How to Find Your SOLIDWORKS Visualize Serial Number

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is a powerful photo rendering tool that is included with each seat of SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium on subscription. Visualize is a standalone application that requires its own serial number for installation. Want to install SOLIDWORKS Visualize and start creating stunning renders? Read on find out where to locate products attached to your SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium license. 1) Log in to the SolidWorks Customer Portal (customerportal.solidworks.com). If you don’t have a SOLIDWORKS ID, check out this […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE 5/1/2019*** Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS has decided to phase out Home Use Licenses (HUL) starting October 4th, 2019. At that time, users will not be able to install, activate, deactivate, or upgrade their existing HUL. When HUL was first introduced to SOLIDWORKS users, the ability to work outside of the office was limited by technology. SOLIDWORKS users needed a way to work without having to access company networks or servers. With advances in technology along with the growing use […]

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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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