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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Animating Textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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If you are reading this blog, you are likely aware of many of the great ways you can change properties of actors to clearly illustrate what you are trying to say in SOLIDWORKS Composer. For example, if you wanted to show a wall that was to be painted, you can easily change the color property to the new color and have before and after shots. However, what if you wanted to show the actual act of the wall being painted? […]

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Be Selective with SOLIDWORKS Composer

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool for repurposing your 3D engineering data to create awesome graphical content. Once your model is in Composer, there are lots of tools to help manipulate the actors to create these amazing visuals; like moving them or changing color or opacity. Each actor contains its own properties to easily make these changes, however, there are many times when it is not just one actor that you want to apply the same changes to. There are […]

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Create Multiple Balloon Sequences with SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone is a great tool to aid in creating your inspection documentation when you do not have a SOLIDWORKS drawing, or access to SOLIDWORKS. For some, what you may lose in having direct access to the SOLIDWORKS file itself, you gain in flexibility of how you can customize the ballooned drawing. In this blog, we will go over one of those things: Sequencing. When ballooning a drawing, even a simple one, it may be necessary to have different […]

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