How to get your SOLIDWORKS models ready for a quad patch mesh export

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When it comes to design software SOLIDWORKS is great and so is its rendering and animation capabilities. But sometimes we must outsource rendering, animations, and or surface sculpting to other departments and firms. When this happens, they either ask for an OBJ/STL/VRML format and maybe STEP / IGES if they are a little more advanced with file conversion. Typically, when they receive a mesh formatted file from SOLIDWORKS they are not very happy with the default export from the meshing […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Import Custom Properties from Autodesk Inventor, PTC® Creo, Solid Edge®, STEP, and UG NX using 3D Interconnect

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Over the years I’ve spent time with some of our SOLIDWORKS Composer customers that don’t use SOLIDWORKS as their primary CAD tool, and a prevailing question kept coming up. “Where are the custom properties? We don’t want to manually type in all this information if the designers have already done so in CAD, whatever it may be.” I don’t like to shy away from a challenge, so I rolled up my sleeves and went to work, and please forgive my […]

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SOLIDWORKS Edrawings 2019 – Save as HTML 5 and no active X!

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HTML five you say, that sounds great…. What’s HTML 5? Well, it’s simple, “HTML5 is the latest version of Hypertext Markup Language that defines web pages.” In other words, it’s the lifeblood of modern web pages. HTML 5 is a very common language for all web browse big and mobile can see and use. If you have a mobile phone, PC, MAC or a raspberry pi, you are going to be able to view that content. As you can see by […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Large Design Review – #SW2019

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Every version of SOLIDWORKS performance is a major pillar of focus from the development team. This release is no different. With the new performance pipeline for graphics everyone is talking about, this next function has been overlooked in what’s new scuttlebutt. Large Design Review was available for the first time in the 2012 release of SOLIDWORKS. Large Design Review was created to open huge files… and fast. The Canada France Hawaii Telescope design takes 2 minutes and 45 seconds to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Insert Part with Configuration Selection – #SW2019

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Over the years I’ve done a lot of models where I had to start with someone else’s work. Many times that requires I don’t touch, edit, change or even think about changing it (you know who you are). In an effort to keep all parties involved happy I would use the insert part command. The only drawback to this method is when different configurations come into play. If I needed a specific configuration I would have to do one of two […]

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10 Free Tools Every SOLIDWORKS Designer Should Know About

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When I was asked to write an article about Free SOLIDWORKS Tools. The first thing that came to mind was, “well this is going to be a short article.” Yeah… there were more than I expected… First let’s look at the SOLIDWORKS free tool offerings 1: MySOLIDWORKS.com My SOLIDWORKS.com is an aggregator for all things SOLIDWORKS. It allows you to search through YouTube.com, SOLIDWORKS User forums, user blogs, and may other forms of SOLIDWORKS information at one time. It also […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Technical Illustrations, Why and How to use SVG files

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This topic comes up with almost every end user of 3DVia Composer, CATIA Composer, or SOLIDWORKS Composer (guess what, they are the same program). You use the tools to create great looking content, without going into Illustrator or going back to a design engineer and as for new screens from CAD. So now how do I deliver this to the end user. Well you’ve got some options. First being just use the composer player. This is very nice if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Defeature – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Defeature – #SW2018 Sometimes it’s the little things in a release that make us happy and let us know that our vendor is listening. This enhancement is just one of those delighters, now in SOLIDWORKS 2018 when you do a defeature the output file be it an assembly or part get the added suffix of “_defeatured” after the original file name. For those of you who don’t know about the defeature tool. I’ve record a […]

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

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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

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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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