Resetting the SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Command Manager Icons and Tabs

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Sometimes when reinstalling or upgrading your SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks software, you may notice that you have some missing command icons and even worse, you may even find yourself missing entire tabs of commands on your command manager. Before trying an uninstall or reinstall, or even a factory reset of your toolbars, try running the SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks command manager cleanup utility first. This tool allows you to reset just the CAM tabs and command icons without resetting everything else. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Resolving Equations in Lightweight Mode

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Equations are a great way of creating intelligence in your assembly models and relating one part to another. However, in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, when using equations in combination with lightweight components, the equations could not evaluate, and it would it show up as an error or warning on rebuild. You would have to manually find the unresolved equation and then resolve that component and any other components that it references to fix any errors. Below is an example of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Hybrid Modeling

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The past few releases of SOLIDWORKS have given us the ability to work with mesh BREP geometry which makes working with imported mesh geometries (such as from a 3D Scanner) way easier. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 and previous however, we only had the ability to add a limited number of supported features and could not combine mesh bodies with traditional solid bodies. We would need to create our traditional SOLIDWORKS BREP bodies and then convert them to mesh BREP bodies to […]

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PrimeTurning in CAMWorks

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With the latest release of CAMWorks 2021Plus, we are pleased to introduce PrimeTurning from Sandvik Coromant. Sandvik Coromant has partnered with HCL Technologies to integrate its PrimeTurning technology directly into CAMWorks. So, what exactly is PrimeTurning and how can you start using it? First, let’s break down what it is, and how it works. At it’s core, PrimeTurning is a completely new way of performing turning operations that can result in 50% reduced cycle times and a more than 500% […]

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Creating Custom Symbols for Drawing Annotations in SOLIDWORKS

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When working in SOLIDWORKS and creating your own symbols for use in Annotations such as Notes, Dimensions and Tables in Drawings, it is important to understand what is controlling these symbols and how to modify those symbols for your own use. Let’s start by taking a look at some common symbols: When adding these symbols in a Dimension, we can see the syntax typed out in the Dimension Text Box. So where is this syntax defined and how do we […]

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Drawing Blocks – Using Attributes as Editable Text Fields

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Using Blocks in your SOLIDWORKS Drawings is a great way to re-use symbols and other sketch collections, so you don’t have to constantly draw them over and over. But what if you need those re-usable blocks to contain customizable information? Customize Blocks An often-overlooked capability of blocks is the ability to include editable Attributes. This allows you to designate any Notes in the block as a unique Attribute with its own Name and Value. You can then edit this Attribute […]

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Creating and Adding a Macro Button in SOLIDWORKS

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Macros in SOLIDWORKS are a great way to save time from having to perform repetitive tasks. A single macro can range anywhere from performing a few simple tasks to complex programs that will change depending on user input. This guide will walk you through how to get started creating macros and how to assign your macro to a button on your user interface for easy access. CREATING A NEW BLANK MACRO To create a new blank macro in SOLIDWORKS, go […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM – Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutting

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With SOLIDWORKS CAM, all active subscription users get access to 2.5 axis part machining directly inside of SOLIDWORKS. This includes the ability to customize your SOLIDWORKS CAM to work with your Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutters. Some things to consider when using SOLIDWORKS CAM for Waterjet/Plasma/Laser Cutting: Tool Setup Stock Material Machining Features Operation Plans Toolpaths Post Processor Tech Tip: Consider this a quick setup guide and not a replacement for training and/or support. If you need help or get […]

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing

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CAMWorks Licensing Setup – Standalone and Network Licensing The two main types of CAMWorks licenses are Standalone and Network, and both require a Flex LM license file be requested when setting up the CAMWorks License Manager. Tech Tip: A hardware dongle (USB) can be used in place of a standalone license file for additional security, however keep in mind that the USB dongle is effectively your license and a new license will need to be purchased if lost or stolen. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements – #SW2021 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021, we see some great added functionality to Model Based Definition. The first involves Datum Targets. You can now add Datum Target Symbols to your DimXpert Dimension Scheme. Why is this so important? Datum Target Symbols are used to define a point, line or zone which can be used to measure to/from during your inspection process. Tech Tip: You can customize the leader type, symbol orientation, […]

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