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Quadro P4000 Review Recently we have been able to do some more graphics card testing for the Pascal cards from NVIDIA. With more software on the market taking advantage of the GPU for compute purposes the graphics card is taking on an even more critical role depending on the users workflow and needs. Externally the Read more about Quadro P4000 Testing[…]
While many products when rendered are best shown without the weld beads to show the “smooth” finished product there are times when a visible weld bead is much more realistic. With piping, structural, and some automotive components the weld bead is clearly visible on the final product so the render is more realistic with a Read more about Rendering Weld Beads in PhotoView 360[…]
The uncertainty after the departure of former Autodesk CEO Carl Bass in February has ended with Andrew Anagnost named as President and CEO. Back in February after an interview with Sarah Lacy Carl Bass abruptly resigned along with two members of the Autodesk board. Andrew Anagnost and Amar Hanspal have served since then as interim Read more about Autodesk Names Andrew Anagnost President and CEO[…]
The SolidWorks Treehouse tool often gets overlooked with so many other enhancements and new tools being added to the SolidWorks suite recently. With minimal setup Treehouse is a great way to plan and even reuse assembly structures across multiple engineering projects. This tech tip will cover the basic setup and export of an assembly structure Read more about Setting up SolidWorks Treehouse[…]
Mate references within SolidWorks are used to quickly align and add Mates to define a component automatically during the drag and drop process. Creating a Mate Reference The mate reference command in SolidWorks is found under Reference Geometry on either the Features toolbar or under the Insert menu dropdown. Mate Reference Read more about SolidWorks Mate References[…]
When the K4200 first debuted the testing showed it was a pretty significant step forward. Now that NVIDIA has released the all new m4000 card as it’s replacement it is time to see how they stack up. The M4000 uses NVIDIA’s new Maxwell GPU architecture GM204GL to replace the K4200’s Kepler based GK104GL. With 8 Read more about NVIDIA Quadro m4000 Testing[…]
One of the primary advantages to using any PDM system is document control. In any CAD department it is critical to provide production with the correct revision of a drawing to prevent issues. An option in SolidWorks Workgroup PDM that can help any CAD Manager or User with this is the ability to automatically create Read more about CAD Lounge SolidWorks Tech Tip: Workgroup PDM Auto-Create PDF Files[…]
1. When adding a dimension to a sketch you can hold down SHIFT while choosing an arc to dimension to the tangent point. Standard Dimension SHIFT to dimension arc 2. Holding down CONTROL while drawing a sketch entity will turn off the automatic relations. This is very useful in complex sketches where SolidWorks might add Read more about 7 Tips for Faster SolidWorks Modeling[…]
SolidWorks provides a tool for easily adding custom properties to multiple parts and assembly files efficiently called the Property Tab Builder. This tech tip will cover using the SolidWorks Property Tab Builder to add the “Material” custom property to all of the components in our main assembly file. To start SolidWorks Property Tab Builder go to Read more about Using SolidWorks Property Tab Builder[…]
This article was written last year (November 2014) and covers some of the recent movement to bring manufacturing back to the United States from overseas. One of the interesting points in this article versus many recent stories is that many of the companies are investing even more into automation and machinery to improve efficiency and Read more about Reshoring Picks Up Steam as Manufacturers Weigh Options ENGINEERING.com[…]