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Abaqus Simulation Technology Arrives for SOLIDWORK
Live Introduction to SIMULIAworks for SOLIDWORKS Users. Powered by Abaqus and other industry-leading SIMULIA technologies, SIMULIAworks gives you the power to perform structural, fluid and optimisation analysis tasks with confidence: from the simples...
Welcome to Render Rumble 2021!
In 2018 we ran a competition for your most realistic renders. We got some absolutely stunning results and so now to mark the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2021 the competition is back, and this time it’s bigger, better and has a new name! Welcome to Render Ru...
Model Mania 2021
Despite the launch event being virtual this year we are still running the ever popular Model Mania competition. So, if you feel ready to test your SOLIDWORKS modelling skills against the best in the UK, this is the place for you!
SOLIDWORKS 2021 End of Year Savings
Right now you can get up to 35% off SOLIDWORKS 2021 with cloud-based data management and collaboration tools from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Offers end 18th December 2020.
Microsoft SQL Server licensing for SOLIDWORKS PDM
October 2020 marks two important milestones for the SOLIDWORKS PDM family and SQL Server.
SOLIDWORKS 2020 Upgrade FAQ's
SOLIDWORKS 2021 is now available for download but before downloading there are things that may need to be considered before updating your software.
DraftSight: More 2D/3D CAD Capabilities than AutoC
Many users of AutoCAD are about to make a choice of whether to make the move from their current subscriptions, to a single user-named only model or, to move to an alternative 2D CAD drawing package*. Here we look at DraftSight 2020 and whether it rea...
How to Save Time with Open Modes in SOLIDWORKS
New to SOLIDWORKS 2020, the format of accessing different open modes has changed, and a time saving, ‘Detailing’ open mode has been introduced for working with drawings. Now that these options are more apparent, some of you may be wondering, what do ...
3D printing efforts against COVID-19
Solid Solutions and Solid Print3D customers joined efforts to 3D print face shields to NHS staff as part of a government initiative to accelerate production of medical equipment. Thank you to the 131 companies, 36 individuals, along with Solid Print3...
Customer Story: Unifabs speeds up sheet metal prod
We interviewed our customer, Unifabs, to find out how Design Automation has freed up time for their designers and engineers, allowing them to work on product development and innovation instead. Established in 2007, Unifabs offer an end-to-end sheet m...
Customer Story: COCO Lighting talks about swapping
Companies switch 3D CAD software for many different reasons, from CAD renewal costs and recruitment, to lack of capability in their current CAD systems and/or lack of support services.
Working from home with SOLIDWORKS Electrical or PC
If you are a SOLIDWORKS Electrical or PCB user working remotely, there are a few things you will want to consider. Here, we look at the key considerations you should have.
How to Create a MY SOLID SOLUTIONS Account
My.SolidSolutions is exclusively available to our subscription customers. The portal brings all of your SOLIDWORKS resources together in a single location. To access the entire portal you will need to register for an account and have an active SOLIDW...
Customer story: Body Rocket brings real-time aerod
With more people wanting to stay active during self-isolation, investments in bikes have been on the rise. Whether you’re a beginner or an avid cyclist, enhancing your performance can be a great way of improving your fitness level whilst also getting...
Customer Story: White Horse CAD on how to become a
However much you dream of becoming your own boss, swapping the security of your PAYE job to become a CAD contractor is a big decision. You might be questioning yourself: ‘Am I good enough to open my own limited company?’; ‘Is the workload unstable?’ ...
Using Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Licence Offline
To use your SOLIDWORKS PDM Licence offline you will need to connect your workstation to your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault remotely. To do this visit our recent blog ‘Working from home with your PDM Licence’. Once you have successfully linked the two programs...
Training Updates
In light of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to make sure that you feel safe if you are coming to any of our training courses. We are following the guidance of the government and Public Health England and are taking steps to keep ...
Working from home with your SOLIDWORKS PDM Licence
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic you might be planning to work from home or self-isolate. If you are a SOLIDWORKS PDM user, there are a few things you will want to consider when working remotely.
Working from home with your SOLIDWORKS Licences
In the current climate relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) there is a growing potential for more people to be temporarily self-isolating or working from home. While this can be inconvenient, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot continue to ...
DesignSpark Electrical
What is DesignSpark Electrical?DesignSpark Electrical is a free database-driven, schematic design package with a built-in link to RS Components Catalogues and has the facility to produce schematics and standard reports. There are approximately 1,500 ....
3DEXPERIENCE R2020x FD01 Release Enhancements
Over the weekend of February 28th, a new update for the 3D Experience was released - R2020x FD01 - and it brought about some great additions and here are three of my highlights.
Customer Story: Naim Audio
Julian Vereker MBE (1945 - 2000), who built the first Naim amplifier in 1973, founded Naim Audio over 46 years ago. He was driven by nothing more than a desire to experience music in his home as it was when he heard it live. Since then, Naim Audio’s ...
How to come up with ideas for your design or engin
Define the design problemFirstly, take a step back and make sure you have a clear understanding of the problem. You need to be able to empathise with whatever target user you choose. It's important to put yourself in their shoes and understand what t....
3DEXPERIENCE World Wrrap-up
The conference started with sessions hosted by a wide range of guest speakers such as CEOs, athletes, engineers and innovators – all sharing how they started their own company and how they used Dassault Systemes products to improve their busine....
Tank Drainage
The SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tool called ‘Free Surface’ is a capability with many useful and practical applications. For instance, it can accurately predict the flow rate of a liquid out of a tank and also the time taken for the tank to drain. As a...
Solid Solutions secures investment from LDC to acc
We are pleased to announce an exciting next chapter in the continuing growth of Solid Solutions. We have received investment from LDC to help support our plans to increase our ability in providing an ever-expanding portfolio of products and services ...
Quick Search Tool – SOLIDWORKS PDM
With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, the data management suites of PDM Professional & PDM Standard come with the new functionality of using Microsoft Explorers’ Quick Search tool to search the PDM vault.Existing vaults need a few swift options...
Cipolletti Weir Free Surface Simulation
In 2018 SOLIDWORKS introduced a new capability to their Flow software. This is called ‘Free Surface’ and opens up many more applications for users who need to simulate fluid behaviour where a gas and a liquid (or two immiscible liquids) share the sam...
Solid Solutions receives Feefo Platinum Trusted Se
Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights.Businesses meeting the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, receive the awar....
Megabuyte Top 50 Awards
Megabuyte Top50Megabuyte is the leading source of independent data and insights on UK technology and tech-enabled businesses. They analyse the financial and corporate strategy of 2,000 companies in the UK to determine their scorecard rating. The scor....
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