SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Best New Features

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2020 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published over 80 different […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Drawings, Chain and Baseline Dimensions

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 expands drawing capabilities with new dimension types that are very easy to use. Depending on the model geometry and manufacturing needs, the model dimensions are not always appropriate for our drawing views. We’ve always had the ability to create driven, or reference, dimensions to call out the geometry as needed. This functionality is now expanded to included Chain Dimensions. Here’s a part that may benefit from Chain Dimensions in the section view. Access the command through the pull-down […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Export Enhancements

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In a previous SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New post, I introduced new functionality in Composer 2020 to automatically import named views from your SOLIDWORKS models. As you can see, the View Pane lists the same views that the SOLIDWORKS assembly contains and can be used for any Composer purpose, such as an animation. Composer 2020 now supports saving an animation as an .MP4, .FLV, or .MKV file without the need of any additional video software. An easy way to get a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Import Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 has some great new enhancements that allow you to import more data from your SOLIDWORKS models than ever before. To gain access to these new options, select the SOLIDWORKS file and then the SOLIDWORKS icon in the Composer open window. Now, you may be thinking, “I can already import my SOLIDWORKS exploded view and textures into Composer.” How is this new? That is correct, some of these enhancements were introduced in previous releases. Composer 2019 gave us […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Blog Series – #SW2020

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is just a month away and here at Computer Aided Technology, the Tech Team is excited for this release. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2020 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Starting this week on September 18th, the CATI Tech Team will be starting our 6th annual What’s New Blog Series. The Tech Team is planning […]

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Why Isn’t My Weldment Profile Working!?

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This is going to be a real quick post on something I ran across while on Tech Support recently. A user was creating custom Weldment profiles and one was not working. This user was experienced at creating custom profiles, has successfully created several and knew all the details of doing so. The profile was saved correctly as a Library Feature Part (.sldlfp) file. The profile was stored in a folder that contained other custom profiles that work. This folder was […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Now Available Online

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A new option is available for testing, the SOLIDWORKS 2020 online beta. This is a great way to participate in the Beta program and not have to worry about anything. For more information about the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta program, please click here. How do you get started? You can begin from the main SOLIDWORKS page: https://www.solidworks.com/beta/ and select “Test Online”. If you prefer a more direct route: https://my.solidworks.com/solidworksbeta, click Launch and you’ll be using the software in minutes. Some specific […]

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Never borrow a SNL license over VPN!

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Ominous title isn’t it? The SOLIDNETWORK (SNL) license is a flexible way for a company to share SOLIDWORKS licenses between multiple users within an organization. In order to use SNL licensing, the end user must be connected to the company network to ping the license server. In a perfect world, the user is in the office physically connected to the network via a cable. But we all know it’s not always like that and users need remote access. Some laptops […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Out!

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Today is the day, SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2020 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality, and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? As a Beta Tester you have the opportunity to impact the quality, performance, and reliability of this new version before it is released. All Beta Testers submit their feedback to win different prizes and awards. The only […]

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