost to manufacture and it helps manufacturers create quotes for customers. Whenever you change your SolidWorks design, you can see the new, updated cost immediately, along with a detailed cost breakdown. Additionally, you can generate automatic cost reports.

‘What if’ scenarios are important to both Designers and Manufacturers because making smart decisions about costs means retaining a robust design while maximizing profits. Changing your SolidWorks models by removing features, changing materials and using different manufacturing processes gives insight into the cost of the design before it is actually built – saving you time and money. For the manufacturer, the Costing tool gives you an accurate, repeatable system that can adapt to changes in material or labor costs.

Set yourself apart from your competition by utilizing Costing to produce the lowest cost design that maintains your design intent for your sheet metal, machined, and multibody parts. See the following link to get more detailed information and get started.

Chris Snider

Application Engineer, CSWE 3DVision Technologies

CSWE Prep: Sheet Metal

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

If you haven’t heard yet, the Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) event has been officially retired this year at SolidWorks World 2012. Over 800 CSWP’s attended this year’s event on the USS Midway in San Diego, CA.  Not sure if there’s an exact limit to the quantity of attendees for an event to still be considered “exclusive”, but I’m guessing 800 would exceed that number.  Starting at SWW 2013, the exclusive celebration of extraordinary SolidWorks certification achievements will now be limited to Certified SolidWorks Experts (CSWE).

So, if you haven’t yet, I would strongly consider acquiring a CSWE certification.  Besides the event at SWW, it’s a great way to demonstrate your personal level of expertise.  According to SolidWorks online certification testing center, there’s only 6 CSWE’s in Ohio and they’re all employed by SolidWorks VARs (Value Added Resellers).  Who will be the first non-VAR CSWE in Ohio??

To be able to participate in the CSWE exam, you must first pass the CSWP exam and 3 of the following 4 examinations:

The CSWE certification might force you to learn portions of SolidWorks that you don’t use on a daily basis.  To help get the North East Ohio region kick started, I’ll be presenting tonight at our NEOSWUG meeting about Sheet Metal.  If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to reference my introduction to sheet metal presentation and study guide below.  The best preparation for any of these tests are the training courses we offer (Sheet Metal & Weldments, Surfacing), but be on the look out for more of these introductory study guides for the other topics soon.


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