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Simple and sophisticated: New 3D mouse from market leader 3Dconnexion

3dconnexion 3D Mouse for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Partner Product Spotlight – 3Dconnexion

3Dconnexion, supplier of high-performance input devices for CAD professionals, is introducing the SpaceMouse Compact. It inspires with its iconic, pure design and supports intuitive, precise and effortless navigation in 3D environments.

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Tamagotchi virtual pets are back! And I turned mine into a watch with SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Enrique Garcia, Application Engineer

I was a kid of the 90s and if I had to say what the equivalent of the fidget spinner was back then, I would say it was owning a Tamagotchi virtual pet. When you needed to fidget with something, or had a minute or two and couldn’t sit still, you could play around with one of these.

The Past

If you are not familiar with these virtual pets, they were small keychain sized devices with an LCD screen that ran on button batteries. If that description didn’t sell you on them, then let me share with you the story and promise we were given as kids for these things:

“Imagine having your very own self-contained life-support pod for a baby alien creature that fits in the palm of your hand. It is your responsibility to take care of it, play games with it, and watch it grow. That LCD screen is the window to your creature’s world.”

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JOB POSTINGS at Royal Engineering International

DASI customer Royal Engineering, located in Fraser, MI, is seeking qualified candidates for multiple engineering job openings.

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Improvements to the Defeature Tool

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Written by: Shaun Johnson, Application Engineer

Defeature Example - Food ProcessorWith the release of SOLIDWORKS 2019, Engineers and Designers have a wide variety of new and improved tools at their disposal. Among the tools that have seen major improvements is the “Defeature” tool. The “Defeature” tool was developed to give SOLIDWORKS users a workflow to remove internal details of their models in order to protect against Intellectual Property concerns as well as to create a version of their model(s) with a reduced resource requirement.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 adds the ability to create simplified versions of parts and sub-assemblies, with varying degrees of accuracy, which are associative to the original model. These tools are accessed by pressing the new “Silhouette” button upon launching the “Defeature” tool.

The Defeature Tool in SOLIDWORKS

Internal FeaturesIn our example, this food processor has internal details – such as the motor, gears, and other components highlighted in blue – which need to be present in the files transferred to downstream users of the dataset, but those components need to be ‘dumbed down’ to protect the design.

The first set of components that we are concerned about – the motor and switch parts – need to retain some of their original shape so we use the “Polygon Outline” option and select the Top plane to determine the normal direction for profile creation. When we click Apply to create the group, a preview of the resulting bodies is shown to the right.

Polygon Outline

After each step, if the option was selected, Processed Bodies are highlighted to make clear what components have already been accounted for. Next, we simplify the gear parts using the ”Cylinder” option due to their round shape.

Cylinder Option

This time, we make use of the “Tight Fit Outline” to capture some of the smaller details such as the cutting blades and the ribs which are present on the outside diameter of the shaft.

Tight Fit Outline

Lastly, there are a few items which need to be passed along with full detail. For these parts – the outer housings, rubber feet, and the food processor bowl – we use the “None (Copy Geometry)” simplification method.

Copy Geometry

Once the last group has been added and all of the components accounted for, clicking on the blue next arrow brings us to the Results dialog. Here, we can save the resulting bodies as a part file and optionally link the geometry back to the original assembly. If we’re not quite ready to save the bodies as a part, we can store the settings for future use. Then, once we’re finished making changes to the design, we can come back and generate the saved part from the latest design. Lastly, we have the option of publishing the design to the CAD sharing service, 3D ContentCentral.


What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Improved Problem Capture in SOLIDWORKS Rx

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Written by: Michael Nolte, Application Engineer

I know the word ‘Crash’ is a bad word when it comes to software, but sometimes things happen, and you must document the issue to get some assistance in resolving it. Whether it’s that SOLIDWORKS Guru at the office or your SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller (VAR) HelpDesk is involved, that would be us here at the DASI Solutions HelpDesk. Items that you may need assistance with could be as simple as making a change to a model that you have never done before; a graphics glitch and your video card driver needs update, or it could be a full-on repeatable SOLIDWORKS closing up shop on you. 

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