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

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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 […]

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Using Augmented Reality on Apple and Android Devices Via eDrawings App

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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 […]

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