DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 3D Editing, Modeling, and Mesh Tools

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In addition to the many updates we’ve covered so far, DraftSight now has the capability to edit and create 3D models within this year’s release. In this case, these are the 3D modeling tools: You can create primitive shapes with single tools such as the following: Box: Creates a three-dimensional solid box. Cone: Creates a three-dimensional solid cone. Cylinder: Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder. Pyramid: Creates a three-dimensional solid pyramid. Planar surface: Creates a rectangular planar surface. Sphere: Creates a […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 2D Constraints

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There have been many updates to help with the 2D construction of drawings and objects within this year’s release of DraftSight. In this case, those are the tools on the Constraints Tab of the Command Ribbon. Geometric Constraints apply more flexibility to creating designs and thus making it more familiar to Solidworks’ sketching capabilities. You have the following Geometric constraints: Coincident: Defines a coincident geometric constraint to two points on entities or constrains a point on an entity to an […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – Standard and Professional

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DraftSight 2019 is finally upon us. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into DraftSight Standard. For this article, we’re going to focus on new features and improvements for each offering. DraftSight Standard Import SVG file [Command: IMPORTSVG]. You can now import an SVG format file into DraftSight and insert it as a Block. Hairline Option for Printout. For laser cutter output, you can set a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

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Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

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

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There have been quite a few enhancements to the Touch mode feature within Solidworks 2019. There is a booming market for touch screen functionality with the hardware these days, so it only right that SOLIDWORKS keeps up with that trend. To turn on Touch mode, go to View > Touch Mode. The Touch Mode toolbar appears on your interface. The Copy tool appears in the touch toolbar when you select an entity in the graphics area. You can turn on […]

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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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