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Comparing SOLIDWORKS Standard vs Professional

  As you may know, SOLIDWORKS comes with various packages from which to choose. Generally, these packages feature multiple levels of software to benefit your product development. The most popular of the SOLIDWORKS packages are Standard and Professional. We will cover Premium in a later lesson. For now, let’s take a look at SOLIDWORKS Standard vs Professional and how they impact your design and manufacturing business. Note that Standard, Professional, and Premium improve your product design no matter the package you choose. All three products are valuable when considering product development, manufacturing, and reverse engineering.   What is SOLIDWORKS Standard? […]
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SOLIDWORKS PDM: Search & Ye Shall Find

Old habits die hard, they say. Nothing rings truer than this phrase when it comes to developing a process of storing manufacturing documents and files. In 2006, SOLIDWORKS launched PDMWorks Enterprise, later going through various renames before landing on the existing SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and Professional levels. Dare I say that today, because of SOLIDWORKS PDM, old habits may die a little easier? Let’s dive in and take a look at how efficient file storage and collaboration can be.   The Days Before PDM Before the release of SOLIDWORKS PDM, the only way to find the data files and documents […]
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Why Weld Symbols Are Important in Manufacturing

In my years of experience working with manufacturing teams, I’ve seen both excellent and not-so-great practices around welding when it relates to manufactured products. In the not-so-great cases, the problems are ordinarily a lack of knowledge of how welds are defined. The issues may even consist of a failure to understand how the weld specifications are communicated internally from the engineer designing the product to the shop floor producing the product. In some situations, it’s even a lack of understanding of the importance of weld symbols. The inquiries that I get around establishing internal weld processes and efficient weld symbol […]
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Weighing Your Options? Autodesk vs Solidworks

As a business leader, you’re likely called on to make a lot of decisions. Some of them may seem inconsequential, and others highly impactful. Regardless, every decision you make should be made after considering the options, and when the impact may be significant, it’s best to do some research first. When it comes to choosing your design software, it could have long-lasting implications for your business, your employees, and your projects. While there are quite a few options on the market, we’re going to take a look at two popular choices, Autodesk vs SOLIDWORKS. Each application has benefits; largely, your […]