“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

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While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

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CAMWorks FREE Home License and Temporary Upgrades for April and May 2020

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CAMWorks Options: Helping Customers Minimize Disruption from COVID-19 At CATI we are continuously trying to offer solutions to allow you, our customers, to do your work remotely and to make the current COVID-19 situation more tolerable. With that in mind we are proud to announce HCL is offering individual FREE CAMWorks Home Licenses for April and May 2020. CAMWorks Home Licenses with ShopFloor For customers who need to work from home during this challenging time, HCL is offering individual FREE […]

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Taking Advantage of SOLIDWORKS API in SOLIDWORKS CAM

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How Do I Make My Feature Manager Design Tree When Using SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Add-In? After engineering is completed on the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD side of things your part needs to be programmed for manufacturing by using the seamless integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM and/CAMWorks. With SOLIDWORKS CAM activated inside SOLIDWORKS you may not be able to see all your CAM buttons. Taking the time to manually drag the edge of your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree every time to make it wider can […]

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The 3DEXPERIENCE Podcast

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The 3DEXPERIENCE Podcast Today I’m going to talk about tech but in a different way. I want to make you and my SOLIDWORKS friends aware of an extremely informative and interesting podcast out there called, “The 3DEXPERIENCE” podcast. This monthly podcast will discuss everything from business, to latest technologies, as it relates to the process of design and manufacturing. Your more than qualified hosts for “The 3DEXPERIENCE” podcast are John Milbery, Technical Director at Dassault Systèmes – SOLIDWORKS and Mike […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Pattern and Mirror Support

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The Structure System was added in SOLIDWORKS 2019.  In SOLIDWORKS 2020, patterning and mirroring was added to this awesome new tool. To achieve this prior to 2020, you needed to pattern the individual bodies.  In 2020, you can pattern the entire Structure System using a linear or circular or mirror patterns.  You keep the intelligence integrity for all your members and any additional Structure Systems that are added while referencing the patterned members.  When patterning bodies, this is not possible. After […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM

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     What’s NEW in SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard 2020 New – Support for Tabs Cutting in Contour Mill Operations in SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard 2020 Allows users to define tabs on the feature profile of a through mill feature machined using a single Contour Mill application.  The “Tab” feature consists of a small piece of the stock material along the profile (feature boundary) of the part.  By keeping the core material and/or part attached to the stock material with the tabbing feature, the […]

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Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

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Follow along with the video below as we explore using the NEW Image Tracer Add-in inside DraftSight 2019 Professional. I hope this makes you more efficient in SOLIDWORKS and to see the added value of DraftSight 2019 Professional.   Don Glaske Field Technical Services Manager & CAM Product Manager Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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Discover the DraftSight® 2019 Desktop Portfolio

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The recent release of DraftSight® 2019 has many changes but many improvements as well. In my humble opinion, DraftSight® has been an awesome 2D CAD tool ever since it came on the scene back in 2010. Since then, DraftSight® has only improved every year and DraftSight® 2019 is no exception! DraftSight® 2019 Standard So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The FREE version of DraftSight® is no longer free. For 2019, it is now called DraftSight® Standard and […]

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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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