SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Visualize Animations

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It’s been a few years coming for SOLIDWORKS Visualize to get some major new enhancements and 2022 delivered! Particularly, animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022 got a massive overhaul. New organization methods, keyframes, cameras, and motion studies all see benefits in the new release. Multiple Animations Let’s first look at one of my favorite enhancements that may seem small but is huge! Historically a SOLIDWORKS Visualize project could only have one animation, but not anymore! In SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2022 you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is Exactly like SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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Drawings have always been a means to an end. I have a cool idea; I want it made and I want it made right. So, we have the universal language of drawings to help communicate complicated three dimensional ideas and requirements with our only available medium, 2D paper. But luckily, 2D paper drawings are super easy to understand and can easily be interrogated by any user. And, vendors or production can quickly convert our drawings into usable models for their […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Detailing Mode

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First introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, Detailing mode is an amazing tool to help users open drawings lightning fast. I mean ridiculously fast, like ludicrous speed fast. When it was introduced, Detailing mode worked so fast because SOLIDWORKS did not load model data so you could quickly make updates to drawings that did not require model data. Quick changes like adding dimensions or annotations of existing views no longer needed to wait for excessive load time of large model data, provided […]

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Five Playlists On The CATI YouTube Channel You Need to Check Out!

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The Computer Aided Technology blog is an amazing repository of in-depth, insightful, and inspiring technical content. There’s a wealth of content on nearly any software topic you can think of for SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Composer, Visualize, Inspection, and more. During our training classes we try to make sure our customers are aware of this great resource, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves to highlight another great resource for technical content: our CATI YouTube page. Our YouTube page has tons of […]

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Split and Combine Magic in SOLIDWORKS

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Below is an example of a design that took ‘a lot’ of work to get these ridge features. There are nine features that go into making the ridges just the way I want. And now I’m at a point in the design where I want to replicate those ridges on the other side of the part, but quite frankly I don’t want to mirror all those features and/or faces. In fact, I CAN’T mirror all those features! No matter what […]

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Performance Evaluation with SOLIDWORKS Assembly

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As Application Engineers we are constantly asked for “best practices” and usually it’s around the topic of SOLIDWORKS Assembly performance.  Most of the time when people ask what they can do differently or are they following best practices, my answer is extremely robust….[Insert Shoulder Shrug]. Don’t get me wrong there are certainly some best practices that can be followed like don’t work with errors in the Design Tree or mating to common surfaces, but honestly a fair number of users […]

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Torsion vs Curvature vs Tangent vs Contact Continuity in SOLIDWORKS

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, a new continuity type became available for spline geometry in sketches, torsion continuity. Torsion (or G3 or C3) continuity provides a higher level of curvature control when transitioning between two entities. Most examples and explanations I’ve seen of torsion continuity when compared to curvature continuity are confusing at best. To start, most examples of continuity start with an image similar to the image below. Certainly, understanding C0 continuity is fairly straight forward. Any edge […]

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Y Up, Z Up, Why Does Z Matter in SOLIDWORKS?

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SOLIDWORKS is built around a Y Axis Up orientation and that’s fine when you deal only in SOLIDWORKS, but what about other apps that need to work with SOLIDWORKS data? What seems like a small discrepancy can cause quite a bit of pain and no fun in other apps. So if you’re in this scenario, don’t worry this blog will walk you through a few workflows to consider to help ease that pain. Some companies know they’re going to be […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 What’s New – Cap Cut Planes and Toon Shading

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 has quite a few new enhancements that make creating compelling sales and marketing content a breeze. I’ll walk through two of my favorite enhancements, adding a capped cut plane and the new toon shading. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize you had the option of using cut planes to create section view style content for your designs. This is certainly a helpful way of showing internals of a product, but in prior versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize the […]

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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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