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SolidWorks PDM: Take Control of Your Data

Product Data Management (PDM) products manage and synchronize your design data across your entire enterprise with a single, easily deployable solution tightly integrated with all SOLIDWORKS applications. By leveraging a secure vault, you can extend the access to your 3D design environment and associated files, for all participants from engineering through manufacturing. This enables everyone involved in your projects to share information and collaborate on designs, while automatically protecting your intellectual property with the automated version and revision control systems.

SOLIDWORKS PDM allows CAD designers to focus on innovation while the PDM system take  care of the structure of the project. Learn more

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5 Ways to Increase Manufacturability

There is more than one way to design a part and several factors at play: the part’s intended function, the raw material best suited to that function, available equipment, and skilled technicians, and the time-frame for production.

Beyond these, DFM and DFA emphasize ways to make parts more efficiently (i.e. faster and with less scrap), stronger and more durable, with less risk of damage during fabrication, and as error-proof as possible during assembly. The benefit to you? Money saved and faster production. Learn more

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Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection

The collection is an integrated set of professional-grade applications that connect everyone, from concept to production, with shared tools to streamline your product development process.

What you can do with the collection?

  • Create complete high-performing product designs and production system layouts
  • Explore every design opportunity
  • Extend product capabilities and prevent product failures
  • Connect your team and your data from design to manufacture
  • Automate routine tasks

Design and make your products with the best Inventor, including fully-integrated simulation and 5-axis CAM with Autodesk Nastran In-CAD and HSM. Get the latest versions of AutoCAD and other products in the collection, and explore cloud-based product development with Fusion 360. Learn more

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COMSOL Multiphysics: Simulate real-world designs, devices, and processes

Engineers have to make assumptions in order to be able to realize their design ideas. As time progresses these assumptions are being refined or eliminated allowing for more accurate results. Multiphysics is one major enabler in eliminating assumptions. How? By coupling related physical applications together to include all the necessary factors for a complete model. Because the real world applications can include acoustics, electromagnetics, chemical reactions, mechanics, fluid flow, and heat transfer effects, your simulation environment should also.

COMSOL Multiphysics is a comprehensive simulation software environment for a wide array of applications, but structured and user-friendly for all to use. Learn more 

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Autodesk Inventor: Powerful Mechanical Design & 3D CAD Software

Autodesk Inventor software provides engineers and designers professional grade design and engineering solution for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation.

With Inventor software, engineers can integrate 2D and 3D data into a single design environment, creating a virtual representation of the final product that enables them to validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is ever built. Autodesk Inventor includes powerful parametric, direct edit and freeform modeling tools as well as multi-CAD translation capabilities and industry standard DWG™ drawings. Helping you to reduce development costs, get to market faster, and make great products. Learn more

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ANSYS Workbench Platform: Integrated Multiphysics Simulation

The Ansys Workbench platform is the framework upon which the industry’s broadest and deepest suite of advanced engineering simulation technology is built. An innovative project schematic view ties together the entire simulation process, guiding the user through even complex multiphysics analyses with drag-and-drop simplicity. With bi-directional CAD connectivity, an automated project level update mechanism, pervasive parameter management and integrated optimization tools, the Ansys Workbench Platform delivers unprecedented productivity, enabling simulation driven product development. Learn more

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SolidWorks: A Mechanical Engineer Review

Pros:

  • SolidWorks is one of the most popular 3D CAD software in the world. It has a wide range of features, including specific functions for sheet metal, welded construction, and molds, making it indispensable for the design of mechanical parts.
  • Heavy influence in the industry. Integration into everything, from other customers to suppliers to consultants. It is very streamlines and it very intuitive.
  • The available tools also are excellent for complex parts and assemblies.
  • Powerful configuration feature enables you to create multiple versions a single part or assembly.
  • Ability to assemble and constrain parts easily.
  • CAE capabilities for engineering analysis. (Structural, thermal, flow etc.)
  • SolidWorks is intuitive and relatively easy to use the software.
  • In SolidWorks, it is possible to view the design of the project in real-time, in addition to being able to make realistic renderings and animations. This process results in an incredible visualization and is a powerful resource when giving a presentation to your client.
  • SolidWorks allows all project participants to work in an integrated manner so that a change is made for everyone, which eliminates the need to keep sending recent copies of files for each one to modify.

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Autodesk Fusion 360: Integrated CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software

Fusion 360 makes a comprehensive set of tools available to the user. Aside from the standard modeling tools, Fusion 360 also includes environments for creating surfaces and sheet metal parts. When it comes time for testing, there’s a simulation environment with features such as static stress and thermal analysis. The manufacturing side of things is rounded out by a robust set of aids for computer aided manufacturing (CAM).

A suite of tools for rendering—creating animations, renderings and drawings—rounds out the toolbox, ensuring that nearly every aspect of design is covered.

It’s hard to find another product that has as many capabilities integrated as tightly as Fusion 360 has. All these tools are right in the program.

Fusion 360 is a great design tool that should be considered if you’re looking for a primary design software or as a supplementary program to an existing design tool. The vast collection of tools and ease of sharing data can go a long way to streamlining the design process. Learn more

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3DEXPERIENCE Platform: Power By with CATIA V5 & SOLIDWORKS

3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud provides you with a complete suite of industry-leading solutions which gives you everything you’ll need to bring your idea to reality, including design & engineering, manufacturing & production, simulation, governance & collaboration.

One Cloud Platform, Endless Possibilities. Break free of IT constraints and bring together all aspects of your business on a single cloud-based platform to increase collaboration, improve execution and accelerate innovation. Learn more 

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Pinnacle Studio: Powerful and Creative Video Editing Software

Pinnacle Studio is a powerful supplementary animation tool for designers. It enables you to create photorealistic 3D animation to visually depict product’s configuration, its assembly, and even its inner-workings in the form of an animated video. Learn more

Here are some of the many uses for mechanical engineering animations:

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