SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Show last open times – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Show last open times – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 will now allow you to view the last open time of files. You can see this when hovering over a file in the Open dialog in SOLIDWORKS, or within Windows Explorer. This will work only for files that have been opened and saved in SOLIDWORKS 2018 or newer. In addition to seeing the data when mousing over a file name, you can also add a column in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018 In 2018, SOLIDWORKS has enhanced Treehouse for easier use. Some of these enhancements include a list view (similar to how files would appear in Pack & Go). The functionality still exists in the list view including opening and copying documents. Columns can be hidden in the list view as well. The list view does not show suppressed files and you cannot change the active configuration. In the tree view, you can […]

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Updating SOLIDWORKS Sheet formats

There are 2 ways to use drawings templates and sheet formats in SOLIDWORKS. The first way is the way SOLIDWORKS is setup by default. You select your drawing template and then select a sheet format. The second way is to have a saved template that already contains a sheet format. If you use the default way, then this blog article won’t apply to you. Have you ever tried to change something in your sheet format and when you start a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Using Hardware Kits for Hardware

Using Hardware Kits for Hardware   Why is my assembly so slow in SOLIDWORKS? Let’s continue on this idea that’s been started by Bryan Pawlak. As mentioned previously, there are many things that effect performance in an assembly that are modeling related. Today we are going to take a look at mates, particularly with hardware.   I’ve created a sample box, with a screw on cover. I used Smart Fasteners to drop in 4 Socket Button Head Cap Screws and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to Get Into the Zone, the SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone

SOLIDWORKS Revision Zone   Occasionally we get calls about revision zones not matching up with the drawing.     This is an issue that can occur when using legacy sheet formats. As you can see, revision A and B are both in column 8, but the zone shows column 4. This can be corrected by using SOLIDWORKS’ automatic border to update the zone information.   If you edit the sheet format, you can right click in the sheet and select […]

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017: Highlights – 3D Interconnect

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 3D Interconnect   SOLIDWORKS 2017 adds a new capacity for working with files from other CAD systems. 3D Interconnect allows you to use existing CAD data from other packages without the need to convert them first. You insert them into an assembly the same way as any other part.       This part was created from a PTC file and had a slot added to it. 3D Interconnect also recognizes revisioning, so you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB

Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB   SOLIDWORKS PCB has 3 parts.   SOLIDWORKS PCB is the Application used to design PCBs.   SOLIDWORKS PCB Services is the ‘bridge’ that connects PCB to SOLIDWORKS and allows users to be set up.   SOLIDWORKS PCB Add-in is the SOLIDWORKS Add-in that allows you to work with the data within SolidWorks. This is automatically installed in SOLIDWORKS provided you’re running 2016 SP3 or newer.   If Installing a new instance, you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Repairing Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Files – #SW2017

Repairing Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Files   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has the ability to automatically detect corrupt files and attempt to repair them. If the software detects a file with corruption it will ask if you’d like to repair it. SOLIDWORKS will then attempt to repair a copy of the file (leaving the original untouched).   If the repair is successful, then it will notify you which segment(s) of the corrupt file were removed and what impact it has on the file. If […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces – #SW2017

Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Now allows you to add offset sketches on 3D Geometry. You can select entire faces:     Or you can select individual edges:     This command can be found on Tools -> Sketch Tools -> Offset on Surface.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI […]

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