SOLIDWORKS: Lesser Known System Options

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System Options are great for customizing your SOLIDWORKS instance. There are some common go-to’s here that most people are aware of, like ‘File Locations’ to define where things such as templates and tables are located, and ‘Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit.’ However, going through the list, there are quite a few options to be had. Today, I wanted to make you aware of some lesser known options that have come up from time […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display A Decal On A 2D Drawing With Style

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I recently came across a customer who had a unique problem.  He had added a decal to his model, but when it came time to document the part on a drawing, he could not get it to show up.  This may seem like a simple solution: change the display style to Shaded with Edges and you are done! That would work great on the Isometric view in the drawing, but for the regular views, they still wanted to see it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a great tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation.  2018 saw huge gains, not only in functionality(Standalone / Add-In), but also in the file types that could be used.  The efficiency in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 continues. In 2019, the Bill of Characteristics in the Add-In has been redesigned for better clarity, ease of use, and functionality.  It is now laid out in a grid format which allows you to much more clearly see how […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cut List Configuration – #SW2019

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Weldments is a powerful tool in SOLIDWORKS when creating weldment structures. One of the great outputs you can get from this multibody technique is a cut list of your components, each of which have their own set of properties. However, in the past, these values could not be modified when you had multiple configurations. New in SOLIDWORKS 2019, we now have the ability to configure the cut list properties. This is done similar to how you can configure dimensions. When […]

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Customizing View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

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I am sure everyone has run across the scenario before when you are trying to look at your SOLIDWORKS model and the orientation is not how you want it. This can be frustrating, as you have to continually rotate the model and not use the standard views. There are two possible ways this could happen. First, you could have got yourself into this situation by not paying close enough attention when you started your model. Hopefully this is not the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: The INTERSECTion Between Solid and Surface Modeling

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I was visiting a colleague recently who was tasked with adding counterbores and countersinks, among other things, to his model. You may be thinking “that does not seem like a blog worthy topic, it’s easy to do with the Hole Wizard, and, most recently, the Advanced Hole tool!” The challenging part was the faces were non-planar and the holes were not cutting all the way through the part. Maybe you have run across this issue before as well. The most intuitive […]

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Connect Your SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Ecosystem with SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018

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Connect Your SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Ecosystem with SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 A few years ago, I wrote some introductory blogs on a newer product in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio: Inspection. Those blogs highlighted the benefits of SOLIDWORKS Inspection, in general, and specifically in both the Add-In and Standalone version. You can read those blogs here: (Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3). In this blog, I am going to focus on the Add-In for SOLIDWORKS Inspection. The new enhancements in 2018, you will find, […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition Have you ever stopped to wonder why we create 2D drawings? Sure, before the advent of 3D modeling, hand sketching or 2D drawing software was all we had, so that made sense. Once 3D CAD was introduced, revolutionizing how we design, we still had to translate that information to manufacturing. So, ok, it made sense to create 2D drawings of those models, as to not upset the apple cart […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Revision Table Driven by SOLIDWORKS PDM – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Revision Table Driven by SOLIDWORKS PDM – #SW2018 A common theme you may have been noticing in the enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the different products working more seamlessly together. From SOLIDWORKS MBD AND INSPECTION and now SOLIDWORKS CAM, just to name a few, it is easier than ever before to work efficiently with the entire product portfolio. SOLIDWORKS PDM and drawings are no different. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2018, your revision table can be controlled […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating Mirrored Entities in 3D Sketch – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New –Creating Mirrored Entities in 3D Sketch – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers many huge new additions and updates. It also offers many small delights as well. However, just because it is minor, does not mean that it does not supply major efficiency improvements! In 3D Sketches, SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds the ability to create mirrored entities. Previously, this could only be achieved at the feature level. This meant you could not attain your design intent inside of your […]

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