Advance FDM Mode Lesson 2: General Tour (Part 4 of 4)

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Welcome to the final part of our General tour of GrabCAD Print – Advance FDM Mode. In part 4 we will dive into the Slice preview and touch on the Manufacturing notes, If you are following along from lesson 2 part 3 then you will just need to open the Slice Preview menu. If you are just joining again after a long a good night’s rests from playing with all the Selection settings, then be sure to open your edited […]

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS Assembly FeatureManager Design Tree

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The FeatureManager Design Tree is the list of instructions that tells SOLIDWORKS how to build your Parts and Assemblies. In Parts, the FeatureManager includes all the features that make up your part and are history-based and order-dependent. The FeatureManager Design Tree in Assemblies includes the following items: This blog is going to focus on the Assembly Components section. You can see from the screenshot above that Assembly Components in the FeatureManager Design Tree include other fluff besides just the part […]

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What’s the Easiest way to update SOLIDWORKS?

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There are multiple ways to stay up to date on SOLIDWORKS. With 2020 being released in the next month or so, updating is a hot topic. Staying up to date is important; bugs get fixed, new features get added, and processes become more efficient as SOLIDWORKS updates are released. So what’s the easiest and best way to update? Using Check For Updates Check for Updates is a program that is installed alongside SOLIDWORKS, and is buried in the Windows Start Menu. […]

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Fabricate 1.15 release notes

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New Features and Enhancements Parts with the same advanced settings can now be printed together Now warns user when trying to print a part greater than 80mm x 80mm x 80mm with a 250 micron nozzle Now warns user when uploading a model that is too small to print User is now advised prior to printing when a part or job exceeds operating conditions for printing, debinding or sintering Usability improvements in part to support slider Improved sinter time and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Additional Sheet Formats and Templates

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After putting the effort to customize your Sheet Format and Drawing Template, including your logo, updated Title Block, etc., it’s not difficult to update that Sheet Format to create a new size, while maintaining your customizations. Here is how you can do that: 1.  After customizing a Sheet Format, such as an A-Size Landscape paper, start a brand-new drawing with that selected Sheet Format 2.  Right-click Sheet1 and select on Properties… 3.  Within the Sheet Format/Size section, select on Custom […]

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Component Contact or Contact Set? Which one makes sense for you?

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Contacts are a crucial part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and are one portion of the Free Body Diagram step. Find out more about these core Simulation steps outlined in “6 Steps to Your First Simulation”. Contacts can be fit into three main categories: Bonded Free No Penetration Within these three categories contacts can be assigned three different ways: Global Component Local To better understand how these contact interact check out “Understanding Simulation Contact Hierarchy”. What I wanted to discuss today is […]

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Customized Parts for a Subaru Dashboard

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Making 3rd party parts and items for the car market can be very challenging. This is because every year, every car and truck model change their geometry. Sometimes not a lot, but just enough so that you will need to design new geometries to fit the new models. The hard part about this is there are a lot of curved surfaces and organic shapes in cars nowadays and especially in the dashboard area. To accurately get those dimensions without the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Thin Features

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Thin features can be useful for creating complex cuts and shapes or even simplifying multiple steps into a single step. In order to understand how to utilize thin features, a good understanding of the difference between an “Open contour” and “Closed Contour” is needed. Referencing the above image, the sketches on the blue half are ‘Open Contours’ whereas the sketches on the orange half are ‘Closed Contours’. For a group of sketch entities to be considered a closed contour it […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Shortcuts for Current and Future Users

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For all the SOLIDWORKS Visualize users and future users out there, here is a list of all the available Visualize Keyboard Shortcut keys. Keyboard shortcuts are key combinations to quickly access functionality. If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Visualize course, these keyboard shortcuts are found in the Appendix near the back of the manual. Who actually reads the Appendix…. raise your hand! If you are unfamiliar with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it’s a powerful tool for rendering CAD data to make photo-realistic […]

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Stratasys F-Series Hard Reboot

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When having software issues, corrupt files or failed firmware updates its likely you may need to perform a hard reboot and revert to factory firmware. Follow these easy instructions on how to do so. With the printer off, you will press and let go the power button. Wait a few seconds, while the power button is illuminated press and hold it again. Hold this until the printer shuts off (5-10 seconds), and let go. The printer will be off and […]

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