MLC CAD Systems: SolidWorks and Mastercam Software Reseller

For over 30 years, SolidWorks and Mastercam Reseller MLC CAD Systems has provided companies with SolidWorks 3D CAD, SolidWorks Simulation, SolidWorks PDM, SolidWorks 3Dvia, and other SolidWorks tools, and Mastercam Milling, Mastercam Routing, Mastercam Turning and other Mastercam tools. 

Starting with a single location based in Austin Texas, MLC CAD Systems became one of the most successful CAD and CAM sales and services companies in Central Texas and soon expanded into new markets in Dallas and Fort Worth Texas and Houston Texas, where MLC CAD Systems soon became recognized as one of the most highly respected CAD/CAM sales and service companies in Texas.

In the 90s, MLC’s expansion continued to New Orleans Louisiana, and then Phoenix Arizona. Then continued into Oklahoma with an office in Stillwater Oklahoma Central Oklahoma and parts of Kansas.

In 2006 expansion continued East with office locations in Atlanta Georgia, Birmingham Alabama and Huntsville Alabama. In 2007/ 08, MLC expanded into Florida with locations in Orlando Florida and Tampa Florida. In 2009, MLC CAD Systems expanded internationally with an office in Saltillo Mexico.

In 2012 MLC CAD Systems added 3 new locations to even better serve customers adding new offices in San Antonio Texas and Oklahoma City Oklahoma and Tulsa Oklahoma.

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Hub-Steer Motorcycle: Designed with SolidWorks and Mastercam for SolidWorks

Designing innovative products is one of our passions here at SolidBox. That’s why we got into this business in the first place. Our main goal is to help users of SolidWorks, Mastercam, and Adobe CS6 maximize the most powerful design and manufacturing software on the planet to realize their own passion for creation. But when we’re not helping youbreak barriers with your SolidBox, you can bet that we’re probably designing, tinkering, and coming up with crazy ideas of our own to help push the limits of this very same software.

Recently, the SolidBox team was approached by the good folks at MLC CAD Systems to mount and document a CAD and CAM project of unprecedented scope. The task was to design a Hub-Steer Motorcycle from the ground up using SolidWorks and Mastercam for SolidWorks, and to document every step of the way. MLC CAD Systems is the leading reseller of SolidWorks in the southern United States, as well as a provider of industry leading training to future CAD gurus.MLC CAD Systems has offered space on their website, to showcase all 15 hours of the 12 episodes of this project. Watch the series trailer by clicking here.

Those of us familiar with motorcycle design know that the steering is characteristically manipulated by handlebars that connect directly to the front wheel via the front fork. By cutting out the middle man of the fork, a whole new challenge is presented, but a challenge that design geeks like us live for. Watch as Chris Castle and Matt Perez use every tool in the SolidWorks and Mastercam for SolidWorks arsenal to design, analyze, and plot out each tooling path to make this project a reality. Each episode breaks down every step taken from hand drawings to finished product.

The Hub-Steer Motorcycle Project showcases the power Solidworks and Mastercam for Solidworks gives designers. With amazing, intuitive tools, such as Flow Analysis, Kinematics, Dynamic Suspension Simulation, Finite Element Analysis, Complex Surfacing, and Advanced 5-Axis CNC Programming, it’s easy to see why SolidWorks and Mastercam are your winning CAD/CAM combo.…

Meet The Raspberry Pi – Model B

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized, Linux-based computer on a single board. Powered from a microUSB socket, it features a 700MHz ARM processor, 512MB RAM, SD card slot (card not included, but one is required), Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and more.

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Can I 3D print my model?

The question every Engineer and Designer asks – can I 3D print my model? Will it be what I see on my computer screen? Every time we’ve run design challenges for 3D printable items we get that difficult question a lot. But now, there is a solution: Will it 3DPrint


Willit 3DPrint is a cloud-based software service. You take an STL file, upload it on and select your choice of 3D printers and materials. After waiting a moment you find out whether or not it can be printed. If it can, it shows off areas of roughness, where support structures will go and the time it takes to prep and 3D Print your piece. There are plans to include CO2 emission calculations!

I was lucky enough to meet the maker of the software, a certain Phillip Reeves of Econolyst at the 3D Print Show in London last month. Their aim was to help everyone get over the big bump of 3D printing – can I make it. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you can make virtually any object on a 3D printer. In all the hype, people have forgotten to add ‘almost’ in this sentence.

