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Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a term to describe the technologies used to build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of
material, whether the material is plastic, metal, concrete, etc.Common to AM technologies is the use
of a computer, 3D CAD software, machine equipment and material. Once a CAD model is made, the AM equipment
reads in data from the CAD file and start to build the layers of liquid, powder, sheet material or other,
in a layer-upon-layer fashion to fabricate a 3D object. AM manufacturing includes processes such as
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Why Distributed Data Management is Important


To operate efficiently, manufacturers must not only effectively manage assets (people, IP, technical systems, production equipment, and distribution networks) but also perhaps their most valuable asset: the enormous amount of data housed within their departments, databases and systems. Although most companies recognize the benefits of managing, mining, and using data to improve efficiency and achieve a competitive edge, these efforts have largely focused on managing and leveraging data at the department- and/or application-level, not enterprise-wide.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical to PDM Connector


Different types of engineers typically work differently.  Though electrical engineers work in a totally different way than mechanical engineers, today’s complex design projects require tighter integration between the two disciplines.  As the design is changing at a rapid pace, and products need to be developed quicker, disparate engineering teams MUST work closer together.

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Capture & review problems in SOLIDWORKS using RX Tool

Capturing problems in RX Tool.

Have you experienced a unique problem in SOLIDWORKS that you can reproduce using a specific workflow?

Has your VAR Application Engineer requested an RX recording from you whilst troubleshooting some technical difficulties?

If you answered yes to one of the above questions then SOLIDWORKS RX Tool is the answer that you have been looking for.

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SMAP 3D Plant Design demo

This week Rudolf van den Berg takes us through a demo of Smap3D Plant design software.

Bio: Smap3D Plant Design

Smap3D Plant Design is 3D CAD software for fast, easy design of 3D piping systems for mechanical engineering, equipment production and plant design. It provides an integrated software solution for an optimal process chain in plant design. With one specialized program for each process step (Smap3D P&ID, Smap3D Piping and Smap3D Isometric), the required solution can be tailored to individual requirements. The P&ID To-Do-List is a function integrated in Smap3D Plant Design which creates an intelligent connection between S3D P&ID Schematic and 3D piping.

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5th Annual Furniture Design Competition Awards – The DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) gave recognition to local design excellence at the 5th annual Furniture Design Competition that was held at the Johannesburg Homemakers Expo, which took place at the Ticketpro Dome from 22-25 February 2018.

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Feedscrew add-in versions

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For easy reference, here is a list of all the previous versions of the add-in (latest version on top): – Added ability to register using online activation (SolidWorks 2017/18) – Fixed Issue with the installer not registering the add-in (SolidWorks 2016/17*) – Contains automated installer (SolidWorks 2016/17*)

* Requires license file for usage

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Adding Material and Weight to Toolbox Items


In general, most SOLIDWORKS users designing large assemblies are not that interested in the weight of Toolbox items. Some designers may estimate an approximate value, while some do not even bother to use Toolbox items at all. Yet, several users – such as designers of smaller assemblies – may have the need to calculate the weight of Toolbox items. More importantly: they also want to communicate this information through a bill of materials (BOM). However, showing material and weight properties of Toolbox items is not possible in SOLIDWORKS by default. By following just a few steps you can have this functionality within minutes.

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