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UPDATE: Issue with SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0 and SP1

Hello Prism Engineering Community,

We emailed you yesterday to inform you of a bug  discovered in SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0 and SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP1. The bug is described as follows:

SPR#833247 – any file containing a custom property value consisting of a date value will decrement the date by 1 day every time the file is saved and reopened

Here is an example of how this would affect SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0 and SP1 users:

A drawing has the custom property for DRAWNDATE.  This property TYPE is set to DATE.

This property is mapped to the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Title block.

When a user SAVES and CLOSES the drawing, then RE-OPENS the drawing, this DATE field decreases by 1 unit.

This bug has been resolved in SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP1.1, and SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0.0 and 1.0 have been removed from the download page at SOLIDWORKS.com

The Prism Engineering tech team recommends that any users of SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP0.0 or 1.0 upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP1.1 as soon as possible.

UPDATE:

Today you will notice a dialogue box appear when you start SOLIDWORKS 2015:

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This addresses the same issue. Download these instructions to learn how to install SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP1.1.

Thank you,

Toby Schnaars and the Prism Engineering SOLIDWORKS Tech Team

Toby Schnaars | SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer
Prism Engineering, Inc. | 655 Business Center Drive | Suite 100 | Horsham | PA | 19044
Phone: 215-784-0800 | Fax: 215-784-0945
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NEW! Stratasys 3D Printer Additions

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NEW! Announcing 12 Stratasys 3D Printers

Announcing powerful new additions to the Stratasys 3D Printing line available for purchase TODAY!

Stratasys announces 12 additions to its 3D printing line, including the Objet30 Prime, Eden260 VS, Objet260 Connex 1, Objet260 Connex2, Objet260 Connex3, Objet350 Connex1, Objet350 Connex2, Objet350 Connex3, Objet500 Connex1, Objet500 Connex2, Foruts 380mc, and Fortus 450mc.
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WEBINAR: Want to learn more about the new 3D Printers?

TUNE IN TO PRISM’S INFORMATIVE WEBINAR NOVEMBER 13 @ 12 PM

Join Prism Engineering to learn more about the exciting new additions to the Stratasys 3D Printing line. New Connex solutions bring you multi-material, mulit-color capabilities in various sizes. Need a faster, more streamlined FDM solution? You’ll find the Fortus 380/450mc a welcomed addition. Tune in to learn about the enhancements & benefits of all 12 new 3D printers during this 30 minute webinar.

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TRIPLE-JETTING TECHNOLOGY

The new Objet260/350/500 Connex1, Connex2, and Connex3 printers harness the power of TRIPLE-JETTING TECHNOLOGY to combine multiple materials with ease resulting in fine resolution, durable models.

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VERSATILE DESKTOP SOLUTIONS

The Objet30 Prime is the most VERSATILE desktop 3D printer available on the market today. Building on the PolyJet technology of the Objet30, the Objet30 Prime broadens the material capabilities of the desktop offerings, enabling printing of soft-touch models and bio-compatible parts.

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Fortus 380/450mc

Harness the tough, reliable qualities of FDM technology in record build time with the Fortus 380/450mc 3D Printers. These printers represent the latest enhancements to the FDM technology.
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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:


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.


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.

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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:


Toby delivers Surfacing lecture at Happy Valley Users Group

Hello Prism Engineering Community,
Last night I had the distinct honor to present at the happy valley users group meet.

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This was terrific meeting held in the beautiful Stuckeman Family Bldg at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. There were about 80 people in attendance at this users group, and many of them were future engineers (Students!).

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The lecture was titled “Beginners Surfacing for Beginners“. We posted a very similar version of this lecture as a webinar on the Prism Engineering youtube page, so for a review of the material covered check out the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9MqW3o4ZLE

Of course the organizers of the event wouldn’t let me get away without first singing my song about FULLY DEFINING YOUR SKETCHES, EVERY TIME.

