Friday, 30 December 2016

New Technology from SolidWorks for Quality Inspection

Quality Inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications. Quality inspectors mark tag or note problems. They may reject defective items outright, send them for repair, or fix minor problems themselves. If the product is acceptable, the inspector certifies it. Overall, Quality Inspector plays a key factor in delivering products faster and ensure error free production in an organization.

Quality control inspectors typically do the following:
• Read blueprints and specifications
• Monitor operations to ensure that they meet production standards
• Recommend adjustments to the assembly or production process
• Inspect, test, or measure materials or products being produced
• Measure products with rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers
• Accept or reject finished items
• Remove all products and materials that fail to meet specifications
• Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products
• Report inspection and test data

Quality inspectors ensures quality standards for nearly all manufactured products. Specific job duties vary across the wide range of industries in which quality inspectors work. Quality control Engineers rely on a number of tools to do their jobs. Although some still use hand-held measurement devices, such as calipers and alignment gauges, workers more commonly operate electronic inspection equipment, such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). Quality Inspectors record the results of their inspections through test reports. When they find defects, inspectors notify supervisors and help to analyze and correct production problems.

SolidWorks Introduces a great tool for Quality Inspectors to reduce their workload and create error free reports with ease. SolidWorks Inspection helps in creating First Article Inspection report, PPAP (Dimensional Test Report), Process Performance Report, AS9102, etc. Balloon drawing creation made easy now as SolidWorks Inspection Captures all Characteristics in a drawing. Hence Quality Assurance can easily built their reports faster and error free.

SolidWorks Inspection Capabilities:
  1. Automatic Balloon Creation process using OCR(Optical Character Recognition)
  2. Automatic Report Creation Process with single click
  3. Compare and Replace Ballooned drawing
  4. Easily Find the missed characteristics to balloon
  5. Integrate with QualityXpert & Net-Inspect to track the supply chain in detail
  6. Integrate with Digital Instruments to enter measured value automatically
  7. Import CMM results to auto-assign based on nominal and Tolerance results
  8. Results showcased in Color codes based on results
  9. Results showcased in best worst and average based on the measured inputs.

Quality Inspector spends 90% of their time in inspecting the product quality and their conformation. This tool, SolidWorks Inspection ease their jobs by automating the balloon creation process, Report creation process and Check Conformity of the part. SolidWorks Inspection helps in to ensure all products sold to customers are of the highest possible quality.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Confused With Wire/Cable Harnessing? - Harnessing Technology By SolidWorks Electrical

SolidWorks Electrical is an intuitive and powerful tool which takes care of wire and cable harness design and create the flattened view with automatic updated BOM/Cut.

Engineers need to put more thought into thinks like wire length, bending radius and routing. As wiring harness become increasingly complex and an important part of design we are in need of a powerful tool to ease our design process, this is where SolidWorks Electrical comes into play.

Today in Automotive sector there are many more computers and Electronic Control Units used in vehicles today. These ECU are used to control the transmission, and other major devices of the vehicle and they have to be connected via wire harness in order for the system to work

What is Wire Harness?
The wire harness is compactly bundled wire which plays as the conduit for transmission of control and power signals acting as the “Central Nervous System of a vehicle”.

When designing a new product, engineers focus mainly on functionality, features, styling, and cost. What they don’t always think about is the wiring part.
SolidWorksElectrical provides you the highly simplified auto-routing of wire, cables, and harness and generate their reports automatically and enables last minute harness design changes by utilizing advanced harness technology saving your design cycle time.

Benefits Attained:
  • Reduces the Harness Scrap
  • Reduced cost - accurate harness reports
  • With stand last minute Design changes

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Mobile Phone Back Case Structural Simulation

Mobile Phones nowadays have become so handy among people & the Design Innovations undergone by the phone companies are so pretty big. The back mobile case cover is mostly prone to failures as it is the most critical component for the real world applications. During the mid of 2015 year, some non standard tests were undergone on the back case products for failure mode analysis. Let's have a quick look on how SolidWorks Simulation offers the design principles in solving the real time problems.

A general Static analysis is performed to verify the failure zone on the case covers. Since these tests require some physical bending & hardened strength of material, the linearization of the problem is the upmost priority for verification.

To validate this product, firstly we need make some assumptions & simplification of the problem. The initial assumption made here is a person sitting on the back of the mobile phone weighing 70kgs. The model thickness (Shell thickness) was considered to be 1.5mm, which purely stiffens the geometry towards bending.

