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Everyday Problems: Creating an Enclosure for Raspberry Pis

My name is Rob and as anyone that knows me well will tell you, I have a problem with Raspberry Pi’s. They are my uncontrollable addiction and I cannot get enough. I currently have six of them with plans for more in the near future, if I see a used one for sale I have to have it. I use them for a variety of things such as, media centers, game emulators, home security systems, and various servers.

One of my latest projects was using an Arduino to control the temperature and water level in one of my saltwater fish tanks. The Arduino measures the water temperature and checks the water level via some external sensors. It then displays information about the tank to an LCD display, and sends serial data to a Raspberry Pi that stores the information in a database which can be queried and plotted through a web interface. Everything works flawlessly, but I didn’t have anywhere to put all of the components which would keep everything together and neatly organized. This is where SOLIDWORKS comes in.

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GrabCAD Introduces a Brand New SOLIDWORKS Add-in


Just three days after the release of Stratasys’ F123 series 3D printers, GrabCAD introduced a brand new SolidWorks Add-in. This add-in supplements the digital manufacturing ecosystem ideology that Stratasys has shaped over the last few years. For CAD users, this integrated feature will accelerate your additive manufacturing process.

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Support Volume of Custom Product Requests

Zehnder-Rittling is a combination of two family owned business, both with a very interesting history.

Jakob Zehnder first went into business in 1895 as a mechanic and bicycle dealer.  The business evolved in the 1920’s, the Zehnder family began to successfully manufacture the Zehnder light motorcycle. It wasn’t until 1930 that they invented the product that would lay the foundation for the company’s future success: Europe’s first steel tube radiator.

The Rittling Corporation was founded by Charles Rittling in 1946.  Their initial business was started by producing hydronic unit heaters in Buffalo, NY.  As market demand in the U.S. changed, the company shifted its focus to commercial and residential heating needs that could be utilized with the new energy infrastructure developed in the 1940’s – 1950’s.  Rittling was awarded its first US patent for twin tube residential baseboard elements in 1953.  Hydro-Air Components acquired the Rittling Corporation and added Rittling Finned Tube to the product offering in 1979.

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New Thread Wizard Tool

In 2016 SOLIDWORKS introduced an amazing new feature to create threads on a part. The new Thread Wizard tool allows you to quickly and easily create threads on your model. SOLIDWORKS has many different thread profiles in their library all ready, but let’s say you have a custom thread that isn’t listed. Well good news! I will show you how to create your own custom thread profile that you will be able to use in your modeling adventures.

First you will need to locate the Thread Profile Library file which will most likely be in C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 2017\Thread Profiles. To create a new thread profile you will have to open one of the existing profiles (.SLDLFP) in SOLIDWORKS.

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How your competition is beating you using SOLIDWORKS Smart Components

For those of you who haven’t noticed, SOLIDWORKS is really big on “data reuse.” That’s because recreating information is likely one of the largest contributors to lost time and designer frustration.

I was recently on a call with a customer who was using the “Smart Components” feature in SOLIDWORKS in a really cool way. It is a neat example of file reuse.  Here’s how it works:

Kevin Wilson at MAXPRO Technologies designs high pressure gas booster, liquid pump, and air amplifier systems, among other high pressure systems and components. Like any system, they use standard hardware and fittings to connect all their components.

Take this pressure regulator, downloaded from the manufacturer, for example.

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