SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Geodesic Entities – #SW2019

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Some engineers may come to a point in their design where they need some way to represent the shortest possible distance between two points either on a sphere or another curved surface. This representation may be critical aesthetically if not functionally. That representation would be called a Geodesic object. SOLIDWORKS 2019 has implemented the Offset on Surface tool for this specific purpose. It helps create this object as a sketch entity for modeling purposes. Previously, you were only able to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Hardware Recommendations

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There are countless time where at technical support we are asked about recommendations about hardware for the SOLIDWORKS user. We have performed some benchmark testing and did learn some interesting facts. http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/SystemRequirements.html When you are looking to purchase a machine for a SOLIDWORKS user, there are 4 main areas that you will need to consider: RAM, processors, hard drives, and graphics cards. The first thing we’ll cover is processors. We have many customers who are on the i7 processors, so […]

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Document Detailed Issues in DraftSight or SOLIDWORKS with Steps Recorder

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If you’re a DraftSight user, or SOLIDWORKS user you’re probably wondering if there is a way to capture the steps that result in a problem with the software. Well, you’re in luck! There is a tool called Microsoft® Problem Steps Recorder (PSR.exe) that does exactly that! This handy recording tool is built into Windows® 7, 8, 10 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and newer. It greatly makes it easier to capture the steps that lead to a problem with programs such […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 3: Drawings

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This blog is the third part of a configurations series. Starting where SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 2: Using Configurations in Assemblies ended. In this article, I give a brief overview of what types of drawing views can be created using configurations, as well as how to work with properties. Aside from the conventional orthogonal views, (such as Front, Right, Top, etc.), you can assign configurations to these types of drawing views: Alternate Position Views This can overlay 2 or more different […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide – DraftSight and eDrawings 2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide – DraftSight and eDrawings 2018 In this section, we will cover the download and installation of the free version of DraftSight. The latest build is still 2018 and can be downloaded at the following location: http://www.3ds.com/products-services/DraftSight-cad-software/free-download/ Select the version per the operating system that you’re running and your download should begin. In this example, we will launch the Windows 64-bit version and install that one. First thing that shows is the disclaimer. You can read the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Rebuild Tools – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Rebuild Tools – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018, the terminology for the tools Force Regen and Force Regen the Top Level Assembly (CTRL+Q) have been renamed so that all of the rebuild tools remain consistent. Those tools include: The Force Rebuild toolbar buttons are now grouped with the Standard toolbar (Customize > Commands > Standard). You can add the tools to this toolbar, or any other toolbar you wish, including shortcut bars, mouse gestures, or even […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Offloaded Rendering – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Offloaded Rendering – #SW2018 Offloaded rendering allows you to send the model to another machine that has the PhotoView 360 Render Client in order to free up your computer from the burden of the calculating time it would take to complete the task. In order to do this, 2 machines are required. One machine would serve as the Coordinator and the other would serve as the Client. The Coordinator would require the license of at […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Improving Performance in Large Assemblies

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Improving Performance in Large Assemblies     We all know how frustrating it can be when you have a project that has a deadline approaching and you need to get it done in a timely manner – but then there are hurdles to jump over. One of those hurdles can be dealing with performance issues while working with a large Solidworks assembly. Waiting around while your computer struggles can be unfortunate as well as very unproductive.     In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Geometry Analysis

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Geometry Analysis   The Geometry Analysis tool is used to check models for potential topology problems with edges and faces. With this tool, you can check for the following categories:   Insignificant Geometry Sharp angles Discontinuous Geometry     Geometry Analysis offers the advantage for checking for more potentially problematic geometry than the Check Entity tool in the core Solidworks, such as tangent discontinuous geometry. You can find the tool on the Tools drop-down menu or on the Command Manager […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Geometry Analysis

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Geometry Analysis in SOLIDWORKS   The Geometry Analysis tool is used to check models for potential topology problems with edges and faces. With this tool you can check for the following categories:   Insignificant Geometry Sharp angles Discontinuous Geometry       Geometry Analysis offers the advantage for checking for more potentially problematic geometry than the Check Entity tool in the core SOLIDWORKS, such as tangent discontinuous geometry. You can find the tool on the Tools drop-down menu or on […]

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