ANALYSIS Conditions:
  • Material : Aluminium - 6061 Alloy (From Material database). The material assigned to the product is manufactured of Aluminium material as in actual cases. The material database present in SolidWorks Simulation gives users with multiple options in material selection with customized library.
  • Boundary condition : Side faces of the model are restrained with all the degrees of freedom (Selection on faces/ edges).
  • Loads : Force = 70kgf (Normal to the back face reference). Depending on the complexity of the problem, we can apply loads as Force or Pressure as indicated.
  • Mesh Parameters : Solid Mesh with curvature based mesh type was used. The element size of 1.2mm was used globally throughout the geometry.
SolidWorks Simulation gives beautiful color plots for the user for easy review of the results. For validating this mobile case product, we need to review the results like Stress, Displacement, F.O.S. & Fatigue Life cycle.

To be more precise on the results, SolidWorks Simulation offers to perform Non-Linear Static studies for time based loading conditions. The loads assigned for reference can be indicated with respect to Time curve, or if we use Rubber / Plastic materials in analysis, we can use the Stress-Strain curves for various models for validation.

  • Shortest learning curve
  • Ease of use in conducting virtual based simulations
  • What-if scenarios on models, loads & material conditions
  • Integrated platform where designers become analysts

Monday, 28 November 2016

Blocking License Borrowing from the SolidNetWork License (SNL) Manager

There is no direct way to disable this feature through the SNL Manager; however it can be controlled by use of an Options file.

The option BORROW_LOWWATER can be used to prevent all users from being able to borrowing a license of a specified product from the SolidWorks network license. Example: If the SNL is having 4 Professional License. Then the option file should consist of the following syntax. (Based upon your requirement enter the number of licenses)
Step 1: Create a Notepad file with the above mentioned Syntax and save it with extension *.opt.
Step 2: Place this file in the same directory as sw_d.lic (the license file) on the server. The license file should be located in C:\Program Files\SolidWorks Corp\SolidNetWork License Manager\licenses.
Step 3: Go to SolidNetWork License Manager Server and Select Server Administration Tab.
Step 4: Click Modify button and Choose Activate/Reactivate a software license, Click Next
Step 5: Check the Option File Check Box and Browse for your “Options file”
Step 6: Click Next Button
Step 7: Perform normal License Activation Procedure.

1. Solidworks software should be closed in all machines.
2. Licenses should not be borrowed by any user.
3. All Licenses should be surrendered.

List of Product Feature Names used in Options File

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Ramping up productivity and avoiding waste with SolidWorks

Reman Engineering began operations in 1989 in Namakkal, India, the “Poultry City” of Tamilnadu, India’s second-largest egg-producing region. The company makes mash plants, pellet plants, batching machines, batching scales, feed silos, and transport silos for the poultry industry. They also manufacture sheet metal and structural works to customer specifications.

Reman Engineering manufactures and markets poultry feed mills and raw material batch machines according to rigorous quality control guidelines and in compliance with globally recognized quality standards for the industry. Their practices have made a strong impact on India’s pet food industry.

  • Standardize the design of feed mills of various
  • sizes and reduce raw material waste and rework
  • Adopt SolidWorks software for fully associated
  • parts, assemblies, and drawings to incorporate
  • new ideas into configurations and avoid rework and waste
  • Produced clear cut-list properties
  • Created clear, detailed manufacturing drawings
  • Reduced rework for more effective use of manufacturing time
  • Eliminated raw material waste

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Inserting Custom Parts into Toolbox

SolidWorks toolbox consist of numerous standard part models which helps us to reduce the most valuable design time in only creating custom the competitive world its necessary for us to shorten the process time between the drawing board room to the tool room.
Even though having handful of standard parts.there is a need to add custom components to the toolbox.
SolidWorks provides us a opportunity to add custom made components to the toolbox.
1. Create the part models along with its required configurations and save the models in the desired location.
2. Go to Start > All programs > Toolbox Settings 20nn and click customize your hardware.
3. Right click on the standard folder and select ”New folder”.Sub folders can also be created.Add a name to the folder.
4. Select the newly created folder and select “Add File”.
5. Custom Properties and standard colour can be defined.
6.As the Standard parts are created,This can be drag and dropped from the Design Library.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


The efficiency and accuracy gains that Domotech Appliances has realized since standardizing on SOLIDWORKS Professional software have enabled the company to increase innovation while compressing design cycles during the development of kitchen appliance designs for leading brands.

