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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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS File Tips

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS Files Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re dealing with a possible corrupted SOLIDWORKS file and you’re wondering why this happened and what you can do to fix it. First off, lets cover some of the reasons files get corrupted and how you can avoid these in the future. Power Outage While uncommon, a power outage or even power surge can cause all sorts of issues with all software and hardware. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS SNL – Connecting to Multiple License Servers

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A common question we get on tech support is what to do if you have multiple license servers and can a client computer have access to more than one server’s licenses? The answer is YES. In this article, I’ll explain how to set this up as well as answer some other common questions that arise when connecting to multiple license servers. Tech Tip: This guide will walk through setting up the client computers to connect to multiple license servers and […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, Tips, Tricks and How-To’s

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If you’re unaware of the SOLIDWORKS Spin Box, it’s the Thumbwheel or Slider at the bottom of the Modify Dimension Dialog box that comes up when you double-click to edit a dimension. The Spin Box acts as a “fine-tuning” for adjusting your dimension value by certain increments. Tech Tip: You’ll see the Thumbwheel when editing non-bounded dimensions such as linear dimensions and the Slider when editing bounded dimensions such as angles (between 0 and 360 degrees). The Thumbwheel and Slider […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Assembly Envelope Publisher

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Envelopes have been a very useful tool in SOLIDWORKS for years, providing two main functions: you can use envelopes as reference components in assemblies and as selection tools. Because envelopes do not appear in the bill of materials, they are great to use for sizing and positioning purposes at the assembly level. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we now have a new top-level assembly tool called the Envelope Publisher. You can use this new tool to include components from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Mesh Support for More Features

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With the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS, we’ve seen some great enhancements for handling Graphics Mesh and Mesh BREP Bodies. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we see even more functionality for Mesh Bodies which now include support for the following commands: Shell Fillet Draft Chamfer Delete Face Fill Face Mutual Trim Surface Knit Delete Hole Additionally, if you’ve used any Mesh Body commands in previous versions, you will find that they have a new location in the UI. All Mesh […]

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How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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