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SOLIDWORKS 2015: Design Competition

Prism Engineering “Inspiring Innovation” SOLIDWORKS 2015 Design Competition

Enter to win a 3D printed model of your 3D CAD model! The design that “inspires innovation” will be the winning submission; winners will be selected at Prism Engineering SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Events. Some restrictions apply.

Enter your design at Prism Engineering’s “INSPIRING INNOVATION” SOLIDWORKS 2015 Design Competition

Watch Toby’s “INSPRING INNOVATION” SOLIDWORKS 2015 Design Competition Video below:

Tech Alert: Tool Radius/Chamfer Updates Unexpectedly in Mastercam X8

A number of users have brought an issue to our attention where the corner radius or chamfer dimension of a milling tool updates unexpectedly in Mastercam X8.

When you are creating or editing a tool that has either a corner radius or chamfer, the Tool Manager automatically updates that dimension whenever you change the Cutting diameter.

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The problem is that even if you have manually entered a different radius or chamfer dimension, Mastercam overrides it if you subsequently change the tool diameter.

The values can also change when editing the tool even if you do not actually enter a different tool diameter. Because the Cutting diameter field has focus when you first enter that dialog box, the radius or chamfer might update as soon as focus changes, even if you do not type anything in the Cutting diameter field.

Mastercam is currently working on a solution it expects to publish shortly. Mastercam will issue a HotFix through the Update Service and also make it available as a download.

In the meantime, the workaround is to make sure you check the radius or chamfer value whenever you are in this dialog box, and manually edit it if it has changed.

For more information, please read this thread on the Mastercam Forum or contact Prism Engineering’s Mastercam Technical Support Department.

Check back soon for the updated HotFix

Prism Engineering Opens Region’s Largest 3D Printing Additive Manufacturing Lab

Prism Engineering Announces Grand Opening of the Region’s Largest Additive Manufacturing Lab

August 21, 2014-Philadelphia, PA-Prism Engineering, Inc., the Mid-Atlantic’s most trusted & preferred source for CAD, CAM, and 3D printing solutions, announces the grand opening of the region’s largest Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Lab. Prism’s Additive Manufacturing Lab includes seven Stratasys 3D printers, featuring production-level machines down to tabletop units.

The Prism Engineering Additive Manufacturing Lab brings the region the only industrial show room equipped with Stratasys 3D printers available for 3D printing demonstrations. The region now has direct access to preview Stratasys 3D printers available for purchase. Additive Manufacturing with 3D printers is moving the design-to-manufacture process away from traditional machining and subtractive manufacturing methods, saving many engineers & manufacturers time and money.

On September 10, 2014, Prism Engineering will host a Grand Opening Event at its Additive Manufacturing Lab in Horsham, PA from 10 AM – 7 PM. 3D Printing presentations, complete with prize raffles & industry examples, will be followed by tours of the Additive Manufacturing Lab. Prism is also entering all attendees into a drawing to win a MAKERBOT 3D PRINTER!

In addition, Prism will unveil its Applications Engineers’ designs to “3D Print a Better Work Day” at its Grand Opening on September 10, 2014. Join us to learn how 3D printers are changing not only the design & manufacturing industries, but also day-to-day life.

To learn more about Prism Engineering, Inc.’s technical support, subscription service, and other products & services, visit www.prismeng.com.

About Prism Engineering, Inc.:
Prism Engineering is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of SolidWorks 3D CAD software, Mastercam CAM software, and Stratasys 3D Printers. In addition to these products, Prism offers a host of complementary Training and Support Services at its regional facilities and Certified Training Centers located in Horsham, PA, Allentown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Elkridge, MD, and Lynchburg, VA. For more information, demonstrations, and news about products and services, please contact Prism at 888-441-9696 or visit www.prismeng.com.

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Contact: Elizabeth Shovlin, Prism Engineering, Inc., 888-441-9696, marketing@prismeng.com.

Using Mastercam’s FindOverlap Command

Have you ever tried to chain a contour in Mastercam and it stops at a Branch Point where you know there shouldn’t be one? Me neither. But it could happen, right?

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There’s no reason I should be seeing a Branch Point where I’m seeing a Branch point. So I select Delete Duplicates from the menu and Mastercam tells me there are no duplicates. Perplexed? Perhaps. Stymied? Not a chance.

