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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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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