October typically rings in a new version of SOLIDWORKS for us here at Digital Dimensions and this year has been no different! We hosted a number of Live-Online events in October focused on showing you all of the great new content with SOLIDWORKS 2016 while allowing you the freedom to pick and choose the session vital to your business.

Our goal at DDi is to keep you updated on all the latest content and enhancements made to the design critical tool we all use. Each of the webinars we hosted this year are now available for your viewing pleasure here on the DDi website. The recordings are between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the session but will allow you to review the material at your leisure and prepare yourself for the upgrade to 2016.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Launch Webinar Poll Results

During the Online events we hosted a series of poll questions for our users to show off their SOLIDWORKS muscles and earn a top spot on a leader-board. We want to thank everyone who participated in the events with us. More than 3500 questions were answered during our 6 Online sessions, leaving little room for error when answering the questions. Questions were assigned a point value based on difficulty. After each session the points were tallied and the leader-board updated so our attendees could stay current on the points leaders.

After 6 sessions spread over 3 weeks, we arrived at our final leaderboard participants. Congratulations Andreas Rhomberg on taking the top spot! We asked a number of questions about features and functions, packaging, and general workflow of SOLIDWORKS and Andreas conquered them all. The top ten spots in the leaderboard will all be receiving a gift card from Digital Dimensions as a Thank You for your participation and a congratulations on your impressive display of SOLIDWORKS know how.

Each time you answered a question in our Poll we awarded one “raffle ticket” for entry to win the Grand Prize. With all the entries we are very excited to announce that this year’s Grand Prize winner is Cole Johnson. Congratulations Cole on winning the iPad Mini!

We look forward to continuing to work with each and every one of you and hope you all learned and enjoyed this year’s launch sessions. See you next time!

We would also like to thank our sponsor for this event

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San Diego, CA (September 28, 2015) Digital Dimensions, a SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller since 1995, announced today that it has expanded its offering of engineering software tools to include Inspire and Evolve from solidThinking.

solidThinking Inspire utilizes topology optimization and design for manufacturing shape controls that enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to easily create and investigate structurally efficient concepts, leading to reductions in cost, development time, material consumption, and product weight. Inspire runs on both Mac OS X and Windows.

“Reducing part and assembly mass is important to us, and solidThinking Inspire shows us how we can do this while also increasing the durability of structural components,” said Martin W. Dirker, Technical Specialist of Navistar Inc. “The great thing is the rapid feedback from design to an optimized shape.”

solidThinking Evolve is a high quality 3D Hybrid Modeling and Rendering environment that enables industrial designers to evaluate, research and visualize various designs faster than ever before. Evolve runs on both Mac OS X and Windows.

“At Digital Dimensions, our purpose has been to provide innovative solutions to the complex task of engineering better products. We help our customers succeed through the support, training and software we deliver. Choosing to partner with solidThinking made sense for us because of their commitment to the user community that seeks to find faster ways to create better products,” said Gordon Pursel, Product and Marketing Manager at Digital Dimensions.

About Digital Dimensions, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Digital Dimensions has been leading the industry in implementation, training, and support of state-of-the-art design and analysis tools. Digital Dimensions has a proven track record working with over 2500 design teams using SOLIDWORKS as a technical support, customer service, and training provider.

About solidThinking, Inc.

solidThinking creates, develops and markets technology that helps our user community bring the most desirable products to their customers faster. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks® suite. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich., (USA)-based Altair, a company focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. To learn more, please visit www.solidthinking.com

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San Diego, CA (August 17th, 2015) – Digital Dimensions Inc, has partnered with Altium, the creators of the industry-leading PCB design software Altium Designer, to offer the latest PCB Design Technology and ECAD/MCAD collaboration with SOLIDWORKS. PCBWorks improves communication between electrical and mechanical design teams with linked design data and managed engineering change processes between design environments.

While PCBWorks focuses heavily on collaboration, PCBWorks includes all of the latest PCB design technology from Altium, with a unified design environment between schematic capture and PCB layout and a streamlined interface.

“We believe that PCBWorks will help our SOLIDWORKS users collaborate with their electronic counterparts.” said Gordon Pursel, Product and Marketing Manager at Digital Dimensions. “It will allow the electrical and mechanical specialists to work in their own workflows, but now there’s a common link that ties their design processes together.”

PCBWorks includes several features that connect design data with mechanical designers in SOLIDWORKS. Designers no longer have to struggle with current collaboration methods such as STEP importing/exporting. Electrical and mechanical designers can work in their own workflows while pushing revisions back and forth throughout the design process.