Accelerate and increase the accuracy of unique kitchen appliance designs to improve competitive position as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) serving the needs of popular, well-known brands.


• Cut development cycles by 90 percent
• Increased design accuracy dramatically
• Eliminated need for prototype molds
• Saved client $40,000 in prototyping cost

Domotech Appliances (P) Ltd. designs and manufactures innovative kitchen appliances for leading international brands. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has designed and supplied kitchen gadgets to its clients for over 15 years. The company’s products range from electric-powered appliances to hand-operated tools, and from multipurpose food processors to coffee- and chutney-grinding devices. One of Domotech Appliances’ breakthrough products is the first tabletop tilting wet grinder for idli/dosa dough making, chappathi kneading, and coconut scraping.

By moving to the SOLIDWORKS design platform, Domotech Appliances is saving money—both in its own processes and for its customers. Shorter design cycles result in reduced development costs, fewer design errors lower product manufacturing costs, and the elimination of prototypes saves the client money. For example, the greater confidence that Domotech Appliances has in the accuracy of its designs prompted the company to go straight to production on its most recent project for Panasonic, saving $40,000 in prototyping costs.

“Because SOLIDWORKS provides tools for fully interrogating a design—such as checking for interferences and confirming clearances in an assembly, or using draft analysis to avoid the need for a prototype mold—we no longer make prototypes,” Chandramouli stresses. “We have such great confidence in the accuracy of our designs created in SOLIDWORKS that we recommend that our clients entirely forego prototyping, saving additional time and money.”

“The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool gives us a competitive advantage in terms of turning around accurate proposals. The information provided by the Costing application is very accurate, so we use it as the basis of all of our manufacturing proposals.”
— P. Chandramouli, Managing Director

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Applying Knurling Operation for Cylindrical Components

SolidWorks gives the user with good functionality on knurling operation for their specific applications. When applying these kind of features, we need not specify it really on the model but apply it for virtual purposes. For the CAD representation, this appearance can be applied on a part & assembly.
Applying Knurling to the model:
1. Download High Quality Images Like .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .tiff
2. Adding file location to the design library appearances tabs
3. Drag & Drop in the virtual graphics area by selecting the reference face
4. By pressing the Alt key, auto enabling of scale ratio is done

1. Decreasing the no. of features involved in doing the knurling
2. Better visualization with 3D graphics area on the components
3. Cutting down the rebuild time for realistic views

Thursday, 17 November 2016


Paranthaman Exporters relies on SOLIDWORKS design and analysis solutions to accelerate the development and validation of custom-designed drilling rigs for oil and gas exploration, and other applications.

Challenge Faced:
Accelerate the development and validation of custom-designed drilling rigs for oil and gas exploration, and other applications.

Solution from SOLIDWORKS:
Implement SOLIDWORKS Standard design, SOLIDWORKS Professional design, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional analysis software solutions.

Benefits Earned from SOLIDWORKS:
• Cut development time by 50 percent
• Doubled custom rig development throughput
• Reduced rig weight by 10 percent
• Resolved fabrication and assembly issues

Paranthaman Exporters is the export division of PRD Rigs, a leading Indian manufacturer of drilling rigs for oil and gas exploration, and other applications. Founded in 1972, Paranthaman Exporters has designed, manufactured, and exported more than 350 rigs to various countries around the world. The recipient of consecutive Indian Regional Export Awards for outstanding export performance from 2005 to 2014, Paranthaman Exporters has continued to grow, due to increasing demand for the company’s drilling rigs, particularly in Africa. PRD rigs are now used in 30 different countries.

“With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional software, we run linear static stress analyses not only on critical components but also on each subassembly of the rig. This capability has allowed us to reduce the weight of our rigs by 10 percent while maintaining strength and performance.”
— Ramesh Rajamani, Design Head
Since implementing SOLIDWORKS design and analysis solutions, Paranthaman Exports has cut its development cycles in half—doubling its custom rig development throughput - while simultaneously resolving a range of fabrication and assembly issues, which occurred frequently when working in 2D.

“Our customers demand that we complete all manufacturing drawings for a custom rig within 15 days,” Ramesh notes. “Working in 2D, it was impossible to finish the drawings for a rig in less than 30 days. By implementing SOLIDWORKS, we have been able to consistently meet our customers’ requirements, reducing our design cycles by 50 percent, which has substantially improved our competitiveness.

