Saturday, 16 May 2020


What’s the picture tells about? Any guess? Is that Magic Show? Dancing Program? Of course, yes. It is a singing performance.

What’s the thing we shall focus here is “The Lightings”. In discipline, there are several different stage lightings are used. They have experienced light technicians as well as the designers to pull over the audience attention.

Interesting chapter. Isn’t? We are in the connected part with this one to the SolidWorks Visualize. Yes. The Lightings. As we all know SolidWorks Visualize Professional has the core capability of Lighting Tools.

The users now are more enjoyable to have a great tool which is introduced in 2020, “IMPORTING IES LIGHT PROFILES” into SolidWorks Visualize Professional. Keep improving one step ahead. Let see how the workflow is.

Go to Windows-> SolidWorks Visualize-> Model-> Open.
Go to Scenes-> Click + icon to add new Light or simply right click Scenes view port-> add new Light. Then Pick Target/ Pick Position to place where you require.

Then, General Tab-> Click the drop down in Type-> Choose IES Profiles.
It asks for browse location. Click and choose the profiles.

Note: If, in default there is no IES Light Profiles. Please click the following link and free download it. Link:

Once the Profile is browsed, simply choose the Transformation tools and adjust the Light to the position suits to your creativity.
Here are the few samples that IES Profiles achieve in SolidWorks Visualize.
Hope everyone enjoyed. Thank you for your valuable time. Have a try on the tool and get a great exposure and become a light technician/ designer with the help of SolidWorks Visualize. Thank you.


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Enhance Your 2D Drafting Experience to Achieve Best in Class Results Using Draftsight

Latest DraftSight Offerings

DraftSight helps users to create new drawings and access or edit existing DWG files with a strong CAD solution that meets their 2D and 3D DWG file needs. DraftSight provides a far better 2D drafting and 3D design experience for engineers, architects, and construction service providers (AEC), also as professional designers, CAD users, makers and manufacturers. This product is brought to you by Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, and provides flexible offerings for users to choose from:

  •      DraftSight Standard
  •      DraftSight Professional
  •      DraftSight Premium
  •      DraftSight Enterprise
  •      DraftSight Enterprise Plus

DraftSight Standard Capabilities

For individuals who required a straightforward 2D CAD drafting solution with a well- known interface.

  •  Draw tools to make basic elements like lines, polylines, arcs, circles, ellipses, tables, hatches, clouds
  • Modify tools to perform the move, copy, rotate, mirror, pattern, scale, trim, chamfer, split
  • Dimensioning tools to measure distances between objects
  • Layer tools to organize a drawing
  • Blocks to mix a set of entities together into one named object
  • Attach Drawing to feature external regard to the present drawing
  • Print to output a drawing to a plotter, printer or shareable file
  • SVG scalable icons to support high-resolution (4K) clarity displays

DraftSight Professional Capabilities

For professionals and corporations that need a sophisticated 2D CAD drafting solution with powerful, time-saving productivity functionalities and APIs to help bring their designs to life quickly and easily.
  • Toolbox library allows to quickly access generate hardware, holes, balloons, bills of materials, welding and surface finish symbols
  • Batch Printing helps to send a gaggle of drawings and sheets to printers during bulk printing of drawings
  • Drawing Compare tool graphically compare entities between two different drawing documents
  • Power Trim to trim multiple entities, adjacent entities by dragging the pointer across each entity in the viewport
  • G-Code Generator generate codes to talk with a CNC machine for fabrication
  • PDF Underlay to attach pages of a PDF document to a drawing document
  • Macro Recording helps to start out programming and record actions performed interactively within DraftSight interface
  • DraftSight APIs to allows end users to customize and automate the DraftSight functionalities
  • DGN Import allows to import and convert the DGN drawing directly into a DraftSight for direct editing
  • Insert Centerlines to allow selecting two segments and generate a centerline equally in-between
  • Pattern Along a Path to make pattern along with a predefined path entity
  • Split Dimension to create a gap in between dimension lines because when dimensions are intersecting with other drawing entities, it will give even more clarity to the drawing
  • Curved Text to place text along an arc to control the text direction and location even better
  • Hairline to help machines to consume directly .dwg or .dxf file output for laser cutting
  • Image Tracer to convert an imported raster image type file (ex. floor plan, logo) into vectorized line entities to make layout designs
  • Formulas in Tables to support basic formulas in table cell such as sum, count, average, equations
  • Trim Hatch to trim and modify the existing hatch patterns

DraftSight Premium Capabilities

For individuals, designers, makers, manufacturers, professionals, and corporations that require a strong 2D drafting and 3D design experience to assist meet their needs on drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting and 3D printing. It includes all the time-saving productivity functionalities and APIs additionally to the complete 3D tools and constraints capabilities that are exclusive to the Premium version.