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This song is also available on our youtube page at the following link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RORuZoj2ag

Following the meeting I got a TON of questions from students who came up to my computer and wanted some additional tips and tricks. It was a great night with a lot of crowd participation and a lot of laughs. And, of course, some great surfacing tips and tricks!
Thanks very much to Randall Bock and all the organizers of the Happy Valley Users Group!


What Manufacturing Really Looks Like

Prism Engineering is a proud supporter of hundreds of US manufacturing facilities, and we wanted to share this snapshot of “What Manufacturing Really Looks Like” created by NIST. As a proud participant of Manufacturing Day 2013, and a slated participant of Manufacturing Day 2014, we realize the benefits of supporting engineers, manufacturers, and machinists with strong tools, like SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Strasys 3D printers. We’re proud to help a fraction of the whopping 17.4 million Americans working in the Manufacturing sector, such as the featured Rodon Group!

“What Manufacturing Really Looks Like” infographic from NIST:

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Learn more facts & figures on NIST’s Manufacturing Innovation blog post. Questions? Comments? Let us know in a comment below!


Prism Engineering to Host 3D Printing Event During Philly Tech Week 2014

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March 26, 2014 -Philadelphia, PA Today, Prism Engineering, Inc. announced plans to host an event during the 4th annual Philly Tech Week, entitled, “Building Philly’s Future with 3D Printing”. The event will be held at Prism’s Horsham office on April 11 from 1-3 PM and will feature FDM and PolyJet 3D printers offered through Stratasys Ltd., with particular emphasis on the practical and exciting ways 3D printers are enabling innovation in Philadelphia businesses.

Prism Engineering is a leading provider of Stratasys 3D printing products & services in the Mid-Atlantic region; through interactive presentations and on-site 3D printing demonstrations using Stratasys 3D printers, Prism will demonstrate the innovative results produced by the integration of additive manufacturing in a host of industries.

Philly Tech Week is a weeklong celebration of technology and innovation, organized by Technical.ly Philly, where the community is invited to participate on an open calendar. In 2013, 20,000 people attended 110 events organized by 200 partners. Prism Engineering’s participation in the open calendar positions them as an official partner of Philly Tech Week. Hundreds of news publications covered last year’s Philly Tech Week 2013, including the Wall Street Journal, Marketplace, Fast Company, Polygon, All Things Considered, TODAY Show, Christian Science Monitor, Daily News, Inquirer, Washington Post, Time, Business Week, and many others.

“Building Philly’s Future with 3D Printing” will be held on April 11 at Prism’s Horsham, PA Office & Training Center from 1 – 3 PM. Tickets are free. Those interested in attending can RSVP on Prism Engineering’s website.

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.

About Stratasys:
Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM® and PolyJet® processes produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the company operates the RedEye On Demand digital-manufacturing service. Online at: stratasys.com or blog.stratasys.com.

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Prism Engineering Announces Preferred Reseller Partnership with SolidBox

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March 4, 2014—Philadelphia, PAPrism Engineering, Inc., the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of CAD, CAM,
and 3D printing products & services, announces its “Preferred Reseller” partnership with SolidBox, a turnkey
hardware integrator for SolidWorks and Mastercam end users.

SolidBox defines Preferred Resellers as a source for superior SolidWorks & Mastercam software & training
solutions in that region. Defined on the SolidBox website as a reseller that shares “the same passion for
customer service” as SolidBox, Prism Engineering provides “services and support that actually do add value to an
already amazing software package” for SolidWorks & Mastercam users.

As an exclusive Preferred Reseller in the Mid-Atlantic region, Prism now provides a direct path to optimized and
approved hardware solutions for its best-in-class software packages: SolidWorks and Mastercam. Prism
Engineering clients have direct access to 6 different configurations of laptop and desktop packages approved &
optimized by SolidBox specifically to run powerful & demanding CAD and CAM packages. Visit Prism’s
“Recommended Hardware” page to learn more: SolidWorks SolidBox Packages; Mastercam SolidBox Packages.

