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SOLIDWORKS World Dallas 2016 Reseller Awards
Thursday March 24, 2016 at 12:00pm

Solid Solutions are consistently recognised at SOLIDWORKS World as the leading provider of SOLIDWORKS Products in the UK.

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Why will SOLIDWORKS not launch after I have applie
Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 9:51am

A problem has been identified with Windows Update KB3097877. After installing this update SOLIDWORKS can fail to launch.

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Creating the very best future engineers
Wednesday November 11, 2015 at 4:23pm

Some of Northern Ireland’s most promising future engineers gathered in Newry this week to take part in a specially-arranged training session to learn about 3D computer-aided design (CAD) using the state-of-the art SOLIDWORKS software package.

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Friday July 24, 2015 at 2:26pm

Important information about a recent Windows Update that causes problems when upgrading or installing SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Develop3D Software Review
Friday October 17, 2014 at 11:40am

Michael Lord works as a design/engineer and has 40 years experience of manufacturing under his belt, 10 years of which he’s been a SOLIDWORKS user. In this article he reviews the SOLIDWORKS 2015 release.

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 - Search Field Enhancme
Thursday October 16, 2014 at 3:38pm

A quick look at the search enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematics 2015

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SOLIDWORKS World 2014 Available to All!
Friday March 14, 2014 at 3:26pm

If you didn't manage to make it to SOLIDWORKS World this year or perhaps you were lucky enough to be there but you just didn't get chance to see everything going on be sure to take a look at the SOLIDWORKS World 2014 Proceedings page.   With so much going on at the whilwind conference it seems inevitable that the odd breakout session may have to be missed or an exhibitor's name not caught but this is no longer the case as SOLIDWORKS have made every single breakout session from the confere....

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Monday February 24, 2014 at 9:56am

Congratulations to the latest members of our team to become Elite Application engineers, reaching the pinnacle of SOLIDWORKS certification success.    Over the last year Steven, Simon, Kevin, Jon and Alan  have all acheived SOLIDWORKS Elite status, with over twenty Elite Application Engineers as part of our technical team Solid Solutions now has more Elite Aplication Engineers than any other SOLIDWORKS reseller in the world!    On Friday afternoon Andy Deighton, ....

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Friday January 10, 2014 at 10:09am

For the second time this series Channel 4’s “Speed with Guy Martin” focused on a Solid Solutions customer, episode two saw Plymouth based, Sealander Marine International and SOLIDWORKS play an integral role in Guy Martin’s quest to break the distant record for riding a motorbike across water.    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 surfac....

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Friday January 3, 2014 at 9:50am

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 small town of Clitheroe into a now internationally operating firm, thanks to SOLIDWORKS.    Featured recently in Develop3D, Managing Director, David Martin, discusses the extent to which SOLIDWORKS has allowed the company to develop thanks....

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Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 12:21pm

At Solid Solutions we love hearing about interesting and unusual uses for SOLIDWORKS and this could potentially be our favourite yet. Warning: this is utterly adorable.     When we heard about Dudley the Duck in the office yesterday afternoon I genuinely could not wipe the smile off my face. Only having one foot, following an unfortunate encounter with a hen, made swimming and walking a little difficult for the Vancouver based bird but thanks to a 3D CAD Designer at 3 Pillar Solut....

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Monday November 4, 2013 at 1:38pm

While enjoying the end of my annual leave away from the office I couldn't help but notice that on the 24th October 2013 Service Pack 5 was made available for download for customers on Subscription.     The release cycle for SOLIDWORKS 2013 Service Packs was as follows:   Service Pack    Release Month SP0 October 2012 SP1 November 2012 SP2  January 2013 SP3  April 2013 SP4  June 2013 SP5  October 2013   ....

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Friday October 18, 2013 at 12:59pm

In recent years SOLIDWORKS have released their eDrawings viewer product on Apple iOS Devices and this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2013 they unveiled not only that eDrawings would also be released for Andriod but that a new enhancement was to be added for iOS versions, that being the introduction of Augmented Reality.   There are two products avalible: iTunes: eDrawings at £1.49 iTunes: eDrawings Pro at £6.99 (The Pro version allows markups on your drawin....

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Monday October 14, 2013 at 4:30pm

“I think most users will find something in [SOLIDWORKS 2014] that either makes their daily working practices more efficient or allows them to be more productive.”   SOLIDWORKS 2014 has been recently reviewed by Digital 3D, an independent resource for all things digital. From the introduction of Environments, a series of preset user interfaces specifically targeted at different industry sectors and user types through to equation control at configuration level, Develop 3D explor....

