What’s Your Favorite Update In SOLIDWORKS 2015?

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Each October, SOLIDWORKS  releases a major upgrade to their software. In these upgrades are hundreds of improvements, many gathered from user feedback. Of all the improvements each year, I am always surprised at how some seemingly small upgrade garners so many ‘hurrahs’ at our rollout events. For instance, last year (2014), the ‘Displaying Annotation Notes in Uppercase’ option in drawings, with the ability to force ALL CAPITAL LETTERS to be displayed for note text and custom property values was a big winner. […]

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What’s Your Favorite Update In SOLIDWORKS 2015?

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Each October, SOLIDWORKS  releases a major upgrade to their software. In these upgrades are hundreds of improvements, many gathered from user feedback. Of all the improvements each year, I am always surprised at how some seemingly small upgrade garners so many ‘hurrahs’ at our rollout events. For instance, last year (2014), the ‘Displaying Annotation Notes in Uppercase’ option in drawings, with the ability to force ALL CAPITAL LETTERS to be displayed for note text and custom property values was a big winner. […]

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The Design Looks Great, But How Much Does It Cost? Let SOLIDWORKS Costing Tell You.

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The world is full of ‘what ifs’. What if I knew I could drive as fast as I wanted to work every day because I knew the police would never stop me for speeding? What if I knew moving my investments from one broker to another would guarantee me an additional 10% in earnings this year? What if I could simulate the cost of manufacturing my product before it ever left my computer? SOLIDWORKS can’t help you with getting to […]

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Hidden Smart Mate Command

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Smart Mates are quite handy for creating commonly used standard mates in your assembly. As a matter of fact, the first time I learned how to create a Smart Mate I figured I would never create mates any other way. Just hold the ALT key down, select a face of a component and drag and drop it onto a face of another component. Confirm the mate and BAM! you are done. Efficiency I say! But what if I need to […]

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Get Design Changes To The Manufacturing Team Quickly With SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Quick – how long does it take you to get your design changes communicated to the manufacturing team? Your answer depends on many things, including stakeholders and workflow, but if the bottleneck is your documentation process, read on to discover a real-world example of how you can repurpose your hard-earned CAD data to also quickly provide manufacturing instructions. In the video below, Yaris Kabin shows us some output from SOLIDWORKS Composer. (Note they are using a touch-screen device on the […]

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Variable Pattern Instances in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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The pattern command in SolidWorks is quite helpful for making quick work of taking a feature, face or body and copying it around in order to create a patterned set of instances. But what if you want to vary the spacing of the instances or the size of the feature being copied? The image below shows the oval-shaped cut on the left side of this muffler guard being patterned down the left side of the guard. Not only is the size changing […]

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Multiple Mate References in One SOLIDWORKS Part

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Recently a customer asked if they could create multiple mate references on a part, so that it would position itself as desired when dropped into an assembly. That is to say that a mate would be created for not only the primary mate reference, but the secondary and tertiary as well.  The answer is yes – and here’s how you do it. The trick is that you have to (also) have a Mate Reference in the part you are mating […]

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Use Luxology Appearance Files When Rendering in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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As far as favorite new features go for SOLIDWORKS 2013, using Luxology appearances to render my SOLIDWORKS models is one of my favorites. Luxology provides the rendering engine behind PhotoView 360 and up until now you were not able to use native Luxology appearances in SolidWorks. They have removed that barrier and now you have access to hundreds of new rendering appearances. To download these new appearances, you have to have a current subscription contract with SOLIDWORKS (you can also access […]

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Customize Your Command Manager Icons in SolidWorks

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Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your day. Thanks to a co-worker, I recently discovered that you can customize the look of the icons in your Command Manager ribbons. So I thought I’d document it for the world to enjoy. You may have gone to Tools > Customize to bring up the Customize interface, where you can customize your Toolbars, Commands, Menus, and Keyboard & Mouse Gesture shortcuts. But did you know that while this dialog is open […]

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Customize Your Command Manager Icons in SolidWorks

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Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your day. Thanks to a co-worker, I recently discovered that you can customize the look of the icons in your Command Manager ribbons. So I thought I’d document it for the world to enjoy. You may have gone to Tools > Customize to bring up the Customize interface, where you can customize your Toolbars, Commands, Menus, and Keyboard & Mouse Gesture shortcuts. But did you know that while this dialog is open […]

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