“We’ve also been able to eliminate the fabrication and assembly issues and associated rework that were common with 2D because we can use tools like interference/collision detection to resolve  learance and alignment problems in 3D,” Ramesh adds. To Know More

Saturday, 5 November 2016


The methods of joining components together is becoming quite simple among the designers during the design process. The component joining methods can either be a welding, bolting or adhesives etc. This job becomes more easy on the assembled components prioritizing the material specifications with its respective thickness & sizes.

In a cost effective way SolidWorks offers the designers to understand all these problems relating to weld sizing or the right choice of Bolts. The Users can make use of the default options for Pins, Bolts, Springs, Welds & other connectors for assemblies. In Simulation, working with connectors is much easy to understand its behavior in our designs.

The SolidWorks users can directly convert the smart components like Bolts & Nuts to Bolt connectors for analysis on assemblies. During the conversion process, the Head diameter, shank diameter & the pre-load conditions will automatically be taken into consideration. For the manual selection process in assigning the bolts, we can select the predefined edges or faces with the Bolt material to analyse for failures.

The Connector forces can be calculated for:
  • Shear Force (N or Kgs)
  • Axial Force (N or kgs)
  • Bending moment (N.m or Kgf.m)
  • Torque

  • Calculating Bolt Failures
  • Right sizing of Bolts & Welds
  • Drastic time reduction for large assembly analysis
  • Predicting the desired location for Bolts
  • Cost & Time reduction by optimizing the connectors for product designs

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Automate Your Design Using SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software gives designers and engineers powerful tools to speed up design variants and automate repetitive design tasks. The Design process can save time and development costs by accelerating the productivity. SOLIDWORKS automation and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs. Designers and engineers can configure design data and document quickly by creating new designs. By this way, the product development time is reduced to focus on innovating new products.

 SOLIDWORKS design reuse and automation tools include:
  • Design automation - Streamline the creation of similar parts
  • Parts and Assembly Configuration - Generate simple, complex, or similar versions of your design

Design Automation SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD tools automate repetitive design tasks, benefiting companies making custom products for bid/RFP, as well as high volume manufacturers.
SOLIDWORKS design automation tools include:
  • DriveWorksXpress - Automate and generate infinite variations of a model using rules-based project that runs again and again
  • Design Table - Simple automation using Excel inputs
  • SolidWorks Macros - Automate many tasks with only a few mouse clicks
  • Equations - Users build simple relations and capture design intents
  • Task Scheduler - Schedule and automatically drive off-peak batch processing
  • Microsoft VBA - Generate custom automation using standard industry tools
  • API - Automate Designs using Built In Application Programming Interface

Benefits of Design Automation
  • Elimination of Laborious manual method of calculation and drawing generation
  • Higher Customer Satisfaction
  • Error-free design and Drawing Development Processes
  • Re-use of knowledge
  • Increased Productivity
  • Elimination of bottlenecks in processes for higher efficiency
  • Lease Cost of Ownership
  • Proposal Generation for Least Cost and Time
  • Efficient Man Power Utilization
  • Increased availability of time for more productive development of designs and technologies

Monday, 26 September 2016

SolidWorks 2017 - Bewitching Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS is one of the emerging tool which always gives the Users with updated technology year by year. This year's updates are :
  1. Magnetic Mates: Let your product assemble with the power of Magnetism
  2. Wrap Feature: Wrap your sketches over any surface.
  3. Sheet Metal delighters: Create corner relief where three bends meet at one common point. Normal cut is much more extended to deliver better results, and Punch Table support for Mirrored & Derived parts.
  4. Advanced Holes: With better and advanced definition of Holes the updated version can group favorites for Hole features & add appearances.
  5. Drawing: Emphasizing Outlines for Drawing section views & Jagged outlines to differentiate among edges.
  6. eDrawings: The best communication tool will now support STEP, IGES, CATIA, Inventor & 3D XML files.
  7. SolidWorks Simulation: Stress Hot Spot detection & Diagnostics tool will now give a better experience in visualizing the analysis results for the users. More in detail, the enhancements focus on Offloading Simulation results, & Conversion of Study types.
  8. SolidWorks Plastics: The industry oriented Injection molding product will have automatic valve gates & better post processing result plots with high accuracy cooling.
  9. SolidWorks PDM: Over-writing the latest version to reduce the archives significantly.
  10. MBD & Visualize: MBD has good & accurate improvements in 3D PDF & Display orientations. We can render output using Visualize Boost & create section views & cutting planes.
SOLIDWORKS mostly focus on the Design Mantra & this 2017 version brings a new product SOLIDWORKS PCB & more of SOLIDWORKS Electrical enhancements. The 2017 motto is on "The Power You need to Drive Innovation" with delighted features on Innovate, Design, Validate, Collaborate, Manage & Build.