“We want to give our clients the best solutions to do their jobs’ effectively, which includes hardware offerings,”
says Toby Schnaars, Director of Technical Services at Prism Engineering. “We’ve partnered with SolidBox to
provide this option as they are the leading turnkey hardware integrator for systems optimized for SolidWorks
and Mastercam.”

To learn more about the Preferred Reseller program, visit the SolidBox Preferred Reseller listing.

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.

About SolidBox:
SolidBox is a turnkey hardware integrator for SolidWorks and Mastercam end users. We sell servers, desktops,
and laptops that are configured specifically for SolidWorks and Mastercam. Our integrator process ensures an
optimal experience. Go, create…Empower Yourself! www.mysolidbox.com.

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


Prism Engineering Recognized at SWW14 as Top Performing VAR in North America

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Prism Engineering Recognized at SolidWorks World 2014 as Top Performing VAR in North America

February 20, 2014-Philadelphia, PA-Prism Engineering, Inc., the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of CAD, CAM, and 3D printing products & services, was the proud recipient of several awards recognizing its best-in-class technical support, customer service, and sales processes at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego, CA.

At the annual Reseller Awards Dinner-a dinner attended by nearly all SolidWorks resellers around the world-Prism received the Elite 190 Club Subscription Services & President’s Club awards, among additional sales excellence awards.

The Elite 190 Club Subscription Services award is awarded to resellers that renew their clients’ SolidWorks subscription service contracts at best-in-class rates each year. This is a direct indication of the VAR’s quality of technical and sales support service; Prism is proud to provide its clients with expert-level technical support, a dedicated & attentive sales team, and unique, value-added benefits.

The President’s Club award recognizes VARs with customer-oriented business practices and best-in-class sales performance. The award exemplifies Prism’s status as a leading reseller in North America.

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From left: John Ewell, President, and Chris Tarka, Vice President of Sales at Prism Engineering

 

“I am proud to receive these awards that exemplify our staff’s commitment to our clients,” said John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering. “We strive to provide superb technical support and industry-leading solutions for the design & manufacturing industries in the Eastern United States. These awards demonstrate our success in 2013.”

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

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From left: Dan Wilkes, Regional Manager – Pittsburgh, Rodger Stephens, Account Manager, and Rob Radzai, Account Manager at Prism Engineering

 

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.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.:

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. SolidWorks products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s website (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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

 

Download the PDF: Prism Engineering Recognized at SolidWorks World 2014 as Top Performing VAR in North America


Prism Engineering at SolidWorks World 2014

Thanks to all that came out to support SolidWorks & visited with Prism Engineering at this year’s SolidWorks World. It was a busy week, but sunny San Diego treated the Prism team well!

SolidWorks World 2014 Recap

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Photocred: MLC CAD Systems

We even had a few cases of sunburn, but we decided that was the lesser evil compared to frostbite from the bitter-cold temps at our East Coast offices:

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We finally adjusted to the sunshine, and embraced the So-Cal spirit with a ukelele session during Toby’s Surfacing for Beginners technical presentation on Tuesday. Watch the Surfacing for Beginners presentation Toby previously recorded:

Surfacing for Beginners – Part 1

Surfacing for Beginners – Part 2

Toby is Prism Engineering’s Director of Technical Services; frequently he carries a ukelele & performs this instructional musical video entitled, “Fully Define (Every Time)”. It’s a quick guide to ensuring your sketches are properly restrained:

We are also very proud of a few special members of the Prism Engineering User Community; two of our longtime customers & friends were recognized for their superb SolidWorks talent & dedication:

jeff holliday awardJeff Holliday | User Group Leader of the Year

Jeff Holliday is the local leader of the MARISUG (Mid-Atlantic Region Independent SolidWorks User Group) SolidWorks User Group & has been a customer of Prism for many years. Jeff is not only a great partner to work with, he is a pillar of the SolidWorks community in Prism Engineering’s User Community. Congratulations, Jeff!

tom smith awardTom Smith | Model Mania Champion

Tom Smith is a regional power user of SolidWorks. Tom smoked the competition during the Model Mania design-off this year by recreating a complete model accurately in 9 minutes and 53 seconds–WOW! Tom is also a Prism partner of many years, and he regularly attends Prism & SolidWorks events–make sure you say, “HI!” next time you see him! Congrats, Tom!

