The main draw of SOLIDWORKS Electrical that I’ve found reinforced from the Engineering community is that Electrical and Mechanical teams can work more productively together thanks to the increased collaboration that comes from using the software. This is because SOLIDWORKS Electrical allows for the Electrical-Mechanical design process to become truly integrated by connecting electrical schematics and SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD with a common project database. This integrated process is very unique to SOLIDWORKS Electrical and has greatly improved how Electrical and Mechanical cross-functional teams collaborate in a way that was virtually impossible before SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

Everyone wins– EE’s win because they can rapidly layout their multi-line and single line schematics while building in the intelligence to make downstream processes easier and ME’s win because they can more accurately define the paths for power and control systems in real time because they are working tandem with the EE’s.

As components are specified and systems are schematically connected, they are instantly available to integrate within the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD model. Real-time synchronization of the electrical schematic and 3D CAD model enables unification of the Bill of Materials (BOM) between the electrical system and the mechanical design, eliminating design errors and reducing wrong component orders.

SOLIDWORKS Electrical provides a range capabilities. Below are a few I find to be very helpful:

  • Delivers a complete documentation package including schematics, Bill of Materials, 3D models

  • Integrating electrical systems into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD has improved communication

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use schematic creation tools

  • Industry standard electrical, hydraulic, and P&ID symbols

  • Symbol and manufactured part searching

  • Automatic and customizable wire numbering and device tagging

  • Automatic drawings for complex I/O devices like PLCs and high density connectors

  • Automatic terminal strip drawings

  • Automated reporting, including BOMs, wire and cable from/to lists

  • Design checks, such as voltage drop calculation, identification of short circuits, unused terminals, or even signal type mismatches
Posted in SolidWorks Electrical |

I’ve been attending the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings for over five years now and I think it’s a great way to meet other users and find out how they use SOLIDWORKS in their industry.

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 August 13th 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- from beginning to expert, SOLIDWORKS users and non-users- all are welcome. There are no fees and pizza and beverages will be served. In addition, there is a raffle at the end of the meeting.

At the last meeting on July 9th, Phil Sluder and the group answered several questions on Drawings and Weldments among other topics. The main presentation was on a SOLIDWORKS add-in called Power Surfacing from nPower. The tool allows for easier creation and manipulation of freeform/organic shapes using Subdivision(Sub-D) surface modeling. For more information on their product, please go to www.npowersoftware.com.

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.

For information about User Groups in other locations, you will find a full listing here. 

Upcoming presenters include:

August 13 – Utpal Kumar, SOLIDWORKS Application Define Manager will be presenting on Library Features

September 10 – Trevor Bailey, SD CADCAM, will be presenting on MasterCAM

Hope to see you all there!

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As we start the third quarter of 2014, SOLIDWORKS has made a few newsworthy announcements.  The biggest news is SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta 2 is now available for those wanting to check out the new features and contribute to the new release. Also newsworthy, is the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Call for Presentations.  If you have a topic you would like to present, and want a free pass to SOLIDWORKS World, submit your presentation before Oct 3rd.

SOLIDWORKS Updates:

SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP4.0 is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Beta 2 is available for download

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 call for presentations open

The technology industry had a number of new announcements after this summer’s recent developer conferences.  A few highlights are below…

Industry News: 

 

GrabCAD ends Free Workbench Plan:  Starting August 1st, GrabCAD will be eliminating the Free pricing tier for GrabCAD Workbench users.

 

 

Windows 9, code named “Threshold”, rumored to be released in Spring 2015:  For those considering skipping Windows 8 altogether and going straight to Windows 9, you may not have to wait that long.  One feature rumored to be returning is the famous “Start Menu” missing from Windows 8.

 

 

Apple’s Mac OS X Yosemite public beta officially available: Interested in testing the newest OS X release from Apple?  Apple is releasing the new version to the public for beta testing for the first time in years.  Offer limited to the first million people that sign up.

 

 

Google’s Little Box Challenge: Think you have what it takes to design a smaller power inverter?  Google and IEEE have teamed together to create the “Little Box Challenge“. A contest to see who can design the smallest, kW scale power inverter.  Winning design gets $1,000,000.

 

 

Amazon’s 3D Printing Store: Amazon recently announced a new “3D Printing Store” where users can browse from a list of 3d printed products and order.  In many situations, the orders can be customized and built “On Demand”.  Amazon isn’t actually printing anything themselves, companies like Mixee Labs, and Sculpteo are partnering with the retail giant to offer this service.

 

 

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If you’re aiming for certification or simply want to use SOLIDWORKS more effectively, training is essential to achieve your goals. Below are classes offered by Digital Dimensions in the coming months.

