The Top Ten List 2022: Idea Submission is Now Underway!

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Do you have an idea that can revolutionize CAD software as we know it? Have you been shouting into the void without an audience to share it with? Shout no longer! As described in this recent blog post from SOLIDWORKS, you can now submit your ideas for this year’s Top Ten List. All suggestions can be posted in the Top Ten List Swym community until January 3, 2022, with the voting period lasting from January 3 to January 28. After […]

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Download Errors for SOLIDWORKS Training Files

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In early October, we started noticing some issues with the SOLIDWORKS training website. When trying to download a file set, the download would either display an error or simply never begin. This behavior has continued since then, so I reached out to SOLIDWORKS directly for some answers. This is not caused by any particular threat contained within the training files, which I have been assured are perfectly safe. The problem is related more generally to how different web browsers are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Structure Systems: Improvements for End Caps and Secondary Members

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Structure systems seem to be among the main focuses for SOLIDWORKS 2022. There are a variety of improvements and new features dealing with corner treatments, connection elements for nonwelded parts, and more—all to help you create intricate frames efficiently and accurately. I just want to focus on two enhancements in particular here: support for end caps and additional options for building secondary members. End Caps End caps can be applied to structure system bodies in SOLIDWORKS 2022. If you are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Updates to Sketching

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Among the changes in SOLIDWORKS 2022 are two important improvements focusing on the reuse of sketch geometry: Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern command can be defined using lines from the current sketch, and sketch text can be replicated with Linear Sketch Pattern and Copy Entities. Let’s take a closer look at these enhancements. Directions in the Linear Sketch Pattern Command In past versions of SOLIDWORKS, the directions in a Linear Sketch Pattern could be represented only by the default […]

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Gone Sledding: Using Camera Sleds in SOLIDWORKS Animations

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SOLIDWORKS animations are a great tool to evaluate and illustrate your models. While more advanced rendering programs like SOLIDWORKS Visualize can give you a highly polished product, a lot can be done within a basic SOLIDWORKS animation to show off your work. In addition to previewing a design’s intended motion, animations can show motion of a camera around and through the model, giving viewers a closer look at key details. For this latter process, a camera sled is a tremendous […]

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How to Modify Section Hatching in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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When you create a section view in a SOLIDWORKS drawing, the faces through which you are cutting will be displayed differently than the faces beyond the section plane. This is often achieved through hatching. The hatching is usually a series of inclined lines running across the cut faces, though the style depends on the material being cut. Drafting standards dictate what pattern to use for a particular class of material, so from the hatching you can identify the type of […]

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Rotate About Scene Floor, AKA “Why does my Rotate cursor look different in SOLIDWORKS?”

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I had unknowingly struggled with this SOLIDWORKS command for several months. I use “unknowingly” here not because I wasn’t aware that I was struggling (I very much was) but because I wasn’t aware that this command was the cause. I write this article in hopes that there are others out there in my former position—knowing the what but not the why. Essentially, it seemed like SOLIDWORKS suddenly stopped letting me perform certain rotations. The model would get “stuck” in its […]

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Using Design Tables to Create Tabulated Drawings in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS design tables help you to efficiently create and manage model configurations. Leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft Excel, you can easily control design parameters—such as dimensions, suppression states, and materials—through cells in a spreadsheet. Once you have your model fully constructed though, there comes the question of how to clearly represent these distinct configurations in a drawing. A tabulated drawing is one popular method to detail a family of similar parts. In this kind of document, varying dimension values are […]

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Don’t Close Yourself Off: Close Sketch to Model in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS users, after enough time learning the program, tend to get into habits. They use generally the same commands from one day to the next, browsing through the same toolbars and tabs or creating shortcuts to locate what they need. Aside from occasionally having to find an atypical command for a one-off kind of feature, our emphasis on efficiency and productivity makes it so that most users don’t spend much time exploring the program’s menus. As a result, there are […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Updates to eDrawings

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This year was a pretty good release for eDrawings. Accompanied by some useful compatibility and performance improvements, the biggest attention-getter was the full release of the Virtual Reality functionality. With eDrawings 2021, they turned to some long-requested enhancements, providing major improvements to the core functionality of the program. Of this year’s additions, I will focus on three, specifically in the areas of properties, measurement types, and Web HTML exports. File Properties A major development in eDrawings 2021 is the addition […]

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