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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 […]

A Quick Look at Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

Are you familiar with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)? Maybe you are, but you may lack understanding of how to utilize it or why it might be necessary. In this blog, I will cover what GD&T is, how it can help you develop a consistent part measurement process and the importance of datums in GD&T for engineers and designers. Please note that this blog is brief and will not explain everything related to GD&T; we would need more space than this page contains to explain everything about GD&T. Still, it is the first of a series of blogs that will […]