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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation Another new release of SOLIDWORKS is out. Every year, we get a lot of calls asking for help in upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the latest version. For this reason, we have decided to write a blog series answering the question: How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2018? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If […]

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Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS

Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old version and click away at the installer. But wait… did you backup your templates? What about your toolbox? Are we missing other files? What about our libraries? Maybe we should slow down a bit. Many of rush out and get the upgrades to start enjoying the new products just to find […]

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Fixing a 3D Scan for Printing

SOLIDWORKS, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning really are complementary technologies.  We’ve been printing files that were exported from SOLIDWORKS for years.  Like most mature CAD packages, SOLIDWORKS does an awesome job on exporting STL files. See this post for a recommendation on export settings from SOLIDWORKS.  Depending on part geometry, the workflow from Scan to Print may require a few extra steps.    During a scan, we might end up with a few holes that will need to be filled.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology

SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from Failure” – Colin Powell. At Computer Aided Technology, proper training is a critical component to success of any SOLIDWORKS or any software user.  With SOLIDWORKS Training, users are statistically more productive and accurate. Any untrained user may require up to 22.5 hours to acquire the same skill level that it takes a trained employee just 5 hours […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Products Simplified

SOLIDWORKS PDM Products Simplified Occasionally, I will talk with a customer that is new to SOLIDWORKS Products or has been newly or temporarily assigned in an administration or project role for the company’s vault. This information is for you folks… you know who you are .  The SOLIDWORKS PDM products can be a bit confusing to short timers. The names are similar and there is not an easy way through normal communication to differentiate or identify what product you use. First, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2018 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2018 introduces some fantastic new productivity enhancements. The user interface is improved for added clarity. Menus, dialogs, and buttons are updated, more consistent, and resize properly. You can now work directly with native 2D drawings formats, without having to convert them to TIFF or PDF first. The following formats are supported. AutoCAD (dwg/dxf) PTC drawing files CATIA V5 drawing files. Characteristic information can now be extracted instantly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we continued our development in controlling how we create marks for components. With the natural sort options for marks, our projects can view components and adhere our marks in an intelligent manner. We can access the options for the natural mark sorting by going to Configurations > Project > Mark: Sort by Mark mode provides control over all lists of marks in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensor for Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensors for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018 The power of using design studies has just gotten larger. If you are ever looking to find the “best” design iteration, then you should be using design studies to get you there. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has put more options into sensors so that you can optimize to a variable and collect more information about your designs. The mass properties sensor can now track variables such as volume, surface […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018 For many engineer’s noise intensity due to flow turbulence is a critical design criterion. Designers must consider noise output from industries as diverse as kitchen appliances, automotive, and defense. Unfortunately, not until recently, users could only interpolate a general sense of noise output by viewing turbulence plots. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2018, Flow simulation has new capabilities to show acoustic plots. The image below utilizes decibel (dB) units to display acoustic […]

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