SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 02 – Precision Selection)

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With previous versions of SOLIDWORKS it was fairly difficult to select very small faces. We've used tools such as zoom, magnify, and selection filters to achieve these minute groupings up to this point. But with SOLIDWORKS 2015 you'll find making selections of smaller faces easier. With the new precision selection tool found in the Display/Selection area of the you System Options, SOLIDWORKS uses a selection paradigm making it easier to select small entities, without the need to zoom, magnify or use […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 01 – Configuration Toolbar)

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In SOLIDWORKS 2014 we received a tool that allowed you to switch the active configuration of a part/assembly in the current active configuration called Quick Configurations.  1. Go to Tools/Options/ 2.Turn on "Show quick configurations" Now to 2015, what did I miss? In 2015 SOLIDWORKS added a new toolbar. It allows you to change the active configuration of the assembly you currently have opened in SOLIDWORKS. This will save you time from going to the configuration manager or splitting your […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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