SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Toolbox Updates – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS Toolbox updates added a few new fasteners and functionality to the Toolbox for SOLIDWORKS 2018 New fastener Hexalobular (Torx) Yes, we did already have the Hex Socket Pan Head ISO 14583 and the Hex Socket Cheese Head IS0 14580 A Cheese Head not from Wisconsin… Who knew? Keep’er movin’… As I was saying SOLIDWORKS 2018 gives us a couple two three new fasteners (boy that Wisconsin accent is hard to shake) Hexalobular Countersunk Flat Head Screw ISO 14581 Hexalobular […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – eDrawings – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – eDrawings – #SW2018 A number of enhancements to eDrawings 2018 have been added. Let’s take a look! 3D views You can now access and show 3D Views added to your models such as MBD views created on the 3D Views tab in SOLIDWORKS. The models must be saved in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for this to work. Decals Now you can choose to attach the decals directly inside your eDrawing file. Previously eDrawings would only show decals […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Ready to Get Involved? Early Experience Tools

Ready to Get Involved? SOLIDWORKS Early Experience Tools   This month I would like to share with you a little bit of the SOLIDWORKS pages that are less traveled. This is an exciting time, currently the 2018 Beta program is running and we also have a 2017 SP4 EV going.   Get Involved Here >>     Many times you will run into issues that are fixed in an upcoming service pack. The service pack is coming but the problems […]

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SOLIDWORKS and the Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)

Windows 10 Creator Update (1703)   Boot up for the day and OH NO! Windows is updating!!! If all goes well, it’s probably not a big deal. If not…well, let’s just say I had some kind of update error over the last week. I’m not sure if it was the Creator update or not; maybe just a hard drive bad boot sector. Since my machine never finished the reboot loop, I may never know. One thing I did learn was my […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Rx 2017 Reliability Tab

Rx 2017 Reliability Tab   Here we are, the spring of 2017 in full swing! I know we briefly looked at this in the what’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2017, but let’s take a little deeper look at one of the best and least talked about features in the 2017 release.   Reliability. Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Although there may be controversy amongst users on this subject, in the past, it mostly all depended on who […]

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SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Hightlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements   Many of you got out to LA for SOLIDWORKS World 2017. For those who didn’t, we are glad to bring you some of the highlights. Here are a couple of things that they previewed coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for sketching. Yes, sketching…I know, right?   Mirror 3D sketch: For many of us, this ability has been long awaited. Using planes as the symmetrical reference, we will soon be able to mirror 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical

Installation Guide Part 3 – Electrical   SOLIDWORKS Electrical can be broken down into two parts SQL Meta Data and Electronic Program Data   SQL Meta Data   All data about everything… (All the CAD document data is contained here.)   Electronic Program Data   Program Files – The application, (without this the program will not run) Program Data – The data (without it, the program will run…but will have no content)   Licensing scheme for SOLIDWORKS Electrical:   SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Toolbox Purge – #SW2017

Toolbox Purge   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Toolbox configure tool has been upgraded! Some of you have needed this in the past and it was not available. Now with 2017 you can purge inactive data!! There are multiple levels for this to executed at. The first one will purge ALL inactive data from the toolbox. (use some discretion here gang)     This one is at the standards level:     This is at the category level:     This is at […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Chamfer Enhancements – #SW2017

Chamfer Enhancements   SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings some new functionality to the chamfer command. Here we can see a change in the chamfer command menus. 2017 on the left and 2016 on the right. Even though they have changed to icons, the first three options are the same:   Angle distance, Distance Distance, Vertex.       SOLIDWORKS 2017 expands the functionality with Offset Face and Face Face chamfers. In the first example the chamfer is first measured using the distance distance […]

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SOLIDWORKS User Groups for the Midwest in September 2016

September – Back to school and here comes the user groups!! Check out these listings for more information. September 12th 5-7:30PM SOLIDWORKS User Resource Forum (SURF) Vollrath Co. 1236 N. 18th Street Sheboygan, WI 53081 Click here for details September 13th 4-9:00PM SOLIDWORKS Milwaukee Area Resource Team (SMART) FALK/Rexnord 3001 W. Canal Street Milwaukee, WI 53208 Click here for details September 13th 5:30-8:30PM Rockford Area SOLIDWORKS Users Group (RASUG) WTC 1102 @ Rock Valley College 3301 N. Mulford Rd. Rockford, […]

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