SOLIDWORKS Important Reminders for 2019-2020

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With SOLIDWORKS 2020 on the horizon, we will look at some of the changes coming to the landscape of the future. SNL HUL Licensing SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out existing HUL licenses. Starting October 4th, 2019, all existing Home Use Licenses will be phased out. Users with an activated HUL license will still be able to use their SOLIDWORKS license until they deactivate/transfer it. New activations won’t be possible. HUL or Home Use License was setup as a standalone license that allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: HVAC Module Part 1 – Tracer Study

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Predicting the way that fluids behave and mix inside a closed space can be a difficult undertaking. Every day we are at the mercy of the HVAC systems that not only expel or filter harmful air but maintain comfortable temperatures. There is a lot to consider in these types of problems, and without some sort of assistance, it can be little more than guesswork. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation does a great job of calculating the types of parameters we are used […]

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Upcoming Tradeshows

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                    Check us out at our upcoming tradeshows near you this fall: Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo | September 10–12, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace | Novi, Mich. Engine Expo + The Powertrain Technology Show | October 22–24, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace | Novi, Mich. Wichita Industrial Trade Show | October 22–24, 2019 Century II Expo Hall | Wichita, Kan. Quality Show | October 22–24, 2019 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | […]

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How Do I Change the Sheet Metal Bend Line Note Precision in SOLIDWORKS?

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Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support recently had a customer who went through all the SOLIDWORKS settings he could find, but he could not find the precision setting for the annotation for the bend lines on a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal drawing. Under Bend Notes in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Sheet Metal, there is no Precision Setting. If you right-click the bend note, there is no option for Precision. If you select the bend note, there is no […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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In Depth Reverse Engineering Workflow Part 2 : Scan to CAD

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In the first part of this two part post, we took a look at the process for creating a 3D printable STL file from our scan mesh. This is great if you just need a copy of the part with no editing necessary. But what if you do want to edit the part? Then we will need to dive a little deeper into the realm of scan post-processing, and with a little extra elbow grease, we can create a parametric […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Editing Wire Styles

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The fastest way to create wire styles is to copy and paste the wire styles from one project to another. If you do that I recommend saving them into your project template so you don’t have to do it every time you create a project. However, what if you want to create some new wire styles you haven’t used before? You can, of course, go to the wire style manager and add them one at a time, editing all the […]

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6 Steps to your first SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation has been around for years tracing its roots back to 1982 and the Structural Research and Analysis Corporation (SRAC). SOLIDWORKS Simulation used to be called COSMOS Works, and since its early days, the Finite Element Analysis program has strived to be powerful, accurate, and EASY to use. Part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation’s ease of use are the simple Six Steps that every Simulation Study shares. Step 1: Define your Study. Static, Thermal, Frequency, etc. Step 2: Assign your Materials […]

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Sealing FDM Models

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The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing process of layering extruded material makes FDM parts porous. This can be a benefit for some applications such as Thermoforming that requires air to be drawn through a tool. However, sealing a part to hold an airtight vacuum may be necessary for other applications. In 2016 I wrote a blog, FDM Build Parameters to Create a Vacuum, using software parameters to create a denser filled part. This method requires using advanced Insight software […]

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DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

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