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SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters   Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments is a huge time saver when it comes to creating welded structures, frames, and structural members, but if you’ve used Weldments long enough, you’ve probably found out that the End Miter Corner Treatment only applies a 45-degree miter.   This is great for right angled beams using the same Weldment Profile but not so great for multiple profiles of different sizes and nonstandard edge angles.   Let’s look at the following example:     This will be our Weldment Path. Take note of the two circled edges. One is a standard 90-degree angle while the other is a nonstandard

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SOLIDWORKS: Exporting and Viewing STEP 242 Files

Exporting and Viewing STEP 242 Files From SOLIDWORKS   The STEP 242 file format is an update to the CAD neutral STEP file format standard which now includes 3D Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) in addition to the CAD data. This combination eliminates the need to send both 2D drawings and 3D CAD data to the manufacturer to communicate your design.   So how do you export your SOLIDWORKS part and PMI data to STEP 242 format? To do this, you’ll need SOLIDWORKS MBD. With the release of SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017, you can now export directly to STEP 242 file format along with all 3D PMI data included in your

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Installing and Configuring a Visualize Boost Machine

Network Rendering with a Visualize Boost Machine   With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 came the Introduction of Visualize Boost and Visualize Power Boost. Visualize Boost is a Network Rendering Tool that allows Visualize Professional users to send their render jobs to their Boost Machine, freeing up your machine to keep using Visualize or other demanding applications.   One seat of Visualize Boost will be included with each seat of Visualize Professional. Keep in mind Visualize Boost will require Visualize Professional be installed on the Host Computer to work. Additional seats of Visualize Boost will be available to purchase, allowing you to set up multiple Render Machines.   To

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Controlling Decals and Scenes by Display States – #SW2017

Controlling Decals and Scenes by Display States   Among the new enhancements coming to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to now control different instances of Decals and Scenes using Display States.   You can use Display States to control the following aspects of your part:   Hide/Show State Display Mode Appearance (Now includes Decals and Scenes!) Transparency   To add a new Display State, you can Right Click in any blank area in the Configuration Manager and select Add Display State.   Or you can click the Arrow to the right of the tabs in the Feature Manager to show the Display Pane.     Right Click anywhere in the

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Dynamic Reference Visualization – #SW2017

Dynamic Reference Visualization   Among the new enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is an update to the Parent and Child Dynamic Referencing Arrows in the Feature Manager Design Tree.   Below you can see an example of the Dynamic Reference Arrows in 2016 and the new design in SOLIDWORKS 2017:   SOLIDWORKS 2016     SOLIDWORKS 2017   With the enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2017, the Dynamic Reference arrows are now spaced in such a way that there is no overlap of information giving you a much clearer snapshot of your Feature Manager Design Tree.  The circle is aligned to your current feature so you no longer lose track of which features contain

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Feature Manager Design Tree Comment Enhancements – #SW2017

Feature Manager Design Tree Comment Enhancements   Among the many new enhancements coming to SOLIDWORKS 2017 are quite a few improvements to the ability to add Comments to your models throughout your product design lifecycle.   You are able to add Comments to all of the following Nodes in the Feature Manager Design Tree:   Mates (All Types) Mate Folder or Mate Group Folders Sensors Material Annotation Views Blocks Solid Bodies Folder Surface Bodies Folder Sheet Metal Nodes Mate References     To add a Comment to any of these Nodes, Right-Click the desired Node in the Feature Tree and select Comment > Add Comment.     You can also

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Using Augmented Reality on Apple and Android Devices Via eDrawings App

Using Augmented Reality on Apple and Android devices via eDrawings App Augmented Reality (AR) allows mobile users to view their SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies in 1:1 scale and gives users the ability to view their design in their surrounding environment. Use of a mobile device is also a great way to convey complex design information in the palm of your hand without even having SOLIDWORKS installed.   The basic eDrawings app itself (which includes AR) will set you back $1.99 on both the Apple Store and Google Play, and will allow the in-app purchase of $7.99 for the upgrade to the Professional version.   Once installed, the app comes pre-loaded

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