  • 3D Modeling tools to make geometrical shapes (ex. Pyramid, Cylinder, Box), more complex 3D objects using Extrude, Loft, Revolve, etc. and to get 3D surfaces with the help of sort of mesh tools
  • Constraints to regulate drawing entities parametrically by specifying geometric and dimensional properties of entities
  • All Professional features that are listed within the DraftSight Professional section

DraftSight Enterprise Capabilities

For large organizations with many users or multiple sites that require a complicated 2D CAD drafting solution with time-saving productivity functionalities and APIs to assist bring their designs to life quickly and easily. It includes complete technical support, deployment and a network license to enable concurrent usage across the organization.

  • All Professional features that are listed within the DraftSight Professional section
  • A network license to enable simultaneous usage and compliance across the organization
  • The Deployment Wizard to enable large groups of users to put in or upgrade DraftSight
  • Full technical support to answer questions or troubleshoot issues associated with DraftSight
This offering can be purchased through a reseller and is out there as Subscription or Non-Subscription (one-time purchase). It runs on Windows with a minimum of two licenses SolidNetWork License (SNL) is required. Should a customer prefer Dassault Systèmes License Server (DSLS) the minimum order is 5 licenses. Email and telephone full technical support are included.

DraftSight Enterprise Plus Capabilities

For large organizations with many users or multiple sites that require a strong 2D drafting and 3D design experience to assist meet their needs on drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting and 3D printing. It includes all the time- saving productivity functionalities, APIs, full technical support, deployment, a network license additionally to the complete 3D and constraints capabilities that are exclusive to Enterprise Plus version.

  • All Premium features that are listed within the DraftSight Premium section
  • A network license to enable simultaneous usage and compliance across the organization
  • The Deployment Wizard to enable large groups of users to put in or upgrade DraftSight
  • Full technical support to answer questions or troubleshoot issues associated with DraftSight
This offering can be purchased through a reseller and is out there as Subscription or Non-Subscription (one-time purchase). It runs on Windows with a minimum of two licenses SolidNetWork License (SNL) is required. Should a customer prefer Dassault Systèmes License Server (DSLS) the minimum order is 5 licenses. Email and telephone full technical support are included.

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  • In today’s competitive market with the need to produce products faster,with higher, more predictable quality and at lower costs, companies are looking to streamline their workflows.
  • SOLIDWORKS provides the breadth of tools to tackle the most complex problems, and the depth to finish critical detail work. SolidWorks features help you improve your product development process to get your innovative products into production faster.


  • Identify the errors occur in Assembly within a Design Stage itself.
  • This powerful tool will enhance the Machine Manufacturer to reduce Prototype and its cost.
  • Helps to improve Productivity up to 80% and meet project Timeline.


  • With Clearance Verification, you can check the clearance between selected components in assemblies.
  • The software checks the minimum distance between the components and reports clearances that fail to meet the minimum acceptable clearance you specify.


  • Hole Alignment is feature-based. Alignment is checked for Hole Wizard holes, simple holes, and cylindrical cut features.
  • Hole Alignment does not recognize holes in derived or imported bodies, or multi-boundary extrudes.


  • Interference Detection identifies interference between components, and helps you to examine and evaluate those interference.
  • Interference Detection is useful in complex assemblies, where it can be difficult to visually determine whether components interfere with each other.


  • When you make a component smart, you associate the other components and features with the Smart Component.
  • When you insert the Smart Component into an assembly, you can choose whether or not to insert the associated components and features.


  • A design table allows you to build multiple configurations of parts or assemblies by specifying parameters in an embedded Microsoft Excel worksheet.


  • Generate Animations for Machines how it works in real time environment.
  • Share your Machinery animations to your Websites, your Customers and also to Trade Shows etc.

Cost Estimation 

  • The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool helps you calculate how much it costs to manufacture sheet metal, machined, multibody parts, and assemblies as well as plastic molded, cast, 3D printed parts, and multibody weldments by automating the cost estimation and quotation process.

Data Management

  • The SOLIDWORKS PDM® application is project data management software that runs inside the SOLIDWORKS® environment or as a standalone application.
  • Workgroup PDM controls projects with procedures for check out, check in, revision control, and other administration tasks.

Render Images

  • Generating high quality, life-like images and animations is a critical capability that can be used to enhance proposals, presentations, and submissions.
  • People want to see 3D models as they would appear in real life, using specific colors and materials, in a specific environment or setting.
  • They also want to interact, to maneuver around and through the design to gain perspectives impossible in 2D. 

