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SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 days ago
In this blog, we will investigate some of the new features and enhancements available within the assembly environment of SOLIDWORKS 2018. We will start with possibly the most obvious change, which most of you who have opened an assembly in SOLIDWORKS 2018 may have noticed. The new “Assembly Open Progress Indicator” will appear at the top of your screen when opening an assembly and gives you a great indicator as to the progress of an opening assembly, particularly for those dreaded assemblies
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
I take notes and make myself reminders. It’s what I do. So after my day at the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network’s Technical Summit in Nashville, I’ve got a lot of notes and reminders to review. The SWUGN Technical Summits are one-day training and networking events in cities across the country.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
21 days ago
Dirty decals in SOLIDWORKS Decals in SOLIDWORKS Visualize are often for applying logos, labels and signage onto products. This blog explores how decals can be used to give realistic defects, dirt and damage onto appearances that would otherwise look too clean and perfect. Dirty decals in SOLIDWORKS Dirty decals in SOLIDWORKS When exporting a render in Visualize, you have the option to save the file in .png (portable network grahpic) format. This file type supports alpha channels which means that
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
23 days ago
One thing SOLIDWORKS users use every day is the Smart Dimension tool during sketching. Beginners often start the command by selecting it at the Sketch toolbar of the CommandManager. But this needs quite some mouse travel to select it. So experienced users often use a shortcut key or mouse gestures to start it.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
27 days ago
Have you ever wanted to test multiple versions of a part or drawing without the fear of ruining the original design? Well it’s possible in SOLIDWORKS, and a lot easier than it may seem. In this video, I’ll be showing you exactly how to copy a drawing file and duplicate it for multiple projects without having to start completely from scratch. Don’t like video?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Author: Andrew Lidstone, CSWE, Javelin Technologies Previously, SOLIDWORKS introduced functionality which automatically created a file property which showed the version of SOLIDWORKS that the file was last saved with. Now with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, we can easily take advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Last Saved With file property to display that information in the PDM interface. Once the vault is upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, a new Variable will automatically be created called: _SW_Last_Saved_With_
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Quite often I see SOLIDWORKS users struggle with the display of parts and subassemblies in a bill of materials (BOM). A common way is hiding the unwanted rows in a BOM, but this can lead to a lot of manual work and a high risk of errors. In this tech blog I want to show you different options to manage the display of components in the BOM. These options can all be applied at assembly level, so the BOM will use these settings.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, ‘Magnetic Mates’ was arguably one of the best new features, but as the Beatles put it: “It’s getting better all the time!”. With SOLIDWORKS 2018, things are not only getting better, snapping objects together is getting easier too. Frustratingly, when using Magnetic Mates in 2017 there was often a struggle aligning connection points whilst ensuring the orientation was correct.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
No matter the SOLIDWORKS rebuild command you use, whether it’s standard rebuild (the “green light” icon) or forced rebuild (CTRL-Q), it’s important to understand what is happening when SOLIDWORKS is building a feature. When a feature is being built, the modeling engine is carrying out an instruction in the file’s instruction set. The resulting information is geometry in the design space. SOLIDWORKS will check this geometry against existing geometry in the model to make sure it “fits”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
When it comes to creating projects in SOLIDWORKS, the main goal is to spend as much time as possible on what is important, the design itself. Nobody wants to be stuck wasting unnecessary amounts of time on tasks like recreating file templates over and over. Come on, we are trying to increase productivity here! In this video, I’ll walk you through the process of creating a drawing template that can be used on multiple projects.  View the video transcription below: [
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Author: Chris Briand, CSWE, Javelin Technologies One of the most common practices we run across while discussing weldment functionality with clients is the use of ‘Modeled Welds’ which are additional Solid Bodies that exist in the weldment file to represent the physical mass where a weld would exist — generally in a shape that the fillet bead tool cannot be applied, as shown in the example below: A typical weldment - Use the ‘Exclude from Cut List’ Option to Manage SOLIDWORKS Modeled Welds A
