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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SOLIDWORKS: Designing a Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming System, PART 1 – Introducing the Kit

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Designing a Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming System, PART 1 – Introducing the Kit   I have been building an arcade cabinet for my kids (OK! Bull…it’s for me). One day while looking for components online, I came across the Adafruit’s Pi GRRL Zero Parts Kit. The brain of the kit is a “Pi”, which according to Wikipedia, is a series of credit card sized single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in countries. The […]

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

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Costing – #SW2017

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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 […]

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Reverse Engineering with VxModel and SOLIDWORKS – Introduction

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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 […]

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Creaform 3d Scan data inside of SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 06 – Selective Delete in Assemblies)

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With each version of SOLIDWORKS the development team along with the product definition specialist sorts through the vast number of your enhancement requests. Doing a great to job for the most part to do what we ask of them; make it better, faster and more stable. Several customers asked for a quicker way to remove sub-assemblies and/or components of sub-assemblies. I found this enhancement to be pretty fast and with little intrusion on my design process. Let's take a look […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version)

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One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares? Well, as a SOLIDWORKS designer professional, "I DO!" If your SOLIDWORKS models are not on the current version of the software the files perform slow on open and on close. This is because the software will convert the files to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 03 – Dynamic Reference Visualization)

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When perusing a model in SOLIDWORKS that was not your own, you really need to understand the feature manager design tree for the file you are looking at. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS you would right mouse button click on the features and display the parent child relationship dialog. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2015 you can experience a quicker way of viewing those inter-feature relationships by using the "Dynamic Reference Visualization" tool. You can turn in on by right mouse button clicking […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 05 – View Selector Preview)

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When teaching SOLIDWORKS we stress that there are a multitude of ways of doing something. That for one, when it comes to navigating the 3D environment around your design has a just a few. 1. Keyboard short cuts 2. Arrow Keys 3. View menu 4. View flyout 5. and many more. One of those "many more" is the View Selector. With SOLIDWORKS 2015 it has been enhanced to have its very own short cut outside to the Orientations toolbar and […]

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