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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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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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3D Printing Debunked: 3 Misconceptions of 3D Printing

With the influx of 3D printing into mainstream culture and media, there has been a clear progression of science and technology fueled projects and endeavors both in and out of the professional world, which has been documented by the Wohler 2016 report showing tremendous growth in the 3D printing market in the past couple of years.

 

Now, while this is fantastic news for the future of the 3D printing industry as a whole, there have been some drawbacks with our work being pushed into the scientific limelight.

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