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CAD & Data Management Review

By Tanner Knight | 5/30/2019
If someone asked if you have a documented engineering workflow, would you have an immediate answer? What if you were asked to locate every single SOLIDWORKS license in your organization and the user assigned to each asset? Maybe you could produce some answers after some hunting and hair-pulling, but luckily, Converge has a service specifically designed to address these and many other questions that might arise throughout the weeks, months, and years in your CAD department: our CAD and Data Management Review.

Click here to read about this unique service that provides you with a living document that provides answers to all questions anyone in your organization could have about your CAD infrastructure, assets, and users.

Sketch Blocks Part 8

By Matt Perez | 5/10/2019
It is finally here! All great things must come to an end and sadly our time with sketch blocks has run out. We covered a lot in these 8 videos from basics of creating a block, using them for kinematics in a part, their use in drawings and ending up here today. Our final topic goes into sketch blocks in an assembly layout sketch. Why? Because in a layout sketch we can apply a mass to our sketch block and run a motion study with it. This allows us to apply forces, springs and dampers, motors and gravity. It also opens up some result tools like plotting velocity of points to help plan out mechanical motion. So if you aren’t fed up with blocks yet and are craving some more follow along as we wrap up this series! You can use this SOLIDWORKS 2019 sample file.

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Sketch Blocks Part 7

By Matt Perez | 5/02/2019
Last week we looked at converting a complex drawing view into a block to help minimize the PC overhead during the design process. This week we're going to look at how you can use sketch blocks to work more efficiently within detailed drawings. Learn how you can save time by avoiding typing the same thing over and over.

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Sketch Blocks Part 6

By Matt Perez | 4/25/2019
Last week we wrapped up the use of mechanical blocks by checking out Instant3D and learning how we can move parts around in a part file like an assembly. Today we are going to shift gears a bit and take a look at converting a complex drawing view into a block to help minimize the PC overhead during the design process. Watch as we take a Ducati engine, create a drawing view, and convert that back into a block to use in a part file. If you have SOLIDWORKS 2019 and want to follow along with the video, you can use these sample files.

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Sketch Blocks Part 5

By Matt Perez | 4/18/2019

So far we have covered a good bit about blocks, but we aren’t done yet!  Now that we know how to make and use blocks for mechanical motion in sketches, lets take a look at Instant3D and the ability to move parts around in a part file.  We will talk about some of the pros and cons of this process and outfit you with the knowledge to apply it to your designs. This is the fifth video in our series on sketch blocks in SOLIDWORKS. If you aren't already familiar with sketch blocks, I recommend you start with the first video in the series. If you have SOLIDWORKS 2019 and want to follow along, you'll need this part file. Watch our latest tutorial and fire up SOLIDWORKS on a second monitor so you can follow along.

Phillip Lewis: SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer

By Tanner Knight | 4/16/2019

We're normally not the type to toot our own horn, but when one of Converge's very own achieves an accomplishment that's worthy of recognition, we want to share that with our clients. Recently, our technical team lead, Phillip Lewis, achieved the coveted designation of SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer. Equally as impressive is the fact that he was able to complete this respected achievement in just 10 months.

Sketch Blocks Part 4

By Matt Perez | 4/11/2019

This is the fourth video in our series on sketch blocks in SOLIDWORKS. If you aren't already familiar with sketch blocks, I recommend you start with the first video in the series. Today we are going to look at how you can use sketch blocks to design linkages. If you have SOLIDWORKS 2019 and want to follow along, you'll need this sketch block file. Watch our latest tutorial and fire up SOLIDWORKS on a second monitor so you can follow along.

Sketch Blocks Part 3

By Matt Perez | 4/04/2019

We have come to the third video in our ongoing series on sketch blocks. In our first video we introduced you to sketch blocks and our second video was about using sketch blocks to design belt and pulley layouts. Today we are going to look at how you can use sketch blocks to design gear systems. If you have SOLIDWORKS 2019 and want to follow along, you'll need these sample files. Watch our latest tutorial and fire up SOLIDWORKS on a second monitor so you can follow along.

Sketch Blocks Part 2

By Matt Perez | 3/28/2019

Last Thursday we introduced you to the concept of sketch blocks in SOLIDWORKS. Today, we're going to look at how you can use sketch blocks to design belt and pulley layouts. This is some very important 2D groundwork you'll need to understand before we dive deep into how you can use sketch blocks when modeling in three dimensions. No sample files are needed for today's lesson. Watch our latest tutorial and fire up SOLIDWORKS on a second monitor so you can follow along.

Sketch Blocks Part 1

By Matt Perez | 3/21/2019

If you enjoyed our SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals video series, then you are going to love what we have in store for you. We are beginning a new series all about sketch blocks. Each week we'll have a new video on different aspects of this powerful SOLIDWORKS tool. Our first video is a basic introduction showing the creation and usage of sketch blocks.  If you have SOLIDWORKS 2019 and want to follow along, you can use these sample files. We hope you stick around for the entire series. We'll be dropping a new lesson every Thursday for the next several weeks.

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