Connecting SOLIDWORKS To Your 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

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Connecting your desktop SOLIDWORKS to your 3DExperience platform cloud is super easy thanks to the 3DExperience PLM Services Connector.   This connector is an add in to desktop SOLIDWORKS just like Toolbox, Routing or any other add in. How do you get it? If you already have the 3D Creator (xDesign) role or the 3D Sculptor (xShape) role assigned to you, then as of the end of April (with the 2021x release of the 3DExperience platform), you ALSO have access to […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 & 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 as well as announcing the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. This year at 3DExperience World 2020 in Nashville, TN they shared what’s new in 2021 a little differently. Rather than a main stage presentation, they did it in small “pop ups” where they […]

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How to do a cable “fan out” in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Routing

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Recently when teaching the SOLIDWORKS Routing: Electrical training class I was asked if it was possible to model a “Cable Fan Out” like this… Although this is not exactly shown in the training material it uses the same technique as a SPLICE (that IS taught in the class), just without the actual “splice” part being used. The part file you are “fanning out” to needs to have CPoints (so you can route to them) defined, like shown here: This can […]

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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 – 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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