SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Geometric Tolerance Options – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Geometric Tolerance Options – #SW2018 As ASME standards change and new Geometric Tolerancing (GD&T) options are created, SOLIDWORKS will always keep up with these changes. Accordingly, per ASME Y14.8 requirements, we have two new GD&T options. All Over This Side This is to apply a requirement to all features all over one side of a parting line. All Around This Side This is to apply a requirement to all features all around one side […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2017, Magnet Mates were introduced.  This made it much easier to design facility layouts.  In SOLIDWORKS 2018, this functionality has been improved!  My favorite enhancement is the ability to have multiple ground planes in the assembly.  Now multi-level layouts can be accomplished! Before, when positioning components using magnetic mates, it could sometimes be difficult to orient the components because they would try to snap to […]

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Creaform VXelements has been updated!

VXelements, the software used with Creaform 3D scanners has been updated to version 6.0!  The update includes a major overhaul of the interface.  Now VXelements has a home page. You can choose which aspect of the software you will be using.  One of my favorite enhancements is part of the VXinspect and VXmodel.  Now you can choose from recent CAD files!  SOLIDWORKS has had this for a long time, and now VXelements has it also! When in VXscan, the workflow […]

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Creaform 3D Scanning: Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection

Colormap, the Quick Go/No-Go of Inspection   The HandyScan 700 is a great tool for inspecting parts for Quality Control engineers.  Using VxElements, PPAP inspection reports can be created being as simple or as complicated as needed.  After importing a CAD model, either .iges or .stp, the scan can be compared to the “perfect” CAD model.  One of the useful tools within VxElements is the ability to create a colormap of the differences between the CAD model and the scan.  […]

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Creaform 3D Scanners: Reverse Engineering the Death Star

Reverse Engineering the Death Star   No, I’m not on my way to becoming the next Emperor Palpatine, so no worries there.   Last Christmas season, my family found a Death Star Planetarium while shopping.  We had the idea of using it as a tree topper for our Christmas tree.  Our only problem was how to get it to stay.  It came with a stand, but it didn’t immobilize the Death Star. I could get calipers and other measuring tools […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Tips for Faster Dimensioning

Tips for Faster Dimensioning in SOLIDWORKS   In the CAD world, there are few things that might be more important than correct dimensions. And like all parts in the design process, the quicker the better. SOLIDWORKS has designed a variety of methods that allow for quick and efficient dimensioning.   Let’s first take a look at all of the dimensioning options. They are found on the far left of the Sketch tab on the CommandManager.     For me personally, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: PhotoView 360 Rendering Options – What Do They Do??

PhotoView 360 Rendering Options   “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a well-known adage. PhotoView 360 allows SOLIDWORKS users to create photo-realistic renderings of designs before they have even been prototyped. These images can then be used for marketing purposes. There are a lot of variables that can go into creating renderings, that unless you are into photography, you probably don’t understand. I know I didn’t when I first started doing renderings.     First, is the picture […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Searching for Externally Referenced Documents – #SW2017

Searching for Externally Referenced Documents   In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, searching for externally referenced documents has been an option for finding component files inside assemblies and drawings. These locations are set in Options/System Options/ File Locations by setting “Show folders for:” to “Referenced Document.” We can choose to search these locations by selecting “Search file locations for external references” under Options/System Options/External References.     Using this can be useful for when files are spread out over various file […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time – #SW2017

Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time   One of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Drawings in 2014 was to allow the use of a second sheet format as new sheets are added.  With SOLIDWORKS 2017, even greater flexibility has been allowed.  We can now use multiple sheet formats in Drawing files and can pick and choose which sheets receive the new format.   First, right-click on the Drawing sheet and select “Properties.”   Second, make the desired […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Change the Language

SOLIDWORKS has users all over the world, and as such it is necessary to be able to install it in various languages. Being fluent in Spanish, I decided I wanted at least one of my versions in Spanish so that I could try it out. However, because my user account on my computer is set to English, it would default to English no matter how I would install it. I found a solution to create an alternate user profile and […]

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