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Tom Foster has nearly 40 years of drafting experience across various 3D/2D CAD platforms and traditional mechanical engineering methods. A majority of his experience was in pencil and table drafting, spending a good portion of his career working as an engineer for Universal Instruments Corp. (“Universal”) in the Binghamton area. While at Universal, he served in various engineering and management capacities.


As this case study is about the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS, it’s ironic that a good majority of Tom’s 3D modeling experience was in PTC’s Creo platform, prior to his first exposure to SOLIDWORKS.


3D Modeling Bites!

What is this?! Jesse Sprague badmouthing 3D Modeling? What has this world come to? 

Oh contraire, my fair readers. Read On. On this day I am more impressed with 3D Modeling than ever. It is the way of the present but it is also the way of the future. While the SOLIDWORKS system of tools is not the hero of this particular story, its brothers and sisters in the CAD/CAM family certainly are.

The story begins on a cold winter night with some friends back in town from afar. It is a disturbing tale and not one for the squeamish or faint of heart.


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:


Advancing Innovative Medical Devices with SOLIDWORKS Solutions

The history of AngioDynamics® is best characterized by innovation and growth. Originally founded in Queensbury, N.Y., U.S., in 1988, AngioDynamics has grown into a NASDAQ-listed public company with a global reach.

AngioDynamics’ mission is to provide benefits to patients by being the leader in design, development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative, proprietary, therapeutic devices used by interventionalists and surgeons for the minimally invasive treatment of peripheral vascular disease, tumor therapy and other, non-vascular disease.

CADimensions and AngioDynamics began their working relationship in 2001 with a couple of licenses of SOLIDWORKS, but has grown to 67 licenses from the SOLIDWORKS suite of solutions.


The Flexible Spring Animation

“That looks ok, but can we see the spring compress?” It is the dreaded question that so many SOLIDWORKS animation users find themselves on the receiving end of. Creating in-context geometry modifications is not always the easiest task in an animation. A spring compressing or decompressing is the quintessential example of this. I have seen a multitude of different ways of creating this type of animation. Some of them I have found too complicated, some of them too slow. Recently however, I tried a variation of some other techniques I have used in the past. I’ve found this technique easy to create, quite stable, quick to solve and realistic looking! It has become my preferred method for creating fast, in-context spring animations like this one I’ve saved as a .gif:

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