I thought it would be good to have a discussion about all the awesome products that are designed with Solidworks everyday.
I'll start it off...
My company uses Solidworks to design and develop fiber optic optic products.
The company I currently work for makes Tube/Hose assemblies, sheet metal parts and weldments. I design the fixtures used to make the tube/hose assemblies.
In past positions I've designed Thermoplastic Vacuum Molds, Steel Forging Dies, Scissor Lifts, Medical Testing Equipment, Conveyor Belts, and Portable Battery Storage Units.
We don't design products but entire solutions.
My colleagues and I design :
- Odour Control Units: Biotrickling, Biofilter, Active Carbon etc..Anything from barely a meter tall to vessels that are 4m Ø and 10m tall.
- Industrial Water treatment mobile containers as well as entire installations
- Manure treatment installations
- Biogas plants
The civil works are put down by us roughly (no details about rebar and such)
What we most focus on and do work out in detail are the piping and ducting for all of the above (anywhere from ½" to 1500mm)
+ any and all mechanical constructions (weldments, sheetmetal, guardrails, stairs and other) and supporting structures (including pipe racks) for the piping
No 3rd party add-ins used.
We do it all with Solidworks. For strictly 2d needs and P&ID we use Bricscad.
I not, but on one web side I find ask:How to make animal rhino in SolidWork?
I answer him:
Its easy.Menu - Insert - Animals - Mammals - Rhino.You just have to specify gender and age.
An that In version 2021 SolidWorks promise to add option "pissed off or not"
I'm such a cad ... Because I like CAD!!!
Welding and machining fixtures.
Customers in: mining, offshore, hydro.
Nothing small 10000 lb and up.
Use Sim for strength and frequency (vibration while machining) study.
Otherwise import customer model and make BOM for purchasing and flame cut.
Peter De Vlieger wrote: [...]- Manure treatment installations[...]
Peter De Vlieger wrote:
Is it the same as with bridges? Designer and builder stand "under" when starting?
Can say that you've escaped from the "surface" to solid modeling?
Furniture - No added software
I use surfaces all the time. somethings i probably should not use them but i can't help myself.
Things I've designed for various companies I've worked for:
-150 psi to 300 psi Valves for wastewater, water treatment plants, nuclear power plants.
-Food processing machine that packages and seals frozen pizzas. You most likely see these products in food stores every day.
-Train truck that can accommodate loads up to 150-300 tons. Lots of Castings for these parts.(quick fact for those that do not know, Train trucks do not have a single bolt holding them together. They are free moving and have friction plates that need replacing every so often.)
-Fans and blowers all kinds of industries that need forced air. AC, Steel forging plants, Car wash, Wind Tunnel, Industrial Ovens. Mainly uses Sheet metal
-Medical mold making machine that injects medicine in packaging. (ibuterol for Bronchitis) weldments/sheet metal/CNC
-Thermoplastic molds for headlights for top automobile companies (Tesla, Dodge, Chevy). Also made molds for Whirlpool washing machines. CNC
-Couplings mainly in applications for the marine industry to reduce vibrations transmitted from the Boat's engine(s). The vibrations in the boat causes long term back pain/spinal injuries over the course of the operator's life. Couplings reduce this vibration significantly.
Third party add in's that I've used are Driveworks and PDM. Have used other FEA software not related to solidworks.
Oh that's remind me of the 15000 psi pressure test plugs I just made.
I'll take a day off when they do the test .....
15,000 psi? What are you compressing?
The company I work for I a true contract manufacturer (AKA Job Shop).
We have a relatively large stamping division. And we have 40+ CNC machines that include 6 Swiss Style, 12 WireEDM, 16 vertical machining centers, 3 mill/turn, Lathes, and more.
We work with many top OEM’s in the medical, aerospace, defense, firearms, energy, and more sectors.
We use SolidWorks to design all progressive tools, secondary dies, fixtures, custom machinery, gages and much more. No third party addons.
A goose neck. 4" ID.
Customer require pressure test for finished part.
Their facility cannot do such test (yea right) so we need to do it (like we're "certified").
We had so old plugs for 7000 psi. Boss wanna "certify" them but we don't even know what material they're.
So make new from 4130.
I'm currently between jobs. Starting a new one Monday.
In the past I used SW for designing accelerometers. Before that was designing tooling/fixtures, molds, frames, for carbon fiber bicycles/race car parts, etc.
This week I'm using it at home for various 3D printing personal jobs.
Agricultural farm equipment. Ring rollers, clod busters, chisels, rippers. Self propelled equipment like sweepers, orchard receivers and shakers, bank out wagons, bin carriers, fuel and water tank trailers....
Luck to you Chris Saller
Currently:-SpectrometersMonochromatorsUV / VUV Lamps
Remote Gas Sensing Cameras
X-Ray to NIR Detectors
Integrated Systems for reflectance, transmittance and fluorescencePreviously:-
UV systems for air and water sterilization
Chris Saller wrote: I'm currently between jobs. Starting a new one Monday...
Chris Saller wrote:
I'm currently between jobs. Starting a new one Monday...
Good Luck to you Chris.
Once you get settled update us on how it's going.
I'm pretty sure the "certification" is their way of saying they have a "warranty" with your company in case it the part fails.
It doesn't seem like much, but the 150 Psi - 300 Psi valves I mentioned above is the water pressure in the valves themselves. Keep in mind that water cannot be compressed much.
The other time, another pressure test d60" water pipe. 80psi.
At least they put the test rig at the back of the building.
Like you said, can't compress much. Pressure drop fast with a leak.
It took forever to fill the 20ft pipe with a garden hose.
We make MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) castings that are used in a multitude of different high power based applications. We've also branched out into the Hermetic Packaging business as well as a number of other finite industries.
The basics of our composite materials that make them sought after are the underlying CTE matching, lighter weight, higher stiffness and better thermal conductivity vs. conventional materials like Copper that just don't stand up where reliability and longevity are key factors.
Frederick Law wrote: [...]It took forever to fill the 20ft pipe with a garden hose.
Frederick Law wrote:
He.. he.. I know it.
I used to design and reorganize the construction of a exhibition stand. As the pool model was displayed at the stand, we had ordered access to the water intake. I monit few times about this. On the last day before opening around 16.00, "Mr. Important" attracted a hose from which water was seeping. Like blood from the nose. But that on the last night before the opening the exhibition hall was open all time, I thought that by morning it would be ok. Unfortunately, around 19.00 I noticed that the water does not arrive . What happened? "Mr. Important" went home and turned off the tap in the room where only he had the keys (yes, Poland). Nice, empty pool at the exhibition. I went to the city and came back with the fire truck of the king we filled the pool. As I arranged it, it was a separate story. It ended with panic among the exhibitors that the exhibition hall was burning.
I design scale model R/C racing sailboats for people using Solidworks. I am an avid sailor of the full-size Star class sailboat and my experience with yacht racing has led to turn my hobby of designing scale models into, almost, a full-time
Here's an image of a project, half-way through. So far, I am not using surfacing to create the original shape but learning how to build these models with surfaces is on my "to-do" list for this year. Once I've designed all the parts, I get them cut on a laser-cutter. The builders get the internal frames and they complete the construction.
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