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CATIA vs SOLIDWORKS: 4 Major reasons to choose one over the other

Be in expert in 5 minutes! CATIA vs SOLIDWORKS based on 4 main features. Which one is better? What is the difference between SOLIDWORKS and CATIA. All this is covered in this article. It can be hard to differentiate between the multitude of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software programs that are on the market today. …

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Fusion 360 vs SOLIDWORKS: 7 Main Differences

Fusion 360 vs SOLIDWORKS The main differences between Fusion 360 and SOLIDWORKS are as follows: Fusion 360 is cloud-based and works on both Windows and Mac while SOLIDWORKS is purely Windows-based with cloud storage options Fusion 360 has basic analysis and simulation tools, while SOLIDWORKS’ analysis and simulation features are much more comprehensive Fusion 360 …

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Free 2D and 3D CAD Software to Download in 2021

CAD software is an absolute necessity for many professionals, including engineers, architects, graphic designers, animators and pretty much anyone who designs, and needs to convert their designs from ideas in their head to real models/schematics on the computer. With the growing number of open-source projects, free CAD programs have become more common, and in some …

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Solidworks Hole Wizard Tutorial

Holes are an extremely common feature in engineering and product design. From simple circular openings for cables or ports, to complex threaded types for screws and fasteners, holes are an almost unavoidable feature of many parts. Thankfully Solidworks has a great feature – the Hole Wizard – that makes adding and modifying the holes simple. …

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AutoCAD vs. SolidWorks. What is the difference? Which is easier to learn?

AutoCAD vs SolidWorks – which is better? AutoCAD and SolidWorks both enable its users to design in both 2D and 3D, and perform as an extension of a designer’s mind. They are both tools that have enabled design process digitalisation for engineers and architects. For drafting, consider AutoCAD, for an extruded model choose SolidWorks. If …

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How to Change Units in SolidWorks. Using Units and Dimensions in SolidWorks

SolidWorks is an incredibly powerful CAD program that allows to create very detailed parts and assemblies but no matter how complex your model is it’s highly likely that it will use some kind of units system. American users are generally more likely to work in Imperial units (technically known as ‘United States customary units’) such …

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SolidWorks System Requirements and Computer Recommendations

What are the minimum computer requirements for SolidWorks? A processor of 3.3Ghz or higher A 500Gb or larger Hard Drive Disk (HDD) At least 16Gb of RAM A quality Graphics Card by NVIDIA or AMD The latest operating system to future-proof your SolidWorks purchase Now, let’s look at each of these components in detail. Get …

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How to create Renderings in Solidworks if your ‘Render Tools Tab’ is missing

Solidworks is an extremely powerful and popular CAD program that is used to create all sorts of 3D designs for manufacture. But sometimes you’d like to create a rendered image – or rendering – to show off your design. You might need renderings for marketing presentations, portfolios, or just to test your skills and luckily …

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How to fix the SolidWorks error – “The Sketch is open, self-intersecting or intersects the centreline”

We’ve all been there – you’re modelling away happily but when you try to create a Revolved Base/Base feature SolidWorks throws up that dreaded error: “The Sketch is open, self-intersecting or intersects the centreline”: This a very common problem and one that can be extremely frustrating but luckily it is usually fairly easy to troubleshoot …

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Top AutoDesk Software in 2020: AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit

Top AutoDesk Software in 2020: AutoCAD, Fusion 360, Inventor and Revit

AutoCAD The CAD in AutoCAD stands for Computer Aided Design, and this program is exactly that, a computer aided design and drafting application. AutoCAD was created by Autodesk, a company that “builds software that helps people imagine, design, and make a better world.” AutoCAD is known as the one of the most widely used tools …

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Solidwork Standard vs Professional

SolidWorks Standard vs Professional

What differences can be ascertained between SolidWorks Standard vs Professional? The results to this commonly asked question depend on a variety of factors that affect how each package will work and which version will be right for the user. Also read about SolidWorks prices in the UK and the US. Many users will make the …

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SolidWorks PDM – What it does, How to Use it, and How much it costs

What is SolidWorks PDM? What does it do? SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering program that is used for prototyping, planning, visual ideation, feasibility design and project management. It is then used for the design and building of electrical, mechanical and software elements, and the creation of assemblies, drawings and parts. …

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How to Get Started with SolidWorks SimulationXpress

