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Blog Posts: January 2014

PhotoView 360 2014 added many new enhancements, one that wasn’t mentioned in the What’s New guide was Ambient Occlusion output. Ambient occlusion allows you to visualise areas of a design where light struggles to reach and can be use....
After reviewing the 2014 Training manual content and getting hands on with the new enhancements I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite features.Toggling Between Flexible and Rigid StatesConfigurations While in 2013 and previous releases....
A simple yet powerful feature introduced on the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Course is the shell feature. This allows you to remove faces of a part and apply a uniform wall thickness within it, particularly useful for injection moulded product. By....
We’re well into January now and if you haven’t decided on a new year’s resolution why not get SOLIDWORKS certified. Certifications are a great way to show off your skills whilst also helping you explore parts of the software you don....
Even after the hype of launch events has died down, we’re still spotting little nuggets of improvement that SOLIDWORKS have put into their latest release. When using simulation to create a 2D shell mesh, it is now possible to “previe....
How to Cycle at 112 mpg on a Push Bike
Guy Martin and the 112 mph Push BikeSince I am fascinated by this type of crazy stunt and was involved a few years ago in a similarly crazy project to propel a lawnmower at 100 mph (watch this space!), I couldn't resist checking out the fluid flows f....
There has been an issue with the SOLIDWORKS database which may have affected your personal student copies of SOLIDWORKS.Attempting to run the software after 1st January 2014 may have given you the following error:   The solution to thi....
If you are using SOLIDWORKS EnterprisePDM to manage your SOLIDWORKS Data it is likely you have implemented the 'Convert' Task to automate the generation of PDF, IGES, DXF etc. as part of your Workflow. I was reviewing a post on the SOLIDWORKS....
Can you ride a motorbike on water? You can with So
Hydroplaning, the act of riding a non-buoyant craft across water, requires complex physics, thrust and lift in order to keep the bike skimming the water’s surface; thanks to their amphibious vehicle expertise marine engineers, Graham Davis and ....
In this weeks Webcast we went Beyond Training - Essentials and covered various customization methods to help you get the best set up for maximum efficiency from the user interface. One of my favorite shortcuts is through the 'S' Key. Simply pressing ....
One of the tools in the Sheet Metal Command Manager that is unfortunately overlooked in the official Training Manuals is the 'Vent' command. It is relatively straight forward to use and therefore I have decided to write a short post about it.....
Can a Push Bike be ridden at 112mph?
Dynamiq Engineering Ltd, were tasked by the production company to develop a suite of modifications to Dave Jenkin’s racing truck to create the largest possible slipstream, hence eliminating the aerodynamic drag that Guy Martin would have to ove....
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can be used to create transient studies where the fluid boundary conditions vary with time. This means that inlet and outlet parameters such as velocity, pressure or temperature can vary over a defined time period. An ....
Crash helmet makers have stringent safety requirements when designing new helmets.  Often this can take many design cycles to get right; which means a lot of time and money is spent on practical testing! SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium can be....
What may have started off as a small family venture is turning into something quite phenomenal, Elite Balustrade Systems, a balcony and balustrade sales and fabrication company (and Solid Solutions customer), have grown from a local business in the s....
The SOLIDWORKS 2014 discs now have content for multiproducts on them as standard! New additions to the installation manager include SOLIDWORKS Electrical and SOLIDWORKS Composer, so there is no need to download these separately any more! Simply tick ....
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