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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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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal 2018 includes two enhancements to Three Corner Bend Relief, adding solutions for the corner flange challenges Sheet Metal designers run into. Corner Relief Display SOLIDWORKS 2018 enhancement to the 3 Corner Relief can now display a relief in the folded state when the radius is smaller than the default, whereas 2017 was limited to display only reliefs larger than cutout required to unfold […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018 A bunch of SOLIDWORKS users work in the sheet metal industry. Some use slots and tabs to help locate sheet metal parts. Several years ago, I saw a request for a SOLIDWORKS feature that allows you to easily create a tab and slot. Currently, you can manually create a tab and slot. There are several techniques that work, like library features and the Combine feature. But for such […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Application Programming Interface – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Application Programming Interface – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS had added many new options in the API language. SOLIDWORKS 2018 API includes the ability to: • Access general tolerance table annotations and features. • Access hidden content in tables. • Add a distance mate between cylindrical components of an assembly. • Add and edit pairs of concentric mates (hole sets) between the same two components, allowing for misalignment of concentric mates. • Add rebuild and save marks to […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Folder Permission Assignment – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Folder Permission Assignment – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 has enhanced the assignment options for explicit folder permissions. In the past, you were only allowed to select a single folder at a time to assign permissions. Now in 2018 you can select multiple folders at a time via Shift+Click, Ctrl+Click Select, or Left-drag window. The Folder Permissions area will then display one of three statuses for the permissions checkbox. All Selected Folders Some of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Toolbox Updates – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox updates added a few new fasteners and functionality to the Toolbox for SOLIDWORKS 2018 New fastener Hexalobular (Torx) Yes, we did already have the Hex Socket Pan Head ISO 14583 and the Hex Socket Cheese Head IS0 14580 A Cheese Head not from Wisconsin… Who knew? Keep’er movin’… As I was saying SOLIDWORKS 2018 gives us a couple two three new fasteners (boy that Wisconsin accent is hard to shake) Hexalobular Countersunk Flat Head Screw ISO 14581 Hexalobular […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Rebuild Tools – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Rebuild Tools – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018, the terminology for the tools Force Regen and Force Regen the Top Level Assembly (CTRL+Q) have been renamed so that all of the rebuild tools remain consistent. Those tools include: The Force Rebuild toolbar buttons are now grouped with the Standard toolbar (Customize > Commands > Standard). You can add the tools to this toolbar, or any other toolbar you wish, including shortcut bars, mouse gestures, or even […]

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