Manufacturing Archives | TPM
03-14-2022

SOLIDWORKS Price Increase & Business Model Transition

At TPM, we work with thousands of customers and manage more than tens of thousands of software licenses. Throughout our nearly 50 year history, we have had significant experience and exposure to various business models with our technology partners. We have helped thousands of organizations navigate the appropriate business model. One of our key partnerships is with Dassault Systemes, owner of SOLIDWORKS, and they are beginning a business transformation strategy to move to a complete subscription model.  For those new to the software space, Subscription or Software as a Service is a consumption model where you rent your software instead […]
02-15-2022
Rotating a chair built in SOLIDWORKS xShape

Pushing and Pulling Shapes in xShape

What Is xShape? xShape is an exciting cloud-based subdivision modeling tool that runs on a browser on the 3DExperience Platform. xShape allows users to generate freeform shapes in 3D using a workflow that feels more like sculpting than CAD modeling. After creating a model in xShape, users can import the model into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and add additional prismatic features to complete the design. This SOLIDWORKS to xShape connection is ideal for creating manufacturing-ready or 3D printing-ready models. Additionally, the relationship between the two modeling apps allows users to change the organic model within the xShape app and then reload […]
02-03-2022
SOLIDWORKS PDM Interface

What’s New for SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022?

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2022 brings significant new capabilities for users and administrators alike with its 2022 improvements. PDM includes advantageous features that manufacturing organizations leverage to manage their data. This fact remains true even before the updates included with the SOLIDWORKS 2022 edition. If you’re interested in reading about some of those features, we have previously covered PDM’s search function and file management security. Nonetheless, SOLIDWORKS looks to enhance PDM even further with beneficial updates year after year. This year is no different, seeing SOLIDWORKS bring some significant changes that improve SOLIDWORKS users’ day-to-day file management. Let’s explore the unique features […]
12-14-2021
Water Vehicle Assembly - SOLIDWORKS Standard vs Professional

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? […]