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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:

What Manufacturing Really Looks Like

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!

 


Video Update: Prism SolidWorks 2013 Launch Events & Design Competition

A message from Toby Schnaars, Manager of the Prism SolidWorks Technical Team, about the Prim Pine Car Derby and the Prism SolidWorks 2013 Launch Events. Check back soon for further updates!

 


Mojo 3D Printer: The Lastest FDM Printer

Stratasys released the Mojo 3D Printer this week. It’s a revolutionary 3D prototype printer that utilizes the trusted FDM technology to create accurate, durable prototypes. It’s small enough to sit on a desk or table, and affordable enough to serve as a justifiable solution for a small business. Check out this video for more info :

Visit Prism Engineering for more information, or to download a whitepaper.


Prism Engineering and SolidWorks at Philly Robotics Expo

On Monday, Prism exhibited at the Philly Robotics Expo at Drexel University’s Bossone Center. It was an event that was part of Philly Tech Week 2012. It was a great event, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

The Robotics Expo showcases student designed and produced robots, mini-competitions, and seminars, all of which focused around STEM.  For the second year in a row, I was shocked at the level of complexity and ingenuity of some of the exhibited robots. It is also incredible to talk with some of the younger attendees, who have created robots with the ability to catch AND throw basketballs!

I had SolidWorks open on my laptop for people to see, and I had a few kids come up that wanted to try the software. Within seconds, they were able to spin the 3D models around, pan, zoom, and actually move assemblies. This younger generation is growing up with this technology at their fingertips, so they are able to adapt to it very quickly. This gives great hope for the future, because these kids are going to be our engineers and scientists of tomorrow. I know that I speak for all of Prism Engineering when I say that we were very excited to be a part of such a great event and we look forward to returning next year!

~ Dan Wagner, Applications Engineer


Prism Engineering Acquires Dominion CAD/CAM of Lynchburg, VA

Acquisition Marks Expansion of Mastercam Sales & Technical Support Coverage to VA & WV

Philadelphia, PA – March 28, 2012 – Prism Engineering, Inc., a leading provider of CAD/CAM products and training services in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced today an agreement to acquire Dominion CAD/CAM of Lynchburg, VA.

Effective immediately, Prism will replace Dominion as the sole provider for Mastercam sales, technical support, and training services in Virginia and will also be authorized to represent Mastercam in West Virginia.

Mark Summers, President of CNC Software (Mastercam Developer) stated, The acquisition of Dominion CAD/CAM by Prism Engineering should be advantageous for Mastercam customers in the VA/WV area as they will now have direct access to a large and diversified support staff at Prism, which has been one of our most successful Mastercam resellers over the past 21 years.”

Prism Engineering’s Mastercam Division was recognized in recent years for its outstanding performance in both sales, with a “Top Ten North American Sales” ranking, and Technical Support Services, with a “#1 Maintenance Renewals World-Wide” ranking.

“We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to acquire Dominion CAD/CAM,” said John Ewell, President of Prism Engineering. “We look forward to leveraging Prism Engineering’s wide array of Mastercam services and machining experience with our new customers in VA and WV.”

“This is great news for Mastercam users in our area,” said Todd Patterson, former President of Dominion CAD/CAM.  “The merger with Prism Engineering’s talented and award-winning organization will provide a significant improvement in technical support response time, overall customer service, and we’ll now have a host of new products and services to offer our customers.” Patterson was assigned as Regional Manager for Prism’s new Lynchburg, VA office and training center.

Prism Engineering will host three additional Virginia Mastercam X6 Rollout events during the month of April to accommodate Mastercam users in our new region: Roanoke, VA, Chester, VA, and Virginia Beach, VA. Please review details here.

About Prism Engineering, Inc.: Prism Engineering is a leading provider of 3D CAD/CAM, analysis, data management & prototyping solutions in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic.  Major product offerings include: SolidWorks®, SolidWorks® Simulation, Enterprise Data Management, Mastercam for CNC Machining, and Dimension 3D Printers.  Prism also offers a host of complimentary Training and Support Services at its five regional facilities & training centers located in Suburban Philadelphia (HQ), Allentown, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD and Lynchburg, VA. For more information, please contact Prism at 888-441-9696 or visit www.prismeng.com.

About Mastercam: Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning, 2- and 4-axis wire EDM, 2D and 3D design, surface and solid modeling, artistic relief cutting, and Swiss machining. CNC Software is a privately owned corporation founded in 1984. The U.S.-based company provides Mastercam CAD/CAM solutions to more than 165,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including mold-making, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Mastercam runs under Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows XP, and is compatible with all other CAD/CAM systems. For more information about CNC Software, Inc. and its Mastercam family of products, contact CNC Software, Inc., M – F, 8 AM – 6 PM EST at (800) 228-2877 or (860) 875-5006,-671 Old Post Road, Tolland, CT 06084. Or visit www.mastercam.com.

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Contact: Elizabeth Shovlin, Marketing Coordinator: 215-449-0415, eshovlin@prismeng.com


Prism Engineering Awarded 2011 Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America by SolidWorks Corporation

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March 6, 2012-Philadelphia, PA-Prism Engineering, the leading SolidWorks value-added-reseller (VAR) servicing the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states, is the recipient of the prestigious SolidWorks Highest Customer Satisfaction Award in North America for 2011.  Prism has now achieved its second award for Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America in the past four years.

