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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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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