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Tuesday September 10, 2013 at 12:18pm

For many of our Customers using EnterprisePDM, Data Management doesn't stop with CAD files. Engineers and other Contributors to the Vault are constantly producing many other documents including reports, calculations, presentations, proposals etc. and in general they are using Microsoft Office. Integral to EPDM 2014, but also compatible with EPDM 2013, the EPDM Office Integration is a SOLIDWORKS supported add-in application for Microsoft Office; Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which enable EPDM o....

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Thursday August 8, 2013 at 9:57am

A fantastic day out for our Application Engineers, yesterday sixteen Solid Solutions staff attended the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Technical Launch, we had the chance to have a look at the new features and tools from the new 2014 SOLIDWORKS Product Range   On Wednesday 7th August 2013, sixteen of our Application Engineers attended the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Technical Launch at Dassault Systems, Coventry. A national event with attendees coming from all over the British Isles, Solid Solutions was proud to ha....

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Monday July 29, 2013 at 10:31am

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Beta testing is well underway, it would be great to start blogging about the new features and enhancements but unfortunately we're currently bound by a Non Disclosure Agreement, along with all the other Beta testers across the world.   In a recent twitter post, Anna Woods from SolidMuse, an independent SOLIDWORKS Blogger and Beta tester, summed up her thoughts about SOLIDWORKS 2014 rather well "Digging into the SOLIDWORKS 2014 Be....

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Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 1:59pm

Brompton Bikes a long time customer of Solid Solutions and SOLIDWORKS have featured on the BBC website. Will Butler-Adams, Bromton Bikes Managing Director explains how being considered stupid as a student helped drive his determination to be susseful in life. This bike maker has well and truly disproved the doubters. Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23239764 About Brompton Bromton Bikes are one of the UK's largest bike manufactures producing over 40,0....

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Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 11:35am

Anyone out there still using Windows Vista?   It's easy for us to assume that everyone is running the latest and greatest but i want to make sure anyone still using Vista has time to change. To run SOLIDWORKS 2014 when it is released this autumn you will either have to upgrade your operating system or PC   SOLIDWORKS 2014  will not install on Windows Vista. The only operating systems that are supported from 2014 are Windows 7 and Windows 8(64bit only)   Solid Soluti....

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Thursday June 27, 2013 at 10:45am

Hi   If you follow our blogs you will know that at SSM we are very proud of the fact that we have more 'Elite' Application Engineers than any other reseller - worldwide! In fact, to date, we not only top the worldwide league table, we have twice as many as the next highest reseller (a US reseller). We also have three times as many as the next highest reseller in the UK.   The prestigious 'Elite' AE award is achieved by successfully passing a series of examinations w....

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Saturday June 8, 2013 at 10:42am

It's common knowledge that here at Solid Solutions we promote the use of DELL as our recomended hardware provider. We use Dell Precision Laptops for our Application Engineers and Satalite Training Venues while Desktops in our main offices Training suites. The Dell Precision range is a specifcilly design CAD Workstation grade piece of Hardware so you know you'll be able to get the most out of SOLIDWORKS.   If you've enquired through the Support Desk or noticed on our home page, we have a P....

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Tuesday June 4, 2013 at 4:10pm

Anyone who has attempted a SOLIDWORKS certification will know that they don't make it easy. Each exam is a significant test of knowledge and skill. For resellers like Solid Solutions, they set the bar even higher with many more exams than just the ones available to the customer community. These cover everything from the ability to run advanced simulation studies correctly to setting up and managing a document management database with Enterprise EPDM as well as all the regular tools in SolidW....

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Thursday March 14, 2013 at 11:55pm

Communicating designs with your customers and suppliers is vital to ensure demands are met during the development stage. In the past you would have had to ensure you were working with the same SOLIDWORKS version to share data with ease. In SOLIDWORKS 2013 files created and saved can be opened in the last service pack (SP5) of 2012. This is called "Interoperability". It will allow you to view "newer" 2013 parts and assemblies and their configurations, to allow you to reference....

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Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 12:18pm

SOLIDWORKS have always had a strong community of users across the world sharing ideas, tips and tricks. You may have seen within SOLIDWORKS, on the right side of the screen, that you can access Community resources such as the Forums and User Groups. Did you know that here in the UK we have SOLIDWORKS User Groups in operation up and down the country. The SWUGoCE (Central England) is hosting an event on 10 September in the Midlands and it would be great to start building a strong user community ....