Stay tuned for more updates on SolidWorks World 2014; some exciting product announcements coming your way! Join us for Toby’s SolidWorks Tech Talk–it’s a free webinar featuring tips, tricks, and news surrounding SolidWorks–on March 5 at 12 PM for further updates regarding SolidWorks.

 


SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual: What you NEED to know!

Eight Things You Need to Know About SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual (via http://blogs.solidworks.3mwdev.com)

1. It’s all about concept design. Innovative conceptual design is the core of any successful product. SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual, powered by Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, removes the constraints of traditional structured design programs…

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Win a free pass to SolidWorks World 2014 through the SolidWorks Holiday Gift Contest

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It’s that time of year again—the holiday season is upon us (and even over for some), and SolidWorks World is only a few weeks away.

In the spirit of the season, SolidWorks is giving away two passes to SolidWorks World 2014 to two winners of its SolidWorks World 2014 Holiday Gift Contest.

We know the Prism Engineering user community loves a good design competition (think “Design a Stein” and “Prism Pine Car Derby“), so give it a shot! It’s also a great opportunity to attend SolidWorks World for free. Not THAT’S the gift that keeps on giving!

If you could give someone a gift that you designed yourself in SolidWorks, what would it be? Just leave a comment on the SolidWorks blog post, and include a screen shot or rendering of your design.

Fine print:
You have until 11:59PM EDT on December 22, 2013 to post your entry. SolidWorks will take a look at all of the entries on December 23, then declare the two winners. Naturally, there are some certain terms and restrictions, which you can learn about in the terms and conditions below. In a nutshell, the work you post much be your own original creation (no posting someone else’s work!) and you can’t be a Dassault Systemes employee or a reseller. You’ll also need to be 21 one or older (you have to be 21 to attend the event). And this contest is just for a conference pass–you will have to cover any travel and hotel costs.

Leading CAD Software Executive to Speak at Philadelphia-area Conference

Ken Clayton, VP of Worldwide Sales at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Ken Clayton, VP of Worldwide Sales at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

Prism Engineering hosts Ken Clayton, VP of Worldwide Sales at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks at King of Prussia, PA SolidWorks 2014 Launch Event

September 11, 2013-Horsham, PA-Ken Clayton, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Dassault Sytemes SolidWorks, will speak to 150 CAD professionals at Prism Engineering’s SolidWorks 2014 Launch event at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA on October 10, 2013.

Prism Engineering, the region’s leading provider of SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Stratasys products and services, produces this conference with support from DS SolidWorks, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and other software and hardware companies. The goal of Prism’s SolidWorks 2014 Launch event is to provide local SolidWorks and CAD users the opportunity to hone their skills & preview the latest version SolidWorks, which is the world’s leading 3D CAD software.

At Prism’s launch event Clayton will address the conference attendees on SolidWorks’ future direction and objectives for 2014. With over 2 million users worldwide, SolidWorks is the market share leader in the CAD software industry. Clayton’s presence exemplifies DS SolidWorks’ continued interest in its user community and strong partnership with Prism Engineering.

“We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering. “We realize our customers have made a significant investment in SolidWorks and we host this event annually to ensure that their user experience remains positive and productive.”

In addition, Prism Engineering will announce the local winner of its SolidWorks Design Competition at this event. This is an annual SolidWorks design competition which has become a staple in the region and is managed by the Prism Engineering SolidWorks Technical Services team. This year’s task is to design a stein using SolidWorks, while adhering to a set of guidelines developed by Prism Engineering. Winners will receive a range of prizes, such as NVIDIA graphics cards or a Google Nexus 7 tablet. To learn more about the requirements and to register, please visit the “Design a Stein” contest page: www.prismeng.com/stein-design-contest.