One of the best parts about SolidWorks is that you can design just about any product you can imagine. However, it isn’t always clear whether the product will retain its integrity once it’s exposed to the real world. Computer-based design validation, like SolidWorks SimulationXpress, has made it much easier to see how your product handles …

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SolidWorks Student Edition: free and licensed versions overview

Most students don’t have a lot of money to splash around, and unfortunately, students are not eligible for a SolidWorks free trial, as that’s only available to businesses. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of as many special offers, discounts, and free trials as possible. If the offer happens to be something that fits …

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Selecting your certified Solidworks reseller in the UK

When you finally made your choice between different CAD softwares, and settled on Solidworks, you need to consider which reseller you are going to choose. This is not an easy decision as depending on your requirements, some resellers may be more suitable or completely unsuitable due to variations in their offerings. There are several certified …

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5 of the Most Interesting Updates in Solidworks 2020

Solidworks releases a new version of their software every year without fail. And every year there is an impressive lineup of new and exciting features that improve productivity and add new possibilities to this powerhouse of the computer-aided design industry. Below is a list of 5 of the more impressive features in Solidworks 2020. Also, …

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Solid Edge vs Solidworks

SolidWorks vs Solid Edge – which is best?

The amount of CAD packages available is overwhelming and it is often a painful exercise to decide which is best. This article will compare two of the most popular CAD packages; Solid Edge software by Siemens, and SolidWorks software by Dassualt Systemes. Both are very capable at 3d modelling and simulation. However, they have unique …

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Machine Learning in Mechanical Design Engineering

Machine learning has become a pioneering field of research in recent years. Since 2014, many big companies have invested in large data/machine learning departments complemented by serious investment in research. According to Arthur Samuel, machine learning gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed – Artificial Intelligence (AI) by any other name. How …

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Fed up with modeling parts from scratch? Use a CAD library

Computer Aided Design is an integral part of the engineering industry, improving efficiency and reducing project timescales. The ability to create and test products in theory before moving on to production is invaluable. There are now a growing number of online CAD libraries which are collections of parts and assemblies which are ready for you to …

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Top 5 CAD Forums on the Web

CAD, or Computer-Aided Design systems have come a long way since they first became popular sometime in the 1970s. Initially, they were used to obtain electronic copies of manual drafts. Gradually, they evolved into a tool for generating bills of materials and performing interference checking. Today, they incorporate highly sophisticated features involving engineering calculations and …

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How to design a new mechanical part in 3D CAD

In many situations mechanical designers will rely on their library of parts and case studies to work on a new mechanical part – this saves time, money and brain power. But what about the drastically new ones? What about the entry-level designers? Most importantly, what if one is working in a different industry that doesn’t …

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Solidworks Forum – Top 5 on the Web

Ask any engineer to list a few of the most popular software tools for 3D design creation and modeling, and the answers will most likely contain SolidWorks as one of the preferred tools. SolidWorks is a CAD/CAE software that helps users create 3D models and assemblies, based on specific parameters. It is easy-to-use and runs …

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Rhino CAD – Review and 2018 Latest Pricing

When deciding whether or not to invest the time and money into learning a new CAD package, the sea of choice is often overwhelming. Making the task that much more daunting is that fact that not all packages are equal. Some are better suited for machine design whereas others are better suited for product design …

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Engineering software for Apple platforms

First, I’ll admit Mac users have engineering software such as Matlab, Labview and AutoCAD. For 3D design and analysis in OSX there are few software platforms that are considered powerful CAD programs. Available CAD platforms are Sketchup, Maya, TinkerCAD but why not Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, Parametric Creo, NX, ANSYS or even NASTRAN? Apple BootCamp provides …

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IGES vs STEP – The Definitive Guide

For most design engineers, the following scenario should look familiar: Bob, the lead designer for company X, needs to send a CAD model to Susan, the design engineer for company Y. Bob designed the part using Solidworks and Susan only works in Pro Engineer. Bob’s Solidworks file can’t be opened in Susan’s software, so the …

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Don’t get the wrong CAD hardware!

The workflow of a CAD user typically falls into 2 areas: simulation and modelling. Therefore, selecting the correct CAD workstation for your requirements is vital. If you buy hardware that’s better than what you actually need you might see the benefit of pushing the need to upgrade further into the future. However, buying something that …

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