SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is out!

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It’s here! SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is now available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2021 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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SOLDIWORKS 2021 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program allowing users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the 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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS, where is my Help menu and Quick Access tools?

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With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3, we have seen an increase of installations and questions come into Tech Support. Users are noticing a few subtle differences in the SOLIDWORKS user interface but DON’T WORRY, this is not like Icon color-gate from SW 2016! These changes are much easier to overlook. Vanishing Help Menu Let us start with the following screen of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3. Notice anything missing? The traditional Help menu is removed from the Menu Bar in service pack […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Library tips

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I’ve recently received a few questions about animation and the Animation Library in SOLIDWORKS Composer and since I don’t receive many animation questions in Composer, I thought I would share them. Below are a few tips that came out of these conversations. Before I get into any tips about the Animation Library, I have the most important Composer tip of all. Increase the Undo history size. Out of the box the Undo history is only 20 and I can run […]

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Setting up your Composer file for sharing

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I’ve heard this, or a similar, question many times over the years. “I sent a coworker my Composer file but when they open it in the Player, they don’t see the same thing I do. Why is that?”  What I want to talk about are a few easy to overlook settings in Composer that help you control what the user experiences when they open your Composer document. For example, here is my file opened on my computer in SOLIDWORKS Composer. […]

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Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS From Home (or anywhere for that matter)

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If you find yourself in a situation where you need to work remotely, you may have questions on how to access your work license of SOLIDWORKS from home. Depending on how your company’s SOLIDWORKS assets are licensed, Machine Activation (Standalone) or SolidNetWork License (SNL), the answer to that question is different. Our goal is to bring the options into one location so you can choose one that works most effectively for your situation. A note about SOLIDWORKS installations This post […]

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Customizing your Custom Properties list

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Commonly with my blog posts, the idea begins in Technical Support. Last week I was talking with a user about the Custom Property Tab builder. Specifically, what controls the list of available properties? I’m not going into the details of the Custom Property Tab builder in this post. If you’re interested in learning more, look at this CATI blog post by Dennis Barnes: SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder. He’ll walk you through the steps of creating your own Custom Property Tabs […]

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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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