Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Automate Your Design Using SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software gives designers and engineers powerful tools to speed up design variants and automate repetitive design tasks. The Design process can save time and development costs by accelerating the productivity. SOLIDWORKS automation and configuration tools simplify the reuse of existing design data to create new designs. Designers and engineers can configure design data and document quickly by creating new designs. By this way, the product development time is reduced to focus on innovating new products.

 SOLIDWORKS design reuse and automation tools include:
  • Design automation - Streamline the creation of similar parts
  • Parts and Assembly Configuration - Generate simple, complex, or similar versions of your design

Design Automation SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD tools automate repetitive design tasks, benefiting companies making custom products for bid/RFP, as well as high volume manufacturers.
SOLIDWORKS design automation tools include:
  • DriveWorksXpress - Automate and generate infinite variations of a model using rules-based project that runs again and again
  • Design Table - Simple automation using Excel inputs
  • SolidWorks Macros - Automate many tasks with only a few mouse clicks
  • Equations - Users build simple relations and capture design intents
  • Task Scheduler - Schedule and automatically drive off-peak batch processing
  • Microsoft VBA - Generate custom automation using standard industry tools
  • API - Automate Designs using Built In Application Programming Interface

Benefits of Design Automation
  • Elimination of Laborious manual method of calculation and drawing generation
  • Higher Customer Satisfaction
  • Error-free design and Drawing Development Processes
  • Re-use of knowledge
  • Increased Productivity
  • Elimination of bottlenecks in processes for higher efficiency
  • Lease Cost of Ownership
  • Proposal Generation for Least Cost and Time
  • Efficient Man Power Utilization
  • Increased availability of time for more productive development of designs and technologies

Monday, 26 September 2016

SolidWorks 2017 - Bewitching Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS is one of the emerging tool which always gives the Users with updated technology year by year. This year's updates are :
  1. Magnetic Mates: Let your product assemble with the power of Magnetism
  2. Wrap Feature: Wrap your sketches over any surface.
  3. Sheet Metal delighters: Create corner relief where three bends meet at one common point. Normal cut is much more extended to deliver better results, and Punch Table support for Mirrored & Derived parts.
  4. Advanced Holes: With better and advanced definition of Holes the updated version can group favorites for Hole features & add appearances.
  5. Drawing: Emphasizing Outlines for Drawing section views & Jagged outlines to differentiate among edges.
  6. eDrawings: The best communication tool will now support STEP, IGES, CATIA, Inventor & 3D XML files.
  7. SolidWorks Simulation: Stress Hot Spot detection & Diagnostics tool will now give a better experience in visualizing the analysis results for the users. More in detail, the enhancements focus on Offloading Simulation results, & Conversion of Study types.
  8. SolidWorks Plastics: The industry oriented Injection molding product will have automatic valve gates & better post processing result plots with high accuracy cooling.
  9. SolidWorks PDM: Over-writing the latest version to reduce the archives significantly.
  10. MBD & Visualize: MBD has good & accurate improvements in 3D PDF & Display orientations. We can render output using Visualize Boost & create section views & cutting planes.
SOLIDWORKS mostly focus on the Design Mantra & this 2017 version brings a new product SOLIDWORKS PCB & more of SOLIDWORKS Electrical enhancements. The 2017 motto is on "The Power You need to Drive Innovation" with delighted features on Innovate, Design, Validate, Collaborate, Manage & Build.

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Friday, 9 September 2016


In a Design and manufacturing industry, it’s important to be committed to Cost, Time and Quality; these three play a vital role towards organization growth and winning market. Compromising in any one will lead to adverse effect in organizational growth, hence these becomes the key dimensions that measure the competence and effectiveness in impact that an organization can create on customer, product and service. Further companies today are always seeking ways to increase efficiency by lowering time and costs without compensating quality.

Factors that affect Cost, Time and Quality
  • Effectiveness of the right tool to convert concept to design
  • Complexity in design process
  • Skill level of the employee
  • Prototype testing in real time to validate product reliability
  • Time consuming quality checks and documentation
  • Uncontrolled process
  • Rework and repair at later stage

Solution for effective Management of Cost, Time and Quality
  • 3D solid modeling is a critical aspect for modern product development, SolidWorks 3D CAD accelerate your design and development by reducing cycle time and costs enabling high productivity. It empowers you to transform your concept to product.
  • SolidWorks allow real-time collaboration that ensures the design, supply chain, and manufacturing requirements are synchronized, and costly errors are eliminated early in the design process. SolidWorks Electrical enables easy bi-directional collaboration between electrical and mechanical design.
  • SolidWorks user friendly interface shortens the learning curve. Regardless of user's level of experience SWIFT technology in SolidWorks enables easy communication of design intent.