Prism Engineering welcomes SolidWorks and CAD users to register for any launch event or to learn more about these events on our site: 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, 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.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.:
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. SolidWorks products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s website (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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


Mastercam X7 Rollouts from Prism Engineering

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Mastercam X7 Rollout at Lehigh Carbon Community College

 

Mastercam X7 Is Here!

Thanks to all who came out for our Mastercam X7 Rollout events. Prism Engineering kicked off our events back in May at our Horsham Office & Training Center. John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering, kicked things off to our first group in our training center with a few updates about Team Prism.

John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering

John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering

Mike Steelman, Manager of Mastercam Support & Training, and Matt Kelly, Applications Engineer, reviewed the system changes & new features (among many other updates!) to an eager group. Matt reviewed the major new product offerings from CNC Software: Productivity+ and Mill-Turn.

We enjoyed hearing about the updates & enhancements to the core Mastercam products (Mill, Lathe, Wire) and hearing about newer add-ons, like Mastercam Port Expert.

 

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Meadville, PA attendees


Toby’s Tech Talk – Prism Engineering SolidWorks 2014 Launch Events

Excited for the release of SolidWorks 2014?

In case you missed this month’s Toby’s Tech Talk from Prism Engineering, watch the recording to learn more about what’s coming up.

Toby gives a preview of Prism’s SolidWorks 2014 Launch events, including key guest speakers like Ken Clayton, VP of Worldwide Sales at SolidWorks, and Richard Doyle, User Community Organizer.

Don’t forget to send in your submission for Prism’s “Design a Stein” SolidWorks Design Contest by September 27th!

 

 

Register for a Prism Engineering Launch event today!


Mastercam X7 Coming Soon

ATTENTION MASTERCAM USERS!

Mastercam X7 is coming! Those of you on maintenance are able to preview the software NOW

The second Mastercam X7 Technology Preview is available for download on Mastercam’s site! Prism Engineering is gearing up for the next release of Mastercam; save the date for Mastercam X7 Rollouts later this quarter. We’ll be traveling around the Mid-Atlantic region & Virginia presenting the latest updates and new features in X7.

If interested, download the fully-functional pre-release and provide CNC software’s development team with user feedback. Please contact our Mastercam technical support department if you are unsure of how to download this beta version of Mastercam X7; please note this will mean your current Mastercam licenses will be used on the X7 beta platform for a time period.

 

Some exciting additions and changes are available with Mastercam X7:

  • The new Tool Manager provides an easy way to create, organize, and share your tooling information throughout your enterprise.
  • Improved Backplot and Verify utilities offer a more efficient workflow, better analysis tools, and more comprehensive toolpath support.
  • Dynamic and OptiRough toolpaths create more efficient tool motion, enhanced cut orders, and faster calculation times.
  • Multi-threading support is extended to most 2D high speed toolpaths, resulting in faster toolpath processing.
  • Oscillating motion for Curve and Swarf 5-axis toolpaths improves your tool life by varying the portion of the tool used to cut material.
  • New Lathe Dynamic Roughing strategy for fast and efficient material removal.

 

 

Prism Engineering’s Mastercam Technical Support Department is on standby to answer questions about the upcoming release and beta version. If you are unsure about whether or not you will receive Mastercam X7 when it is officially released, contact Prism’s Maintenance department.


3DVia Composer now SolidWorks Composer

3Dvia Composer has been officially re-branded as SolidWorks Composer. This brings a few changes that existing and future users will be happy to see.

First, let’s look at the re-branded program. You will notice that all of the icons and interface splash screens have been updated to the new SolidWorks Composer 2013 Symbol:

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Users who choose to download the software from the SolidWorks customer portal will also notice that SolidWorks Composer is now grouped on the SolidWoks Tab. 3Dvia composer is also still available for download on the Composer tab, if needed.

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This also brings a few technical changes that will be much appreciated by Composer users. Composer can now use internet-based activation. This means that you will not have to generate and send a license file request with the MAC address of your machine anymore, which will make it a lot faster and easier to get Composer up and running on a new machine.

