How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Opening Part Configurations in Quick View – #SW2019

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Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2019 you will have the ability to view configurations of your parts and assemblies while a file is loaded in Quick View. This functionality is controlled on a file-by-file basis. To view a configuration in Quick View, the file must first be opened normally. With the part or assembly open, go to the configurations tab where your configurations are listed. Right click an existing configuration and choose “Add Display Data Mark” as seen in the image below. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Partial Chamfers and Fillets – #SW2019

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When using a fillet or chamfer in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you will find there is a new section in the Property Manager called “Partial Edge Parameters”. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now specify an offset to the start or end of your fillets and chamfers to create a partial fillet or a partial chamfer. To do this, check the box for the new section called “Partial Edge Parameters” that is in the property manager. For a Fillet, the Partial Edge […]

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Composer Standalone – SOLIDWORKS Translator – Large Assembly Mode

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A previous SOLIDWORKS Composer blog article mentions that one of the causes of a blank assembly in Composer is due to Lightweight components being present in a SOLIDWORKS model. This article will review that issue, but from the perspective of a user that only uses SOLIDWORKS Composer standalone and does not have SOLIDWORKS installed. To recap, when translating a file to composer, it is opened in SOLIDWORKS in the background. When an assembly reaches a high enough number of components, SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Delete Face Command

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In this blog, I will describe how to create an internal volume of a part using the delete face command as an alternative to the intersect command. An alternate method is sometimes needed in cases where the intersect method fails and there may not be time to troubleshoot, so a manual method is needed. Initially it may be difficult to understand why deleting faces can help create an internal volume, but it does one key thing for us: it separates […]

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SolidWorks – Creating Internal Volume – Intersect

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One of the key functionalities of the ‘Intersect’ command is to create geometry using an enclosed volume. This is a simple method for finding the internal volume of complex parts, the first step is to cap all inlets and outlets that lead to the internal volume: If your various inlets and outlets are planar, you can use the ‘planar surface’ command to cap that opening. There can be multiple openings assigned to a single ‘planar surface’ command. Additionally, if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018 In SolidWorks 2018 you may notice a new command manager available when right clicking one of the command manager tabs. This command manager is called ‘Sketch Ink’ and it is for the new touch based sketching available in SolidWorks 2018. Tech Tip: This functionality currently requires the Windows 10 Creators Update. When using the touch based sketching, you use the ‘Pen’ tool to create free-hand sketch entities. You can […]

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