SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 – Animation Rendering do I start again at my last frame.

One of the most important things about doing animations in any rendering tool is, “When will it be done?” Because animations take a long time to complete at full HD, you don’t want to tie up your primary machine for hours/days on end. So, put that machine on a different computer and run it. Like many companies we have some machines that have a little more horsepower, but they are shared among maybe people. This works fine 90% of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 – What’s New in Composer SP3.0 #SW2017

What’s New in Composer SP3.0   In the last few months the SOLIDWORKS team has appointed a new product manager for Composer and assigned members of the development team. They are actively adding more customer enhancements with service packs. SP 3.0 is the first to receive some new features. Here is a list of some of the things they added:   BOM import from SOLIDWORKS Appearance Import Profile sort by Alphabetical or category Player Pro samples with a player pro […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer – Changing CAD file names and making updates still work

When working with a customer last week, they posed a very good question about file updates in Composer. This is their current process from which they are having problems with Composer Document Updates. The Process The R&D group starts all new product designs with their own file naming convention. As R&D does the design they hand the files to Technical Publications to start manufacturing instructions using the current data as it stands. When R&D is finished with the concept, it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS TREEHOUSE: Create SOLIDWORKS product structure without using SOLIDWORKS #sw2015

As we remise those people, places and things we have lost in life, we think of how they fulfilled our lives. In this article, I would like to memorialize a place… Labs.SolidWorks.com. Although you were only around for four short years, you delivered to us so many tools that we use everyday. Sustainability, Instant Property Tagging, and several eDrawings enhancements came from this site. We thank you SOLIDWORKS Labs. In SOLIDWORKS 2015, we see the return of the SOLIDWORKS Labs tool called […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Render mode as a Default Document Property in SOLIDWORKS Composer #SW2015

Every year when the SOLIDWORKS What's New PDF becomes available, I go straight for the Composer enhancements. As I look through the vast array(you know what I mean if you've seen the list) of new items, one particular enhancement jumped out at me the most. In SOLIDWORKS 2015, you now have the ability to let SOLIDWORKS Composer control the default rendering mode as a default document property. This is going to be a great improvement as you will no longer have to […]

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Pausing an Animation in SOLIDWORKS Composer Without a Pulse Event

The other day in class a student asked about making a Composer animation stop at a certain point of the animation without making a part flash a color. Well, here is one answer in the YouTube video below. It involves the "Next" event in SOLIDWORKS Composer. The next event will play the animation from the current position until you hit the next "MARKER". The marker is like a chapter in a DVD. Clicking just above the animation bar in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 on a 4k Ultra HD monitor 3840×2160

So here at CATI we do a lot of hardware testing, mostly centered on RAM, CPUs, and Videos cards. Our partnerships with with Intel and Nvidia have been great on these matters. But one fun little thing has been missing for a while now; 4K. So as you can see above there is a lot more information that is going to be pumped through the video card to achieve 4k. The data rate for uncompressed 4k, aka Ultra HD, is […]

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Creating BOM/Part Lists inside of SOLIDWORKS Composer.

The other day I had a support call about controlling your BOM ID numbers inside of SOLIDWORKS Composer. This video, I hope you agree, will give you some insight into working with parts and assemblies. Cheers, Bob McGaughey, CSWE Technical Applications Manager Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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Edrawings for Android is out

That's correct kids, Edrawings for Android is now available on the Google Play Store, Link Here is a quick video off my galaxy s3 it runs pretty good. Now that I have edrawings how to I get those files on my device. Options: Email usb cable cloud service like: google drive, microsoft cloud, dropbox. Features: Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface Open 3D (EASM, EPRT, SLDASM, SLDPRT), 2D (EDRW, SLDDRW) and associated files from any source: email attachments, cloud storage services […]

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