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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Santa’s Sleigh Reimagined (again!!) with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

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In this past weeks edition of 3DVision’s How To Solve It webinar series, I built off of Ryan Field’s webinar on designing the front cowling of Santa’s sleigh in traditional SOLIDWORKS surfacing, and showed how amazingly fast, easy, and FUN it is to build it in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer! PLUS since I ended up with so much extra time on my hands I had to one up Ryan and go ahead and build a whole new entire sleigh. Check out the webinar […]

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SOLIDWORKS introduces NEW Term Licensing with 2017

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We all know that every new release of SOLIDWORKS adds amazing time saving features and better ways to get your job done, but this time SOLIDWORKS 2017 is also offering new ways to acquire and use the software! This new offering is called SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing, and here are some of the great benefits to you get with this option: 1. Variety of Term Lengths SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing lets you to purchase seats for a predefined period of time:  a three month […]

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Breadcrumbs will save you TONS of time

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Are you currently using BREADCRUMBS in SOLIDWORKS? Why not!? They can take your mouse travel to do everyday tasks from this…   To this!!   The thing to notice in the pictures of mouse travel is that not one time did they ever go over to the Feature Tree or the Command Manager. HOW?!!?   BREADCRUMBS… What they do is bring the user interface right to your fingertips, versus having to go to the Feature Tree and dig around for things […]

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Keeping Shop Floor Information Up to Date with SOLIDWORKS Composer

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Recently, at 3DVision Technologies, we have launched anew “How to Solve” webinar series highlighting topics such as SOLIDWORKS PCB, and how to create complex design features by using patterns in SOLIDWORKS. These webinars are designed to show you ways to make you BETTER, FASTER, and SMARTER and will take place on the first three Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 AM. This week, I talked about keeping shop floor information up to date using SOLIDWORKS Composer. Check out a recording of my webinar […]

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SOLIDWORKS on a Touch Screen?!

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For the past month I have been using SOLIDWORKS on a YogaP40 Touch Screen computer. The main purpose of getting this laptop was for the WACOM tablet technology in the touch screen to allow me to draw and sketch on the screen in the new SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER tool.  That experience has been fantastic and super fun to use.  However, as often as I can, I am also trying to use the “classic” or desktop version of SOLIDWORKS with the […]

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Here Comes SOLIDWORKS 2017 BETA!

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The calendar has turned to June which means SOLIDWORKS 2017 BETA is just around the corner! This year BETA is scheduled to be released on JUNE 20th. You can get registered NOW and get notified when SOLIDWORKS 2017 BETA is released officially by going here: https://www.solidworks.com/beta/ Some of the reasons for participating in BETA include:   -Test-driving new functionality    -Interacting with the R&D teams with YOUR feedback on the new functionality   -Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!!   For submitting enhancements and […]

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SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

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This is going to be the first of MANY blogs that I write about the (new) SOLIDWORKS INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER. In case you haven’t heard about it, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER in its simplest definition is a tool that will allow designers to quickly generate multiple Industrial Designs using a unique hybrid of sub divisional modeling (pushing and pulling a blob of clay) and full parametric design (i.e. SOLIDWORKS type tools).  It also includes full pen sketching abilities (i.e. Wacom tablets) for starting […]

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