SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Defining Hole Depths

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Controlling the depth of your holes using the SOLDWORKS hole wizard or advanced holes just got easier in 2020. You now have the ability to control if you want to measure to the shoulder or all the way to the drill tip. Previously we were only able to measure to the shoulder. This new functionality applies to the following end conditions: Blind Up to Vertex Up to Surface Offset from Surface This is a small change, but it gives a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Weldment Structural System Member and Corner Trim

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With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, we are focused on providing tools to make your job easier when it comes to designing. If you work with weldments, then make sure you have checked out the new weldment structure system that was added in 2019. This allows a user to define the structure with some simple geometry extrusions and reference planes instead of all the 2D and 3D sketches we previously needed. Sometimes some of the best enhancements are the small […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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SOLIDWORKS SOLIDPractices Documents Now Available

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Everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS wants to know that they are modeling in the best manner to get the best performance out of their system. We are constantly asked what are the best practices that we should be following. This can be a very loaded question because there are so many moving components that often come into play for each company. The best practices for one company may not always be the best practices for another company. With that being said, […]

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Achieving Extreme SOLIDWORKS Performance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 has come and gone. By now most of us have returned to work and the daily grind. Now it is time to take that new trick or skill that you learn or take another look at the many products or partners we discovered. Yes, the platform may be changing, but the core tools we have grown to love are still the foundation on which we continue to expand. Over the last week, dozens of presentations were given […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Keyboard Accessibility – #SW2019

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One of the things that most people love about SOLIDWORKS is the flexibility to set things up and work the way that best suits the user. This has been very apparent in all the different ways we can set up our interface or execute commands. Navigation thru the SOLIDWORKS interface is simple. Some people use a corded mouse, while others spend significant money on a high precision mouse. Some people use a Wacom tablet and others use the touch screen […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Visualize Denoiser – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS has been focusing in increasing speed and efficiencies throughout the program. With the instant popularity in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize rendering tool, it is no surprise to see an awesome new tool called Denoiser. Denoiser is a post processing that filters out unfinished and noisy images to significantly reduce the number of rendering passes required to complete a rendering. Standard rendering takes X number of passes. Denoiser rendering takes .1 * X number of passes. The initial feedback from the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Resource Monitor – System Memory is Low

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Have you recently upgraded your machine with the top of the line hardware? You put 2 processors in there, the biggest graphics card you could find, raided multi-terabyte hard drives, 128 GB of ram, and 3 of the best 30 inch 4k monitors. This is a machine most people will drool over, and we will probably have to finance this right along with your car payments. This machine sound great except once we install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS and […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Tools – DFMXpress

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We all know that manufacturing costs can be expensive, and we are all trying to minimize costs! Did you know that simple geometry features that we create every day can be adding significant costs to your part? Are you aware that there are standard tooling sizes and guide lines such as how deep you can drill a hole? SOLIDWORKS has a free tool that will help analyze your model to identify these types of issues that may allow you to […]

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