Understanding Plastic Part Design

Plastic parts are now commonplace in consumer product design, and for good reason. Highly durable, endless color options and of course, an inexpensive option when manufactured in high volumes.  For the engineering and design team at URB-E, it was a no brainier to utilize plastic components for the fenders and battery hub in order to […]



Learn How to Apply Toleranes on a Single Feature in SOLIDWORKS MBD

The DimXpert tools in SOLIDWORKS MBD allow you to dimension your parts and assemblies with 3D annotations in order to communicate requirements directly in 3D for the manufacturing process. DimXpert dimensions can show widths, lengths, diameters, and several other features and tolerances so you can fully represent your part. But what if one section of […]



Concept to Consumer Tour Will Break Down Lifecycle of URB-E Project

In the very beginning stages of design, ideas are commonly sketched out on paper; also known as “napkin sketches” due to the common practice of sketching at the local watering hole. This convenient method is ideal for visualizing our thoughts quickly but doesn’t allow us to prove out positioning and motion behaviors. A major design […]


Tech in Football: How Yamabiko Europe Scored with SOLIDWORKS

Thirty-two teams. Sixty-four games. One trophy. It all kicks off, quite literally, this June. Not merely a thrilling global display of elite athletic prowess, the world-famous football tournament is a carefully orchestrated exercise in preparation and management. From travel to turnstiles, from broadcast to blades of grass, every facet of this sporting spectacular requires precision […]


WHAT IF Thomas Edison used SOLIDWORKS?

Thomas Edison has over one thousand patents to his name (individual or joint), 1,093 to be exact.  Most notably for the light bulb, the phonograph, and an initial motion picture concept.  He was also very famous in his early 30s and throughout his 84 years.  He also had innovations in manufacturing and was a savvy […]



SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – June 2018

Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, co-authored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. You can help improve SOLIDWORKS PDM and all SOLIDWORKS Products By Larry Zolla SOLIDWORKS customers have been driving the evolution of SOLIDWORKS PDM since 2006, and it has all happened because […]


The Dawn of the Mechatronics Product Designs

Product performance and capabilities are evolving exponentially, design and technologies are becoming more challenging, and market/business pressure are constantly mounting. These factors are driving the need for cohesive, adaptive design capabilities for today’s products that can only be produced effectively through purpose-built mechatronics software. With the dawn of the Mechatronics product design, the day of […]



New eLearning Course Gets Users Up to Speed in 3D Printing

Although 3D printing has been around for about 30 years, the recent past has seen a huge adoption in additive manufacturing (AM) technology in both the commercial and personal arenas. Low-cost 3D printers have made the technology so affordable that today you can simply walk into a number of retail establishments and purchase a machine […]



WHAT IF Alexander Graham Bell used SOLIDWORKS?

  I’m sure I’m not the first to wonder what awesome products the great inventors of the world would have been able to create if they were alive and had access to the tools we use today.  Back in 2014, I wrote an article asking this question of Leonardo daVinci:  What if Leonardo da Vinci […]


SOLIDWORKS 2018 SP3 is now available to download

This service pack for SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM, is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here. Alternatively log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at and click Download Software and Updates to access the update. You will need your SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal login details to download SOLIDWORKS. If you don’t have an […]


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