SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Import and Export Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 has come in with a handful of new improvements for importing and exporting. Especially for those of us in job shops and manufacturing products designed by other firms, import and export performance can make the difference between running a job today or tomorrow! First up are DXF and DWG import performance updates. It’s impossible to completely escape from 2D CAD files due to the confluence of design software that end up creating physical products, or perhaps your workflow […]

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Docking Stations and SOLIDWORKS

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Docking stations are great. They let us take all the advantages of having a desktop PC (multiple monitors, nice peripherals, etc.) while having a portable laptop that we can take on the road if we need to. This article will hopefully help provide guidance for IT buyers who are trying to outfit their engineers, draftsmen, and so on with an adequate office setup. What goes into buying a docking station for SOLIDWORKS? Are they all created equal? Unfortunately, the process […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021: “Link to Property” in Drawings Notes Causing Crashes

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NOTE: This issue is fixed in 2021 SP 3.0, which is currently in early visibility on www.my.solidworks.com, however until the wide release is out, this is a fix. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, there is an issue with linked properties in Drawings notes causing SOLIDWORKS to crash to desktop: If you’re unfamiliar with the tool, it’s quite handy for automatically updating properties for different configurations so you don’t have to manually search out the values for certain properties (e.g. configuration name, mass, […]

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3D Interconnect & SOLIDWORKS CAM: A Powerful Combination

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Importing files. Nobody likes it – something can always go wrong, and frequently in the best of cases you’re left with a “dumb solid” with no sketches, drawings, or anything. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, Dassault introduced 3D Interconnect – a revolutionary technology which dramatically simplified working with multiple vendors, designers, or freshly acquired subsidiaries. 3D Interconnect is generally touted for use in Assemblies or the creation of derived parts without losing any of the original files’ data, metadata, or fidelity. There […]

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SOLIDWORKS Online License Transaction Failed: Clearing Your Credentials

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SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing has been one of the great features of more recent releases – being able to simply fire up a SOLIDWORKS session on any of your computers without having to remember to deactivate and reactivate licenses has been a godsend for many who do office, shop, and field work. Life, though, often has other plans. Some of us have multiple SOLIDWORKS IDs and in converting to an online license we forget to log out of the mismatched account […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – User Interface Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes many changes to the user interface with an overall goal to ensure that designers and engineers get as much screen real estate as possible and can access their commands as quickly as possible. The most important update first: in SOLIDWORKS 2021, “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” is set to “On” by default! No more hunting for a setting on a fresh install or where that new sketch is. The most […]

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