SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync– #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync– #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer Sync 2018 has added some new options and enhancements as well for this year’s update. First off is the new added support for favorite context in 3DXML files. Basically when you import 3DXML files that contain 3D Tolerancing & Annotation captures, Favorite Context is now supported. This will ensure that the visibility of geometrical elements is managed correctly, and will provided that the favorite context is defined on the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 has some great enhancements which makes this year’s version much more powerful than years past. Let’s start with the new Property section for measurement Labels. This new setting allows users to manage the display of measurement labels. It contains two new properties, Label Orientation and Label Position: When this Label Orientation is set to Auto, you can see in the above image that you also get to choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Opening a 2017 Version File in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Opening a 2017 Version File in SOLIDWORKS 2016     With each new release of SOLIDWORKS we typically get the question of “Can I open a 2017 file in 2016?” One of my counterparts at CATI graciously posted this very topic a few months ago with great details on what you CAN and CANNOT do with this backward compatibility. You can read this article here.         What I am adding to this post is a scenario where […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Stand Alone Custom Project Template   One of the common questions that we get from SW Inspection customers is how to create or edit an existing project template to add in their own unique custom property values and fields in SOLIDWORKS. Well this is actually pretty easy to do, so let me show you some steps along the way.   First, you open a new project and pick the default.ixpdot template file as this is the original one […]

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SOLIDWORKS: KC STEM & SOLIDWORKS Alliance

SOLIDWORKS & KC STEM   With all of the news recently on STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering & Math) projects and educational programs, I had the pleasure of presenting the SOLIDWORKS Product Portfolio to Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan school departments last week. This is an annual forum for regional educators and administrators to see new things in industry and to share student projects in this field.     The local chapter is called KC STEM Alliance and has been going strong […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely   Recently I presented a SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-On session at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California. One of the common questions from this session was, “How do I move actors to an exact distance away from their current position?”   Well the task is actually very easy but not the most intuitive to start. So here is an example on how to do this task. We start with an imported assembly:   […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Using Design Checker to Change Sheet Formats

Using SOLIDWORKS Design Checker to Change Sheet Formats   One of the more useful utilities that you get with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses is the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker program. This program allows you to capture your drafting and modeling standards into a simple user interface. Then use these rules to check against your completed files to find little mistakes where the drawing didn’t quite follow the company’s rules.   Sometimes the user might make a drawing, only to find […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What’s New 2017 – SOLIDWORKS Composer

What’s New SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017   SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 has a few new enhancements for those of you creating technical illustrations. First, you can now generate Technical Illustrations in CGM format. You can now specify whether the CGM output should be compliant with the WebCGM, S1000D, or ATA2200 standards. If you prefer the S1000D format, you can now specify a 2.x or 4.x compliance standard.     Plus you can now customize hotspot properties to be compliant with the S1000D […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Facility Layout – #SW2017

Facility Layout   New for SOLIDWORKS 2017 is a set of tools to help with Facility Layout modeling. These tools make assembling large components for plant layout designs much easier. You can define connection points and a ground face in parts or assemblies and then publish these designs as assets. When you insert an asset into an assembly, a new function called Magnetic Mates, snap the asset into place according to other assets in that assembly.   A lot of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Creating Advanced Holes – #SW2017

Creating Advanced Holes – #SW2017   One of the many new enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the new feature called Advanced Hole. This exciting feature allows you to create multiple advanced holes from the near and far side faces of your models. Here’s how it works:   First, create some model geometry, in this case we have a manifold block as an example. You can then access this new command from the Insert pulldown menu, followed by Features and then […]

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