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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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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Exploring the Integration between Composer and SOLIDWORKS

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Exploring the Integration between Composer and SOLIDWORKS In a blog I wrote a couple weeks ago (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/11/solidworks-composer-makes-2d-and-3d-technical-communication-easy-and-up-to-date/), I discussed the benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Composer and what it can help you accomplish.  In this blog today, I am going to discuss some of the ways that SOLIDWORKS Composer interacts with SOLIDWORKS CAD. There are two ways to get the CAD files into Composer from SOLIDWORKS.  The fastest way is to just do a Save As from SOLIDWORKS, and choose an […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date

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SOLIDWORKS Composer makes 2D and 3D technical communication easy and up to date Companies put a significant amount of time and money into developing the products they sell.  It is important for them to be assembled correctly and quickly, and to provide a good first impression with the end user.  SOLIDWORKS Composer provides the tools to start creating product documentation earlier in the design process, keep it updated with design changes, and deliver it on time. Enhance product communication and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018 Over the last few years we have seen the launch of a lot of brand new touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface Book, Lenovo ThinkPad YogaP40s, and devices like the Wacom Cintiq. The result is more and more users are wanting to design in SOLIDWORKS using the natural feel that touch screens provide. Believe it or not, touch based gestures were actually added into SOLIDWORKS way back in 2010! But, […]

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