SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: Customizing Your Graphics Area Context Toolbar

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SOLIDWORKS free tools can be commonly overlooked by users. I consider customizing your SOLIDWORKS environment to be one of these free tools. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to create different means for minimizing mouse movements.  From introducing the ‘S’ key for Keyboard Shortcuts or the ‘D’ key for Breadcrumbs or the Right Mouse Button (RMB) click for shortcut menus, just to mention a few. We are going to talk about one of the classics today. SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced us to […]

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Make SOLIDWORKS Drawings “Quick View” Your New BFF

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Have you ever opened up a drawing and got the dreaded empty drawing views because the drawing cannot find the SOLIDWORKS part or assembly file references? Ugh. Now what??? You don’t even have any way of seeing what the missing reference file used to look like or should look like? No worries. DO NOT SAVE the SOLIDWORKS drawing file with the missing file references. Just close the drawing without saving. In SOLIDWORKS, go to the Open File Open select Quick […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Lightweight Mode Enhancements – #SW2019

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now Rebuild Component Patterns while in Lightweight Assembly Mode. When you edit a feature, you can now change the pattern parameters. For a component pattern that is driven by an unavailable entity, **Lightweight** shows as a prefix to the entity name. SOLIDWORKS 2019 will rebuild the pattern in lightweight mode by using the last-used definition. To employ this functionality, you need to save the component that has the driving feature in resolved mode and the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM Updates – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 has some great enhancements in SOLIDWORKS CAM. Listed below are seven updates and improvements to CAM functionality within SOLIDWORKS. 1. Taper and Neck options for non-cutting portion of the tools In the past, our inability to define the detail of the tool shank did not show accurate machining simulation. Now we can properly define the Operations Parameter Dialogue Box in the Tech DB. We now have Taper and Neck options for the Non-cutting portion of the tool. Which allow for greater […]

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SOLIDWORKS Weldment Feature for Multibody Parts To Get Cut List BOM

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Let’s explore the extra functionality you get when you add the Weldment Feature to a multibody part in SOLIDWORKS, to get a desired outcome of how the Cut List table reads for our drawing. Let’s take the multibody part below – a rubber covered web roll. It is made of four different parts and each part is made of a different material. We create the multibody part and define each body with its own specific material type. In the multibody […]

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Take Advantage of SOLIDWORKS FREE Tools – SimXpress

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SimulationXpress provides entry level FEA, giving you the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts. You can quickly determine effects of force and pressure to generate reports to document results. Benefits of Using SimulationXpress: Provides entry level FEA Excellent first step and fast initial design check tool Gives you a quick approximation and estimate of your design Helping you predict how a part will perform under load Helps detect potential problems early in the design phase Easy to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Admin Portal & Online Licensing

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Now you can easily manage your SOLIDWORKS licenses through this cloud-based management service. You must have internet access to sign in and use online licensing. NOTE: You must have a SOLIDWORKS ID and a ‘MySolidWorks’ Guest, Standard, or Professional account to access the Admin Portal. Administrators can easily monitor the following: View all their SOLIDWORKS licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Can set member’s product activation type from Machine Activation to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Standard vs Professional – What’s The Difference?

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Standard vs Professional – What’s The Difference? You have two variants with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard.  There is a stand-alone version and a SOLIDWORKS Add-In you can use while inside SOLIDWORKS which allow you to use PDF, TIFF and of course, SOLIDWORKS files. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional allows users to directly input measured values into an Inspection project to reduce time and help eliminate input (AKA “fat finger”) errors.  The user will have the choice whether to enter the characteristic […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Trial – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Trial – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS is allowing its current subscription customers the ability to ‘kick the tires’ and take SOLIDWORKS 2018 for a test drive by giving you access to an Online Trial for SOLIDWORKS 2018. Step 1. http://www.solidworks.com/ Step 2. http://my.solidworks.com/try-solidworks Step 3. Log In to your my.solidworks account. If you haven’t signed up to my.solidworks.com, click on the ‘Create a SOLIDWORKS ID’ button below the ‘Log in’ button. Step 4. Select […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Smart Explode Lines – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Smart Explode Lines – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018 there is a new feature called ‘Smart Explode Lines’ which creates smart explode lines automatically for components in an exploded view.  When you change the explode steps, the explode lines will update automatically.  Hence the word “smart”. Once you have created an exploded configuration. All you need to do is Right Mouse Button click (RMB) on the ‘ExplView1’ and select the ‘Smart Explode Lines’.  Just follow the steps […]

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