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Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 10:16am

Dassault Systems today announced the launch of the long awaited and much anticipated eDrawings App! This new App is only available for the iPad and costs £1.49. View, share, and collaborate from anywhere with this easy-to-use, email-enabled software trusted by engineers and non-CAD users worldwide. >>DOWNLOAD TODAY   Key Capabilities include... Review AutoCAD® DWG and DXF files, native SOLIDWORKS® parts, assemblies, and drawings Open files from email,....

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Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 10:33pm

We now have the SOLIDWORKS 2012 training schedules online and available for bookings. We start teaching from the 2012 release straight after the Christmas break so book now to ensure you have your place during January which is a busy time for the training team. Next year we are running more courses than ever to meet the growing demands of our customer base. To gain the full benefit of training enquire about our SOLIDWORKS Training Passport- this gives you access to almost all of our course offe....

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Monday December 5, 2011 at 4:47pm

If you missed our launch events across the country, this Wednesday there will be a live Webcast going through the highlights of the 20th release of SOLIDWORKS. To register for this webcast, go to http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Training/Webcasts.aspx At the launch days, we also launched a new website, exclusively for Solid Solutions Subscription customers www.solidsolutions.tv  As the URL suggests, it is mainly video tutorials, video tips and tricks, as well as archived Webcast....

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Saturday November 5, 2011 at 4:41pm

Have you reserved your seat to see SOLIDWORKS 2012? The two midlands events at the Heritage Motor Museum, were attended by over 250 of Solid Solutions' customers# As well as seeing all of the new features in SOLIDWORKS 2012, many engineers took part in the hands on challenges and four winners took home some excellent prizes# The "Model Mania" competition was a test of modelling speed and accuracy and the winning times were very impressive, both win....

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Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 3:58pm

Our 2012 training schedules are currently being uploaded to our website. We are aiming to run more courses than ever next year to ensure you have the best opportunity to attend training as locally as possible. Continue to check our training page www.solidsolutions.co.uk/training or subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking here to see new additions to our schedule emailed directly to your inbox.  Adam Hartles Training Manager Solid Solutions Management

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Tuesday October 4, 2011 at 10:14am

SOLIDWORKS 2012 is now available to download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal (http://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com) Want to see what's new? Register for a Solid Solutions Launch Event by clicking the banner above or if you can't wait until then... take a look here SOLIDWORKS 2012 DVDs have not been produced yet. As soon as we receive the shipment from SOLIDWORKS Corp, you will receive them automatically as part of your SOLIDWORKS subscription with us. Not on subscription? Se....

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Friday September 30, 2011 at 12:53pm

The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS 2012 launch events are just over a month away, but I'm sure that is too long to wait for many keen SolidWorkers out there! So, if you want to take a look at some of the new functionality why not take a look at the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch site?  Click here to go straight there. You can also register here for the launch events themselves but if you just want to register you can go to www.solidsolutions.co.uk/SW2012

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Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 4:39pm

Over the last year or so I have been asked more and more about "apps" for viewing SOLIDWORKS files. Now, there are many options available. There are two which I would recommend looking at. The first one, is a partner product of SOLIDWORKS, called CADFASTER. It doesnt make your machine run any quicker unfortunately but does allow you to show off your designs on your ipad (not your iphone though). The app itself is free and you have 100mb of space on "the cloud" where you can....

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Monday September 12, 2011 at 11:20am

SOLIDWORKS have just released a brand new self study training manual focused on best practice advice for Large Assembly Design. The manual brings all the advice together including file management, system options and settings and modelling techniques to try and get the most from your larger designs. There is also a fully up to date section on hardware advice. If you are interested in purchasing this training manual please email training@solidsolutions.co.uk

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Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 12:28am

Registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events are now open! Here at Solid Solutions, we are proud to announce registration for the SOLIDWORKS 2012 Launch events is now open. This year we are pulling out all the stops to make the events for the 20th release of the 3D MCAD package our best yet. Click the image below to register now! Want to be a part of our customer showcase? Email mrushton@solidsolutions.co.uk

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Thursday July 14, 2011 at 9:29am

The Launch of SOLIDWORKS 2012 is fast approaching, and we are already planning our best ever launch events around the country. However, we need your help. We would not be able to put on these enjoyable and informative results if it wasn't for you, so we want to know what you would like to get out of a launch event. What we want to know is what sort of things would you like to see? What have you thought of our previous launch events? If you have 2 minutes to spare, we would really appreciate it i....

