SOLIDWORKS – Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in

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Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in   As an Applications Engineer for Computer Aided Technologies, I assist our customers with any questions they might have about the operation, methods, techniques, best practices, and challenges to reaching their modeling objectives with SOLIDWORKS. Quite often, I have a chance to introduce our customers to features or add-ins that are off the beaten path. Today I would like to introduce you to an add-in called CircuitWorks. The best description of this add-in can be found here. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Fluidity

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Modeling Fluidity   SOLIDWORKS has a great reputation for responding to their customers’ needs as well as responding through continuous improvement of their product. From its inception, SOLIDWORKS has provided many user friendly tools (i.e. toolbars, keyboard shortcuts, in context pop-ups, and the “S” key to name a few). In more recent years, SOLIDWORKS has dedicated specialized resources with the specific purpose of improving the efficiency of the user interface and streamlining work flow. The most recent and powerful of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Group Component Instances – #SW2017

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Group Component Instances   If you’re anything like me, and you’ve used SOLIDWORKS to perform bottom-up assembly modeling. You added your parts in one at a time and created the mate relations, like you’re building a chain or a wall.   When you finally look back at the Feature Manager Design Tree, you notice that multiple instances of your components and fasteners are spread throughout the tree. This can make it difficult to find components when the tree gets very […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: DimXpert – #SW2017

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DimXpert The DimXpert tools within SOLIDWORKS are used add details to the model for fabrication by adding tolerance features and associated 3D annotations. These 3D annotations (datums, dimensions, and geometric tolerances) are used to partially or fully document the geometry. As the annotations are created they are automatically oriented in 3D space to match the source feature orientation and the standard views (Front, Top, Right, etc.) of a drawing. They are organized into annotation views which may be used later […]

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