Additionally, Composer is now supported on the Solid Network License Manager. So if you have an existing network of SolidWorks licenses,  Composer can be easily added. This will make it easier to share a license of Composer between multiple users.

All existing customers who own 3Dvia Composer 2013x are entitled to SolidWorks Composer 2013. I would highly recommend downloading and installing it. If anyone needs any help with the migration, please contact the Prism SolidWorks Technical Support department at SWtech@Prismeng.com.

~Dan Wagner, Applications Engineer, Prism Engineering


Prism Engineering Wins Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America

Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, John Ewell, President & CEO, Prism Engineering, Toby Schnaars, Manager--SolidWorks Technical Support Services, Prism Engineering

Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, John Ewell, President & CEO, Prism Engineering, Toby Schnaars, Manager–SolidWorks Technical Support Services, Prism Engineering

Prism Engineering Awarded SolidWorks Highest Customer Satisfaction Award in North America  

SolidWorks VAR Recognized for Achieving Award for 2nd Consecutive Year and 3rd Award Overall

 

February 20, 2013—Philadelphia, PA—Prism Engineering, a leading SolidWorks Value-Added-Reseller servicing the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, is the recipient of the prestigious Highest Customer Satisfaction Award for North America in 2012.

The coveted award, announced at SolidWorks World in Orlando Florida on January 23rd, is presented to the North American SolidWorks Reseller with the highest customer satisfaction score resulting from an exclusive SolidWorks customer survey in 2012.   Prism competed with over 40 qualified resellers in the United States, Canada, and Central America and has now achieved the honor for a record-breaking third time over the past five years.

Ken Clayton, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at SolidWorks, Dassault Systems, recognized Prism Engineering as a premier industry leader in customer service within the VAR channel.

“Prism Engineering’s success as a SolidWorks reseller over the past 17 years is a direct result of their unwavering commitment to ensuring that their customers’ experience exceeds expectations,” said Clayton. “We congratulate Prism for achieving the highest SolidWorks Customer Satisfaction award three out of the last five years.”

“Prism Engineering’s significant growth in recent years stems from our continued focus on fulfilling our commitment to our customers in terms of outstanding technical support and customer service,” said John Ewell, President and CEO of Prism Engineering.  “Achieving this annual VAR award for highest customer satisfaction continues to be one of our primary objectives each year at Prism. We thank our valued customers for this honor and pledge our continued commitment to provide them outstanding service.”

About Prism Engineering, Inc.:
Prism Engineering is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of 3D CAD/CAM Solutions and 3D Prototype Printers. Major product offerings include: SolidWorks®, SolidWorks® Simulation, Enterprise Data Management, Mastercam for CNC Machining, 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 (suburban Philadelphia), Allentown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, 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.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.:
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. SolidWorks products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s website (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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SolidWorks World 2013: Recap

This year SolidWorks World 2013 in sunny Orlando, FL yielded over 4,700 CAD users, and a handful of exciting announcements and special features. General Session Day 1

Aside from the usual sneak peek at next year’s release (more to come on 2014’s enhancements), there were several other “new” announcements:

1. my.solidworks.com - SolidWorks created this blog-style site to bridge the gap between its many outlets of information; you’ll now be able to access articles, the forum, tips, tricks, and eventually more robust content at one  location, rather than several.

2. SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual – This new tool allows the creators to get creative. Throw around your ideas, collaborate, get input from stakeholders, all within Mechanical Conceptual. Designers use a single modeling environment to take an idea from just that, to a 3D model, while connecting to 3rd party contributors intuitively using modern social media technology.

3. eDrawings for Android – Although we knew this would arrive eventually, eDrawings for Android is a big victory in the business world, and we are psyched to start reviewing designs on the go! Coming later this year, but we saw with our own eyes at SolidWorks World 2013, this is possible!

