SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create Multiple Connection Points

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now create multiple connection points in a part. It’s really easy to do. Let’s get started. Click Tools>Routing>Routing Tools and click Create Connection Point. To create multiple connection points, select the following parameters. A sketch that has sketch points. The number of connection points is equal to the number of sketch points in a sketch. Multiple circular edges. Multiple circular and cylindrical faces. You can also assign a port ID or pin information to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Installation Summary

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, there are many enhancements dedicated to Performance, focused on getting your tasks done quickly and easily. The Installation Manager downloader has improved performance in the following areas. Downloads are faster than ever before The Installation Manager uses parallel threading for downloading and extraction process. The greatest benefit will be seen for users downloading more than one product. SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager also makes it easier to install the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer You can install the viewer concurrently with […]

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Breaking the link to a custom Toolbox Library part

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I wanted to create a custom part from the Toolbox Library. Specifically, a Structural Member (W Section). Which is in an assembly. I created the custom part, thinking it would be separate from the original toolbox Structural Member. I saved the assembly and the custom part. Since it was originally a read-only part, I needed to rename it. I renamed it, W14x426x60 TEST. Notice the new part has the toolbox icon symbol. We don’t want that. We want the link […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Route Specification Templates

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Last year in November, I blogged about How to Create Piping Route. In the process of beginning the route, I selected a default template. Let me show you how easy it is to create a Route Specification Template. First thing is making sure our SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in is checked. Let’s get started and launch Routing Library Manager. You can Click Options, on the System Options tab, click Routing File Location and click Launch Routing Library Manager. Or, Tools, Routing, Routing Tools […]

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How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Electrical Route

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I showed you how easy it is to create a simple Piping Route last month. Let me show you how easy it is to create an Electrical Route. First off. What is an Electrical Route? SOLIDWORKS Routing is the creation of electrical wiring, cabling, conduit and tubing routes. SOLIDWORKS Routing is a package that is available with all Premium Licenses. The first thing we need to do is drag and drop a connector from the design library to an existing […]

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How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Piping Route

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Let me show you how easy it is to create a simple Piping Route First off. What is a Piping Route? SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. SOLIDWORKS Routing is a package that is available with all Premium Licenses. First thing we need to do is drag and drop a slip on flange from the design library […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring Routing Components – #SW2019

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If you haven’t used Configure Component, I would have to say now is the time. Configure Component is a user-defined PropertyManager for parts and assemblies that have more than one configuration. It enables you to select the configuration of a component when you place it in an assembly. You define Configure Component PropertyManagers in the Configuration Publisher dialog box. So, you ask. What is Configuration Publisher? It is a tool that can help define and navigate you thru picking specific configurations at the assembly level or when downloading a model from 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Mates – Automatically Lock Rotation/Disabling Automatic Mate Updates in Toolbox – #SW2019

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The next couple of enhancements are awesome. It’s all about less clicks. Let me rewind before I get started. When I was a designer creating assemblies, we would add hardware from the Toolbox. I wanted all the components in my assembly to be fully defined. I would create a concentric, coincident and a parallel mate. The parallel mate was created so the hardware would not spin. Back in SOLIDWORKS 2014 they introduced Lock Rotation. This eliminated me from adding the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modifying SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone Report Templates

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In some cases the standard SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report templates do not meet your specific needs. To modify existing report templates the Template Editor is used. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to modify a SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report template. Start by opening an existing project and clicking File, Template Editor. Click AS9102.xlt and click open. Microsoft Excel template opens and the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Template Editor dialogue box appears. This is the template we will modify. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: How to Create Custom Form Tools

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Creating a custom forming tool for SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal should start by taking advantage of the Forming Tool feature. The Forming Tool feature is used to define the stopping face, the faces to remove, and the insertion points. It is also recommended to save the custom tool as a form tool file type (*.sldftp), this will provide more flexibility on where the file is stored. Let’s get started by using an existing part file that contains a boss, fillet features and a […]

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