  • SolidWorks Simulation enables virtual testing of product to validate reliability inside 3D CAD environment. It helps designers and engineers to simulate and analyze product performance which reduces cost and time involved in real time testing process.
  • SolidWorks Inspection streamlines your inspection processes by automating the creation of balloons on engineering drawings, and the creation of inspection data sheets and reports, thereby eliminating the time consumed and manual errors.
  • SolidWorks PDM controls and secures all product-related data, accelerates searching and data reuse, and eases sharing with other departments, it helps in creating workflow to formalize, manage, and optimize development, document approval, and engineering change processes. SolidWorks PDM enables connectivity between MRP/ERP systems.
  • Productivity tools in SolidWorks such as eDrawings, DimXpert, DFMxpress, Driveworksxpress, Costing etc… enables easy design and identification of errors at the early stage of design and eliminate the time consuming costly reworks.
To know more about SolidWorks click here 
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Friday, 19 August 2016

SolidWorks Electrical Solutions for Control Panel Design

Control panel

Control Panel is a cabinet made up of sheet metal form, which enhouses lot of electrical and electronic components. Ultimately, designed and built to meet the customer Automation needs.

Challenges Faced in Control Panel Design:

  • Optimizing the Routing of Wires to save Cost
  • Need for Intelligence in Sheetmetal handling to make immediate changes
  • Respond to Customer Requirements or Design Change and update the Project
  • Interference and Clearance Check between Wiring and Electrical Components 
  • Accurate generation of BOM/BOQ (Bill of Materials/Quantity) 
  • Control Diagram & Power Diagram creation
  • Reducing Manual errors and Mismatch of Electrical Components.

Solidworks Workflow for Control Panel Design:

Control Panel Design starts with the creation of SLD (Single Line Diagram), followed by the detailed Schematic diagram.

  • Schematic Diagram for the control Panel is completely based on the SLD and the Wire numbering is done at this stage.
  • Designer then creates, the panel design using 2D cabinet layout. This cabinet layout is viewed better when scaled, for 2D users.
  • An advanced 3D view of the Cabinet Layout can also be used to create the control panel design, from which they can generate the 2D layout.
  • Installation of Ducts inside the panel are crucial, since it eradicates the clumsy wire routing between the components and makes the wire routing tidy and easy to access.
  • Terminal Block in Control Panel Design simplifies the routing and it can be sized, Coloured depending on the Standards and needs.
  • Routing of wires and Cables are done with reference to Schematic diagram.
  • BOM/BOQ (Bill of Materials/Quantity) reports will be generated.      

Solidworks Electrical Solutions:

“SolidWorks Electrical” is powerful new generation Collaborative Electro- Mechanical software, which enables electrical designers and automation experts to create automation and electrical installation projects for Control panel.

SolidWorks Electrical takes advantage in helping the user to create the all the above said SLD, Schematic, Terminal block diagram, BOM/BOQ , 3D Routing & Reports with complete and intuitive automatic capabilities listed below.

Solutions to Control Panel Design:

  • Intelligent Design rule checking Tool 
  • 2D Panel Layout and Enclosure Design in 3D
  • Comprehensive library with more than 5 lakhs manufacturer parts
  • Powerful  symbol insertion with automatic breaks in circuits
  • Management of I/O and PLCs management
  • Auto Routing of Wire/cable and Harness in both 3D & 2D. 
  • Auto Sequencing of Wire numbers
  • Automatic generation of terminal strips and their management
  • Consolidated BOM/BOQ 


  • Integrated 2D & 3D with real time bi-directional Associativity
  • Built In Intelligence makes error free design
  • Better 3D visualization before completion of project
  • Automatic & Optimized Routing saves time and Cost
  • Automatic Report generation saves time and eradicates manual errors
  • Reduce manufacturing cost 
  • Overall productivity increases 
To know more about SolidWorks Electrical click here 
Register for SolidWorks Innovation Day 2017 click here
For more queries call us @ +91 94454 24704

Friday, 5 August 2016

Adaptive Methods of Meshing

SolidWorks Simulation offers the user for error estimation with the adaptive methods. These methods are mainly focussed on the approach of improving the accuracy of results for the simulation studies. In the domain of approach towards the accuracy of results, FEA provides major development in estimating errors. Thus, mesh refinement has major role towards this development process.