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Friday, 9 September 2016


In a Design and manufacturing industry, it’s important to be committed to Cost, Time and Quality; these three play a vital role towards organization growth and winning market. Compromising in any one will lead to adverse effect in organizational growth, hence these becomes the key dimensions that measure the competence and effectiveness in impact that an organization can create on customer, product and service. Further companies today are always seeking ways to increase efficiency by lowering time and costs without compensating quality.

Factors that affect Cost, Time and Quality
  • Effectiveness of the right tool to convert concept to design
  • Complexity in design process
  • Skill level of the employee
  • Prototype testing in real time to validate product reliability
  • Time consuming quality checks and documentation
  • Uncontrolled process
  • Rework and repair at later stage

Solution for effective Management of Cost, Time and Quality
  • 3D solid modeling is a critical aspect for modern product development, SolidWorks 3D CAD accelerate your design and development by reducing cycle time and costs enabling high productivity. It empowers you to transform your concept to product.
  • SolidWorks allow real-time collaboration that ensures the design, supply chain, and manufacturing requirements are synchronized, and costly errors are eliminated early in the design process. SolidWorks Electrical enables easy bi-directional collaboration between electrical and mechanical design.
  • SolidWorks user friendly interface shortens the learning curve. Regardless of user's level of experience SWIFT technology in SolidWorks enables easy communication of design intent.

  • SolidWorks Simulation enables virtual testing of product to validate reliability inside 3D CAD environment. It helps designers and engineers to simulate and analyze product performance which reduces cost and time involved in real time testing process.
  • SolidWorks Inspection streamlines your inspection processes by automating the creation of balloons on engineering drawings, and the creation of inspection data sheets and reports, thereby eliminating the time consumed and manual errors.
  • SolidWorks PDM controls and secures all product-related data, accelerates searching and data reuse, and eases sharing with other departments, it helps in creating workflow to formalize, manage, and optimize development, document approval, and engineering change processes. SolidWorks PDM enables connectivity between MRP/ERP systems.
  • Productivity tools in SolidWorks such as eDrawings, DimXpert, DFMxpress, Driveworksxpress, Costing etc… enables easy design and identification of errors at the early stage of design and eliminate the time consuming costly reworks.
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Friday, 19 August 2016

SolidWorks Electrical Solutions for Control Panel Design

Control panel

Control Panel is a cabinet made up of sheet metal form, which enhouses lot of electrical and electronic components. Ultimately, designed and built to meet the customer Automation needs.

Challenges Faced in Control Panel Design:

  • Optimizing the Routing of Wires to save Cost
  • Need for Intelligence in Sheetmetal handling to make immediate changes
  • Respond to Customer Requirements or Design Change and update the Project
  • Interference and Clearance Check between Wiring and Electrical Components 
  • Accurate generation of BOM/BOQ (Bill of Materials/Quantity) 
  • Control Diagram & Power Diagram creation
  • Reducing Manual errors and Mismatch of Electrical Components.

Solidworks Workflow for Control Panel Design:

Control Panel Design starts with the creation of SLD (Single Line Diagram), followed by the detailed Schematic diagram.

  • Schematic Diagram for the control Panel is completely based on the SLD and the Wire numbering is done at this stage.
  • Designer then creates, the panel design using 2D cabinet layout. This cabinet layout is viewed better when scaled, for 2D users.
  • An advanced 3D view of the Cabinet Layout can also be used to create the control panel design, from which they can generate the 2D layout.
  • Installation of Ducts inside the panel are crucial, since it eradicates the clumsy wire routing between the components and makes the wire routing tidy and easy to access.
  • Terminal Block in Control Panel Design simplifies the routing and it can be sized, Coloured depending on the Standards and needs.
  • Routing of wires and Cables are done with reference to Schematic diagram.
  • BOM/BOQ (Bill of Materials/Quantity) reports will be generated.      

Solidworks Electrical Solutions:

“SolidWorks Electrical” is powerful new generation Collaborative Electro- Mechanical software, which enables electrical designers and automation experts to create automation and electrical installation projects for Control panel.