Classroom Training:
Learn from the best in our training classes. These SOLIDWORKS courses meet from 8:30AM - 5PM at our training centers. Click on the topic to get a description or contact us for pricing and more information.

Date
 
 
Course Topic
 
 
Location
Aug 4-5 SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Intro to FEA Training San Diego
Aug 6 SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Training San Diego
Aug 18-20; 25-26 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training San Diego
see all upcoming San Diego classes
Aug 4-6; 11-12 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Phoenix
Aug 7-8 SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Training Phoenix
Aug 13-14 SOLIDWORKS Electrical – 2D Schematic Training Phoenix
Aug 15 SOLIDWORKS Electrical – 3D Training Phoenix
see all upcoming Phoenix classes
Aug 18-21 SOLIDWORKS Advanced Training Tucson
Sept 15-19 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Tucson
Nov 17-21 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Tucson
see all upcoming Tucson classes
Aug 11-15 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Fresno
Aug 25-28 SOLIDWORKS Advanced Training Fresno
Sept 8-9 SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Training Fresno
see all upcoming Fresno classes

 

Online Training Classes:
Let us bring the classroom to you. These are live classes led by our certified instructors. Click on the topic to get a description or contact us for pricing and more information. See all available online courses DDi has to offer.

Date
 
 
 
Course Topic
 
 
Time
Aug 18 Online Large Assembly Best Practices Training 9am – 11am
Aug 22 Online Large Assembly Best Practices Training 9am – 11am
Aug 29 Online Large Assembly Best Practices Training 9am – 11am
see all upcoming online classes

 

Digital Dimensions is here to ensure your success with SOLIDWORKS. If you have a request or are looking for additional education resources, please contact us at training@ddicad.com

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This week is pretty special for us at Digital Dimensions— we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our founding on August 1.

“The first 30 years, loyal customers and dedicated employees have helped Digital Dimensions survive and grow,” said Pat Lindsay, Founder and CEO of Digital Dimensions.

From just one San Diego office in 1984 to five offices in 2014, Pat is proud of the company he has built and excited about where it’s going.

“The keys to our growth are customers that continue to trust us to deliver quality software solutions and the strong technical support and training provided by our experienced engineering staff,” said Lindsay. “These two keys are also the reasons we’re positioned to continue our growth over the next 30 years.”

DDi Founder & CEO Pat Lindsay and President Brian Findley

Digital Dimensions employs more than 40 people across California and Arizona, with offices and training locations in both states. DDi is ranked highly in many categories of SOLIDWORKS resellers in California and Arizona and consistently ranks amongst the highest of SOLIDWORKS VARs in the country when it comes to Subscription renewals and support— a testament to the customer service focus of the company.

Everyone at DDi congratulates the company on 30 great years and looks forward to another 30 years of providing next level services to our customers.

Posted in DDi News |

SOLIDWORKS Composer is a relatively new acquisition to the SOLIDWORKS family, a software set that you may have seen a few times but are still left with some questions. If that’s the case, you’re in luck as this month we are putting extra emphasis into teaching you all about SOLIDWORKS Composer.

Let’s look at how composer can be utilized– say you have spent a significant amount of time, energy, and resources detailing out your latest designs and concepts and walking through various design iterations in order to verify function of your designs. How do you move forward with the marketing material, generating pictures, assembly instructions, creating support documentation, and the plethora of other things that are required in order to cover all your bases? Most of the time, you have a couple of options. You can write that novel to accompany your components, risking product shipment delays, or you can use SOLIDWORKS Composer for a less eye-watering set of media.

Part of the goal of CAD-based engineering design is to fully capture every aspect of a design, including a large portion of the workload focused on developing CAD models which are fully representative of the finished product. You or your team dedicate massive amounts of effort into creating those designs and models but how do you capture your technical documentation? How do you build out your assembly documents? Does your company spend a significant chunk of time taking pictures during the assembly process? This can be a time and resource consuming task which essentially requires a blind run at the first article. SOLIDWORKS Composer is designed to speed up the process by allowing you to start these technical documents earlier by utilizing the CAD files and keeping up-to-date graphics attached as the project matures.

You no longer need to compromise your technical communication or product by relying on rough drawings to show your concepts or waiting until your design is finished to start creating product communication deliverables. With SOLIDWORKS Composer, you can quickly and easily create:

  • Detailed Views
  • High-resolution images
  • Technical illustrations
  • Interactive Animations
  • Interactive Bills of Materials (BOMs) and parts lists
  • and much more
SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool for both technical and nontechnical users. Everyone from engineers to marketing managers can benefit from having easier access to the items they need in order to create the best technical communication, product documentation, and marketing collateral they can.
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SOLIDWORKS Inspection was publicly announced at SOLIDWORKS World 2014 – General Session, January 27, 2014, later released with SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP03 on April 14TH, 2014.

