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If you are an electrical engineer, or anyone who designs electro-mechanical products then this is the SOLIDWORKS event for you. We will spend 40 minutes (or less) discussing “What’s New” in SOLIDWORKS for electrical engineers. At SOLIDWORKS, we are very excited about this launch, as it will be focusing on electro-mechanical design. So many SOLIDWORKS users are adding smart devices into their product lines, or building new smart products all together, as customers are demanding smart products
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 day ago
Patterning a feature/body is a common practice of designing, to duplicate the geometry without actually creating it from scratch. Many designs rely on pattern feature to create multiple instances of the geometry with same or varying dimensions. Variable pattern is one such type which lets you arrange the features as per the selected dimensions. The pattern table can be modified to vary all the instances on a planar or curved surface.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 days ago
SOLIDWORKS Routing allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling. This add-in enables you to save many hours of modelling against traditional methods. In this blog, we’ll share our top Tips and Tricks for SOLIDWORKS Routing. Dimensioning and relations: The pipes and tubes within SOLIDWORKS Routing are controlled by sketches which can be dimensioned using normal techniques.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
When it comes to computation with SOLIDWORKS Simulation finite element analyses, we are always looking at integrals. Evaluating those integrals need numerical methods. Gauss-Legendre numerical integration is commonly used in finite element codes for this purpose. The reason is this technique shows a higher ratio of accuracy on computing side.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
SOLIDWORKS offers a number of ways to customize the software to make it faster to access the tools you use the most. Two areas that will benefit you the most: Command LocationsCommandManager Menu items Toolbars ShortcutsKeyboard shortcuts Mouse gestures Shortcut menus WHERE DO I START? To access the customization commands: Tools >> Customize
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days 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. Full interoperability between SOLIDWORKS® PDM and SOLIDWORKS revision tables By Kevin Fancera SOLIDWORKS® PDM can now read and write values from or to a SOLIDWORKS revision table. Revision table rows can be updated using set variable transition actions or the set revision command. This ability was in the now discontinued SOLIDWORKS WORKGROUP
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
What is 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS? 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS gives you a direct path to additive manufacture by allowing you to prepare, optimise and modify your designs. The 3DXpert add-in sits inside your software, takes the native SOLIDWORKS data and imports it into the 3DXpert working environment. This then allows you to get your design ready for additive manufacture.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
Here is a little tip/trick when it comes to SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Have you ever been in the situation where you need to simulate a model relevant to a wall or even the floor? Quite often the only solution that users come to is simply modelling the wall/floor within the simulation. While there is no issue with this technique, it can often result in a much greater number of elements in the model and in turn a greater solution time for the analysis.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
21 days ago
Working with large assemblies can be a challenge in SOLIDWORKS. Time consuming rebuild times, being patient while the assembly is opening/saving or delayed response during rotating/zooming the assembly. It are just a couple of symptoms which can occur during large assembly editing. One of the main reasons for the reduced usability is the consumed space of the computer’s memory (RAM).
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
26 days ago
In SOLIDWORKS drawings we can have multiple sheets referencing different parts or assemblies as needed. Periodically, we may need to delete a sheet and/ or model views as part of the development process. When we remove a sheet from a multi-sheet drawing, why does the part or assembly still show up in the file references, and in PDM? Even though the drawing views have been deleted, we may find that the part or assembly remains in the View Palette!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
29 days ago
When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. Maybe you have created your own hotkey that takes a 10-step process down to one and you wanted to share it with the world?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself going to the internet for everything these days. Want to see a new recipe? Go to the web. Need to know where the new dry cleaner is?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago