SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Assemblies: Pattern Driven Component Pattern Logic Enhanced

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Since SOLIDWORKS’ release in 1995, Dassault Systemes has iterated many times over to give us the mature CAD product we know and love today. Enhancements – both large and small – help to drive the CAD program that has aged like a fine wine. Seemingly small enhancements, however, can be just as important as the big ones. For example, in the 2013 release of SOLIDWORKS, they introduced the “right-click to confirm command” feature that has helped saved me tons of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Mirroring for Parts: Mirror about Secondary Planes

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SOLIDWORKS is king of the hill when it comes to CAD design proficiency. It defends its title with a new option in the “Mirror” feature. The “Mirror” command now can mirror features or bodies from two planes in the same command. No more needing multiple Mirror features to copy the same geometry. This option is included in mirroring for parts only. Normally, you would need to mirror a feature or body using one plane, then create a separate mirror feature […]

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How to Dimension Rolled Sheet Metal Cuts in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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When cuts are made into the flat pattern of a rolled sheet metal cylinder (or semi-cylinder), it is not always easy to extract model dimension data in a SOLIDWORKS drawing. Without proper design intent, detailing the flat pattern positions may not work. It might even require some significant user input for proper documentation. When rolled sheet metal cylinders are not set up correctly, the following error may occur when trying to import dimensions: “No dimensions are inserted. The selected feature […]

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Troubleshooting Methods for Import Diagnostic Failures

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We’ve all been there before. You receive a neutral file from a customer and – upon opening it – several surfaces have failed to translate. No worries, you say, I can use the Import Diagnostics tool. You run Import Diagnostics, but there are still several surfaces or gaps that fail to be healed by the automatic patching tool. Now, you’re stuck! Some designers avoid this situation at all costs. They are parametric design modelers, not surfacing experts. They want practical […]

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Cheating My Way to Par Using SOLIDWORKS Motion and a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer

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I am what is known in golf as a “hacker”. If you are familiar with golf lingo, this means that I rarely play golf and I am quite bad at it. I’ll admit it! Those of you who have spent the time perfecting your strokes might relate when playing the first round of your season. But what if I could change the negative connotations behind “hacker”, and replace it with someone who can literally hack their way through a game […]

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Import your Company Logo Directly into Sketches!

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Tired of using sketch pictures and splines to map out your company logo? Can’t find the right font to match? If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are in the right place. The process of importing a company logo – or any image, for that matter – is simple and quick. By the end of this article, you will see a process workflow on how to import a picture into a SOLIDWORKS sketch as sketch […]

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Cost Optimizing Through SOLIDWORKS Costing

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I recently moved to a small town outside the suburban metro/Minneapolis area. Thrilled by the offering of more space and a chance for a wood shop, I got to dreaming about what could be in the new space I call “home”. The first order of business – a custom desk for the new office space. My design intent was relatively simple. I wanted to 1) spend as little as possible, 2) fit both my office workstation and my personal workstation […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Model Display: 3MF Enhancements and Color Picker

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SOLIDWORKS introduced more enhancements that include display, import, and export of 3D models in SOLIDWORKS 2021. 3MF files – which are quickly becoming an industry-standard for additive manufacturing – can now import and export more colors and textures than ever! Additionally, selecting colors with the eye dropper when applying appearances now works with external applications. In this article, I will go into detail with the 3MF enhancements, explain why 3MF is becoming an industry-standard, and finish with additional appearance functionality […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Searching for Commands in Shortcut Bar Customization

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Since shortcut bars were introduced in 2013, SOLIDWORKS users finally see a much-anticipated enhancement in the shortcut customization menu. The shortcut bar customization menu now offers a search function to find commands more easily. If you are not using shortcut bars, mouse gestures, or similar proficiency tools, I strongly recommend the customization of one or both to make a more seamless, rapid way of feature generation. The shortcut bar is a customizable toolbar that allows the user to create a […]

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Dual Dimensions in a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Cut List

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Have you ever needed to represent both English Standard and Metric measurements in a cut list in SOLIDWORKS? Do you have multiple vendors, with multiple different unit preferences? Everywhere you look, you see forums suggesting “this can’t be done”, or that SOLIDWORKS has yet to make this an option. In fact, you can find (and vote on) an enhancement request for SOLIDWORKS to do exactly this (SPR 585270, SPR 722498). The purpose of this blog is to show you otherwise. […]

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