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Automate with DriveWorksXpress and Save $500 when you Upgrade to DriveWorks Solo

Free Design Automation Inside SOLIDWORKS

DriveWorksXpress is the free design automation tool included in every license of world-leading, 3D CAD design software, SOLIDWORKS.

DriveWorksXpress is ideal for everyday repetitive design tasks. Use it to create multiple variations of SOLIDWORKS Parts, Assemblies and Drawings quickly and accurately.

Save time, reduce repetitive tasks and minimise costly errors.

You’ll find DriveWorksXpress under the SOLIDWORKS Tools menu, all you need to do is activate it by following these simple steps.

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Safeguard your data from cyber attacks with SOLIDWORKS PDM

Cyber criminals no longer come in the form of Nigerian princes. The evolution of cyberattacks can be seen in news headlines across the world, such as “WannaCry”; the ransomware that locked up computers in an estimated 150 countries.

In 2016 alone, 1,209 data breaches occurred and resulted in 1.1 billion identities being exposed, according to the  Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report. With worldwide cyber security threats increasing in number and strength, businesses are being advised to take action and increase company data security.

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Customer Spotlight: Castle Power Solutions

Making the switch from 2D to 3D can seem like a daunting task to companies who still find themselves entrenched in their legacy design processes. With this in mind, I wanted to take a minute to highlight one of CADimensions new partners from 2016, Castle Power Solutions.

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How do you manage 2D to 3D drawing conversions?

Do you have a bad 2D drawing story to tell? Let’s be honest, who in the CAD world doesn’t? The pains of having to deal with 3D drawings improperly converted from 2D drawings is an inevitability. Your chances of avoiding it are as high as your chances of avoiding winter snow in Upstate New York. We have to face and accept the fact that we are human, therefore prone to error. Once we’ve accepted this fact, we can open the door for more efficient solutions to our 2D to 3D drawing conversion.

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Save Time - Automate FAI Documentation

The First Article Inspection documentation process can be daunting and time-consuming. Think about all of the time that goes into measuring properties and geometries of parts. In the occasion that a part is off by half a millimeter, a hole is a hair too far to the right, the color is indigo blue 2 instead of blue 1, or the part is stiffer than specified, time has to be taken to correct these issues. Even more time is spent resubmitting the parts for First Article Inspection and documentation. Imagine how much easier the inspection process would be if this were automated. So much precious time and energy could be saved and redirected towards more productive things.

Seriously, think of everything on your to-do list. How many things could you cross off with the gift of time bequeath by automated FAI documentation? For all of those workaholics out there having trouble envisioning it, the folks at CADimensions have assembled some great examples. Here are our top ten:

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Building a Bridge over the Skilled Labor Gap

Ask a machine shop owner what they see as the biggest problem facing the industry at present: chances are high that they will say the “lack of skilled labor.” For the greater part of the 20th century, machine shops and manufacturing plants were amongst the fastest growing industries in the country; employing a large portion of the American workforce. In today’s landscape, however, a 15-year labor shortage is predicted to extend the labor deficit currently burdening this sector. Not to worry, though.  Technology is circling a shiny, silver lining around the situation to at least help ease the workload; more on that later.  It first might help to gain a firmer grasp of the factors leading to the labor shortage.

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3D Printer Transition

The world's technology is constantly changing and being further developed, and we see that especially in the realm of 3D printers. Just how far have we come though? We broke it down for you in a then and now comparison of Stratasys machines.

Check out the difference just 25 years can make!

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Is Your Server a Digital Junk Drawer?

Let’s talk about junk drawers. How many of us have them? What kind of items do you store in them? Is it always junk, or does it double as the designated filing system for all things without permanent homes? Maybe you keep semi-important documents in there; things that you don’t need at the moment, but there is still a high-chance you’ll come back to them at a later time. What happens when you go back to retrieve items “stored away” in the junk drawer? If you’re anything like me, the outcome of the junk drawer retrieval process usually results in frustration, bad words, and a blizzard of 20lb. bond and cardstock from two birthdays ago.

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5 Problems That Can Arise from an Inaccurate BoM

How important is the Bill of Materials (BoM) in achieving the desired end result of a final product for a commercial design? Is it an afterthought? A document that is nice to have on file, but not really necessary? Or, is the bill of materials an integral and necessary portion of any commercial design and manufacturing project – one that follows the process from conception to production? I’m willing to bet many, if not most, would concede the latter.

Levying the significance of the BoM, it should be no great surprise that errors in this document can spell out big problems in the grand scheme of things. If not caught in time, some problems can be felt not only interdepartmentally, but also by the end-user. Here are just some of the dilemmas inaccurate BoMs can cause:

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Attracting New Talent While Increasing Retention Rates [Infographic]

All companies have to weigh the options of recruiting and training new talent, versus putting their efforts towards retaining current employees. Why not work towards doing both? When looking at what the work force is seeking in a job there are some interesting statistics that may influence your decision.

To help you break it down, we have gathered some convincing points for you to consider.

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