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The Human Side of CAD: Part Two

In my previous post, I spoke about the relationships we make through daily interactions. This time I’d like to discuss how those interactions differentiate our offerings in comparison to other design applications. Every design solution in the market today claims to be the “best in the industry." However, statements to support this claim are so subjective, it is difficult to determine their real value.

For example, here are just a few statements from industry leading providers of 3D modeling products:

• “________ offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools.”

• “________ applications give you all the capabilities you need in one easy-to-use, scalable, interoperable environment.”

• “________ is professional 3D CAD. Create complex parts, assemblies, and detailed drawings quickly and easily.”

These phrases could really apply to any product or provider. So between general marketing statements like these and the opinions of design engineers on social media, how can anyone make an informed decision on “what’s best” for their business?

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Sometimes it’s better in 2D

Yes, you read that correctly. No, I did not change companies to work a for 2D CAD Company.

Sometimes, though, if the proper conditions apply, a 2D Simulation analysis can save huge amounts of time and processing power. SOLIDWORKS Simulation has the ability to simplify certain cases from large, complex meshes to lightweight 2D meshes for static, thermal and nonlinear studies.

Take this clip, for example. For the nonlinear study, I just want to engage the clip and verify the stresses on the tabs will not cause failure.

SOLIDWORKS Nonlinear

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Win a Free SOLIDWORKS Bag! Rendering Contest

I knew I’d get your attention with that. Often I hear, “Jesse, how can I become the snazziest guy or gal in the cube-block?” My answer is always the same. You need a SOLIDWORKS bag.

Well, today is your lucky day because I’d like to give you this one! (If you recognize my model, tell him how handsome he is the next time you have a support case or training class with him!)

However, if you want it, I am going to make you work for it. The good news is, I’ll let you keep your assignment!

This year, CADimensions is hosting a rendering contest! Here’s how it’s going to work.

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Infographic: 5 Reasons to Partner with Us

In the 8 months I’ve been at CADimensions, I'm really amazed by the dedication and culture of the company, management, and my coworkers. However despite my time here, I have still not figured out how to conduct an accurate thermal fluid analysis to save my life! I suppose this is because I’m not an engineer, and most of my time is spent on marketing and communications.

So in true marketer fashion, when asked what my five favorite things were about CADimensions, I couldn’t think of a better way to convey my list than as an infographic.

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Christmas (Beta) in July for SOLIDWORKS users

It’s that time of year again. Our FAVORITE time of year. It’s like Christmas in July for SOLIDWORKS AEs. It’s BETA time! One of the philosophies that has made SOLIDWORKS the #1 CAD software in the world, has been to listen to its users. If you have ever attended or live-streamed SOLIDWORKS World, you know that on day 3, they show a preview of the next release. In this presentation, they also show the “Top Ten” user requested enhancements for that year. SOLIDWORKS consistently adds 80+% of these user requests to the release. 

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta Testing Program

The BETA program allows anyone on subscription to sign up and test the release well before it is available to the general public. The program benefits everyone involved. Users get to play with all the cool new tools and test functionality, and SOLIDWORKS gets more eyes (and mice) on the software testing for bugs or regressions.

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