SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Searching for Materials

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Another great enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is Searching for Materials. Sometimes, not much explanation is needed, you just need to know that it exists. Such is the case here. This awesome enhancement can save you a lot of time when trying to find the material you want from the database. All you need to do is edit material just like you normally would, by right clicking Material and clicking Edit Material. From there, you will now see a Material dialog […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create and Edit Component Patterns and Create Mates to Reference Geometry in Large Design Review

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 brought great enhancements with editing in Large Design Review mode. In 2020, SOLIDWORKS is adding to that capability. First, we now have the ability to create and edit certain component patterns in large design review. This is only available for top-level assemblies. Linear and circular component patterns can be created and edited, while pattern driven and sketch driven component patterns have some edit capabilities. See Table below: If the component pattern is driven by an unavailable entity, **LargeDesignReview** […]

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Clear Up Your Drawings in SOLIDWORKS with Break Lines

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Drawings can range from very simple, with just a few dimensions, to extremely complex, with multiple views and sheets and too many dimensions to count.  If yours fall into the first category, you might not have to do too much to display everything you need clearly.  However, if you are in the second camp, or somewhere in between, that can be a challenge.  Luckily, SOLIDWORKS drawings offer some great tools for this. One issue is when displaying dimensions that are […]

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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! GIF That would work great on the Isometric view in the drawing, but for the regular views, they still wanted to see […]

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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. GIF 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. […]

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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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