Plastics Product Development and Manufacturing Innovation

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We have many customers that work with plastics and from our experience working with them and knowing the business as a whole, we know the plastics industry is one that requires constant improvement on the status quo in order to keep up with the competition. To help with this, Digital Dimensions will be hosting several webinars and Lunch & Learns this March to give you the key to unlocking plastics product development and manufacturing innovation.

We work within many industries, including:
• Aerospace
• Engineering Service
• Manufacturing
• Consumer Product Design
• Injection Mold
• Medical Devices

Digital Dimensions can provide you a scalable solution and get you on the way to design and manufacturing innovation. Some of the solutions we will be discussing during our webinars and Lunch & Learns include:

• Product innovation
• Smaller packaging
• ISO process compliance
• Reduce prototype cycles
• Test a greater ranger of materials
• Decrease manufacturing costs

To get more information on our webinar topics or to register for an upcoming Lunch & Learn, please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you this March!

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Like many of you, we found ourselves with roughly 5,500 other SOLIDWORKS users in Phoenix for SOLIDWORKS World. Those of you in California may not know that we have offices in Arizona so for many of our customers and DDi-ers in attendance, this fun and action-packed event was right in their own backyard.

So many people excited for the opening session!

The Digital Dimensions technical staff arrived onsite Saturday to begin their technical training classes (classes where they learn all the good stuff we hope to pass on to our customers) and the rest of the team arrived on Sunday to view the Partner Pavilion prior to the opening session. The Partner Pavilion is where you can do everything from learning to fly a drone, to testing out a 3D printer, to competing in SOLIDWORKS’ Model Mania competition.

The general sessions are the highlight for many and we had some amazing presenters and stories this year, including: Dr. Michio Kaku, Bre Pettis, Jinsop Lee, and Seff Udi. Udi’s story was one that will stick in many of our memories for years to come. Learn more about his incredible story by clicking here. Each day had specialized breakout sessions that you could attend based on your interests. This was a great way to not only learn tons of new skills and information, but to speak with many industry peers.

Monday night was our customer appreciation event, ‘A Night at Chase Field.’ The event was a blast and we were lucky enough to have so many great customers in attendance that we filled the venue to capacity. It was a great night filled with amazing people, good food and drinks, and terrific views of Chase Field. Click here for a look at all the photos from this fantastic event.

'A Night at Chase Field'

 By the end of Day Two of general and breakout sessions, it was time to have some fun at Corona Ranch. We enjoyed watching the horses, pig races, hot air balloons, and of course eating all the delicious food and drinking all the margaritas we could. It was a great event that SOLIDWORKS put on and one we won’t soon forget.

 We had our final sessions on Wednesday, including seeing Digital Dimensions’ own Shannon Hoenninger receive an award for hitting a great milestone in her SOLIDWORKS career. We listened to the announcement of the Manufacturing Network within MySOLIDWORKS. This network is designed to let SOLIDWORKS users bring their designs to life by easily finding and connecting with reliable manufacturers offering 3D Printing, Sheet Metal, CNC Machining and Injection Molding services. This allows users to get physical parts made fast, while manufacturers are able to reach users more directly to promote their services and respond to RFQ’s. Keep your eyes open for more information on this coming soon!

 SOLIDWORKS World 2015 was jam-packed with so many activities and sessions that it may take awhile for us to digest all that we learned, but one thing is for sure, we all had a great time seeing all our customers and meeting with all the interesting SOLIDWORKS users from around the world. We hope you had a great time as well and if you were not able to make it out this year in Phoenix, we hope to see you next year in Dallas!

In the meantime, you can read more and watch videos of different sessions on the SOLIDWORKS Blog.

