Suppressing Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS

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Suppressing Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS A few months ago, I ran across a discussion at a SOLIDWORKS user group meeting where someone asked me if it were possible to create part configurations where the same sketch segment could have two different sketch relations. I wasn’t sure if this was possible so I did some investigating. Much to my surprise, this is in fact possible! Here are some screen shots of this process in action. To begin with, launch a new […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: Virtual Meetings With all that is changing in our world like social distancing and most employees working from home or remote locations, SOLIDWORKS Community User Advocacy Group is hosting several virtual meetings for customers. These range from topics on certification tips to advanced topics on Simulation and Flow analysis. Some of the sessions repeat so you can hopefully attend the virtual sessions that fits your schedule. The next event is on April 7th and they’ll run […]

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SOLIDWORKS Features: Copy vs Move

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I have been using SOLIDWORKS for the past 20 years and I love it when a customer reminds me of the simple things that SOLIDWORKS can do that just make the design life fun again. This topic was focused on when you should Move a feature versus Copying a feature. Did you know that SOLIDWORKS can do both rather quickly without using any toolbar buttons? Let me explain the difference with some screen grabs and a short video. First off […]

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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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