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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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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