SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Electronics Cooling Part 3: Heat Pipes

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Welcome to part 3 of the blog covering the added capability the Electronics Cooling Module offers to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. If you have not done so yet, I recommend reading Part 1 and Part 2. In these previous blogs, we talked about Joule heating, improved PCB definitions, Two Resistor Components and more. This final blog in the series is reserved for the Heat Pipe functionality included in the Electronics Cooling Module. Heat pipes are a critical component in any modern […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Projected vs. True Dimensions

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When creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS, you may have noticed two types of Dimension Types available when inserting Drawing Views: Projected and True Dimensions. So, what exactly are the difference in these two Dimension Types? The two different Dimension Types, Projected and True, can be found in the Drawing View PropertyManager when inserting or editing a Drawing View under the Dimension Type section. Typically, True Dimensions are accurate model dimensions. If you create a model and measure the length of an […]

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3D Printing Rubber-like with Color: Agilis 30 White

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  With Agilis 30 White, we continue to improve on the performance of abilities of the J750. We can now print our normal full-color CMYK parts while using Agilis to make those colored parts also have a soft rubber-like quality. Agilis 30 White replaces VeroPureWhite in the CMYK palette. In short, this means that the more “white” the color being printed contains, the softer the material will be. Agilis 30 White has a natural Shore A value of 30. So we […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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Design Intent, Not Just for Modeling.

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If you have taken a SOLIDWORKS Essentials course from CATI you will have heard the phrase “Design Intent” at least 100 times. Design Intent is not something to be taken lightly in the modeling world. It allows the user to get the most out of their parametric model. So, what is Design Intent? Design Intent is how the model should behave when changed. The way in which the model is created governs how it can change. Automatic sketch relations, equations, […]

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GrabCAD Print release notes 1.27

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Note for PolyJet users: Please update the Job Manager from the Printer Settings screen. More info. Interested in trying new features of GrabCAD Print before they are released? Sign up here to request beta access: http://info.grabcad.com/beta. Current betas include an API to query live printer status and job history (requires GrabCAD Print Server). You can also test the latest version of GrabCAD Print in your environment as part of the  Early Visibility Program. GrabCAD Print version 1.27, February 2019 Build number 1.27.17.49710 released on 25 February 2019 […]

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Reinstalling .Net Framework – Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS Instability

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A common troubleshooting step when attempting to resolve instability in SOLIDWORKS is to reinstall the .Net Framework. The .Net Framework is an important prerequisite to SOLIDWORKS and all its core products. If a .Net Framework installation is faulty, missing or out of date, it could lead to crashing or being unable to start SOLIDWORKS. There are two .Net Framework versions that can be installed: 3.5 and 4.7. For SOLIDWORKS and all its core products, .Net Framework 4.7 is the only […]

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Hide All Types: No Hype

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A common question that often comes into technical support is about not being able to see dimensions, decals, sketch relations, or other graphics display items when working with a SOLIDWORKS model. This can be frustrating especially if under time constraints to get a design finished. The first place I always check for these kinds of issues is the display filter- the eyeball at the top of the graphics window. Clicking on the down-arrow to the right of the eye will […]

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How to flush out an Objet Connex Printer

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The best practice for keeping Objet Printers up and running well is to keep them working and happy. You should be running a print job on an Objet machine at least once a week, just to keep the fluids flowing so you don’t get any clogs accidentally. Sometimes you know that you will not be needing to do any print jobs on your Objet printer in the near future. You can either go print a random hand out part on […]

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Schematic Drawing & Viewing: Two Tricks to Improving Readability

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For a while now, Nodal Indicators have been an option to use in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  I initially thought they were a nice feature, but never really used them at all.  In fact, most of the time in my classes that I taught or in consulting engagements I overlooked using or completely dismissed it.  That all changed when I start working on a project that really had me working with my routing and connections from the schematic.  I found myself flipping […]

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