SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding a Selection to a Selection Set

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can add to an existing selection set. To add a selection to a selection set: Open a model and select multiple items in the FeatureManager design tree or graphic area. Right-click the selections and click “Save Selection“ then “New Selection Set” To add an item to an existing set, click Selection-Set#(##) NOTE: (# indicates the order of creation and ## indicates the number of items in the set.) Expand Selection Sets from the feature tree […]

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Desktop Metal Releases H13 Tool Steel Material

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ABOUT THE MATERIAL Tool steel refers to a variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well suited for toolmaking. Their suitability comes from their distinctive hardness, resistance to deformation, and their ability to hold a cutting edge at elevated temperatures. As a result, tool steels are well suited to shape other materials. Characterized by its stability in heat treatment, H13 is a chromium molybdenum hot work steel well known for its exceptional hot hardness and abrasion resistance. That […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding Reference Axes and Reference Planes to Mesh Bodies

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As 3D scanning and printing technology continues to become more available, design workflows can be adjusted to take advantage of it. These exciting tools utilize their own software that will ultimately produce files that represent the 3D part geometry. We will look at new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that allows us to create reference geometry based on this imported scanned data. Scanned geometry can be brought into SOLIDWORKS as a “Mesh Body”. The model is broken down into tens or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – User Interface Markups Summary

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 features some new Markup functionality such as the ability for non-touch devices to use a mouse for creating markups as well as creating markups for drawings. Click the following link for a review on our SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings blog article. With SOLIDWORKS 2020 what was originally known as the “Ink Markup toolbar” has been renamed to the “Markup Toolbar”. There are slight differences in the tools that are available depending on whether […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

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Setting up your drawings can be a tedious task. Especially if you must create custom drawing scales though the sheet properties.; going back and forth until you find one that works to your liking. Once you find one that works well, wouldn’t it be nice to save it for future use for quick access? In SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s possible to quickly define custom drawing scales AND save them for future use. To compare, this is what 2019 looked like: This […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Warning Users When Transitioning Files

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Do you use SOLIDWORKS PDM workflows to submit files for approval? Are you kept up at night by the thought of sending a file through the workflow transition without first selecting the team member who must approve the file? Fear no more! New functionality in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 now displays a warning if you try to transition a file through a workflow transition without selecting a recipient. SOLIDWORKS workflows can be used to notify team members when a file changes state. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Simulation Evaluator

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A brand new feature introduced with the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is a diagnostic tool called Simulation Evaluator. The purpose of this tool is to check the setup of a simulation study, prior to solving, to determine if the setup is correct for a successful simulation. Simulation Evaluator performs a number of system checks prior to running the study which aids the user in the successful setup of the study. It first checks conditions related to the results folder, including the storage […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Assembly Mates

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The Quick Mates toolbar introduce in SOLIDWORKS 2014 provided a means to rapidly assemble components in the graphics area, SOLIDWORKS extend this power by adding additional commonly used mates. Slot Mate The Slot Mate is now available in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Once mated select the location of the Slot Mate. Free Center of Slot Distance along Slot Percent along Slot Previously there was no way of flipping the alignment, in SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can now flip the mate without editing. Profile […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Pattern and Mirror Support

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The Structure System was added in SOLIDWORKS 2019.  In SOLIDWORKS 2020, patterning and mirroring was added to this awesome new tool. To achieve this prior to 2020, you needed to pattern the individual bodies.  In 2020, you can pattern the entire Structure System using a linear or circular or mirror patterns.  You keep the intelligence integrity for all your members and any additional Structure Systems that are added while referencing the patterned members.  When patterning bodies, this is not possible. After […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Body Compare

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Every version of SOLIDWORKS has those hidden gems that just make your life better. In my world, Body Compare is one of those features. Body Compare, originally part of SOLIDWORKS Utilities, only worked on SOLID bodies. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, bodies can be any type: classic BREP bodies, mesh BREP bodies, or graphics bodies. Classic BREP and mesh BREP can be solid or surface bodies. Applications Scan Mesh Comparison With new scanning technologies becoming more accessible to engineers and designers that […]

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