The truth is, some machines have better advantages than others, which means that your CAD file may be better suited to one machine rather than another. Looking for a smooth finish on your prototype for a client? Don’t think about using a Makerbot or a Cube – maybe a 3D Systems Viper.



Here I took a design that GrabCADr Ramses Chavez and I worked on this summer using GrabCAD Teams. It’s a woven cup design created in Solidworks and designed to be 3D printed, with the weaves keeping your hands cool and your liquid hot. I used Willit3DPrint to give me a good idea about the roughness of the object and the time it would take to make. From the looks of it, pretty rough. But that can be resolved by orienting the object to reduce roughness, or trying different machines. I think I would – apparently it takes 78 hours to make this cup on an EOS P385. That can’t be right…. maybe a ARCAM A2? BAM! 14 hours, 7 minutes and an Surface Roughness Ra of only 0.4 microns. I can take that.

Try it out, tool around with it. Will it 3D Print is still in beta so expect a little clunkiness. Cloud software being Cloud software, having a good internet connection helps. But compared to having to rely on my own CAM software to calculate where support structure will go – Go check it out!




Are you ready to experience SolidWorks Simulation?

SolidWorks Simulation provides core simulation tools to test your designs and make the decisions to improve quality. The full integration creates a short learning curve and eliminates the redundant tasks required with traditional analysis tools. Component materials, connections, and relationships defined during design development are fully understood for simulation. Products can be tested for strength and safety, and the kinematics fully analyzed. Further, a wide variety of geometry types are supported so you can simulate the real world performance of solid, thin-walled, and structural features.


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Testing Strength of Materials with SolidWorks Simulation


SolidWorks Simulation Frequency and Vibration 


SolidWorks Simulation Design Optimization


SolidWorks Simulation Thermodynamic and Heat Transfer


SolidWorks Simulation Sub-Modeling and Incremental Meshing


SolidWorks PlasticsSimulation


SolidWorks Flow Simulation 

SolidWorks Simulation Fluid Analysis








Should I completely uninstall SolidWorks 2012 before installing 2013?

A clean install procedure is always reccomended, which means uninstalling the old version, deleting residual files, and doing a registry clean.

MLC CAD Systems has several public videos regarding this on mymlcservices.

Clean Installation of SolidWorks

Complete Registry Clean Out

Clean Uninstall

It is not necessary to do this, but it’s good maintenance. We do suggest that you do it and it should really only take you 10-15 minutes longer than just uninstalling and reinstalling.

For the average person, I do NOT recommend side-by-side dual installations (2011 sitting next to 2012). I also do NOT recommend upgrading major versions (i.e. upgrading from 2011 to 2012). It works mostly but when it does fail for whatever OS reason, it’s a pain to deal with.

So the short answer is yes, we DO recommend that you completly uninstall your older version of SolidWorks before installing your newer version.

By Nadia Shea – Elite Application Engineer | Austin, TX | Monday, November 26th 2012 2:03 PM

The Foxhound: A £50m patrol vehicle for soldiers in Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence is set to announce a contract worth nearly £50 million to provide around 50 new light patrol vehicles for soldiers in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne will confirm details of the new contract during a visit to the British company that makes the vehicles.

The Foxhound, introduced to offer unprecedented levels of blast protection, replaced the Army’s Snatch Land Rover, which proved highly vulnerable to roadside bombs used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Foxhound has enhancements including a V-shaped hull to give protection against the bombs which have been a common tactic of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The Army’s most agile protected vehicle, it uses cutting-edge Formula 1 technology to provide unparalleled protection for its weight and class.

It can reach speeds of up to 80mph and drive away from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike on just three wheels, while its engine is so advanced it can be changed in 30 minutes and put back on the road.

The first Foxhounds were deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year and are now being used by soldiers who are mentoring and partnering with the Afghan National Security Force.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne will announce details of a contract worth nearly £50 million for around 50 new Foxhounds for soldiers on the frontline in Afghanistan. He will visit the General Dynamics: Force Protection (GD:FP) Spares Facility in Telford, Shropshire, where he will meet staff who are providing logistical support to the Army in Afghanistan.

The announcement is part of an overall investment of more than £300 million by the MoD for Foxhounds since 2010, and will bring the fleet to more than 370 vehicles, to be used in Afghanistan as well as in future operations.

Speaking in September, when Foxhound was first operational in Afghanistan, chief of staff for the Bastion Force Protection Wing Squadron Leader Jim Stewart, said: “Foxhound is an enormous leap forward in capability; the off-road mobility, enhanced protection and night-vision systems that it offers to the troops on the ground are unmatched in a vehicle of this size.”…