I go to Settings on the Main Menu and select Run User Application. The Open dialog opens and I pick FindOverlap.dll winexplorer

I’m asked to pick the geometry I want check. I usually pick all wireframe and end selection. If I have any overlapping, entities I’ll see this dialog box:Dialog box

If I cared about which was first or last or previous or next, I could click on the appropriate button. Mostly I just want the mess cleaned up, so I click on cleanup and I get the following:

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I need to Repaint and check for gaps because I don’t get to pick the overlapping entity that gets deleted. If I have a gap I need to trim to fix it.

You can view a quick tutorial video on how to use Mastercam’s FindOverlap command below, or you can copy & paste the below link into your browser:

http://youtu.be/4jLGwr79azc

FindOverlap is a handy tool to help you clean up bad geometry that you inadvertently created or that you imported from some other CAD system.

Toby’s Tech Talk Episode 31 posted on YouTube

Hello Prism Engineering Community,
In episode 31 of Toby’s Tech Talk we discussed the use of BACKUP and AUTO RECOVERY settings to help if you ever end up with corrupted files. The most common indication of a file becoming corrupted is a dialog box with a message similar to this:

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After this lesson we got into a great discussion regarding ROUTING – PIPING AND TUBING during which we demonstrated how easily we can create a pipe route similar to the one in this image, with a BOM and PIPE LENGTHS for all components:

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Take a look at the video on Prism’s YouTube page where you can learn about BACKUP, RECOVERY and ROUTING FUNCTIONS in SolidWorks.
http://youtu.be/W8DvEb-OVUI. The video is also posted below for your convenience!

Please enjoy and feel free to comment or post any questions below.

Take care,
Toby Schnaars

Toby’s Tech Talk Episode 30 posted on YouTube

Hello Prism Engineering Community,

In episode 30 of Toby’s Tech Talk, we continue our discussion of Advanced Mates by examining the Mechanical Mates section of the SolidWorks Assembly environment.

MECH MATES

Take a look at the following link to our YouTube page where you can learn all about these Mechanical Mates in SolidWorks. As a bonus, we also discuss the use of SKETCHED TEXT and how you can ensure that it is fully defined in your sketch.

http://youtu.be/NQU6cl5Gji0

Please enjoy and feel free to comment or post any questions below.

Take care,
Toby Schnaars

Sean O’Neill’s SolidWorks User Group Presentation: Imported Geometry

Earlier this year while at SolidWorks World 2014, I spoke to Jeff Holliday, leader of the Mid-Atlantic Region Independent SolidWorks User Group (MARISUG), about presenting at an upcoming SolidWorks User Group meeting at the Horsham, PA Library.

Last Thursday, April 17, I had the opportunity to present about Imported Geometry in SolidWorks. It’s a topic that most users have to become somewhat acquainted with, and it’s one that, in my opinion, could use some demystifying. For those reasons, I thought it would be a great topic to share with my fellow SolidWorks users.

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MARISUG meeting at the Horsham Library

 

Through the use of an eclectic mix of SolidWorks features that lend themselves to these ‘direct-editing’ sorts of operations, I made a significant amount of changes. Towards the end of my array of fixes and alterations, I utilized the INTERSECT command, which was new in SolidWorks 2013, to capture the internal volume of my basket using a surface body and an existing solid. My selections can be seen below:

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I then added a decal to the resultant internal body, making it appear as if it was a pile of laundry!

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Overall, it was very fulfilling to receive great feedback on the presentation, as it was something I worked very hard on. Presenting at these meetings gives us a unique opportunity to interact with fellow users in a neutral forum, and we’re always happy to participate and contribute.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to contact Prism’s SolidWorks Technical Support team!

Prism Engineering Announces New Office & Training Center in Harrisburg, PA

Prism Engineering Announces New Office & Training Center in Harrisburg, PA

May 15, 2014-Harrisburg, PA-Prism Engineering, Inc., the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of CAD, CAM, and 3D printing products & services, announces the addition of its Harrisburg Office & Training Center. Prism’s Training Center is located at 479 Port View Drive, Suite B27, Harrisburg, PA 17111.The new office brings Prism’s award-winning training & support services closer to the engineering, manufacturing, and design professionals in the Harrisburg region. Serving as Central Pennsylvania’s only Certified SolidWorks and Mastercam Training Center, Prism’s Harrisburg location will begin hosting certified training classes effective June 1, 2014.

