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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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018 There are two new enhancements to Composer PLAYER for 2018. The first one has to do with the interface and how measurement labels are displayed. A new section named “LABEL” has been created in the Properties pane for measurement labels. There are two new properties for labels included here, “Label Orientation” and “Label Position”. Also some of the previous existing measurement label properties have been moved into this new “LABEL” section […]

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Easy Methods for SPLITTING a Part in Two in SOLIDWORKS

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In this blog I’m going to show you a super easy and fast method for splitting a part (plastic injection molded part in this case) up into two parts (upper half, lower half). The command we are going to use to do the actual “splitting” is the SPLIT command which makes quick work of this task.  But a lot of times getting the curve/surface/etc that you want to use to split/cut the part with is the hard part! One method […]

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SOLIDWORKS Surfacing Trick for Mold Design

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I discovered a cool feature last week while working on a customer’s mold design part that I think is worth making everyone aware of. One of the main goals/achievements when making a mold for a part is always trying to get the “parting surface or runoff surface” exactly how you want it.  Sometimes this means coming off at an exact angle at an exact location all the way around a rounded edge.  How can we do that in SOLIDWORKS? On […]

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Use Specified Color for Changed Drawing Dimensions On OPEN

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Today I would like to remind you of an enhancement that was added 5 or 6 releases ago. This option has definitely joined the ranks of “a forgotten enhancement”.   That could be due to the fact that I’m pretty sure the first year it came out the option was ON by default (or maybe it wasn’t even an option that you could turn on/off at all) and then was defaulted to OFF in subsequent releases… This option is called “Use […]

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Top 10 User Enhancement Requests 2017

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Each year between November and January SOLIDWORKS opens up the opportunity to submit and vote on enhancements for the “Top 10” list for that year. These are announced at SOLIDWORKS World, usually on Wednesday. This year they broke the tradition of announcing them in the giant General Session and instead did them in a break-out session in front of approximately only 30 people. Some of the statistics that were given at the beginning of the presentation were: -Since 2001 (when […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2018!

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The last day of SOLIDWORKS World is always my favorite.  Many things get “revealed” that day… Where the next SOLIDWORKS World will be held, the user voted “Top 10” enhancement list, and my favorite section where they preview what will HOPEFULLY be NEW in SOLIDWORKS 2018!  I have to say “hopefully” here, because anything listed below could be pulled from the final release if it isn’t operating up to the high quality standards of SOLIDWORKS. Here are the items for […]

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Streamline the Design and Manufacture of Structures & Frames Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments

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In the latest version of our “How To Solve It” webinars (every Wed at 10am) I covered the topic of “Streamlining the Design & Manufacture of Structures & Frames Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments” The webinar covered building at welded structure with just a minimal “skeleton” sketch, how to manage the automated cutlist, and how to manage and customize the weldment profiles to fit your needs.   I also took some time to show how weldments can be used to do many “other” […]

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What’s New with CHAMFERS in SOLIDWORKS 2017

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Chamfers got quite a few enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017. Let’s take a look at how these new options will save you time and let you build better looking parts! OFFSET FACE CHAMFER (new type of chamfer) The new Offset Face chamfer option lets you define the chamfer by offsetting the faces adjacent to the edge(s) you select. SOILDWORKS is finding the “virtual intersection” of the offset faces, and then calculating the face normal from that point to each face and […]

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