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. Looking back at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 with Brad Phillips By Julien Boissat On day 3 of SOLIDWORKS World 2018, I sat with Brad Phillips, Senior Technical Customer Support Engineer (TSE) from Woodland Hills, CA. Brad shared his impressions and his involvement at the conference. Julien: So tell me, how many times have you participated in
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Before starting with the main issue of the article, let’s review how the sheet metal thickness works when dealing with multi body parts. When you create a sheet metal part, you have one Sheet-Metal feature (Part Thickness) and as many Sheet-Metal# (Body Thickness) features as sheet metal bodies. The “Thickness Global Variable” always reflects the part thickness. (Fig. 1) Fig. 1 By default, when creating a sheet metal body, the thickness of the body is controlled by the part thickness. If you
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Get ready to amaze your customers with beautiful photorealistic visualizations of your parts or products before the prototype is even built! SOLIDWORKS Visualize leverages industry-leading rendering capabilities and an easy to use interface to create professional, photo-quality images, animations and other 3D content quickly and easily. Not limited to technical users, SOLIDWORKS Visualize can be used by anyone in your organization, such as your marketing team, to create and communicate high-
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Football: Just in time for the Super Bowl, we got this model ready to go with no deflategate controversy here. This fun multi-body model has some uncommon but powerful features included. There are two simple examples of curved driven patterns. There is also a “deform” feature using the “Surface push” option to slightly deflate the ball.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
by Alex Campbell-Brunton, SOLIDWORKS Technical Consultant SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. Sound interesting? SOLIDWORKS Routing In this article we want to show you the benefits of using this package. We know that projects often have tight deadlines so saving time at any stage can take some pressure off.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
When you previously tried to mate components with two holes, and the holes are not the same distance apart, then you would end up with a mate error. Because the second hole could not be defined concentric. But now SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces a brand new option: Misaligned Concentric Mates. You can align the mate to resolve exactly with either the first or second concentric mate and apply the offset to the concentric mate that is not aligned.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
It goes without saying that one of the most frequently asked questions people have for us at Alignex is how to cut time and be more efficient when working with their 3D CAD designs. In this video blog, I’ll walk you through how to easily manage your configurations with a little known tool already found in the SOLIDWORKS platform, the Configuration Publisher. [Video Transcription] Many of us have seen how a toolbox fastener is inserted into an assembly.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Author: Joe Medeiros, CSWE, Javelin Technologies For SOLIDWORKS PDM Maintenance to optimize performance and prevent data loss, it is important to perform scheduled back-up of your PDM components. Let’s first examine the components that should be backed up. These components are: The SQL Database, The Archive Folder and The Archive settings. With the first two components, failing to back these up correctly, may lead to permanent data loss.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
1. What is SOLIDWORKS Manage?SOLIDWORKS Manage is an advanced product from PDM family (Product Data Management), which provides comprehensive tools to manage projects, processes and items in your Company. Flexible and expanded functionality of the SOLIDWORKS Manage allows easy and detailed planning of each project stage or process progress, including distribution of defined tasks to desirable departments or employees.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Ever wondered how to skew the odds in your favor? Well, we can try to make some dice that are skewed using SOLIDWORKS so that we can win at craps. But the funny thing is, as biased as these bones look, NumberPhile explains that they are perfectly fair given that you have both handed versions. Drat.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Chest of Drawers: This highly detailed, multi-body model has over a 150 bodies and is created mainly from extruded features. There are several examples of different types of wood joints. Dovetail joints are used in the drawer creation. Mortise and Tenon joints (open and closed) and tongue and groove joints are also used to build the framework of the chest.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Many years ago (actually 25 years, pre-Quicken), my wife was balancing our checkbook when the battery died in her calculator. She came into my home office and asked to borrow mine, I happily lent it to her. As I expected, she was back a few minutes later with some choice words for me. I lent her my HP 15-C, a calculator that relies on reverse polish notation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago