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 TolAnalyst (SOLIDWORKS Premium)

So here’s a solution for those of you who don’t like to figure tolerance stack-up information with a slide ruler and an abacus.  Introducing SOLIDWORKS TolAnalyst.  TolAnalyst is an add-in utility which is provided with SOLIDWORKS Premium.  This feature allows you to perform tolerance stack-up analysis and quickly determine the effects that tolerances have on parts and assemblies.  Information such as maximum/minimum worst case tolerance stack-up can be quickly obtained.  TolAnalyst will take into consideration all of your DimXpert manufacturing […]

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