SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Electrical: Report Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2020 has some great improvements to the report outputs that we can generate. Report Enhancements for Fields and Templates 2019 saw the addition of table views to the SQL Query tab in the report properties. That makes it a lot easier to make custom reports or modifications, not having to worry as much about the FROM statement in the query. In 2020 we have some further enhancements. Out of the box we have reports that allow you to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Performance Improvements: Assemblies, Drawings and the Render Pipeline

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Performance is always a major focus for the SOLIDWORKS Development team and with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 release, this year is no different. This article highlights two noticeable improvements when working with assembly drawings in SOLIDWORKS 2020. First, drawings and drawing annotations now benefit from the graphics performance pipeline changes introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019. These changes implemented graphics acceleration as well as image quality scaling across graphics cards. Utilizing the GPU and resulting in faster rendering performance. This architecture provides a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Drawings, Chain and Baseline Dimensions

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 expands drawing capabilities with new dimension types that are very easy to use. Depending on the model geometry and manufacturing needs, the model dimensions are not always appropriate for our drawing views. We’ve always had the ability to create driven, or reference, dimensions to call out the geometry as needed. This functionality is now expanded to included Chain Dimensions. Here’s a part that may benefit from Chain Dimensions in the section view. Access the command through the pull-down […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Using the Decimate Mesh Tool

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Since the use of handheld 3D scanners has increased there has been a growing demand to import, modify and reuse the mesh files that are being produced. Until recently there was no ability within SOLIDWORKS to easily manipulate mesh bodies imported from .STL (Standard Tessellation Language). When a mesh file is imported into SOLIDWORKS it is converted into a mesh body and represented as a solid or surface composed of many triangles. This is what a small mesh body would […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Free Body Forces for Nonlinear Studies

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A neat new feature that has been added to SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the ability to interrogate free body forces after running a nonlinear static or nonlinear dynamic study. The ability to compute and interrogate free body forces in SOLIDWORKS as part of simulation post-processing has existed for a long time but has been limited in previous versions of the software to linear static or dynamic studies. The first step in the process is to make sure the button for Compute […]

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Reverse Engineering for the Pros

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CREAFORM has released a new scanner; the Go!SCAN Spark! You can read more about the new features here: Go!SCAN Spark. One of the new features of the Spark is the ability to scan at an impressive rate of 1.5 million measurements/ sec with an adjustable scanning area which makes it perfect for reverse engineering. In this blog, I would like to cover a scanning application with the new Goscan Spark.   Here we have a scan of a custom finished […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create and Edit Component Patterns and Create Mates to Reference Geometry in Large Design Review

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 brought great enhancements with editing in Large Design Review mode. In 2020, SOLIDWORKS is adding to that capability. First, we now have the ability to create and edit certain component patterns in large design review. This is only available for top-level assemblies. Linear and circular component patterns can be created and edited, while pattern driven and sketch driven component patterns have some edit capabilities. See Table below: If the component pattern is driven by an unavailable entity, **LargeDesignReview** […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Export Enhancements

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In a previous SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New post, I introduced new functionality in Composer 2020 to automatically import named views from your SOLIDWORKS models. As you can see, the View Pane lists the same views that the SOLIDWORKS assembly contains and can be used for any Composer purpose, such as an animation. Composer 2020 now supports saving an animation as an .MP4, .FLV, or .MKV file without the need of any additional video software. An easy way to get a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

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Originally introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect replaces SOLIDWORKS’ current translation capabilities with new technology and workflows for working with third-party native CAD data. You can: Insert proprietary CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS assembly without converting it to a SOLIDWORKS file. Open the proprietary 3D CAD format in the SOLIDWORKS software with its associative link to the original part. Update changes in the SOLIDWORKS file if you update the proprietary CAD data in its authoring application by maintaining all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 added the ability to create markups on part and assembly files. This makes design reviews and collaboration as easy as grabbing a touch device and drawing on the screen with your finger. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, this markup functionality has been extended to drawings files. As an extra bonus, you can now use your mouse and keyboard to do the marking up in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Adding a markup to a drawing is very simple. On the Tools pull-down menu, […]

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