Coping with Non-SOLIDWORKS User’s Data

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A few weeks ago I was approached about writing an article for engineersrule.com regarding Coping with Non-SOLIDWORKS Users Data a topic I’ve presented the past couple of years at SOLIDWORKS World. If you’re interested in working with other data from dumb solids to other native CAD files it’s worth taking a look. I had a blast writing it and you can check it out here: https://www.engineersrule.com/coping-with-non-solidworks-data/ Brandon Nelms Application Engineer Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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DimXpert Your FREE First Step to a Model Based Enterprise

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The day is coming. I can see it on the horizon. What exciting futuristic day am I speaking of? The day where the 3D Model rules all. That’s right, the day is coming when as designers and engineers, we all will be only using 3D models to communicate our designs. We’ve been progressing that direction for quite some time and if you think about it SOLIDWORKS Drawings are trying to accomplish that very feat. Only SOLIDWORKS Drawings live in a […]

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Can’t eDrawings and DimXpert just DO MBD for FREE?!?!?!

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Whoa there champ. A bit aggressive with the all caps and exclamation marks don’t you think? But to answer the question, no DimXpert and eDrawings can’t do model based definition. SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition or MBD is a separate piece of software that does incorporate DimXpert and eDrawings, but SOLIDWORKS MBD is not really all about DimXpert OR eDrawings. Clear as mud, right? MBD is really about organization (unlike this blog I think). At its core, what SOLIDWORKS MBD really […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Toolbox

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Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Every once and a while I find out about functionality in software that I had no idea was there for an embarrassing amount of time, even when I’m supposed to have some level of “expertise” in that software. Today, you get to read about one of those wonderful experiences. If you already knew this was in SOLIDWORKS Composer then, by all means, you are better than I. But if you didn’t, just remember, there was […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Visualize Automatic Data Recovery – #SW2019

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It’s quitting time on Friday and you’ve spent the last few hours getting your SOLIDWORKS Visualize project all set up ready to render out some images over the weekend. You’re almost at the point where you can send all your cameras to the queue, start the render queue and head on home. Or maybe you just finished your last set ups for a video to render. When a dreadful crash occurs. AHHHH! Scream to the heavens, WHY GOD?!?! WHY ME?!?! […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Projected Curves – #SW2019

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019 projected curves now support multiple open or closed contours, can be projected onto multiple bodies, and a new bi-directional option is available to project in both directions. You can create multiple closed or open contour projected curves in a single sketch You can even use 3D sketches as the input in SOLIDWORKS 2019. In earlier releases, you would need to create a separate sketch for each entity and then use the Projected Curve tool separately on each […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD Flag Notes in the Bank

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SOLIDWORKS MBD (or Model Based Definition) is an awesome way to communicate your engineering information with suppliers, customers, or even inside your own organization. It’s easy to create different views, dimensions, and notes. Plus you can group the relevant information you want to call out in an easy to understand and organized way. Which, in turn, leads to reduced chances of errors due to miscommunication or misinterpretation. There are times though, that you may need to communicate a lot of […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU MONEY

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It’s not clickbait if it’s true. That’s right SOLIDWORKS Composer has a specific tool to make you money that very few companies are leveraging. In fact, it’s so simple I’m shocked management teams aren’t fighting past one another to get SOLIDWORKS Composer and implement the strategy. Not to mention, most companies already have a key component of this strategy already designed and in place. Enough build up, SOLIDWORKS Composer can be used to ensure your spare parts business is going […]

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Copy Settings Wizard

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Copy Settings Wizard Alright, it’s 8am Monday morning and you made it to the office. Traffic was a nightmare, because apparently, it’s important to stop and look at the fender bender in the opposite lanes of travel even though there’s a median, regardless you’re in the office. You fire up your machine when your buddy in IT strolls by. He informs you, just how much you owe him for coming in over the weekend and upgrading all the machines to […]

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Do I Really Need SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional?

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Do I Really Need SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional? If you read my last blog Why SOLIDWORKS Visualize? and are currently skimming through this one, you’ve likely come to the accurate conclusion, that true photo quality renderings are a much-needed part of your business moving forward. Now you’re wondering, can’t I just use SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard?  After-all SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is free with a SOLIDWORKS Professional or SOLIDWORKS Premium license.  But before you just jump to any hasty conclusion, let’s walk through […]

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