SolidWorks Electrical takes advantage in helping the user to create the all the above said SLD, Schematic, Terminal block diagram, BOM/BOQ , 3D Routing & Reports with complete and intuitive automatic capabilities listed below.

Solutions to Control Panel Design:

  • Intelligent Design rule checking Tool 
  • 2D Panel Layout and Enclosure Design in 3D
  • Comprehensive library with more than 5 lakhs manufacturer parts
  • Powerful  symbol insertion with automatic breaks in circuits
  • Management of I/O and PLCs management
  • Auto Routing of Wire/cable and Harness in both 3D & 2D. 
  • Auto Sequencing of Wire numbers
  • Automatic generation of terminal strips and their management
  • Consolidated BOM/BOQ 


  • Integrated 2D & 3D with real time bi-directional Associativity
  • Built In Intelligence makes error free design
  • Better 3D visualization before completion of project
  • Automatic & Optimized Routing saves time and Cost
  • Automatic Report generation saves time and eradicates manual errors
  • Reduce manufacturing cost 
  • Overall productivity increases 
To know more about SolidWorks Electrical click here 
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Adaptive Methods of Meshing

SolidWorks Simulation offers the user for error estimation with the adaptive methods. These methods are mainly focussed on the approach of improving the accuracy of results for the simulation studies. In the domain of approach towards the accuracy of results, FEA provides major development in estimating errors. Thus, mesh refinement has major role towards this development process.

The adaptive meshing is a tool which iteratively varies the mesh settings for the model without the manual interference. SolidWorks Simulation has two adaptive methods i.e. p-adaptive & h-adaptive.

The h-adaptive meshing physically adjusts the size of the cell in areas of the model where smaller mesh is required.

The p-adaptive meshing normally adjusts the polynomial order of the mesh to improve the accuracy of the results. The user can directly select any of the option inside the software.

h-adaptive meshing technique:

  • Varies the refinement level
  • Varies the density of the mesh
  •  Automatically done without any manual interference
p-adaptive meshing technique:
  • Controls the starting order of elements
  • More efficient in regions with high errors
  • Automatic global convergence criteria

Saturday, 30 July 2016


SolidWorks has fulfilled their customer’s need of getting back the Classic color and Sketch Tool Pointer back to its classic Style. Check out, the all new SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4.0 Highlights.

Sketch Tools Pointers
The sketch tools pointers have changed to use a pencil-themed icon, similar to the icons used in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and earlier. The crosshair-themed sketch tools pointers are no longer used.

More Color in Icons
More color is used in icons for the default and classic icon sets.

Clarity of icons has improved by introducing highlight colors, such as
  • Yellow for lightning bolts and pencils,
  • Green for open and import arrows
  • Magenta for selection filters.
Contact us for more info on what’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016:

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Modern day manufacturers are extensively focussing on producing light weight components using good testing methods. Heat and Mass transfer is a key area for any product development and material selection next to structural simulation.

The Coffee Mug is a typical example to study the Temperature & Modes of Heat Transfer. The mug is formed to hold liquids within the walls resulting in gain or loss of thermal energy for the heat conduction. Temperature is a scalar quantity, where only one degree of freedom is required to study on the models. The resulting temperature are differentiated for temperature gradients & calculates the heat flux based on the thermal conductivity of the material.

The Thermal analysis present in SolidWorks Simulation deals with the Heat Flow in a Solid body governing the enter and exit of temperature on that body. The entering & Exit of temperature is studied by the conduction, convection & radiation modes. For this simple example, liquid heat flows through the wall with the surrounding ambient air. The Natural convection is considered for the fluid movement from becoming Hot to Cold. The heat transfer is studied with the help of Thermal transient analysis to stabilize the temperature on the cup with the fluid for time period.

The cup is made up of ceramic porcelain material with thermal conductivity value of 1.5W/m.K. The inside fluid temperature is considered to be 70°C with the ambient temperature of 30°C for 2 minutes of time.

Thermal analysis in SolidWorks Simulation calculates the temperature and heat transfer within and between components in your design and its environment. This is an important consideration of design, as many products and material have temperature dependent properties. Product safety is also a consideration-if a product or component gets too hot, you may have to design a guard over it. Thus, to overcome all the temperature effects for product design, SolidWorks Simulation is useful in solving problems.

