SolidWorks – Creating Internal Volume – Intersect

One of the key functionalities of the ‘Intersect’ command is to create geometry using an enclosed volume. This is a simple method for finding the internal volume of complex parts, the first step is to cap all inlets and outlets that lead to the internal volume: If your various inlets and outlets are planar, you can use the ‘planar surface’ command to cap that opening. There can be multiple openings assigned to a single ‘planar surface’ command. Additionally, if you […]

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So, you have to stay on SOLIDWORKS 2017 to remain compatible with your PDM software, yet you would really like to use VISUALIZE 2018 for the very latest in photo-realistic rendering. Is it possible then to utilize VISUALIZE 2018 on the same computer without upgrading the earlier version of SOLIDWORKS? The short answer is, “YES.” SOLIDWORKS and VISUALIZE are separate, freestanding products. This means SOLIDWORKS VISUALIZE can be installed and used on a machine that contains other versions of SOLIDWORKS. There […]

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Adding SOLIDWORKS Schematic Content – Electronic Content Portal

Beginning with the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2016 software, the ‘Local content’ folder for manufacturing parts is no longer available. To help ensure that customers use the most up-to-date manufacturer parts information, you must now log in to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical Content Portal (ECP) and download the latest content from there.   Default access to content will be to silver libraries.  Schematic users will be able to gain access to the ECP gold libraries through the “Update Subscription” feature. There is a general […]

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FROM INFLOW TECHNOLOGY: Get Version Dialog vs. Get Latest Version Dialog in SOLIDWORKS PDM

Get Version Dialog vs. Get Latest Version Dialog in SOLIDWORKS PDM Those of you who use SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or Standard with the ability to get previous versions are likely already aware that there is functionality which allows you to get specific versions of files that you are interested in. This is available from a few different places within PDM, but most commonly accessed from the Actions menu within Windows Explorer. Under this menu there are two options. One is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Options – Do Not Overlook Them SOLIDWORKS Simulation options are often overlooked. After a fresh install I spent the better part of a month modifying individual Simulation Plots. This burned up valuable time that I could have been using to analyze the results and make design decisions. Let’s look at a few simple Simulation options that will save you time. How many of you have looked at a result plot and asked yourself why are the stress units […]

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How to Replace and Calibrate Your Uprint Tips

How to Replace and Calibrate Your Uprint Tips Removing Tips Enter Tip Maintenance – Replace Tips. From Idle, Select Maintenance > Machine > Tip > then Replace. The printer will display Load Model – Unloading, followed by Tip Maintenance – Adjusting Temperature. After the temperature has stabilized, the printer will display Tip Maintenance – Replace Tips. You can now open the printer door and replace the tips – or you can Cancel the tip replacement procedure. Remove Plastic Head Cover […]

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3DQUICKPRESS VERSION 6.2.5 Hotfix With the new 3DQuickPress V6 6.2.3 thru V6 6.2.5 HotFix, this release is design to run inside of SOLIDWORKS 2018. This Installation will require a UI registry refresh to active the new Toolbar update. See the installation process to update the Toolbars here. This Hotfix is also Windows 10 supported. Hotfix will update 3DQuickPress Installation 6.2.0 to 6.2.5 or if you are beyond 6.2.0 then just run Hotfix by applying this patch. 3DQuickPress is always working on improving the user experience, […]

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FloXpress is a utility included with every level package of SOLIDWORKS. It can be used to determine fluid/air velocity in a system. Being an Xpress product, it has some limitations, namely that it can only have a single inlet and a single outlet point. It also won’t allow you to view an average velocity at the outlet, but you can view the velocity at various points within. Let’s say we want to view possible designs for a fluid offset. We […]

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Creaform VXElements Shortcuts and Help

VXElements is a big program. Not SOLIDWORKS big, but still has a lot of power behind it. So what do you do if you find yourself trying to use a new feature that you don’t have a lot of experience with? Well the simple answer is to use the embedded Help features! The Help feature is actually very useful within VXElements, unlike some other programs where it is expected. When you open up the Help menu you will notice that […]

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