SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Video Decals

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One of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2019 is the ability to create decals using video images. We can now apply decals using *.mp4 and *.avi files, just as we would with static image files in the past. This functionality makes simulating screens in animations, like the video below, incredibly easy. Notice that in this video, the animated decal actually emits light into the scene. Just like standard decals, we can control appearances, mapping, and more with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring the Precision of Dimensions and Tolerances – #SW2019

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Controlling the precision of dimensions in SOLIDWORKS has always been integral to capturing design intent and ensuring the finished part will be manufactured within tolerance. In certain cases, a critical dimension and/or tolerance might require different precision from one configuration to another due to a change in material or manufacture method. Previously, this information would have required two separate parts to capture. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now directly configure precision. From the Dimension PropertyManager, specify a desired tolerance and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is not something you will see when you fire it up for the first time. It isn’t a new feature or command. It’s not a new user interface upgrade. It is, however, something you will notice every day as you use SOLIDWORKS 2019: it’s fast. Every year we hear about certain features or UI enhancements that increase productivity, but for 2019, SOLIDWORKS has addressed performance at the core of the software. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Fill Patterns

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Do you ever find yourself needing to create a series of holes on the walls of a Sheet Metal part to use as vents? What about adding a bumpy texture to a surface to aid with grip? Or maybe you need a quick way to reduce weight after running a Simulation analysis? For these and many other cases, the SOLIDWORKS Fill Pattern is an effective way to quickly fill planar areas. Fill Pattern, which is often overlooked in favor of […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: Assembly Motion

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For many designers, figuring out how a product will move and interact with other moving parts in a system is integral to the design process. Being able to describe complex assembly motion in the virtual realm is critical to communicate technical information with other designers and customers. From simply demonstrating the way an assembly moves, to specifying a motor or analyzing collision stresses, SOLIDWORKS Motion Studies give us a number of tools to simulate and convey motion. Motion studies are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations SOLIDWORKS configurations allow users to maintain multiple versions of a part or an assembly in a single file. The differences between configurations are established by changing dimension values, suppressing features, and changing other parameters. (For a full list of configurable items, see the SOLIDWORKS Help article, “Configurable Items for Parts”). This blog is the first part in a series about configurations. In this article, we will examine the best cases for using […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Measure Tool – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Measure Tool – #SW2018 The Measure Tool in SOLIDWORKS 2018 comes with several User Interface enhancements over previous versions. These simple yet efficacious upgrades will make it easier than ever before to interrogate and evaluate models in SOLIDWORKS. The Measure Tool selection box is now tall enough to list six items before activating a scroll bar. Previously, this selection box only listed three items. If that statement alone does not blow your mind, check out […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 comes with several new features and enhancements that give the user more power over imported mesh (*.stl, *.obj, *.off, *.ply or *.ply2 filetypes) models. Whether you are reverse engineering 3D scan data or simply looking to change the visual properties of meshes, SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers the tools you need to get the job done. Meshes Imported as Graphics Bodies In SOLIDWORKS 2018, mesh files that are imported as graphics […]

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Creating Offset Section Views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Offset section views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings allow the user to create efficient, informative sections of a model. What may sometimes require two or even three linear section views can sometimes be accomplished in a single offset section view. This article will discuss the different ways we can create these powerful drawing views in SOLIDWORKS. We will start with a top view and an isometric view of the part, a mounting fixture. We want to use section views to show the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize   Selecting the best rendering method for the job at hand is one of the most important decisions a user of SOLIDWORKS Visualize can make. The renderers and options that Visualize offers are best suited to different points in a typical workflow and can help the user greatly increase her or his efficiency. This article/case study discusses those renderers and the best times to use them.   Because Visualize leverages both CPU and GPU hardware, the […]

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