Reverse Engineering Concept

  • Facilitate reverse engineering that can speed up your design process. ScanTo3D reduces the time required to build complex 3D models of real-world items, such as sculpted objects, and anatomical items.
  • 3D data such as point clouds and mesh (which is attained from laser scanners and other devices) can be imported, parsed, manipulated, modified, and ultimately turned into 3D solids and surfaces. 

Schedule a Task- No Manpower is necessary

  • If you need to perform a resource-intensive task such as rebuilding a large assembly, you can use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to perform the job at off-peak hours.
  • You can schedule a task to be performed only once or on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Tolerance Analysis-Assembly Level

  • Tolerance analysis tool used to study the effects tolerances and assembly methods have on dimensional stack-up between two features of an assembly.
  • The result of each study is a minimum and maximum tolerance stack, a minimum and maximum root sum squared (RSS) tolerance stack, and a list of contributing features and tolerances.

Hardware Libraries

  • SOLIDWORKS® Toolbox includes a library of standard parts that is fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS.
  • Select your standard and the type of part you want to insert, then drag the component into your assembly.
  • You can customize the Toolbox library of parts to include your company's standards, or to include those parts that you refer to most frequently.
  • Toolbox supports international standards, including: ANSI, AS, GB, BSI, CISC, DIN, GB, ISO, IS, JIS, and KS.

High and Faster Render Images

  • The fastest and easiest way to photorealistic imagery for anyone that needs to take "photos" of their 3D data. 
  • By utilizing photo-quality content early in the design process, more informed design decisions can be made, as well as receiving useful early feedback from sales teams and potential customers.

Time Based Motion Analysis

  • Easily evaluate how your product will perform and move throughout its operational cycle with motion analysis. Visualize your product moving as it would in the real world and measure the forces and loads on your design.
SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation can calculate the effect of:
  • Forces
  • Springs
  • Dampers
  • Gravity
  • Contact between components
  • Bushings

Piping and Tubing Design

  • Accelerate the development process and save time by designing piping and tubing in 3D during system design with SOLIDWORKS. By integrating piping and tubing during the design process, designers can help ensure efficient assembly, operation, and serviceability, avoiding rework, delays, and extra cost.

Linear Stress Analysis

  • Linear stress analysis enables designers and engineers to quickly and efficiently validate quality, performance, and safety—all while creating their design. Reduce the need for costly prototypes, eliminating rework, and save time and development costs.
Analytical forces can determine such as,
  • Forces
  • Pressures
  • Accelerations
  • Temperatures
  • Contact between components

Electrical Cable Harness and Conduit Design

  • Quickly design and route electrical wiring, harnessing, cabling, and conduit assemblies of products in 3D using the SOLIDWORKS Premium package. Integrating these systems during product design rather than adding them later accelerates your development process, saves time and rework costs, and helps to ensure efficient product assembly and serviceability.

Advanced Surface Flattening

  • Often products like leather goods, sports equipment, footwear, and products made from composite materials, like carbon fiber and fiberglass, have complex shapes, but are manufactured from materials that start out as flat stock, such as cow hides, nylon, cloth, and flat composite sheet.
  • With SOLIDWORKS Premium you can accurately determine or estimate the size and shape of surfaces in their flattened state in order to be able to cut the material from the flat sheet.

Routing of Rectangular and Other Sections

  • SOLIDWORKS Premium users can route rectangular and round sections to meet their design needs. Equipment designers, product designers, machine designers, facility designers and others all need rectangular section routing to complete their designs that include ducting, cable trays, conveyors, material handling chutes, and many other systems.


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Advanced Solution for Industrial Document Automation

Every Industries has so many departments and all the departments have various process from Product Enquiry to Dispatch. All these processes are governed by various documents that requires many levels of approval based on management hierarchy. Creating these many documents manually as hard copies and sending them for approval from one person to another person is time consuming and prone to errors. Also storing the hard copies for future reference or auditing purposes consumes more space with lot of risks over a period of time.
With SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional, these documents can be created as soft copies with single click and stored as digital data in a single secure location that shall be made available to right person at necessary times. The benefits of this one-time PDM implementation are many like High document Security, less process time, more organized data structure, more efficient communication between departments, Complete tracking of all projects, etc. All these can made possible with following procedure using SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Step 1: Creating required Industrial Document/Form

The various Industrial Document/Form like Sales Enquiry Form, Engineering Change Request form, New Product Development Form, etc. should be created individually in any Microsoft Office application like Excel or Word with appropriate Cells/Fields to provide necessary information regarding the process or project. These fields must be given with a field name which is later mapped with Custom Property (File->Info->Properties->Advanced Properties) of the same file. For automatic update of Fields/Cells in files added to PDM vault, the file must be enabled with macro for automatically updating all Fields. This file will be saved in a separate PDM Vault location along with other standard documents.

