SOLIDWORKS: Yellow Colored Cells of Derived Configurations?

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Configurations have been a part of SOLIDWORKS since the beginning release in 1995. They allow you to create several different iterations of a component or assembly without needing to create new documents. This could be done by manually creating them and changing values or using an Excel design table. In SOLIDWORKS 2001+ (anyone else remember plus releases?!) Nested Configurations (now called Derived Configurations) were added to the core of SOLIDWORKS. This allowed you to create a child configuration where all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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There are several exciting new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020 this year, and I’ve already blogged about one of them here: IES Light Profiles. However, there are a few more topics that are worth mentioning too. SOLIDWORKS Visualize continues to impress, so let’s dive into these new features. AMD Radeon™ ProRender SOLIDWORKS Visualize now supports AMD Radeon™ ProRender, a raytracing engine that is designed to run on AMD graphics cards. This feature can be enabled from options. I have not […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – IES Light Profiles in Visualize Professional

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Lighting in any rendering application is one of the most important parts for any realistic looking scene, and this year SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional makes it even easier to add the specific light you need to your scene with the introduction of IES Light Profiles. What are IES Light Profiles you ask? IES stands for Illuminating Engineering Society (see https://www.ies.org for more information on the group and recommended lighting standards). These IES profiles contain photometric measurements of the distribution and intensity […]

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Toolbox Default Search Location

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What Happened to my Toolbox parts?! When SOLIDWORKS introduced a feature to help users open models with missing Toolbox references in 2011, there was much confusion on what the option does. Even today, this question still comes up, so this is the topic for today’s blog. According to the help file here’s what this option does: Facilitates opening models whose Toolbox components do not reference your Toolbox folder. If you clear the system option, SOLIDWORKS does not automatically search the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation DVDs – Who uses them?

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 received many new improvements to the software, but what about the time it takes to download and install? Is there an alternative way to download without needing to first get the install manager? What about Installation DVDs? Today’s blog will focus on these topics for 2019 and future versions. In the Beginning, there were CDs… Starting 1996, SOLIDWORKS shipped on Compact Disk (CDs). As the product developed over the years, the number of disks needed to grow too. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing with a shared computer

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In 2018, SOLIDWORKS introduced a new way to license products called Online Licensing. SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing allows you to easily switch between multiple computers by connecting to a cloud-based management service. This allows you the flexibility to use SOLIDWORKS from any location (if you are connected to the internet) without having to remember to deactivate your license from another device. And for cases where you know you will be without internet, you can switch to offline mode for up to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Treehouse – #SW2019

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This year SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019 has seen some great enhancements to both the interface and functionality. If you are unfamiliar with the tool, SOLIDWORKS Treehouse enables you show or create assembly hierarchy structure in a graphical manner. In 2018 you could drag and drop part, assembly, and drawing documents onto existing assemblies, or create brand new assemblies showing related components and links BEFORE any geometry was created. You could also edit file properties of existing documents, as well as add […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – 3D Textures – #SW2019

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Creating complex texturing on the surfaces of models can be a time-consuming chore, especially if there is no pattern to it. And to make matters worse, if this is a curved or spline surface, the work involved skyrockets. The kind of texturing I’m talking about might be a knurling found on common handheld tools, or the dimples found on golf balls. New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to transform textures from appearances into real usable geometry that could be […]

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NVIDIA OptiX AI Denoiser and SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is one of my favorite tools to use when it comes to creating content for marketing and sales from CAD models, and it keeps getting better and better! With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018 SP3, comes a new feature called the AI (Artificial Intelligence) Denoiser. This “super-feature”, as Brian Hillner, Project Manager for SOLIDWORKS Visualize, describes it, promises 10x faster results by magically eliminating the noise from your render scene. Thanks to NVIDIA, the AI Denoiser was born […]

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Sensors in SOLIDWORKS

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I have sensed a great disturbance in my model… Star Wars jokes aside, what are sensors in SOLIDWORKS? What could they be used for? And how can they help me? We’ve written several blogs about sensors in the past. However, there haven’t been any significant changes since their initial release in 2007. Sure, there have been some enhancements like the ability to add comments to them in the feature tree, or sensing additional values like costing from 2015, but their […]

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