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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 license Digger control for player viewing Appearances   With SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 up to SP2.0, when you import a SOLIDWORKS assembly, you would only get the color but not the

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SOLIDWORKS: Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Running Multiple Monitors with SOLIDWORKS 2017     So, this question comes up a lot: “Should I run with extra monitors?”   “Yes, yes you should”, is my typical answer.   The industry has come to a common consensus that having more than on monitor does increase productivity. The following metric from a University of Utah studies are numbers that are agreed upon by many researchers from Intel to Microsoft.   Multi-Monitor vs Single Monitor Display. 45% Easier task tracking (finding windows, reference information, etc.) 38% Easier to move around sources of information 32% Faster to perform tasks 29% More effective for tasks 28% Easier task focus 24% More comfortable

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SOLIDWORKS: Why Are My Assemblies So Slow? Let’s Check the Load on Your Video Card

SOLIDWORKS: Why Are My Assemblies So Slow? Let’s Check the Load on Your Video Card   I’ve heard this question many times over the years. Many of those things can be addressed by an article by my buddy Josh Altergott here at CATI. “Allowing SOLIDWORKS to Perform”, is a good read by Josh and it’s up on the SOLIDWORKS Corp blog as well as ours. What I will do is give you a tool to see if what is being sent to your video card by SOLIDWORKS is causing the slow down.   SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization     The SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization tool is on the Evaluate toolbar. This shows the number

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Mesh Import – #SW2017

Mesh Import   With every version of SOLIDWORKS, they bring more value for your dollar. This was one I feel has been a long time coming to Core SOLIDWORKS. The ability to import mesh files has always been there as STL format, but you needed Scan to 3D (Which is now in SOLIDWORKS Professional another value) to get others like OBJ, and PLY. With SOLIDWORKS 2017 you now have the options of open STL, OBJ, OFF, PLY, 3mf, and WRL with core SOLIDWORKS.     To import mesh files: 1. Click Open (Standard toolbar) or File > Open. 2. In the dialog box, in Files of type, select Mesh Files

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Costing – #SW2017

Costing   I’ve spent a lot of time of over the last few years learn and expanding my knowledge of the SOLIDWORKS Costing tool and I’d like to share with you a couple of my favorite enhancements with SOLIDWORKS 2017.   Preview “First and Last Sheet”   When doing nesting with costing, you would get a preview of what the nesting would look like on a complete sheet of uncut metal, but you can preview the last sheet, helping you understand what the lot size will due and effect you yield on your metal.     New Report options   Many times you want to let your customers know what

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 coming soon… Top things to consider before upgrading. The twenty-fifth edition of SOLIDWORKS in currently in beta with some great things coming, but we aren’t going to talk about that just yet. With every version, there are things that we should take into consideration before pulling the trigger on the next version. The Following is a list that we will be adding to as other techs chime in. Preparation List Are your video cards and drivers ready? Many instabilities are when going to a new version are caused by video errors. Be it driver or hardware related, having a certified card with driver tested for that version or

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Reverse Engineering with VxModel and SOLIDWORKS – Extracting Planes

Welcome back, Last time we spoke about reverse engineering with scan and cmm data. The next few articles we are going to go into a deep dive in extracting entities from your scan data to send to cad and use for feature creation. We are going to start with the most fundamental feature a plane and all the ways you can extract one with VxModel. We have a few different ways of extracting planes, think about some you do in SOLIDWORKS or other systems. Types: Numerical Value: This allows you to control the center and normal of the plane by typing in xyz coordinates. Triangle Selection: The one is very

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Reverse Engineering with VxModel and SOLIDWORKS – Introduction

When it comes to scanning for the purposes of Reverse Engineering many people of perception that things happen AUTOMAGICALLY is I say it. Meaning, you scan the part, hit got and edit a fully featured CAD model in SOLIDWORKS, just like in the movie Big Hero 6. Software is getting better over the years but it can’t read our minds. With this being said the engineers at Creaform are delivering some amazing tools for us to use to help us get closer to AUTO but not MAGIC. Over the next few months we will exploring how with Creaform portable hand held scanner technology and their amazing software we can achieve

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Creaform 3d Scan data inside of SOLIDWORKS Visualize

The last few months, we have been working with Creaform's line of 3D Scanning devices and we have been doing some amazing things. Today, I'd like to talk about the results of the Go!Scan 20 color white light scanner and its output to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. SOLIDWORKS Visualize as of February this year is included with every seat of SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium. It is a standalone photorealistic rendering tool that can be installed on any computer in your company using an activation count equal to the number of Professional and Premium seats you have. Pretty sweet! My first subject was a statue I purchased to be on a shelf in my

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Windows Surface Pro 4: Will it Run SOLIDWORKS – Part 1: Unboxing and Technical Specs

This holiday season, I had the pleasure to play with one of the new Windows Surface Pro 4s and I was pretty impressed. But, will it run SOLIDWORKS?  This is the question I plan on answering very soon here on the CATI Blog. But first, I thought we would go through standard unboxing and technical specs to see if there is anything either missing in the box or the Surface itself. In my opinion, the only thing that is really missing from the box is a keyboard cover. The Technical Specs Ok, so the model I have is the $999.00 model which comes with the following specs: Processor: 2.4GHz Intel

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