SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating an Offset Surface Without Failed Faces

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Having complicated geometry in SOLIDWORKS models can cause some downstream issues, but it’s usually unavoidable. One of the worst headaches you can run into is seeing a message about surface failures during a simple feature. It’s a headache because it’s almost impossible to figure out what is causing your problem. It could be related to a very small radius of curvature, a self-intersecting surface, interference with other faces, or broken surfaces due to external references. The troubleshooting process is tedious, […]

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What’s the Easiest way to update SOLIDWORKS?

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There are multiple ways to stay up to date on SOLIDWORKS. With 2020 being released in the next month or so, updating is a hot topic. Staying up to date is important; bugs get fixed, new features get added, and processes become more efficient as SOLIDWORKS updates are released. So what’s the easiest and best way to update? Using Check For Updates Check for Updates is a program that is installed alongside SOLIDWORKS, and is buried in the Windows Start Menu. […]

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Extended Reality in SOLIDWORKS

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A little while ago, I was looking to update a seat of SOLIDWORKS on one of my machines. Navigating through the customer portal and scrolling through the “Downloads and Updates” page; something caught my eye. SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality. Immediately, I thought of thousands of possibilities. Can I build a rollercoaster in SOLIDWORKS and virtually ride it? Can I build an “Ironman” suit with holograms instead of a monitor? I quickly learned that the answers to those questions are a resounding […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Pen Tool Enhancements – #SW2019

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More and more PC users are taking advantage of Touch Screen displays, and SOLIDWORKS is taking notice. The advantages of using a touch screen are obvious – you get direct access to everything on the screen, without the need for your Mouse or Keyboard! The Pen Tool enhancements that we cover today will work with any compatible Touch Screen PC, but we’re going to focus on the Microsoft. SOLIDWORKS is working hand in hand with Microsoft to fully utilize the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Linking Materials and Sheet Metal Parameters – #SW2019

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Sheet Metal features in SOLIDWORKS have always been user friendly. They’ve always been consistent. Also, whenever there is an enhancement to the core Sheet Metal Features, it’s always something useful. This year, SOLIDWORKS 2019 takes no exception to that trend. Materials in Sheet Metal are extremely important. If you are choosing between building a part out of Aluminum or Stainless Steel – you aren’t just choosing a material. You’re choosing tooling, bend radius values and a plethora of other design […]

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DriveWorksXpress Sample – Shed Door

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If you have SOLIDWORKS, you have a free copy of DriveWorksXpress waiting to be activated. Just hit Tools > Xpress Tools to get started! In this blog, I’ll be going over a quick example of how you could use DriveWorksXpress to simplify the configuration and modification steps in a model. I’ve designed a basic Shed Door that I’ll be using to examine the capabilities of this Free Version of DriveWorks. Step 1 – Create your model. Keeping the variables in mind, […]

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight

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Draftsight Highlights – Easily draw “Isometric Views” within Draftsight Draftsight is a 2D CAD program, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create an isometric view. If you are in the process of creating a Draftsight drawing – and need to create a quick isometric view – you can follow the process below: Step 1: Switch your grid settings to Isometric. (RMB on the Grid icon on the bottom, hit Settings, then hit the Isometric radio button under “Orientation”.) GIF Step […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – 3D Interconnect Enhancements – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – 3D Interconnect Enhancements – #SW2018 One of the greatest additions to the SOLIDWORKS Suite in 2017 was 3D Interconnect. This tool was created to let you (a SOLIDWORKS designer) work with native parts and components that are built in non-SOLIDWORKS programs, but here’s the kicker- You don’t have to convert the files to SOLIDWORKS format. If you’ve opened parts designed in other software before, you’ll immediately appreciate this tool. Get a file from your supplier, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Include or Exclude Suppressed Components in Pack and Go – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Include or Exclude Suppressed Components in Pack and Go – #SW2018 Pack and Go is a tool within SOLIDWORKS that is used by many people for a lot of different reasons. I’ve experienced Pack and Go being used for revisions, for sending data to people outside the design process, for backing up, or most relevant to me – sending an assembly to customer support for help. While people send me their work for support, they […]

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS Licensing

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Having options is one of the most important factors in purchasing anything. Think of something as simple as ice cream – as you enter that endless grocery aisle of flavors and sizes, you have as many options as you could ever want. Options allow you, as a consumer of that product, to buy the perfect solution to the problem you’re trying to solve. Needing Ice Cream isn’t the worst problem to have to solve – but if you’re trying to […]

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