The Spline Tool Gets Some Style

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The Spline Tool Gets Some Style SOLIDWORKS 2014 made some exciting enhancements to the spline sketch tool that gives you an entirely new way to sketch splines. In previous releases, it was quite difficult to both sketch and control the spline. Experienced users would often take advantage of sketching construction lines to create dimensions and relations to the spline. This method would give the user some parametric control over the spline, but it was still almost impossible to fully constrain […]

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Help! Why Do My Files Open ‘Read-Only’?

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Four Simple Steps To A Solution When working in SOLIDWORKS and Enterprise PDM, files can occasionally open in read-only mode, despite the fact that the file vault view indicates the file is checked out to the user. Because the user is expecting the file to be writable, they often won’t notice that the status of the file is read-only until they try to save or check in the file. At that point, any changes they’ve made to the file are usually […]

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Advancement of Three-Dimensional Electrical Design Tools

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Advancement of Three-Dimensional Electrical Design Tools When using basic electrical design tools, you are able to create systems within a limited environment. How would you fully plan an electrical system while considering the dimensions of each component? The advancement of technology requires the advancement of software to develop it. Being able to develop electrical technology using only a two dimensional system is no longer sufficient to support advanced design. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is the design environment that allows you to bring your 2D […]

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New User Settings to Improve EPDM

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New User Settings to Improve EPDM By now, almost everyone has upgraded to Enterprise 2013 or 2014. Several features have been added to the last two releases of Enterprise PDM that improve the experience for the user. After an EPDM upgrade, it is easy to continue using the program in the same way, but by taking a little time to explore new features, you ensure you are getting the most out of the software. Let’s start with new features in […]

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Stratasys’ New Endur 3D Printing Material Looks & Functions Like Polypropylene

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This week, Stratasys expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials with Endur, a new PolyJet 3D printing material. Endur has the chemical characteristics and composition to give models and prototypes a polypropylene-like look and functionality, much like the characteristics of standard plastics. In the video below, Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager at Stratasys, talks about the capabilities of Endur and examines some applicative models that look and behave like polypropylene in terms of flexibility, strength and toughness. Watch this video […]

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How 3D Printing Gets Your Wheels Turning

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How 3D Printing Gets Your Wheels Turning While 3D printing is moving virtually every industry forward, it’s having an especially profound effect on the industry that moves us forward: Automotive. It’s not just about transforming the way cars are designed, 3D printing is impacting the manufacturing processes and, in some cases, producing final vehicle parts. Today cars and motorcycles are being designed “from the ground up” using 3D printing as it becomes an integral part of the concept process. New […]

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Migrate Legacy Assemblies into EPDM Using Vaulted Reference Files

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When working outside of a PDM system, it can be common to have multiple copies of the same component floating around on the system.  Working across the network can make it slow to include files from a network share in your assembly, so instead you pull down copies of hardware or other components that are used across multiple projects. When you move into a PDM system, such as SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, this is no longer the best practice.  Multiple copies […]

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