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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018 Plastic injection molding is the most cost effect method to mass produce parts. But it represents a significant initial investment. For this reason, many mold designers use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to avoid costly rework. The mold process uses a multi-staged process: fill, pack, cool, and eject. This blog will focus on the new results plot available in the pack stage; density results at end of […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Automated PDF Creation from Drawings in PDM Standard – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Automated PDF Creation from Drawings in PDM Standard – #SW2018 Are you and your team struggling to accurately and consistently create PDFs from your released SOLIDWORKS Drawings?  New in SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard 2018 is the option to convert a SOLIDWORKS Drawing file to PDF during a workflow transition. Many users can take advantage of this functionality to convert a drawing to PDF during a transition to a Released or Approved state. The functionality uses […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Broken-Out Section Views – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Broken-Out Section Views – #SW2018 With SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now add Broken-Out Section Views to Alternate Position Views, Detail Views, and Section Views in your drawings. Broken-Out Section Views are useful when you need to cut away a portion of an assembly in order to expose inner details within the same drawing view. The steps for creating a Broken-Out Section View are the same whether you are adding the Broken-Out Section View to an […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Movable Datum Target – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Movable Datum Target – #SW2018 When Creating a datum target, it may become necessary to move the datum target for readability. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now create movable datum targets with the Datum Target Tool. To move horizontally, you can select the “horizontal” option in the property manager. Here you can toggle between left and right. To move the datum target at an angle, you can select the “Rotational Movable” option in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018 New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to reverse the tangency direction of certain curved sketch entities. To perform this flipping of the tangency sketch relation you will need to be actively editing your sketch. Right click on your arc (or spline) that you want to reverse tangency direction of (this arc or spline will need to contain a Tangency Sketch Relation). Select on Reverse Endpoint Tangent from the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – 3D Interconnect Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – 3D Interconnect Enhancements – #SW2018 One of the greatest additions to the SOLIDWORKS Suite in 2017 was 3D Interconnect. This tool was created to let you (a SOLIDWORKS designer) work with native parts and components that are built in non-SOLIDWORKS programs, but here’s the kicker- You don’t have to convert the files to SOLIDWORKS format. If you’ve opened parts designed in other software before, you’ll immediately appreciate this tool. Get a file from your supplier, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New –Auto Hatching in Section Views – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New –Auto Hatching in Section Views – #SW2018 When you have a complex assembly consisting of many overlapping parts of a similar material, the hatch lines in section views can make it difficult to distinguish individual parts. SOLIDWORKS 2018 is remedying this situation by introducing some brand-new functionality to the Auto Hatching feature in drawings. You will now be able to easily change the hatch scale between parts of the same hatch in a section view or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hide and Seek: Design Tree Folders – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hide and Seek: Design Tree Folders – #SW2018 It is common to organize large SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies in the Design Tree by creating folders. This is a great method; however, it can be particularly challenging when items are hidden or suppressed within those folders – there is no way to determine the ‘state’ of a feature, component, etc., unless each folder is opened. Obviously, this can become time consuming if there are many folders […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Show last open times – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Show last open times – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 will now allow you to view the last open time of files. You can see this when hovering over a file in the Open dialog in SOLIDWORKS, or within Windows Explorer. This will work only for files that have been opened and saved in SOLIDWORKS 2018 or newer. In addition to seeing the data when mousing over a file name, you can also add a column in […]

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