Faster Image Rendering in SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Courtesy of Your GPU

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Creating magazine-quality images from 3D CAD models can consume a lot of time. Not so much in setting up the model’s viewpoint, background, lighting and appearances, but the time it takes to ‘render’ the image. Rendering images is where rendering software, like SOLIDWORKS Visualize, works to create a realistic two-dimensional image from three-dimensional CAD geometry. Much of the calculation time is used to determine the position and direction of light in the scene (i.e. where it’s being emitted and where […]

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it?

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it? PMI in the computer-aided design world stands for Product Manufacturing Information. The definition of PMI includes that it conveys attributes in 3-Dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) systems that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), 3D annotations (text), dimensions and surface finishes. There are couple of key words to point out here: 1) 3D and 2) Manufacturing. 3D: 2D drawings have been […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Inserting a 3D View in a Drawing – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Inserting a 3D View in a Drawing – #SW2018 New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to re-use Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) that’s been applied to a 3D CAD model in a standard 2D drawing. Model Based Definition is a detailing technique that has been gaining attention recently. Instead of creating a separate document (a 2D drawing) to detail the 3D CAD model, dimensions and annotations are applied directly to the 3D CAD model, thereby […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SpeedPak Updates – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SpeedPak Updates – #SW2018 SpeedPak has been around since 2009 and can significantly improve the performance of large and complex assemblies. What’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2018 is described in the last part of this article, so keep reading. As a refresher, SpeedPak is a simplified configuration of an assembly. It primarily contains graphical information, but it also contains a subset of an assembly’s parts, faces, reference geometry, sketches or curves. The resulting reduction of data […]

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Reserve a license in SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing

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Network licensing provides a great deal of flexibility with regards to providing access to SOLIDWORKS in your company’s environment. You can install the software on as many computers as you like, but only the number of users defined in the network can actually use it at the same time. This way everyone can run SOLIDWORKS from their own computer and not just the one workstation to which the entire company has acess. If all the licenses are being used simultaneously, […]

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SOLIDWORKS eCourses – A Great Alternative to Live Training

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Want to attend an instructor-led, live SOLIDWORKS training class, but there’s too much work coming in and you just can’t break away from the office to attend? SOLIDWORKS eCourses are for you. Introduced in the first quarter of 2017, SOLIDWORKS eCourses cover the same material that is used in standard, instructor-led SOLIDWORKS training classes, but in a self-paced, eLearning format. Here are the highlights: Access the eLearning modules through your web browser – local SOLIDWORKS installation not required Move through […]

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3D Interconnect or File Import? It’s a no-brainer.

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Everyone loves a no-brainer. We’re sorry for the mix-up with your dinner reservation. Can we offer you a table by the window and a free dessert?It’s 2004. Apple’s stock price is $2 per share. Want to buy some?Import your 3rd party CAD file into SOLIDWORKS using the current file import tools or use 3D Interconnect? Whether you are using a purchased part CAD file that you downloaded from your vendor’s website or you are repurposing some of your existing CAD […]

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Xdesign: SOLIDWORKS on the cloud, in any web browser

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Yes – it’s coming. A NEW, full design product that runs in a web browser, which equals ZERO install. It’s called Xdesign and you can sign up to be a part of the May 2016 beta team at xdesign.solidworks.com.  One of the great things about this product is that it’s going to be more than best-in-class sketching, part modeling, assemblies, etc. SOLIDWORKS is also introducing some great new design tools. I’ll mention 3 of my favorites in this post: Design […]

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FREE SOLIDWORKS Training – from SOLIDWORKS World

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Customers often ask me – where can I get more training? The part of my answer that I’d like to focus on and share with you today is where I direct them to check out the proceedings from SOLIDWORKS World: http://tinyurl.com/zjt3bdo. SOLIDWORKS World is the annual conference for all things SOLIDWORKS. It is held every year in the late-January to early-February time frame. If you have never attended, it is definitely worth the experience. Talk to your employer and get […]

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