So what is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that automates ballooned inspection drawings, recording inspection measurements, and publishing inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc.) for quality control. There are two application interfaces, a stand-alone application with optical character recognition for capturing dimensional characteristics from PDFs or TIFFs files and a SOLIDWORKS add-in which automatically creates ballooned inspection drawings and reports from SOLIDWORKS drawings.

 

In addition to SOLIDWORKS Inspection, there are extended capabilities with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional for recording and publishing measured values from within the standalone application. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional fully embeds all inspection documentation including the ballooned drawings and recorded values. Measurements can be entered by manually typing them in, using a digital caliper, or importing CMM results. Recorded values and drawing dimensions are highlighted (Red/Green/Yellow) making it easy to identify which values are In Tolerance, Out of Tolerance, or Marginally within Tolerance. With SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional ballooned drawings and recorded measurements with pass/fail color highlighting can be published to PDFs, Excel reports, and as XML for quality system integration.  Below are my favorite SOLIDWORKS Inspection features followed by distinct capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Inspection and SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional:

My favorite features of SOLIDWORKS Inspection:

  • Embedded inspection documentation and recording tools
  • Automates ballooned inspection drawings, reports, recording measurements
  • Standard Inspection Packages: AS9102, PPAP, APQP, etc…
  • Highlight Pass/Fail dimensions (Green / Red / Yellow)
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for working with PDF and TIFF files
  • Compare drawing revisions

SOLIDWORKS Inspection features:

  • Create ballooned drawings and reports from SOLIDWORKS drawings, PDFs, or TIFF files
  • Includes both Stand-alone application and SOLIDWORKS add-in
  • SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in balloons SOLIDWORKS drawings and create reports
  • When working with PDF and TIFF files, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) identifies dimensions, tolerances, notes, finish symbols, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) symbols.
  • Export inspection reports to Excel using standard templates such as AS9102 or PPAP forms
  • Record measured values in excel reports with pass/fail/marginal conditional formatting
  • Template editor to customize Excel templates
  • Compare drawing revision to clearly identify drawing changes
  • Simple standalone and network licensing

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional features:

  • Includes all capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Inspection
  • Extended capabilities for recording and publishing measured values
  • Embed ballooned drawing and recorded values into a project file
  • Manually record by typing inspection measurements
  • Directly enter measurements using digital calipers
  • Import measurements from any CMM: Calypso, PC-DMIS, MicroVu, Faro CAM2, etc…
  • Recorded measurements are highlighted green/red/yellow as Pass/Fail/Marginal
  • Dimensions are highlighted green/red/yellow as Pass/Fail/Marginal
  • Publish ballooned drawings as PDF with Pass/Fail/Marginal highlighting
  • Publish recorded values to Excel reports with Pass/Fail/Marginal highlighting
  • Publish recorded values to XML for quality system integration
If you’d like to know more about SOLIDWORKS Inspection click here to watch a short video or register for an upcoming webinar hosted by Digital Dimensions.

 

Webinars                Date    Time
SOLIDWORKS Inspection August 1 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
SOLIDWORKS Inspection August 19 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
All Upcoming Webinars

 

Posted in SOLIDWORKS Inspection | Tagged |

Join us for a Lunch and Learn seminar at a Digital Dimensions office near you. These quick and informative events will showcase the SOLIDWORKS product line. You will discover different ways to utilize SOLIDWORKS to address common design problems and valuable information will be gained by users of all experience levels. Sessions are held from 11:45am to 1:15pm – and lunch is on us!

These FREE sessions will fill up fast, so reserve your spot in one or all in your area!

Lunch and Learn Topic     Date
SOLIDWORKS Composer
   Fresno July 17
   Sacramento July 17
   Tucson July 24
   San Diego July 25
   Phoenix July 25
SOLIDWORKS Electrical
   Fresno Aug. 19
   Sacramento Aug. 21
   Tucson Aug. 26
   San Diego Aug. 29
   Phoenix Aug. 29

 

Great Designs Start Here! During these FREE hands-on sessions, one of our certified engineers will teach you how to use each SOLIDWORKS product. You will experience for yourself the ease of use and powerful capabilities that can improve your work experience.

