SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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There are several exciting new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 this year, and I’ve already blogged about one of them here: IES Light Profiles. However, there are a few more topics that are worth mentioning too. SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to impress, so let’s dive into these new features. AMD Radeon™ ProRender SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a raytracing engine that is designed to run on AMD graphics cards. This feature can be enabled from options. I have not […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Flexible Components

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Those of you who are familiar with flexible assemblies know its main limitation – flexible sub-assemblies cannot change model geometry. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2020, that has changed. Flexible components allow features, driven by external references, to update effortlessly as the externally referenced entities move within the assembly. Some practical applications include; springs, bellows, and hinges to name a few, as well as many impractical applications. Let’s go over a quick impractical example before diving into the everyday stuff. Here you […]

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Fabricate Release Notes – Version 1.16

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Version 1.16 New Features & Enhancements Job status can now be updated from the Job History. When resending a Job History, the job will be rolled back to sending and will trigger a send of the same job to the device. The job is removed from display on the dashboard. Deleting a model from the Models page now deletes all related Intellectual Property for that model, including g code and images. More Furnace nesting improvements. Updated the ultra high profile […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create Multiple Connection Points

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now create multiple connection points in a part. It’s really easy to do. Let’s get started. Click Tools>Routing>Routing Tools and click Create Connection Point. To create multiple connection points, select the following parameters. A sketch that has sketch points. The number of connection points is equal to the number of sketch points in a sketch. Multiple circular edges. Multiple circular and cylindrical faces. You can also assign a port ID or pin information to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Plastics Material Updates Summary and 3D Content Central

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There are several exciting changes to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics program for the 2020 release that will increase ease of use. A couple that I want to highlight are related to the database of polymer materials. First, a couple of vendors, specifically Chevron Phillips and RadiciGroup, have added 29 materials to the installed database. These are shown below. Also, 13 obsolete material grades from EMS-Grivory have been removed from the database. Second, 3D Content Central now has a library of polymer […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Applying All Uppercase to Dimensions and Hole Callouts

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Ever since the 2014 release, SOLIDWORKS has had the capacity to automatically capitalize all text in an annotation note. In 2018, this functionality was expanded, as users were given an additional option to set all uppercase for table entries. Now, SOLIDWORKS 2020 is giving our Caps Lock keys yet another break by letting us apply uppercase to dimensions and hole callouts too. SOLIDWORKS 2020 users exploring their Document Properties will notice a new checkbox in the Uppercase section of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding Hole Callouts in Section Views

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Detailing your drawings just got easier! The recent update to the Hole Callouts tool now allows you to add callouts to your Section Views, Detail Views, and Broken-out Sections. If you’ve ever tried to add a hole callout to one of these views, then you’ll understand why we are so excited about this update. Previously, to add the hole callout information to section view you Use the model items command to get the hole callout in the parent view Add a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Defining Child Reference State Conditions

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When using SOLIDWORKS PDM it is important to release components in the appropriate order. PDM users learn that releasing a parent file before its children will result in the parent file referencing an earlier version of its children. In other words, the result can be a discrepancy between the “as built” and “latest” version of a parent assemblies’ references. In PDM 2020, the transition of a parent file can be prevented unless its immediate children meet conditions. It is now […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Alternate Position Views for Parts

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the designer would need to create multiple model items or sheets to depict different configurations of a part. As SOLIDWORKS continues to improve, our goal is to also improve how effectively we can communicate designs in a collaborative environment. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, drawings get an important upgrade. You are now able to overlay an additional configuration in the same model view. These modifications can give others a clear indication of different stages throughout the manufacturing process of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Up Axis for View Orientation

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 includes a new button that will further allow you to customize your View Orientations in SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies. This new Up Axis button allows you to specify the Y-axis or the Z-axis as the default Up View Orientation. To find this new button, open a file in SOLIDWORKS 2020, go to your Heads-Up Toolbar and select the View Orientation button followed by the double arrows for More Options. You can also bring up More Options by hitting […]

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