 

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Are you excited about SOLIDWORKS World? We certainly are. We’ll be there attending events and sessions to help further our own education, we’ll be hosting our famous customer event Monday night, and to top it all off, we’ll be hosting a few sessions as well. See below for information on the sessions we are presenting:

Session title: eDrawings: More Than Just a Viewer
Session level: Intermediate (1-3 years experience)
Description: The eDrawings software package is one of the most overlooked tools in the SOLIDWORKS family of software. Many users simply consider it just a viewer tool, but it is a great collaboration tool that continually gets new features with every release. This session will explain the basics of eDrawings and how it interacts with your current SOLIDWORKS data. In addition, we will cover the advanced functionality built into this very powerful communication tool to enhance your current processes.
Presenter: Quinton Rocke, Application Engineer, Digital Dimensions
About Quinton: Quinton Rocke is a longtime certified SOLIDWORKS professional, expert, trainer, and support technician. He has a BSME degree and has worked with SOLIDWORKS for over 15 years. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/quinton-rocke/40/393/460/
Date: Tuesday, 2/10
Time: 2:45 – 3:45pm
Room: North 125 A-B

Session title: Automating Weldments with API
Session level: Intermediate (1-3 years experience)
Description: Learn to automate weldment part and drawing design using SOLIDWORKS API.
Presenter: Cody Armstrong, Application Engineer, Digital Dimensions
About Cody: Cody is an applications engineer and a CSWE with several years of experience in implementing SOLIDWORKS solutions. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cody-armstrong/b/753/327
Date: Monday, 2/9
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Room: North 122 A-B

Session title: SOLIDWORKS Costing as a Quoting Tool
Session level: Beginner (0-1 year experience)
Description: This session will introduce you to SOLIDWORKS Costing. You will see how to configure SOLIDWORKS Costing to be an effective tool for quoting parts to be manufactured.
Presenter: Cody Armstrong, Application Engineer, Digital Dimensions
Date: Tuesday, 2/10
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm
Room: North 129 A-B

We hope to see you there!

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematic design capabilities simplify development of embedded electrical systems with single-line and multi-line schematic tools for planning your electrical systems. I asked Digital Dimensions Application Engineer, Brad Rach, about his favorite features of SOLIDWORKS Electrical and this is what he had to say:

Number One: Collaborative Environment

Work collaboratively with your cross-discipline teams– sharing documents relevant to the project and offering a greater level of transparency through the design process.

Number Two: Automated Reports

Creating BOMs, wire lists, and terminal block drawings is simplified with this software. With the click of a button you can generate your design relevant supporting documents, including: wire lists with appropriate wire length calculation communicated from SOLIDWORKS, a detailed Bill of Materials accounting for all the components in the electrical design, and connections lists that automatically update.

Number Three: Intuitive and Response Searches

The SOLIDWORKS Electrical backbone allows for advanced filtering of
the various libraries to more easily locate your desired components. Can’t remember the part number of that contractor? A quick search dialog will allow you to set the parameters of the component you are attempting to identify.

Number Four: Automatic Component Designators

The software identifies new components with the next preset designator to save the headache of keeping track of it on your own.

Number Five: Integrated Revision Control

Revision control of your Electrical Projects is built in with SOLIDWORKS Electrical. You can validate, verify, and release your design from directly within the project.

Number Six: Improve Quality of Finished Designs

SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows you to utilize 3D models to foresee potential design problems like using an exceptionally large component in an exceptionally small cabinet.

Number Seven: Reutilize Old Library Symbols

Comfortable with your existing 2,000 symbol library in Visio? Those symbols can easily import for use in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

Number Eight: Design Rules Check

SOLIDWORKS Electrical can point out commonly overlooked design flaws or inconsistencies to improve the design and review process.

 

If you would like to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Electrical or request a product quote, please complete this short form. In addition, Digital Dimensions is hosting several webinars this January, including one focusing on SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Click here for descriptions and details. 

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Join us next Tuesday at the Kern County SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting at Bakersfield College to hear our own Cody Armstrong present ‘Tips & Tricks with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal and Weldments.’

In addition, two very special guests will be there as well—Greg Jankowski of SOLIDWORKS and Richard Doyle from SOLIDWORKS User Group Network will be presenting as well as answering questions you may have.

Greg Jankowski is the User Advocacy Senior Director, Content & Community R&D and Strategy at SOLIDWORKS Corp. He is the author of SOLIDWORKS for Dummies, SOLIDWORKS for AutoCAD Users and the e-book Exploring SOLIDWORKS. Greg is a regular columnist in Cadalyst and SOLIDWORKS Express magazine.

Richard Doyle’s official title is Senior User Advocacy & SOLIDWORKS User Groups – but most people just call him “The User Group Guy”. Richard has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 1997 and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group in 1999, his career path has led him to DS SOLIDWORKS and a dream job supporting the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network worldwide.

Don’t miss the free food, drinks, and raffle prizes. More User Group Information located at http://kcswug.info

Event Details:

  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014
  • 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA.
  • Science/Engineering (SE) Building, Room SW45
  • Register Here

 

Register Here

 

Hope to see you there!

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The San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group is one of the longest running user groups in the country and was awarded the User Group of the Year in 2013. I got involved with the group several years ago to gain more knowledge about SOLIDWORKS, from other users, not easily attained from textbooks, classroom instruction or teaching. I also enjoy meeting with our customers outside the normal work environment and learning more about how they are actually using SOLIDWORKS to get their jobs done.

The San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group (SDSWUG) meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month and the next meeting is coming up soon on November 12th from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The location is at One Heart-One Mind, 11211 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92121.

Agenda:

  • 6:30-7:00 Registration, Pizza / Beverages, and welcome
  • 7:00-7:30 Release and Blog Information/Questions, Open Discussion
  • 7:30-9:00 Main Presentation

SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings are a place to gain knowledge and further insight within SOLIDWORKS and related products, socialize, and network. People from all industries and skill levels can attend and both SOLIDWORKS users and non-users are welcome. There are no fees and pizza and beverages will be served. In addition, there is a raffle at the end of each meeting.

Two meetings ago on September 10th, Trevor Bailey, an Application Engineer from San Diego CADCAM, Inc., showed Mastercam using SOLIDWORKS models to create tool paths for manufacturing.

At the last meeting on October 8th, we had Robert O’Neill, who has his own design consulting firm and is a long-time SOLIDWORKS user, as the main presenter. He went over “How to get the red out” of your feature tree of models and assemblies. He also reviewed some of the modeling best practices, including: dimensioning to edges not fillets, layout sketches, and using centerlines. In addition, he went through some trouble-shooting techniques that help to fix errors and warnings.

For further information on the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group, please go to sdswug.org. If you would like to present at an upcoming meeting, please contact Ed Pasqual at epasqual@yahoo.com.

Upcoming presenters include:

  • November 12th Phil Sluder, mechanical engineer, owner of TriAxial Design and Analysis, and leader of the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User group’ will present “What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015. This will include what’s new in parts, assemblies and sketches.
  • December 10th Mike Puckett, who is a SOLIDWORKS Certification Specialist, will be going over the latest certification tests and will have some surprise gifts for all who attend the meeting.
  • January 14th I will be presenting a Sketcher Workshop on shortcuts, tips and tricks on relations and dimensioning in sketches. Advanced topics will include splines, projected curves and 3D Sketches.
Additional details can be found here.

Hope to see you all there!

-Mo




							
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At Digital Dimensions we know purchasing software can sometimes be daunting, time-consuming, and expensive– which is why we do our best to make purchasing a SOLIDWORKS solution as easy and headache free as possible.

To help make things easier for you, we are able to offer several End-of-Year saving packages that can be customized to fit your needs. From different software solutions to payment deferral, we can help get you using SOLIDWORKS immediately.

Some of the savings we are able to offer, include:

SOLIDWORKS Professional for the Price of Standard

  • Two seat minimum purchase and must include SOLIDWORKS Professional subscription on both seats.

SOLIDWORKS Premium for the Price of Professional

  • Two seat minimum purchase and must include SOLIDWORKS Premium subscription on both seats.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2D “Trade-up” Program

  • Huge savings with one or two seat and full year subscription.

  • Each seat includes a single user access to a free “SOLIDWORKS Electrical Live Get Started Two Hour Pre-training” webinar hosted by SOLIDWORKS Electrical Specialist.

A SOLIDWORKS solution can help save your company money, time, and most of all, it can help cure a lot of the headaches you may be facing when it comes to your 3D CAD needs. In addition to these End-of-Year savings, Digital Dimensions offers many training classes that can get you ramped up on the new software in no time.

Complete this short form and a specialist will be in touch shortly with more information about a custom incentive package that will best fit your needs.

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October was a busy month for Digital Dimensions. We launched SOLIDWORKS 2015 in seven event locations across Arizona and California. We had great attendance across the board and are so excited to have been able to show all the new enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2015, including all the huge time-saving features of the new software.

Our Launch Event Tour started off in Tucson at the beginning of this month and ended just last Thursday in Bakersfield. Along the way we met with many of our customers and non-customers who all have varying degrees of SOLIDWORKS experience. We reviewed everything from new workflows to file reduction to the changes that came along to SOLIDWORKS Inspection and SOLIDWORKS Electrical that can greatly increase your efficiency and decrease development time.

Gordon Pursel, DDi’s Product Manager, and his team of Application Engineers including Brad Rach and Cody Armstrong, put together many outstanding breakout sessions from topics like ‘Optimizing Flow and Thermal Simulation’ to ‘Estimating Part Cost with SOLIDWORKS Costing.’ We received a lot of positive feedback about these sessions and if you’re interested in hearing more about a specific topic, please make sure to request more information at the link below and Gordon and his team can schedule some time to discuss.

To continue your SOLIDWORKS 2015 education, DDi is offering several SOLIDWORKS 2015 Update Training classes that you can attend at no cost if you are a current subscription service customer. We will also be continuing our monthly webinar series that the tech team assembles based on feedback from our customers on what you want to learn about most. Our SOLIDWORKS training classes continue to be offered on everything from SOLIDWORKS Essentials to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and everything in between.

Click here and select your city for our updated training class schedule, upcoming events, and webinar information.

SOLIDWORKS 2015 is now available to download and can be done simply with an online code. If you’re interesting in requesting a SOLIDWORKS 2015 quote, click here.

You can request more information on any of our products, training classes, demos or just to schedule a meeting by completing this very short form so one of our team members can get back to you quickly with the information you requested.

Thank you to all those who attended one of our SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Events!

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Get in the fast lane with SOLIDWORKS 2015 as we review all the new features of the software like only DDi can. Join us starting next week as we host our SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Events co-sponsored by HP|Intel. We’ll be holding a general session in the morning and spend the afternoon at different breakout sessions with the topics of most interest to you.

Our team of engineers, along with DS SOLIDWORKS technical employees, will be on hand to make sure you leave knowing all the key enhancements, tips & tricks, and additions to SOLIDWORKS 2015. Stay ahead of your competition with key insights into the newest SOLIDWORKS software that you can only get by attending.

Breakout sessions in most locations include:

  • Optimizing Fluid Flow and Thermal Performance
  • Sketching Workshop
  • Organizing Files and Revisions
  • Optimizing Structural Performance
  • Mastering Configurations
  • Integrating Electrical Schematics and P&ID
  • Trust me, I’m an Engineer
  • Estimating Part Cost with SOLIDWORKS Costing
  • Winning Technical Communications
  • Plastic Injection Mold Flow
  • Large Assembly Best Practices
  • Easy Inspection Documentation

The event includes lunch and is free to all those who register. Make sure to reserve your spot before it’s too late!

Get locations, breakout session details, and register by clicking here.

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Every month we try to find small technical tips in the SOLIDWORKS products to share with users. Here are the top tips for September:

Isolate Changed Dimensions on Drawings – Learn how to set SOLIDWORKS to find changed dimensions on drawings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of SOLIDWORKS Composer Player – This CADcast provides a walk-through of the SOLIDWORKS Composer player.

 

 

 

 

 Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation to Save Custom Materials – Learn how to save custom materials in a custom material database for use in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

 

 

 

 

Shift Select for Accurate Stock Definition in CAMWorks – Create stock definition based on WIP within CAMWorks for more accurate simulations.

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