The adaptive meshing is a tool which iteratively varies the mesh settings for the model without the manual interference. SolidWorks Simulation has two adaptive methods i.e. p-adaptive & h-adaptive.

The h-adaptive meshing physically adjusts the size of the cell in areas of the model where smaller mesh is required.

The p-adaptive meshing normally adjusts the polynomial order of the mesh to improve the accuracy of the results. The user can directly select any of the option inside the software.

h-adaptive meshing technique:

  • Varies the refinement level
  • Varies the density of the mesh
  •  Automatically done without any manual interference
p-adaptive meshing technique:
  • Controls the starting order of elements
  • More efficient in regions with high errors
  • Automatic global convergence criteria

Saturday, 30 July 2016


SolidWorks has fulfilled their customer’s need of getting back the Classic color and Sketch Tool Pointer back to its classic Style. Check out, the all new SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 4.0 Highlights.

Sketch Tools Pointers
The sketch tools pointers have changed to use a pencil-themed icon, similar to the icons used in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and earlier. The crosshair-themed sketch tools pointers are no longer used.

More Color in Icons
More color is used in icons for the default and classic icon sets.

Clarity of icons has improved by introducing highlight colors, such as
  • Yellow for lightning bolts and pencils,
  • Green for open and import arrows
  • Magenta for selection filters.
Contact us for more info on what’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016:

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Modern day manufacturers are extensively focussing on producing light weight components using good testing methods. Heat and Mass transfer is a key area for any product development and material selection next to structural simulation.

The Coffee Mug is a typical example to study the Temperature & Modes of Heat Transfer. The mug is formed to hold liquids within the walls resulting in gain or loss of thermal energy for the heat conduction. Temperature is a scalar quantity, where only one degree of freedom is required to study on the models. The resulting temperature are differentiated for temperature gradients & calculates the heat flux based on the thermal conductivity of the material.

The Thermal analysis present in SolidWorks Simulation deals with the Heat Flow in a Solid body governing the enter and exit of temperature on that body. The entering & Exit of temperature is studied by the conduction, convection & radiation modes. For this simple example, liquid heat flows through the wall with the surrounding ambient air. The Natural convection is considered for the fluid movement from becoming Hot to Cold. The heat transfer is studied with the help of Thermal transient analysis to stabilize the temperature on the cup with the fluid for time period.

The cup is made up of ceramic porcelain material with thermal conductivity value of 1.5W/m.K. The inside fluid temperature is considered to be 70°C with the ambient temperature of 30°C for 2 minutes of time.

Thermal analysis in SolidWorks Simulation calculates the temperature and heat transfer within and between components in your design and its environment. This is an important consideration of design, as many products and material have temperature dependent properties. Product safety is also a consideration-if a product or component gets too hot, you may have to design a guard over it. Thus, to overcome all the temperature effects for product design, SolidWorks Simulation is useful in solving problems.

Monday, 30 May 2016

How to link SolidWorks EPDM Data Card Values with Excel


SolidWorks EPDM performs Various task, in which Linking Data Card Values with an Excel document creates a basic understanding on how EPDM easily integrated with various tool. This is most needed yet most organization find it quite difficult to link various documents with the company's customized data card. This article provides information on how to perform this above task.


Inside Admin Tool

Create a new variable inside the administration tool on the appropriate vault that will be used in the card, give a variable name, variable type. Create New Attribute with Block Name and Attribute Name which need to be connected with the Excel. Provide the extension to make the work simple as possible.

After assigning a New Variable, make sure that the variable get positioned inside the data card. Hence create a field for that variable and map it to the variable name. Office card(Word, Excel) will be used to extract various information about the vendors, suppliers etc, make sure that variable get connected to the exact data card.

Inside Excel

Create a Excel file from the EPDM Vault, Click on the cell, which the property needs to be renamed. The Cell name is entered. The Cell name must be unique to the current sheet and do not contain any spaces in between them.

Inside the Custom Properties type the 'Name', same as that used in the new variable 'Attribute Name'. This Cell name is entered 'Source' Tab, mark 'Link to Content' . Save and close the Excel sheet.


This is two way method. Either you can enter the comment in the 'Note' tab inside the data card and save it. This will appear inside the Excel sheet.
Enter the text in the appropriate cell, save and close the excel, automatically Data Card with that note will appear.
Hence you can link your EPDM Data Card with Excel Document.