Latest design collaboration technology in PCBWorks includes:

  • An ECAD/MCAD project collaboration server that links SOLIDWORKS mechanical models to electrical data in a single managed project. Changes made to either side of the design process can be pushed with a managed Engineering Change Order Process.

  • Parasolid file format native support in SOLIDWORKS allows electrical designers to link directly to models for enclosures and component bodies for visual accuracy in Native 3D.

  • Extracted copper information from board assemblies provides mechanical designers with more simulation options in SOLIDWORKS including thermal, vibration, and mechanical simulations.

About Digital Dimensions Inc,

For more than 25 years, Digital Dimensions has been leading the industry in implementation, training, and support of state-of-the-art design and analysis tools. Digital Dimensions has a proven track record working with over 2500 design teams using SOLIDWORKS as a technical support, customer service, and training provider.

About Altium

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) is an Australian multinational software corporation that focuses on electronics design systems for 3D PCB design and embedded system development. Altium products are found everywhere from world leading electronic design teams to the grassroots electronic design community.

With a unique range of technologies Altium helps organizations and design communities to innovate, collaborate and create connected products while remaining on-time and on-budget. Products provided are Altium Designer®, Altium Vault®, CircuitStudio®, PCBWorks®, CircuitMaker® and the TASKING® range of embedded software compilers.

Founded in 1985, Altium has offices worldwide, with US locations in San Diego and Boston, European locations in Karlsruhe, Amersfoort, Kiev and Zug and Asia-Pacific locations in Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney. For more information, visit www.altium.com.

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MySolidWorks is an excellent resource for no-cost online training. Anyone with an account can access more than 10 hours of training at their convenience. Even better, active SOLIDWORKS Subscription users can learn from 100+ hours of training sessions anytime, all from the convenience of your mobile device or laptop.

Right now, Subscription users can dive into new SOLIDWORKS 2015 Enterprise PDM (EPDM) training modules including:

  • EPDM Overview: Get the basics on EPDM data management and functionality, powered by Microsoft SQL Server.
Visit MySolidWorks TODAY and log in to learn your next design skill and explore new features created to make your day more productive.
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Brian Findley, President of Digital Dimensions, Inc., is taking part in the 192 mile Pan-Mass Challenge, a charity ride benefiting the Jimmy Fund for cancer research. Last year, Team Dassault (http://www.teamdassault.com/) raised over $500,000 for the third time in the 13 years of the team’s existence. In total, they have raised $4.8 million. This year, Brian is riding with Team Dassault again, but this time around, he is riding in honor of his friend, Todd Gutschow, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This is what Brian had to say about Todd and his fight against cancer:

“Todd Gutschow was diagnosed in March of this year and has been going through treatments. Everything is positive and I’m confident he will beat the disease. Todd is an advocate for improving K-12 education and has done nothing but public service since retiring from his software business. He serves on the boards of AVID Center, Classroom of the Future Foundation, Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Cancer is a horrible disease that can affect even the best people in this world.”

However, in order to participate for the ride this year, Brian must first raise $4,300. Credit card donations are accepted through (http://www.pmc.org/profile/bf0110). For more information about sending a check, please email Brian at (bfindley@ddicad.com). Any amount is appreciated and donations over $75 will receive a Team Dassault t-shirt courtesy of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.

More information about the Pan-Mass Challenge can be found here: (http://www.pmc.org/about). All of the proceeds go towards the Jimmy Fund for the fight against cancer.

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Digital Dimensions | Aerospace | SOLIDWORKS

This April we have several really exciting webinars and events scheduled that focus on the Aerospace Industry. This is a quickly growing industry with stringent requirements and designs that require complex parts and assemblies. Our events scheduled for this month will help give you the tools necessary to stay competitive in this tough industry while also learning how to be more efficient with designs and processes. We can help find scalable solutions to:

  • Validate air flow performance
  • Optimize structural design
  • Setup shock and vibration analysis
  • Automate AS9102 FAI reports
  • Simplify your ISO change process
  • Integrate electrical-mechanical systems
  • Adopt Model Based Definition MIL-STD 3100
The six webinars we have tailored to the Aerospace Industry this month are:
  • Introducing the New Standard in Model Based Definition
  • Shock & Vibration of an Electronic Box
  • Rocket through a Faster Engineering Change Process
  • Electrical Documentation for a Fuselage
  • Tooling a Competitive Quality Program
  • Lift and Drag of Iterative Wing Designs
In addition to the webinars, we will also be hosting Lunch & Learns in locations around California and Arizona. Our Lunch & Learns are always a great place to listen to a presentation, network with industry peers, all while having food on us.
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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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