SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Hiding and Showing Annotations and Dimensions

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So, you’ve hidden a dimension on your drawing but now you want to bring it back. Wait, where’d it go? To bring back any hidden dimension or annotation in your drawing, you’ll need to activate the Hide/Show Annotation command found under View > Hide/Show > Annotations. First, let’s hide some dimensions. If you select one or more dimensions, you can Right Click on a dimension and select Hide. Tech Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key while you select […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties

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MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties   So you’ve added Custom Properties to your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS and now you want to bring those Custom Properties into your MBD Templates for creating 3D PDFs.   Tech Tip: If you need help setting up Custom Properties in your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS see our tech blog on Adding Custom Properties here.   Shown below is a snapshot of the Custom Properties set up in this part. The Custom Property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

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Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader.     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can Trust this document one time only or Trust this document always.   If you select Trust this document always, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

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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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Exporting and Viewing STEP 242 Files

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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, […]

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Installing and Configuring a Visualize Boost Machine

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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