“Our Harrisburg office complements Prism’s additional three offices in Pennsylvania and fills the region’s need for Certified SolidWorks and Mastercam training,” said John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering. “Our Harrisburg office will provide Prism’s award-winning training & services to our valued customers in this area.”

In addition, Prism will bring a selection of Stratasys 3D printing products & services to its Harrisburg office to serve a growing local demand for additive manufacturing solutions.

On June 4, 2014, Prism will host an Open House event at its Harrisburg office to demonstrate the capabilities of CAD, CAM, and 3D printing products and services. Join Prism between 3 and 6 PM for SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Stratasys demonstrations on the hour and half hour. Please RSVP on www.prismeng.com.

To learn more about Prism Engineering, Inc.’s technical support, subscription service, and other products & services, visit www.prismeng.com.

About Prism Engineering, Inc.:
Prism Engineering is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of SolidWorks 3D CAD software, Mastercam CAM software, and Stratasys 3D Printers. In addition to these products, Prism offers a host of complementary Training and Support Services at its regional facilities and Certified Training Centers located in Horsham, PA, Allentown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Elkridge, MD, and Lynchburg, VA. For more information, demonstrations, and news about products and services, please contact Prism at 888-441-9696 or visit www.prismeng.com.

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Contact: Elizabeth Shovlin, Prism Engineering, Inc., 888-441-9696, marketing@prismeng.com.

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Prism Engineering Announces Expansion of Office & Training Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Prism Engineering Announces Expansion & Relocation of Pittsburgh Office

May 15, 2014-Pittsburgh, PA-Prism Engineering, Inc., the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of CAD, CAM, and 3D printing products & services, announces the relocation & expansion of its Pittsburgh Office & Training Center. Prism’s Training Center is located at 700 Blaw Avenue, Suite 104, Blawnox, PA 15238.The office expansion enables Prism to serve engineering, manufacturing, and design professionals in the Pittsburgh region with additional training and support capabilities. Prism’s Pittsburgh office remains the only Certified SolidWorks and Mastercam Training Center in Pittsburgh; classes began this week at the expanded facility.

“We identified a need for additional SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Stratasys services in the Pittsburgh region,” said John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering. “Prism’s expanded Pittsburgh office in Blawnox will allow us to accommodate the increased demand for in Prism’s award-winning training & services.”

In addition, Prism will bring a selection of Stratasys 3D printing products & services to its Pittsburgh office to serve a growing demand for additive manufacturing solutions in the Western PA region.

On June 5, 2014, Prism will host an Open House event at its Pittsburgh office to demonstrate the capabilities of CAD, CAM, and 3D printing products and services. Join Prism between 3 and 6 PM for SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Stratasys demonstrations on the hour and half hour. Please RSVP on www.prismeng.com.

To learn more about Prism Engineering, Inc.’s technical support, subscription service, and other products & services, visit www.prismeng.com.

About Prism Engineering, Inc.:
Prism Engineering is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of SolidWorks 3D CAD software, Mastercam CAM software, and Stratasys 3D Printers. In addition to these products, Prism offers a host of complementary Training and Support Services at its regional facilities and Certified Training Centers located in Horsham, PA, Allentown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Elkridge, MD, and Lynchburg, VA. For more information, demonstrations, and news about products and services, please contact Prism at 888-441-9696 or visit www.prismeng.com.

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Contact: Elizabeth Shovlin, Prism Engineering, Inc., 888-441-9696, marketing@prismeng.com.

Download the PDF of this press release

Going from 2D to 3D – WEBINAR

Hi Prism Engineering Community,
Recently Prism Engineering hosted an outstanding webinar on the topic of going from 2D to 3D using the SolidWorks software.

Going from 2D to 3D - DAN WAGNER

Dan Wagner did a great job of going through the steps involved to convert any 2D geometry to a usable 3D SolidWorks model. He recorded the webinar, and it is posted here:
http://youtu.be/uMpfT3_Fmtc

Please enjoy this webinar, and let us know if you have any questions or comments below.

Hope this helps,
Toby Schnaars
SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer
CSWA, CSWP, CSWE

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