SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Thicken Direction

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This new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is super straightforward. Thicken (for a surface) and Thicken-Cut features can now be thickened in a direction other than normal to face. All of the following can be used to specify the direction: Sketched Line Pair of vertices Sketched Points Cylindrical Faces Reference Planes Conical Faces Reference Axis Points in Reference Geometry Linear Model Edges Planar Faces I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – DimXpert and MBD updates

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 has some new updates in the area of MBD (Model Based Definition) and DimXpert annotations. The first couple updates are just to the DimXpert tool which EVERY SEAT of SOLIDWORKS has regardless of whether you own the MBD add-in or not… The names of the DimXpert annotations now follow a new format which adds the feature name and dimension value (@feature_name(value)). Individual annotations are now listed in subfolders for each annotation view to help visualize the relationship between […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Copy With Mates To Get It Done FAST!

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Ever get a part (or multiple parts) mated into place all perfectly and then sit back and say, “Ok, now I just have to do that 24 more times”? Well, if the mates really ARE exact repeats for the rest of the copies, then capturing a Mate Reference is the way to go. BUT what if each mate (or some of them) are not literal “repeats” of the first? What if some face or plane or edge in a few […]

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Mate References With and Without Names

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Today we are going to look at the difference between Mate References with a name and Mate References without a name. It turns out that the Mate Reference acts totally different if it has a name. Just as a quick reminder, a Mate Reference allows you to realize the benefits of drag & drop mating (SmartMates) without the requirement of having the part open. You can pre-identify and store in the part model the faces, edges, or vertices that you […]

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The Power of MOVE FACE

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How can ONE command save you a TON of modeling time? When it does something truly amazing, THAT’S HOW! I received an imported file from a customer the other day that they had spent hours trying to modify.  All they wanted to do was to rotate a “lug” on the part 16.5 degrees around. After 53 surfacing features of work in their tree, they were STILL unable to get it all to knit and form back into a SOLID. I […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019 in Dallas, TX they did the What’s New in 2019 on Day 3. Here is what we saw… WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2020: G3/C3 Continuity […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Select Identical Components During Other Commands – #SW2019

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For quite some time in SOLIDWORKS we have been able to SELECT IDENTICAL COMPONENTS in an assembly with the “selection” toolbar (the one with New, Open, Save, etc). New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to use SELECT IDENTICAL COMPONENTS while you are in the middle of the following commands: Component Patterns (Linear, Circular, Curve Driven, Pattern Driven, Sketch Driven) Component Mirroring Collision Detection or Physical Dynamics Feature Scope (assembly level features) Defeature Exploded View While you are in these […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Adding Security to 3D PDF Files From SOLIDWORKS MBD – #SW2019

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New enhancements to SOLIDWORKS MBD (Model Based Definition) in 2019 allow you to you to create and share 3D PDF’s of your SOLIDWORKS designs safely, knowing that your Intellectual property is secure. One of these enhancements is a new option to “show only graphical data” in the 3D PDF.   This is a great way to ensure that the recipient is still able to view and interrogate the model, without the PDF including the full BREP geometry embedded in the background, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Surface Area of a Cross Section – The EASY Way

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Over the years I’ve had users ask me this question enough times that I thought it would be worth telling everyone about. It concerns measuring/calculating the SURFACE AREA of any give Cross-Section view of a model in SOLIDWORKS. I know there are other methods of getting this value, including physically cutting the part in half, and others, but… HERE is the EASY way!! Do a SECTION VIEW using the regular command for this. You can’t just use the MEASURE command […]

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 & Top 10 Enhancents

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The two most exciting times at SOLIDWORKS World for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 in Los Angeles they did the What’s New in 2019 a little different and split it up among the 3 days. Here is WHAT’S, hopefully, NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2019: Interference Detection in Multi-body parts!  (no […]

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