SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Detailing Mode Enhancements

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If you are not already using Detailing Mode for drawings you need to take a hard look in the mirror. Detailing Mode for drawings may be one of the greatest enhancements SOLIDWORKS has ever made. When I saw it last year I was completely blown away at how fast drawings could be opened AND modified. Nothing is more frustrating than being asked to make a “minor adjustment” to a drawing. It’s not that much work, so why do SOLIDWORKS users […]

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Making Quarantine Cardboard Costumes with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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Recently I put together a video on how you can use SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal to create cardboard costumes following an enclosure design workflow:   If you want a starting point, below are the files I used to create the costume. I built the design with in-context references and a fairly quick scaling technique for larger or smaller versions. To scale the costume first edit the “Scale” value from the assembly’s file properties (File > Properties). Change the value to a […]

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Partial Fillet Blend in SOLIDWORKS

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I came across an interesting modeling challenge that I know how to solve. It’s a pain. It’s not difficult, it just takes time and updates are not always that consistent. The challenge came from rendering a cool image and not being happy with what I saw. Below you can see the original rendering that I was all set to share, knowing full well I wasn’t 100% happy with it, but I was going to share anyway. When I showed it […]

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Interactive SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations on any Device!

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That’s right, no ActiveX required and it’s all thanks to 3DDrive and 3DPlay on the 3DEXPERIENCE! If you load SMG files into your 3DDrive, when you double click the files in the browser, they automatically launch 3DPlay and open the SMG file in an environment that can be rotated and interactive, regardless of device. Now if you need to share SMG files with key stakeholders, they do not need to have a beefy machine, high end graphics cards, or a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Cutting Corners for More Realism

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an amazing tool to bring realism to designs by enabling users to create realistic renderings to any CAD design. There is one fatal flaw…SOLIDWORKS Visualize will only render the design as realistic as you’ve created it. Confused? Let me clarify, let’s say you create a design in SOLIDWORKS that is perfect for your engineering needs like this And now you want to create an awesome rendering for your sales and marketing team, so you push that design […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Cutting Corners for More Realism

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is an amazing tool to bring realism to designs by enabling users to create realistic renderings to any CAD design. There is one fatal flaw…SOLIDWORKS Visualize will only render the design as realistic as you’ve created it. Confused? Let me clarify, let’s say you create a design in SOLIDWORKS that is perfect for your engineering needs like this. And now you want to create an awesome rendering for your sales and marketing team, so you push that design […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Importing 2D DXF or DWG Files as Reference Sketches

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Sketch Blocks are great for reference sketches. Especially when you’re importing a dxf or dwg file. That file doesn’t have dimensions or design intent and you really don’t want to change them anyway. So, a lot of users use blocks to lock down all those under-defined sketch entities and not worry about accidentally changing them with a quick draw double click on a sketch. But you know how painful it is to make sketch blocks? You have to edit the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Auto-Space Components in Explode Views

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019, Exploded Views in SOLIDWORKS assembly files got a much-appreciated workflow overhaul. Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2019 when creating an exploded view as you moved components with the triad, you were required to then click in the graphics area to finish that step. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, there were several enhancements including a rollback bar, the ability to reorder steps, and a nice workflow change that prompts the user to select ‘done’ when completing each step. In SOLIDWORKS 2020 the […]

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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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