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eDrawings (FREE DOWNLOAD)

eDrawings software is a product design communication tool for sharing representations of both 2D drawings and 3D models. The electronic data format of eDrawings files is highly compressed to enable easily transmission via email. When viewed with the eDrawings Viewer, these files provide intelligent interpretation tools (3D Pointer, Virtual Folding, Animated Drawing Views) that help the recipient easily understand and navigate the data they receive. eDrawings files are created through the use of the eDrawings Publisher add-in, which works as a plug-in to many popular CAD products. Once created, an eDrawings file may be sent to anyone via email. To eliminate the frustrations normally associated with 2D and 3D design data, the viewer may be embedded directly in an eDrawings file. These files can immediately be viewed by anyone with a Windows operating system. No additional CAD software or viewers are required.

eDrawings App for iPad, available for free download from the Apple App store.

This is a fantastic tool when working with a business who doesn’t have SOLIDWORKS, they can view your creations quickly and easily. The best thing about eDrawings is that it’s completely free.

To download eDrawings CLICK HERE

Born to Design: MotoCzysz

SOLIDWORKS launched its Born to Design project in 2012, celebrating innovation and companies that have developed amazing products in SOLIDWORKS. It outlines how ideas and 2D sketches can be developed into real life working products.

In this episode of Born to Design, SOLIDWORKS looks at MotoCzysz founder Michael Czysz had a dream: to build the world's fastest electric motorcycle. He used SolidWorks to realize his dream.

  

Launch of Rise and Fall series of accessible kitchen units

Cadtek customer AKW (part of the DLP Limited) has launched it's innovative Rise and Fall Kitchen units. AKW’s range of ActivMotion® Rise & Fall units are operated at the touch of a button. Whether it’s the sink, the hob or even your cupboards our ActivMotion® technology can make any kitchen accessible for everyone.

Leading edge actuation technology makes the up and down movements virtually silent and fast moving. The simple and easy to use push button controls can be mounted anywhere along the front of the unit for ease of use and are clearly marked with tactile up and down symbols.

The project employed SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Composer software from design concepts all the way through to producing the marketing content, including the animations in this video.

"Using SolidWorks Composer to create product animations was an integral part of this project," explained Paul Smith of DLP. "We used the SolidWorks models created during the design process which were called directly into Composer. Then we were able to create the scenes with suitable lighting and materials to render the high quality animations. SolidWorks Composer is also being used to create assembly instruction documents and installation videos. Doing this in-house represents a significant saving over outsourcing to external animation companies."

More information about the ActivMotion® Rise & Fall units can be found here

SolidWorks Composer enables you to easily repurpose existing 3D design data to rapidly create and update high quality graphical assets that are fully associated with your 3D design. Click here for more information about SolidWorks Composer

  

Vintage Car Revived by MJM Design

When an obsolete part of a classic car breaks, many would think it’s the end of the road.

MJM Design and Draughting thought differently. 

When the owner of a 1973 Opel Manta A came to them with a broken accelerator pedal mounting, the team were able to use SolidWorks and the latest 3D scanning technology to simply create their own.

“The accelerator mounting had been broken for over 20 years, and after years of searching for a decent replacement it was obvious that none were available so the search was given up,” explained Mike Mason, Managing Director of MJM.

The original broken pedal mounting

The Cannock-based CAD design company, who have worked with a number of large clients in the motoring industry including Volkswagen / Audi and Ford, used their recently purchased 3D Scanner to scan the broken mounting and transfer it into SolidWorks where it could be digitally repaired.

“The biggest challenge was to ensure the missing data could be replicated accurately," Mike added,

"From a cursory look we assumed the part was symmetrical about the hole point at the top of the part, and that both sides of the structure were identical.

“However, the scan clearly showed there were subtle differences. Using SolidWorks enabled us to measure the differences between both sides and rebuild the part using this data.

“The model was not difficult to create using SolidWorks tools, and PhotoView then enabled us to bring the file to life for the client.”

Rendering of the repaired design

Once complete, the part was exported and 3D printed – putting one happy client back behind the wheel!

To find out more about MJM’s design services, visit www.mjmdesigns.co.uk

  

SOLIDWORKS & SolidCAM (Seamless Integration)

After a busy week of exhibitions last week, we can conclude it finished with a high level of success. Firstly we demonstrated SOLIDWORKS Electrical at the Drivers and Controls exhibition, as well as assisting one of our partner products SolidCam, at the MACH exhibition.  

“People at the MACH show seeing the seemless integration between the two products”.

We worked along side one of SOLIDWORKS certified Gold software partners, SolidCAM. We demonstrated how efficient it is to integrated the two pieces of software; design in SOLIDWORKS and manufacture using SolidCAM. Although it is important to note the two pieces of software seamlessly integrate in a single window making the design-to-manufacturing lifecycle fast and easy. Due to this single window integration, if a change is made in the manufacturing side, it can be captured both in the design side and the manufacturing side due to the fact both pieces of software are fully associated.

Other major benefits of using SolidCAM in SOLIDWORKS:

- SOLIDWORKS Look and Feel - seamless Single Window integration

- Tool paths Update when Part changes - full Associativity

- SolidCAM's 10+ years as SolidWorks Gold partner

- SolidCAM works in the SolidWorks assembly mode to use Fixtures, Tooling and Vices in simulations.

- SolidCAM + SolidWorks is scalable with packages for all CNC machine types and applications.