Prism Highest Customer Satisfaction in NA 2012

Bertrand Sicot, CEO of SolidWorks, John Ewell, President and CEO of Prism Engineering, and Toby Schnaars, Manager of SolidWorks Technical Services at Prism Engineering (left to right)

Prism Engineering is proud of a few accomplishments at this year’s conference as well. For the third time, Prism Engineering was named the 2012 Top Reseller in Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America. We’ve said it before (in 2008 & 2011, to be exact!), and we’ll say it again: we owe this one to you! Thanks for your support and partnership; you know Prism’s Technical Support teams strive for excellent support and services, and we’re happy you think we’re succeeding!

Layout Driven design

This year, Prism Engineering’s Manager of SolidWorks Technical Services, Toby Schnaars, presented a technical session for Intermediate CAD Users: “Using a Layout Part to Drive an Assembly“. He packed the house; standing room only! Thanks to all who came out, and be sure to download the SolidWorks Layout Part Instructional Guide before it’s too late!

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We even had a little fun at Shula’s Sports Bar on Monday night with a few of our customers that made the trip down to Florida. Thanks for coming out, everyone!

Prism Reception at Shula's

We enjoyed traveling a little farther South to Orlando for the 75 degree weather–in January!

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It was also great to see some local users represented in the general sessions. Way to go Tom Smith, CHL Systems, for winning 2nd place at Model Mania 2013!

Tom Smith, CHL Systems (left)

Tom Smith, CHL Systems (left)

Don’t stop modeling, Tom! Check him out around minute 18:44 in SolidWorks World 2013 Day 3’s General Session Video.

If you have any thoughts, photos, questions, or great memories you’d like to share about SolidWorks World 2013, post below!

 


A “New View” of SolidWorks: View Selector

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Rolling into the New Year, we’re happy to announce a new face to our technical support and blogging force. Sean O’Neill recently joined the Prism Engineering SolidWorks Technical Support team; he’s based out of our Horsham, PA Office & Training center.

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Sean brings to the Prism team technical experience, with extensive web and graphic design knowledge, that he’s already begun to put to use working with SolidWorks users in the Prism Engineering User Community. This week, he brings a SolidWorks 2013 tech tip to the table that both new AND seasoned SolidWorks users would be wise to keep in their back pocket:

“One of the most convenient new features I’ve utilized thus far in SolidWorks 2013 is the ultra user-friendly View Selector tool. This is a shortcut that can come in handy for new and experienced SolidWorks users alike. By simply pressing the out-of-the-box Ctrl + Space / Spacebar shortcut key, SolidWorks 2013 users will see the following visual (model will, of course, vary):

 

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Following the execution of this Keyboard Shortcut, SolidWorks 2013 surrounds the model in a translucent cube. This ‘View Cube’ allows CAD users to select their orientation by clicking their desired perspective. I think that this new feature will prove especially useful to new SolidWorks users who are initially unfamiliar with the many Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts used to navigate about the viewport.

 

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As always, you can go to Tools >> Customize in order to customize your Toolbars, Shortcut Bars, Commands, Menus, Keyboard Shortcuts, and Mouse Gestures within SolidWorks.”


SolidWorks 2013: Update

Hello Prism Engineering User Community,

A special update about Prism Engineering’s SolidWorks 2013 Launch Events and Prism Pine Car Derby Design Competition:

PRISM ENGINEERING HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINE 5 MORE DAYS TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL PRISM PINE CAR DERBY DESIGN COMPETITION ENTRIES! Submit your SolidWorks files here.

P.S. We’re still sticking to our guns: no getting help from your dad during this pine car derby!

Watch Toby’s SolidWorks 2013 update video for full details, tips & tricks, and launch event information. The first launch event is quickly approaching on October 5, 2012 at the ArtsQuest center at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. We will host a few exciting new features:

1. Free training sessions

2. Prize giveaways, including tickets to Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling

3. Partner presentations

4. CF Martin Guitar special presentation

5. “WHAT’S NEW” in SolidWorks 2013! Featuring a unique Prism Engineering presentation

Thanks & See you in October!