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NEW Flexible Licensing with SOLIDWORKS 2017

I make many visits to customers and run across a common theme. Their SOLIDWORKS Licensing requirement needs are constantly changing. SOLIDWORKS Engineering teams and startups have one thing in common: they both need to be able to add capabilities and licenses of SOLIDWORKS without long term commitments.  Hopefully the information in this blog will address that need.


SOLIDWORKS has traditionally been sold under the perpetual license model, which includes the initial software purchase and a yearly maintenance fee.  After that, you own that version forever, and can maintain maintenance for access to the latest versions. New in 2017 SOLIDWORKS is the ability to purchase Term licenses.


Term Licenses give you the flexibility and scalability that most customers need. It makes for easier budgeting and estimates on upfront costs. Term Licenses can be purchased in 3 months or 1 year renewable increments. So let’s say you are hiring an intern and know the position is for 3 months. You can now purchase a seat of SOLIDWORKS for that user for 3 months. Included in that term is full technical support and you are treated to the same resources available to perpetual licenses. At the end of the 3 months the seat of SOLIDWORKS shuts off but can be renewed or turned on at a later date to continue service. SOLIDWORKS is offering Term Licensing on the most popular products to start, with a promise of more to follow.


 

So, if you need flexibility and help controlling costs when your SOLIDWORKS needs fluctuate, or if you need to add SOLIDWORKS and Simulation for just one quick project, then Term Licensing in SOLIDWORKS 2017 will meet your needs. SOLIDWORKS will also continue to offer perpetual licensing for those whose needs are more static. For more information contact your local SOLIDWORKS Sales Rep at CADimensions.

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3D Printing in the Developing World

Like the torch of Prometheus, technology is a gift that allows us to connect with each other, be more productive, and evolve our way of life. It is a wonderful thing, although many in the world are still living in the dark. Video games, smartphones, and other rapidly developing technologies are incredible additions to our lives for certain, but they are irrelevant to a person who struggles to find fresh food and water every day. To answer this problem of unbalanced technology and power in the world, many incredible inventions have come into being, like the very popular Life Straw, or cheap, adjustable eye-glasses. In addition to these wonderful technologies, 3D printing has also been helping the world a great deal for some time.

There are a plethora of organizations we could talk about, but some that really stand out for us are in the realm of prosthetics. Just last year we partnered with the e-NABLE project, an organization founded by research scientist John Schull from Rochester Institute of Technology that develops and builds 3D printed prosthetic limbs for children around the world.

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May the Legos Be With You

If most of you out there reading this are anything like me, I grew up playing with the coolest toys… Legos!  My brother and I would dump our giant plastic tote and build houses, cars, spaceships, really anything that we could think of.  So when I learned about our interns’ Lego project, a task to help them become proficient in SOLIDWORKS, I quickly asked if I could join in.  I mean, who honestly wouldn’t want to play with Legos at work!

The purpose of the project is to model each individual Lego piece, and then build the assembly in SOLIDWORKS.  The project started with getting my Lego kit.  I was lucky enough to get an 87-piece Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter.

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Food and Fuzz

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the team at CADimensions has a lot to be thankful for: a dynamic staff, wonderful partners in SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys, and the best customers! As we approach the end of the year, November is the perfect time to reflect on how much we have to be grateful for, and strive to give back. This year, CADimensions is giving back in two ways, which I’m coining “Food and Fuzz”.

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Update to Create Better Looking Simulation Plots

Back in April of 2015, I wrote a blog on how to overlay your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Plots onto a rendered image of your assembly. If you haven’t read that article, check it out here.

Now that you read it, forget it, and upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2017. There is a new feature in 2017 named “Simulation Display”. This allows you to view your simulation results in the context of the overall assembly.

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