SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Best New Features

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The release of SOLIDWORKS 2022 is near and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for this release and all its new features. Mid-September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2022 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS PDM, and SOLIDWORKS Electrical, to name a few. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection

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Since its initial release, SOLIDWORKS Inspection has continually expanded its capabilities to help users streamline the creation of their inspection documentation. With the SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2022 release, that expansion continues. Previously, if you wanted to utilize SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone for 2D drawings, you needed a non-SOLIDWORKS drawing file (PDF, DWG, etc).  This was true even if it originated from SOLIDWORKS. Now, SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2022 supports SOLIDWORKS drawing files. This means you can open your SOLIDWORKS drawing files directly and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS.  We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2022 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Wednesday, September 15th, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 8th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning two posts per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They will cover new features and functions across the SOLIDWORKS 2022 product portfolio. We will explore all aspects of SOLIDWORKS 2022 from part, assembly, and drawing enhancements to the new features in all SOLIDWORKS solutions, including SOLIDWORKS Simulation, […]

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What Is SOLIDWORKS Inspection?

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The premise of SOLIDWORKS Inspection is simple: a tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation. This can normally be a long and tedious task. Deciding what version you want, or need, could be a little trickier. There is Inspection Standard and Professional. There are multiple interfaces: the Standalone and the Add-In. And there are also the Standalone and Network options. Well, let’s try to clarify that a little bit here. First, whether you have Inspection Standard or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 Beta 1 is Out!

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It’s here! SOLIDWORKS 2022 Beta 1 is now available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2022 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 for […]

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Save Time Creating Common Starting Features with Templates in SOLIDWORKS

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I was recently working on a project in SOLIDWORKS where I needed to keep creating a new part over and over. Every time, I would select the part template I wanted, extrude a block, then add a hole in it. I could then get to the main task at hand. From there, things were different, but the first few features created were always the same. Repeating those first few steps every time was time consuming (although I did become quite […]

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Create Compelling Detail Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer with the Digger

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to help illustrate your technical documentation. One of the features that helps do this, which we will cover in this blog, is the ‘Digger’. The Digger is similar to the Magnifying Glass in SOLIDWORKS but has many more options. Here, we will look at what those options are. To get started, it can be found on the Home tab, or simply by hitting the space bar. The Digger will pop up on the screen, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – Finding Characteristics with Ease Using a Grid

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Quickly finding a characteristic on a ballooned drawing can be difficult, especially as the drawings get larger and the number of characteristics increase. Grids can be a great way to help easily identify where a characteristic is on an inspection drawing. Even if your drawing already has a grid on it, you would still need to assign those locations to your characteristics. In SOLIDWORKS Inspection, such grids can be easily added, as well as the locations for each characteristic. Within […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – VDA Balloons

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings several great enhancements to help you effectively get your drawings done. One of those enhancements is the ability to tag inspection points according to VDA requirements. If you are not familiar, you must not be big into the German automotive industry; that is where VDA balloons are frequently used! If you are, or even if you are not and you need them, you are in luck. They work just like any other balloon or note leaders. Before […]

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