How CAD/CAM Services Uses SolidWorks 2017
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, then you know our engineering staff here at CAD/CAM Services are big fans of SolidWorks.
Did you know that SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the 24th annual release of this great software product? It delivers CAD (MCAD, ECAD), simulation, data management and collaboration tools that we use daily to provide finished jobs to our clients and customers.
We like SolidWorks, because they are so response to user feedback. In fact, they tell us that 90 percent of their software enhancements are driven by user feedback, like ours. Thank you, SolidWorks!
With more than 250 new features and enhancements in CAD alone and a total of 520 new enhancements spread across all products, SolidWorks keeps even seasoned users like our engineers pleasantly surprised at the improvements in day-to-day productivity. Great for us in improving response time to our clients!
We especially like the core CAD enhancements such as variable Chamfer, super features that convert Chamfer to a Fillet for flexible modeling, advanced hole, enhancements to import mesh files, wrap feature, offset surface, and better placement of components while mating. While we haven’t quite seen the delivery of 5X performance over SolidWorks 2016, it’s darn close (and we’re still getting comfortable with the new tools, so expect that to improve.)
Magnetic mates with speedpack enhancements makes it fast and easy to manage large modular assemblies, something that we work on a lot for the Aerospace Industry.
Our SolidWorks Applications
Over the past few years, our company has moved steadily into more 3D work and less 2D work (although to be absolutely accurate, we still get our fair share of 2D requests). 3D Data has many uses in our digital world and 3D models provide much more information than 2D drawings. Here is a list of some of the applications where we use SolidWorks:
Sometimes, we combine these 3D CAD applications with 3D Scanning. By scanning an object or part that exists in the real world, you have the original “real” object and you have a virtual model that you can use for archiving, redesign, retrofitting and any number of other activities. Today, many industries prefer 3D data archival for parts, products and designs. Here are some of the industries we work with: t:
- Industrial Design
- Facilities Management
CAD/CAM and SolidWorks 2017 move into the new year dedicated to working with existing clients and new clients to scan, convert and/or model their parts, products and designs.
By using SolidWorks, we help companies:
- Add emerging technologies, into designs
- Gain greater design insights that lead to breakthrough products
- Turn new ideas into finished products in less time
- Unlock any 3D model to work with SOLIDWORKS
- Get design data under control