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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.

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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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Prism Engineering Sponsors 3D Maryland in Howard County, MD

Prism is proud to sponsor 3D Maryland of the Howard County Economic Development Authority in Maryland. 3D Maryland is a state-wide leadership initiative to increase engagement between 3D printing and additive manufacturing and regional businesses, industry, and entrepreneurs.

Additive Manufacturing is a process that is becoming more prevalent in household names across the country, like Oreck. Read more in our previous blog post: Printing Production Tools with Stratasys 3D Printers.

Learn more about Prism’s sponsorship and additive manufacturing in this clip from WBAL in Baltimore, MD:

5 SolidWorks Tips You Should Use Everyday: Design Library

Hi Prism Engineering Community,
An often underused tool in the SolidWorks software is the DESIGN LIBRARY.

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The available depth of functionality within the design library is MASSIVE. So to break down a bit and make it more digestible, I recently posted a Prism Tech Tip video showing the intro and basics of the Design Library.

PART 1 : Using the Design Library in SolidWorks – Part 1

PART 2: Using the Design Library in SolidWorks – Part 2

The design library can and should be used any time you are working with geometry (or notes) and you need to use and reuse this geometry. In the example shown in the video tech tips, we demonstrate how the cutout for a pickup used in a bass guitar can be saved to your design library, so that you can insert this same cutout into ANY bass guitar that is using this model of pickup.

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As you will see in the video, this can be a terrific time saver and it’s definitely a SolidWorks tool that I would encourage all users to become familiar with.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Hope this helps,
Toby Schnaars
SolidWorks Elite Applications Engineer

CSWA, CSWP, CSWE

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5 SolidWorks Tips You Should Use Everyday – Using the File Explorer

Hello Prism Engineering Community,
The file explorer is a great time saving tool in the SolidWorks software. It exists over on the right, in the task pane, and is shown in the following image:

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The file explorer allows you to browse your Windows drives and devices to facilitate the dragging and dropping of files into the SolidWorks environment. This is extremely useful, especially when dragging and dropping multiple parts into an assembly.
I have created a short video tech tip on some different ways to use the File Explorer to save time. Please take a look at the following location: http://youtu.be/BZkU4dFii7Y

There are a lot of great ways to use the file explorer to save time in the SolidWorks software.

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

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

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