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Synchronous Sheet Metal

Slightly embellished part I made from the synchronous sheet metal tutorial

I’m mainly a plastics design guy, but few of us get to totally specialize in just one thing. Especially when the economy is tough, if you’re a freelancer or contractor/consultant, you take what work comes to you. So I’ve had to do some sheet metal part design in the course of doing assemblies that contained some plastic parts. The thing I love about designing for sheet metal is that it’s all about the process. If you don’t know how the sheet metal process works, you can’t design parts that can be made realistically. I’m not an expert by any means, but I love to learn things like this. Plus, you can just open up your computer casing and get a good idea about some cool real world sheet metal parts. Read more on Synchronous Sheet Metal…

SW Move Face vs Synch Tech

It sounds like some of you are still confused. Some people are asking me to compare SolidWorks Move Face to the Solid Edge Synchronous Technology method for making edits. I know that the interfaces for the methods look similar, but these are not the same tools. I suppose if you’re a salesman, and you have to say that SW has equivalent functionality, that would be one place where you might expect to hear someone say that these tools are essentially the same. But they’re not, and here’s why. Read more on SW Move Face vs Synch Tech…

Solid Edge vs SolidWorks: Sketching, Part 1

There’s nothing meaningful I could do to compare the entire Solid Edge and SolidWorks programs in a single blog post. That’s why when I have taken the topic up on the Dezignstuff blog, I would bite off “small” areas like surfacing, sheet metal, or the overall interface. In this case I’m going to look at sketching, arguably the single most important function of any CAD program.

You might think Solid Edge and SolidWorks sketchers are pretty similar because they both use the (Siemens) Dcubed constraint solver. In the end, that similarity probably means that they share the strengths and weaknesses of Dcubed, but the comparison can’t be limited to that. The differences between them are much more structural. When you consider that Synchronous Technology has a big impact on sketching, the conceptual differences become even larger. Read more on Solid Edge vs SolidWorks: Sketching, Part 1…

Design Intent Without History

I’ve got a post in the works on comparing the sketch functions between SE and SW, but I’m waiting on some clarification for a couple of points. So I thought in the mean time I’d write something about design intent, since someone asked for that in the comments recently. This should have made my voting list, but somehow I left it out.

“Design Intent” is a phrase in search of a definition. It’s possible to consider design intent separate from CAD, in which case I think it means “the driving elements of the design”. But here I’m not talking about “design”, I’m talking about CAD modeling. Design happens in your head, and is usually already complete before you get the idea anywhere near a computer. What happens on the computer is modeling of your design idea. Read more on Design Intent Without History…

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