San Diego   Date Time
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive July 23 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-on Test Drive July 23 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Hands-on Test Drive Aug. 27 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
see all upcoming San Diego events
Phoenix
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive July 17 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-on Test Drive July 17 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Arizona Technology Council Lunch and Learn Aug. 5 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
see all upcoming Phoenix events
Tucson
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive July 24 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-on Test Drive July 24 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive Aug. 26 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
see all upcoming Tucson events
Fresno
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive July 17 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-on Test Drive July 17 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
SOLIDWORKS Hands-on Test Drive Aug. 19 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
see all upcoming Fresno events
Sacramento
Introduction to SOLIDWORKS July 17 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-on Test Drive July 17 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Aug. 21 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
see all upcoming Sacramento events

 

 

Posted in Events, Hands-on Test Drives, Lunch and Learns |

SOLIDWORKS offers two product data management solutions that cover a wide array of tools. While most businesses will benefit the greatest from SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM provides basic product data management tools that are still steps above what you might have otherwise. Below is the PDM product matrix that breaks down the functionality of both. If you’re still unsure what you need or if you just want to talk through the options, DDi has skilled PDM specialists that can work with you and your company to help determine exactly what is needed.

Key Differences:

Both solutions provide data consolidation, a check-out process, revision control and a much easier way to find the exact file and revision you need. As an added value, Workgroup PDM is included with SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Professional licenses targeted for engineers that need a vault system to manage SOLIDWORKS revisions. You get the file management, SOLIDWORKS integration, one simple workflow, and search that comes with Enterprise PDM but in a much more condensed format.

One main difference is that Enterprise PDM’s windows explorer integration can securely manage and reuse design data, standard parts, libraries, toolbox parts, and templates. Another key difference in Enterprise PDM– you can create many configurable workflows to automate the engineering document release process with notifications, electronic signatures, file revision and status tags, and tasks like creating PDFs from drawings. Enterprise PDM gains back valuable time by allowing you to adapt, leverage and reuse existing designs instead of spending time looking for or recreating designs that already exist but you aren’t able to find in a reasonable time.

In an industry where time means more than just money, completing your engineering process on schedule and sharing the right file could mean the difference between success and failure. When much of your new product designs contain components from prior designs, or if you share CAD files and manage file revisions, it’s time to take a look at PDM. Whether you use Enterprise or Workgroup PDM, you can be assured that your data is secure and that no one can inadvertently alter, overwrite, or delete your work. Your engineering history is captured, and the right file is available.

Digital Dimensions provides process evaluations to support both Workgroup and Enterprise PDM and offers frequent webinars and training classes covering both.

To request more information about a Product Data Management solution or a data management process evaluation, please click here and a specialist will be in touch.

In addition to PDM, we also offer other SOLIDWORKS related webinars each month. To find an up-to-date listing, click here.

Posted in Product Data Management |

If you’re aiming for certification or simply want to use SOLIDWORKS more effectively, training is essential to achieve your goals. Below are classes offered by Digital Dimensions in the coming months.

Online Training Classes:
Let us bring the classroom to you. These are live classes led by our certified instructors. Click on the topic to get a description or contact us for pricing and more information. See all available online courses DDi has to offer.

Date
 
 
 
Course Topic
 
 
Time
June 11 Online SOLIDWORKS File Management Training 9:30am – 11:30am
June 16-20 Online CAMWorks Training 9am – 11am
June 16 Online SOLIDWORKS Costing Training 3pm – 5pm
July 7-11 Online Routing: Piping and Tubing Training 9am – 11am
July 23 Online Design Library Training 9:30am – 11:30am
Aug 4-8 Online Routing: Electrical Training 9am – 11am
see all upcoming online classes


Classroom Training:
Learn from the best in our training classes. These SOLIDWORKS courses meet from 8:30AM - 5PM at our training centers. Click on the topic to get a description or contact us for pricing and more information.

Date
 
 
Course Topic
 
 
Location
June 26-27 SOLIDWORKS Composer Training San Diego
July 9-11; 17-18 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training San Diego
July 21-22; 28-29 SOLIDWORKS Advanced Training San Diego
see all upcoming San Diego classes
June 16-17 SOLIDWORKS Simulation – Intro to FEA Training Phoenix
June 18 SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional Training Phoenix
June 19-20 SOLIDWORKS Composer Training Phoenix
see all upcoming Phoenix classes
July 14-18 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Tucson
July 30-31 SOLIDWORKS Composer Training Tucson
Aug 18-21 SOLIDWORKS Advanced Training Tucson
see all upcoming Tucson classes
June 23-27 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Fresno
Aug 11-15 SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Fresno
Aug 25-28 SOLIDWORKS Advanced Training Fresno
see all upcoming Fresno classes

Digital Dimensions is here to ensure your success with SOLIDWORKS. If you have a request or are looking for additional education resources, please contact us at training@ddicad.com

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