SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Costing – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Costing – #SW2018 This year, SOLIDWORKS Costing has seen a few great new enhancements to help engineers and designers check the estimated manufacturing costs of their parts and assemblies, and avoid costly redesigns and production delays in the later stages of their product processes. Material Class Dependent Custom Operations You can now setup your templates with specific operations that can be automatically included in reports based on the class of material. In the example […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mouse Gestures – #SW2018

Mouse Gestures have been around since SOLIDWORKS 2010 and this year we see a few new nice additions to one of my favorite ways to access shortcuts within SOLIDWORKS 2018. For those of you new to SOLIDWORKS, Gestures are used while holding down the Right Mouse Button (RMB) while in a part, assembly, sketch, or drawing.  This gives you another way to access commands quickly, when you need them, by simply clicking and flicking in the direction of the command […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Power Select!

Power Select     Have you ever needed to select all entities that have a certain face color? What about all extrusions that have edge angles less than 45deg? Or how about all red faces that have convex edges that are part of a cut feature? Well, Power Select allows you to do all this and more!     Power Select is just ONE of many tools included in SOLIDWORKS Utilities which since 2016 comes standard in SOLIDWORKS!     […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Setup and Troubleshooting Visualize Boost

Setup and Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost   Back in November, Jordan wrote about Installing and configuring Visualize Boost; today I want to talk about how to setup boost according to your network, and what to do when boost doesn’t work, or your network doesn’t support some features of Boost. While Boost can be a very powerful time saving addition to rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it can also be finicky to setup and get working properly. If you have had or […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Review of BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation

BOXX APEXX 1 Workstation Review     Here in Bellevue WA, we needed new training machines. I was excited to learn that we would be getting new BOXX workstations, however I was in for a big surprise; the machines we received were the APEXX 1 1401’s. These tiny workstations pack a big punch measuring 4.7in Wide, 8.6in Tall, and 9.13in Deep! The machines in our Training Lab feature an Intel®™ Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake processor overclocked at 4.4 GHz with […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!

Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!   Have you needed to modify a spline in SOLIDWORKS and found that even after relaxing the spline and resetting all handles that some handles are still constrained to something? Today I want to talk about an option in splines called “tangent driving” and how this option could help or hurt you depending on the way you need to control your spline.   First, lets recap splines. There are 4 simple rules you should always […]

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SOLIDWORKS Motion: Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional

Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional   SOLIDWORKS continues to amaze me!  In 2017, SOLIDWORKS raised the bar with the ability to send animations created in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional into Visualize Professional.  This ability allows you to re-use animation work already done at the CAD level to create fully rendered movies of your products for sales and marketing purposes.  The integration doesn’t stop with the Professional package; SOLIDWORKS Premium Simulation Motion results will also import into Visualize, allowing you to […]

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Design Innovation Summit 2016 – Model Mania Review

Model Mania Review   If you have ever been to a SOLIDWORKS World conference, you know that one of the big attractions every year since 2000 has been the Model Mania Contest.  This gives all you engineers’ a chance to show off your SOLIDWORKS skills and compete in a design challenge where both time and accuracy are paramount.   Here at CATI, we also host a Model Mania contest every year at our Design Innovation Summit that highlights all the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Drawings in Treehouse – #SW2017

Drawings in Treehouse   SOLIDWORKS Treehouse just keeps getting better! This year, Treehouse will now import drawings with your parts and assemblies.  There are two ways to view the drawings, either as a separate branch, or within a drawer.   You must first set a search path for Treehouse to find the drawings.     Turn on ‘import drawings with models’ and add your search path. Turning on ‘Put drawings in drawers’ will have the following effect…   Within drawer: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Camera Navigation in Visualize – #SW2017

Camera Navigation in Visualize   If you use SOLIDWORKS and also render with Visualize, you know that manipulating the model in the view port is slightly different than SOLIDWORKS in 2016 requiring you to use the ALT key.  In SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017, you can now set options to mimic the way SOLIDWORKS uses the camera.     With the option set to ‘SOLIDWORKS CAD’, you can now navigate with the camera using the same buttons you use in SOLIDWORKS.     […]

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