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Thursday June 2, 2011 at 10:56am

Dassault Systèmes is proud to present the Made in 3D Challenge, a 3D print ready design contest opened to the global designer community!Announced today at the Cumulus Conference “Crossing Talents” in France, the Made in 3D Challenge invites designers to submit their best 3D models in one of three categories: Mechanical Design, Architectural and Ergonomic Function. The challenge is open to all 170 design, architectural and art colleges from around the world, as well as any memb....

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Thursday September 23, 2010 at 9:20am

Solid Solutions Management Ltd has outgrown the offices at the Innovation Centre on Warwick Technology Park and has now moved, less than a mile down the road, to Olympus House in Leamington Spa. The new offices have given us 3 new training rooms and a purpose built webcast room for the popular Webcast Wednesday. The new Headquarters is also equipped with a new phone system allowing technical support to be delivered in an even more streamlined manner linking all of our offices together. As a res....

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Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 7:00pm

Here at Solid Solutions, we pride ourselves on giving you, our customers, the best value for your subscription of any reseller, of any CAD vendor as possible. Our Launch days for new major releases of SOLIDWORKS have become one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. This year is no different. There will be the similar, much enjoyed format of previous years. The morning will be filled to the brim with presentations and demonstrations of the highlights of the new functionality in all the pro....

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Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 6:38pm

Angelic Bulldog is the unlikely name for a world record breaking project. The aim, to break the outright motorcycle land speed record. The team is made up of volunteers and sponsors, one of which being SOLIDWORKS. Recently, part of the team attended SOLIDWORKS training at Solid Solutions' Sheffield Office and were so impressed, chose to write about it on their blog! For more details of this typical SOLIDWORKS customer go to www.angelicbulldog.org.uk To see what the team had to say about the t....

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Monday August 16, 2010 at 2:27pm

Elite Reseller Status: What does it mean?SOLIDWORKS Corporation sets standards of excellence to ensure technical competencies within their support, sales and training functions. These standards measure the competencies through formal and rigorous examinations covering ten certifications. An engineer that attains seven key passes qualifies with 'Elite' status. The Elite status is highly coveted and requires extensive theoretical and in-depth practical knowledge.At Solid Solutions we have over twe....

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Tuesday May 11, 2010 at 2:43pm

The Solid Solutions SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks page has been updated!It has been redesigned to load faster to get you to the tips and tricks you want to see as quickly as possible. There are currently 4 pages full of useful hints, tips, tricks and techniques you can use with SOLIDWORKS to become a more productive user.http://www.solidsolutions.co.uk/solidworks-Demo-Videos/Tips-and-Tricks.aspxThese are all also on the Solid Solutions Management Ltd YouTube channel. If you are a registered user of....

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Monday April 19, 2010 at 3:53pm

New Solution Helps Designers Calculate and Reduce the Environmental Impact of Their Materials and Production MethodsA top design industry publication has named SOLIDWORKS® Sustainability software as one of the most innovative products of 2010. The editors of Design News magazine chose SOLIDWORKS Sustainability as a Golden Mousetrap Award Best Product winner based on its ability to help designers create more environmentally-friendly products. SOLIDWORKS Sustainability helps users determine th....

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Monday March 29, 2010 at 5:43pm

SOLIDWORKS has been driven predominantly by user enhancement requests for many years. This is not set to change and in addition to what is being included in SOLIDWORKS® there are a number of other products and services SOLIDWORKS® are looking into providing to assist you with your work on a day to day basis. In order to focus the development, a short survey is currently online to find out what you think. This could make a real difference to you so is well worth the short time to fill in ....

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Thursday March 25, 2010 at 5:37pm

Beginning with SOLIDWORKS 2010 SP3, the 2D editor formerly known as DWGeditor will be re-named to SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor. In addition to the re-naming, this product will no longer ship as part of the standard SOLIDWORKS installation. SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor will now be available to most SOLIDWORKS customers via a quick and easy download from the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. Click LINKS at the top of the page to access the Customer Portal. The license entitlement to this 2D editor capability for exist....

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 12:38pm

All of the Solid Solutions Demonstrations, What's New and Tips and Tricks videos are hosted by YouTube. New videos are added regularly onto www.solidsolutions.co.uk and many can be found on the Demo Videos page (see the link at the top of the page). However, Solid Solutions has a YouTube channel! If you register with YouTube, you can Subscribe to the Solid Solutions YouTube channel all for free, and you get an email every time a new video is uploaded. This could be a new tip for any of the Solid....