Monday, 30 May 2016

How to link SolidWorks EPDM Data Card Values with Excel


SolidWorks EPDM performs Various task, in which Linking Data Card Values with an Excel document creates a basic understanding on how EPDM easily integrated with various tool. This is most needed yet most organization find it quite difficult to link various documents with the company's customized data card. This article provides information on how to perform this above task.


Inside Admin Tool

Create a new variable inside the administration tool on the appropriate vault that will be used in the card, give a variable name, variable type. Create New Attribute with Block Name and Attribute Name which need to be connected with the Excel. Provide the extension to make the work simple as possible.

After assigning a New Variable, make sure that the variable get positioned inside the data card. Hence create a field for that variable and map it to the variable name. Office card(Word, Excel) will be used to extract various information about the vendors, suppliers etc, make sure that variable get connected to the exact data card.

Inside Excel

Create a Excel file from the EPDM Vault, Click on the cell, which the property needs to be renamed. The Cell name is entered. The Cell name must be unique to the current sheet and do not contain any spaces in between them.

Inside the Custom Properties type the 'Name', same as that used in the new variable 'Attribute Name'. This Cell name is entered 'Source' Tab, mark 'Link to Content' . Save and close the Excel sheet.


This is two way method. Either you can enter the comment in the 'Note' tab inside the data card and save it. This will appear inside the Excel sheet.
Enter the text in the appropriate cell, save and close the excel, automatically Data Card with that note will appear.
Hence you can link your EPDM Data Card with Excel Document.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

CFD Approach Towards the Trend Changes in Valve Industries

Valves are the traditional devices for regulating the flow of liquids, gases or any fluidized solids. They are the major backbone for pipeline & multi process oriented industries. Over the past, there is an increased demand for innovative technologies to meet the industrial requirements. With the demand, the valve sectors should also maintain lower fabrication costs & development time and come up with new designs to grow substantially in the market. Thus, for the market growth, the industry has to rely on their design & development team to produce valves with respect to the customer needs.

SOLIDWORKS offers the industry to have a technology to design & validate simultaneously for their real time flow problems. The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is used to simulate the fluid flows along your valve designs. As a designer, you can decide to make changes with great visualization of the fluid flows.

The following important challenges addressed are like:
  • Back Pressure
  • Pressure Drop
  • Cv Calculation
  • Cavitation Effect
  • Valve Efficiency Calculation
This technology enables the valve testing for different scenarios in a virtual environment, to build and analyze solutions for the occurring problems to have a safer service and quality at your side. The flow simulation offers the user to apply different sets of boundary conditions for pressure, volume, temperature, mass & velocities at the Inlets & Outlets.
Once the prediction of the flow impacts are done, the user can view exact flow results with the cut & surface plots on the design setup. By adapting to the technology, the growth of the organization can be seen by reducing the prototype costs & have a development of their own products.

Friday, 29 April 2016

SOLIDWORKS Solutions for Furniture Industries

Consumers are looking for furniture that are multi-purpose and technology-driven products specifically to meet individual requirements quickly at low cost. This has made design an important aspect in furniture industries to provide innovative, quality products and services that represent preferred solutions to customer needs.
Challenges Faced in Furniture Industries
  • Increased design cycle time and time to market
  • Reusable/convertible and modular design
  • Interference detection
  • Product quality and performance
  • Over engineering and scarp reduction
  • Product visualization
How to address these challenges
  • Design cycle time and time to market can be reduced by design automation
  • Ergonomic design and Design interference check
  • Product quality and performance can be increased by identifying stress concentration zone.
  • Weight reduction and load carrying capacity determination
  • First time right design approach
  • Product visualization through photo-realistic rendered image 

  • SolidWorks Built-in intelligence accelerates your design process thereby reducing the design time and time to market, the intuitive 3D design puts your focus on innovation and to adapt new market trends
  • SolidWorks simplifies advanced surface design to create sophisticated and ergonomic design with complex shapes much easier
  • With SolidWorks Design Automation tools like Driveworksxpress and SolidWorks API, designers can improve performance and generate infinite variations of a model.
  • SolidWorks interference tools help you verify whether your designs will fit and assemble, further interference checking finds issues early in design, giving you more time to make cost efficient models.
  • Design optimization Tool suggests alternatives to offset the material cost and Optimizes design for size, weight and efficiency
  • SolidWorks Visualize enable you to create photo realistic renderings and animations right from the 3D CAD model that can be used to enhance proposals, presentations, and submissions