SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Mirror Components

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It’s hard to believe that Assembly Mirror Components has been a command offering since SOLIDWORKS release 2001 and to think that almost 20 years later they are still adding enhancements to this great command. Well for SOLIDWORKS 2020 this is true, and I would like to show you some of the new command options that will make creating mirrored components in assemblies even easier. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, we had options of mirroring type based on Bounding Box Center and Center […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Performance Improvements: Assemblies, Drawings and the Render Pipeline

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Performance is always a major focus for the SOLIDWORKS Development team and with the SOLIDWORKS 2020 release, this year is no different. This article highlights two noticeable improvements when working with assembly drawings in SOLIDWORKS 2020. First, drawings and drawing annotations now benefit from the graphics performance pipeline changes introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019. These changes implemented graphics acceleration as well as image quality scaling across graphics cards. Utilizing the GPU and resulting in faster rendering performance. This architecture provides a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 Enhancements

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It’s hard to believe that SOLIDWORKS Composer has been part of the 3DS product suite for almost 10 years now. The enhancements continue to grow with each new year’s release, and 2019 was no exception to that statement. One of the simplest and most user-friendly examples of this is the ability to Lock a View. As we use Composer to create countless detailed views of our SOLIDWORKS designed content, the accidental update of a view has probably reared its ugly […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Cut-List Properties

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While modeling a multi-body part file in SOLIDWORKS 2019, the standard Cut-List Properties are enough to get most jobs done and out to manufacturing. However, what if you need to create custom Cut-List Properties and add several items at a time to this new property. In the next few steps, I will show you a quick shortcut for doing just that. In your part model FeatureManager Design Tree you have access to a Cut-List folder. A quick expansion of this […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: DFMXpress

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A powerful yet FREE tool in all SOLIDWORKS versions is a utility called DFMXpress. DFMXpress is a great rules-based utility that keeps your engineers and designers in check with creating manufacturable part files in SOLIDWORKS. This utility can be found on the Evaluate Toolbar in your Command Manager and under the Tools Pulldown menu in the Xpress Products category. You must have a part model open in order to run this command. To launch our command, I will access the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Master Modeling with Toolbox Hardware

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A very common question that is asked around the SOLIDWORKS customer base is “How do I modify a standard Toolbox component with extra features thus turning a purchased component into a manufactured one?” Well, it is actually quite easy and over the next few paragraphs, I will shed some light on this process. First, I start a brand new part file. Second, you activate your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in or open a downloaded library part from your supplier: In my case […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – Detailing and Drawings – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements-Detailing and Drawings – #SW2019 With the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release just around the corner, here is another great CATI article on some new Performance Improvements. This article focuses on Drawing and Detailing improvements specifically on working with parts that have a large number of holes and a drawing hole table attached. When opening, creating or editing hole tables, this performance speed will be noticed and produce less wait time for calculating tables with circular […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Bounding Box in Assemblies – #SW2019

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With the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release just around the corner, here is an article on some new Assembly level functionality building on last year’s release of Part Bounding Box. New for SOLIDWORKS 2019 is an assembly level Bounding Box feature. Basically with any assembly file that contains geometry, you can create a Bounding Box which calculates a minimum volume of that geometry. It is important to note that an assembly can contain only one Bounding Box feature. To use this new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018: Break View Drawing Tips

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As I was visiting with a customer the other day, the topic of creating a Break View or Broken Views in a SOLIDWORKS drawing came up. The question was, “Is it possible to control the distance from the edge of the model view to the Break Lines with some dimensional value?” Well, that was a good question and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure how we could handle that. So, sit back and enjoy the simple steps involved to […]

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3DEXPERIENCE: Social Collaborative Services

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3DEXPERIENCE 2018 The 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaborative Services (SCS) section of the IFWE widget provides a single point of entry for all your product development needs. These tools are the gateway to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and all the rich portfolio of applications and other online services. These services empower your design and innovation process by connecting you with relevant content and services anytime, anywhere, and on any device. This area opens your Social and Collaborative Apps on the platform. Within this […]

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