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 10:50am

Technical Support from Solid Solutions has been recognised by SOLIDWORKS as being a very proactive, comprehensive service. By calling the support line (01926 333777), you are straight through to one of the dedicated Technical Support engineers. By using email and technologies such as GotoMeeting and GotoAssist, we can be on site, virtually, seeing your screen in a matter of minutes. We can even take control of your PC with your permission. All of these services will continue, but as of October ....

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Monday February 22, 2010 at 5:20pm

2010 CAD COMPETITIONFebruary saw the launch of a CAD modelling competition to find the best Student SOLIDWORKS modeller. The competition is split into 4 categories; • Automotive and Transportation• Consumer Products• Electronics• General, and the brief, is simply to submit an excellent SOLIDWORKS model (part or assembly), ideally, based on an existing product (since the competition is about modelling, not design). The competition is open to any age of University student in th....

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Thursday December 3, 2009 at 9:21pm

Following the Solid Solutions’ SOLIDWORKS 2010 Launch days, there has been huge interest in 3DVIA Composer. This is the tool which allows you to create graphical content for all of your Technical and Marketing Documentation directly from your 3D CAD data and when the design changes, the graphical content updates accordingly. This link to the original CAD means that the technical documentation (used for anything from assembly instructions to user manuals to marketing) can be started at a mu....

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Friday October 30, 2009 at 2:59pm

This week is has been announced that SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design and engineering package was extensively used to help develop the squeezy bottles now used for Marmite and Colman's Mustard. Key to the designer’s choice to use SOLIDWORKS for this project is SolidWork’s capablity of assembling and also testing the design in a virtual environment, enabling engineers to analyse in detail the design and perfect it prior to releasing the product into production. SOLIDWORKS photo-realisti....

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Sunday October 25, 2009 at 8:19pm

You may have seen the video on the news of the Maldives Government holding a meeting six metres under water. The reason they did this was to show what would happen to the Maldives should sea levels continue to rise. We all need to be doing whatever we can to reduce carbon emissions. As Designers and Engineers, we have a much greater impact on this than many of us are probably aware. A small change at the Design stage can have a huge impact across the full life of a product. Its recyclability, ho....

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Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 8:31pm

SOLIDWORKS 2010, the 18th version of the MCAD software was released today. It is a slight change of focus from what has been seen in the past. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS have seen unprecedented levels of new tools and features which have grown into the vast and comprehensive set  available today. Earlier this year, SOLIDWORKS reached a major milestone of 1,000,000 licenses sold. With such a large customer base, with a very large percentage of these users actively engaged in the SolidWo....

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Wednesday October 7, 2009 at 12:38am

It's very nearly that time of year again already. It seems to get faster every year! The next version of SOLIDWORKS is almost upon us. For the first time, have a sneak preview of some of the new features and enhancements directly on the Solid Solutions website. Click on the Demo Videos link at the top of the screen and then choose the What's New link. Also, registration for the Solid Solutions 2010 Main Launch Event is open. This year, Jeff Ray, CEO of Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Corpora....

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Thursday September 10, 2009 at 3:31pm

The End of PhotoWorksSOLIDWORKS 2010 will be the last release to include PhotoWorks. PhotoView 360 will be its replacement and the photorealistic solution for SOLIDWORKS software. There are many more features to PhotoView360 in 2010 and by 2011 I expect there will be a full suite and be at least as rich as PhotoWorks is today without the depth of knowledge required to use it. Will you miss it? Let us know. What else would you like to see in PhotoView360? Leave a comment below.SOLIDWORKS Viewer C....

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Friday August 28, 2009 at 9:33am

Here at Solid Solutions we're starting to get a lot of interest from our customers to find out what the new features are going to consist of. We could have written a review ourselves, but you might think it was a little biased. Enhancement requests, logged by users through the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal have always been the main source for the new features and functionality in the new versions of SOLIDWORKS and this year is no exception. For the 2010 release, more development time than ever....

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Thursday August 13, 2009 at 2:14pm

One of the most innovative new features to be included in SOLIDWORKS 2010 is the ability to conduct Product Life Cycle Analysis. This basically tells you how "green" your design is before you have produced a single drop of Carbon Dioxide (apart from getting to work, and turning your PC on). The feature is called SustainabilityXpress and will ensure that you have the most sustainable, environmentally-friendly design possible. However, you probably will not want to wait to save the plane....

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