“Prism Engineering has set a new standard for customer satisfaction within the SolidWorks World-wide Reseller Channel through achieving the North American Customer Satisfaction award multiple times in the past four years,” said Ken Clayton, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, DS SolidWorks. “Prism continues to make significant investments in its technical infrastructure, and this award enthusiastically validates SolidWorks customers’ appreciation for Prism’s services, reaffirming its status as a leading reseller in North America.”

The annual award, based on results from an exclusive customer survey distributed through SolidWorks to its North American users in 2011, was awarded to Prism Engineering at the SolidWorks World 2012 Conference in San Diego, CA on February 15, 2012.

“On behalf of the entire team at Prism, I accept this award with sincere appreciation for our valued customers’ business, and we pledge a renewed commitment to continually exceed their expectations with our high-level technical support and customer service,” said John Ewell, president of Prism Engineering. “The Highest Customer Satisfaction in North America award complements Prism’s drive to continually fulfill our customers’ needs, while maintaining exceptional relationships with our valued customers & suppliers over the past 21 years.”

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 Dimension 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, and Baltimore, MD. 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., 215-449-0415, eshovlin@prismeng.com


Hotfix for SolidWorks 2012 Toolbox Issues

Hello SolidWorks users,

 

Please be aware that a Hotfix was created to correct issues with 2012 SP0.0 Toolbox SPRs 627126 and 627178 (see our previous blog post for full description of the issues).

 

This documentreleased by SolidWorks illustrates instructions for correcting the issue if you have already installed 2012 and are experiencing issues.

 

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you have successfully downloaded the hotfix. Be sure to contact our SolidWorks Tech Team if this does not correct the problem.


Toolbox Issues in 2012

 

 

The Prism Engineering technical team would like to bring your attention to two problems with SolidWorks 2012 SP0.0 Toolbox.  These issues can potentially cause a major disruption during the upgrade process from a previous major version of SolidWorks toolbox.  The issues are explained below, and the Knowledge Base solutions shown will be updated as more information becomes available. The development team at SolidWorks HQ is currently testing and developing possible solutions to the toolbox issues.

Please let the tech support team at Prism Engineering know if you have any concerns regarding this issue, or would like a further explanation.  We are available at 215-784-0800 or SWTECH@prismeng.com.

 

 

Description of Issues:

 

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SPR 627126 (Toolbox data upgraded on an operating system that uses commas as the decimal symbol will result in unusable Toolbox parts.)

 

KB Solution: S-056855

 

If the operating system decimal symbol for the computer performing a Toolbox upgrade is a comma instead of a period, then during the Toolbox upgrade the decimal symbols are removed from the numerical data that drives the creation of Toolbox part geometry.  For example, the number 1,75mm would become 175mm due to this issue.

 

This problem is evident when inserting new fastener instances into an assembly OR when editing the definition of an existing instance.  During either of those action the parameter values for the fastener presented in the PropertyManager will be missing the decimals.  In most cases this would make the values presented unacceptable for the fastener creation.  Proceeding to complete the component insertion or edit definition on existing instance would result in rebuild errors or unexpected geometry results.

 

For Toolbox installations already impacted by this issue there is not an immediately workaround with SP0 that is available.

 

If you use Toolbox, use commas for the decimal symbol, and have not yet upgraded to 2012 SP0.0; then it is recommended that you do not upgrade to 2012 until a solution for this problem is available.

 

The issue will be corrected for 2012 SP1.0 which is currently targeted for late November.  The SP1.0 solution will prevent the problem for customers that have not yet upgraded and will also correct the issue for customers who have already upgraded to SP0.0. A short-term fix is being pursued to correct SP0.0 installations impacted by this issue.

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SPR 627178 (Toolbox customized part numbers and descriptions are no longer displayed after upgrading to SolidWorks 2012.)

 

KB Solution: S-056856

When adding custom part numbers or descriptions to Toolbox components in SolidWorks 2010 or 2011, then upon upgrading to SolidWorks 2012 SP0.0, the part number and description information is no longer accessible via SolidWorks user interfaces and will appear missing.

 

The problem will be evident when inserting a new instance of a Toolbox part into an assembly OR if editing he Toolbox definition of an existing component instance already in the assembly.  During either of those actions the upper area of the PropertyManager will show an empty “Part Numbers” list field even if part numbers/descriptions had been assigned to that component in past versions of SolidWorks.  Completing those actions will result in the part number and description being removed from the properties for that Toolbox component size.

 

The part number and description information assigned in a previous version is still present in the file, but just not accessible.

 

If you used your Toolbox dataset previously with SolidWorks 2010 or 2011, assigned part numbers or descriptions in 2010 or 2011, and have not yet upgraded to 2012 SP0.0; then it is recommended that you do not upgrade to 2012 until a solution for this problem is available.

 

The issue will be corrected for 2012 SP1.0 which is currently targeted for late November.  The SP1.0 solution will prevent the problem for customers that have not yet upgraded and will also correct the issue for customers who have already upgraded to SP0.0. A short-term fix is being pursued to correct SP0.0 installations impacted by this issue.

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