Step 2: Creating and Mapping the Variables

Variables are labels of data that must be provided in Document/Form through PDM database. Every variable will have different data specific to individual Document/Form added to the Vault. Individual Variables are created in PDM Administration Tool along with necessary attributes for mapping them with Document/Form data fields. Hence the values of the variables can be automatically updated in the Document/Form once the file is added to the vault. For mapping the variables with Microsoft office document Custom Properties, the block name of variables must be Custom Property and attribute name must be same as the Custom Property names of Document/Form. The vales for the variables can be set through,
• Values entered in Data Card of Document/Form
• Set Variable Action of Workflow state changing transitions

Step 3: Creating Data Card for Document/Form

Data card contains metadata (Properties) of files in PDM database. Data Cards are created in PDM Card Editor tool for different files, folders, items and templates with controls like text fields, list boxes, check boxes, tabs, etc. These controls can have special values like logged in user, created date, etc. Each of these controls are mapped with variables as required and their values are defined by the user while/after adding the file to PDM Vault. Data defined in the data card will be directly stored in the database as value of specific variable of that specific file. The same value will be mapped with the Custom property of Document/Form through the attributes created for each variable. The same value in file’s Custom Property will be updated in Fields/Cells mapped with them.

Step 4: Creating Template for Document/Form

Templates are created in New Template wizard with a data card that appears every time we execute a template command in vault. We can specify the Files (Document/Form) and Folder Structure that should be created automatically every time for a new project. The file name and folder name can be mapped with variables like Project No, Document number, etc. Templates also have user permission that lets only the appropriate user to create documents in the vault.

Step 5: Creating Workflow for Documents

Workflows are created in PDM Administration Tool as a replica of Industrial process or path through which the document moves inside an Organization. It has many States that depicts the stage of the project and Transitions that denoted the decisions of Stakeholders. In every State only the appropriate Stakeholder will have the permission to work on the file and when the file moves to another state, respective stakeholder will get notified about the file. In every Transition, actions like Increase revision number, Set Variable, conversion tasks, etc. can also be executed automatically. For example, If the value of variable Approved By is set to have updated to Username making the approval transition then the file will automatically have the signature of user who is approving the file.

The above procedure can be implemented for all process in every departments of an organization.


Monday, 4 May 2020

Breakdown the Challenges in Sheetmetal Products Design Using SolidWorks Solutions

Sheetmetal Product Design

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD allows you to quickly create sheet metal part designs using simple design tools, saving you time and development costs. In this blog, you can learn the various methods and benefits of utilizing Sheetmetal Design Tools.

Three Ways to Start your Sheetmetal Design

•Design Sheetmetal from 2D Drawing
•Design Sheetmetal from Solid
•Design Sheetmetal using Standard Tools

Design Sheetmetal from 2D Drawing

Dwg/DXF Input
3D Model
Blank Development

Design Sheetmetal from Solid


Convert to Sheetmetal

Blank Development

Design Sheetmetal using Standard Tools

Sheetmetal Model

Blank Development

Fabrication Drawing

Design Automation Tools for Repetitive Tasks

Automate repetitive task by simply capturing the driven variables and control it using a simple form like structure. To create new and variants in products you just need to specify the required inputs in the form and it automatically generates design and manufacturing outputs.
  • Capture and re-use your design knowledge
  • Maintain design rules to minimize problems and the cost of manual mistakes
  • Automate the creation of design and drawings whenever needed.

       Manufacturability Analysis Tools

          Design for Manufacture Xpress allows engineers and designers to check the feasibility of       design for manufacturing upfront during the design stage
  •        Sheet metal checks – Hole diameters vs. Available tooling, Hole-to-edge distance,           and Hole spacing bend radii
  •        Standard hole size checks – Checks hole vs. Available tooling


Estimate Material and Manufacturing Cost during the Design Stage

Manufacturers can automate their quoting process with the help of SolidWorks costing. You can also easily track costs during the design stage to ensure your projects stay on target to meet your profit goals. Calculate the cost based on the template inputs like material, labor, machine, operation, and setup costs.

  • Upfront cost estimation tool and eliminate the need to “Redesign for Cost” later.
  • Make design decisions based on material and manufacturing costs.
  • Instant update of costing whenever there is a design change
  • Publish costing reports for instant RFQ response to the supplier.

Benefits of Sheetmetal Product Design using SolidWorks Tool

  • Specific Sheetmetal design tools enable product design faster than ever
  • Design reuse tools that save time by automating model and drawing creation
  • Calculate entire cut list for the different multibody sheet metals for fabrication
  • Directly convert it to DXF/DWG for the Sheetmetal CNC machining operation.
  • Estimate exact blank development for fabrication
  • Built-in cost estimation to help hit manufacturing cost targets and speed quoting

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