SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding a Selection to a Selection Set

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can add to an existing selection set. To add a selection to a selection set: Open a model and select multiple items in the FeatureManager design tree or graphic area. Right-click the selections and click “Save Selection“ then “New Selection Set” To add an item to an existing set, click Selection-Set#(##) NOTE: (# indicates the order of creation and ## indicates the number of items in the set.) Expand Selection Sets from the feature tree […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

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Originally introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect replaces SOLIDWORKS’ current translation capabilities with new technology and workflows for working with third-party native CAD data. You can: Insert proprietary CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS assembly without converting it to a SOLIDWORKS file. Open the proprietary 3D CAD format in the SOLIDWORKS software with its associative link to the original part. Update changes in the SOLIDWORKS file if you update the proprietary CAD data in its authoring application by maintaining all […]

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Free Xpress Product Training

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Xpress Products are free and meant to give you a taste of the products and solutions available to you as a SOLIDWORKS user. After trying the Xpress version, you may want to explore what the full versions may have to offer. Just as any SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium license come with free Xpress products, my.solidworks.com comes with FREE Xpress products training! To Access your free Xpress products training: Go to https://my.solidworks.com/training   Search for whatever Xpress product you want […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Part Templates to Give You a Head Start

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Suppose you are a designer with a product or line of products that all have the same initial features. It is easy to waste time creating the same features repeatedly or copying parts, doing a “save as”, then deleting unneeded features. Instead, you can create a template with all your initial base features: First, create a part with all the initial features you want. Next, edit all the Document Properties in Tools -> Options to be consistent with your company’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Attaching a file to a 3D PDF

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When publishing a 3D PDF for external collaboration, it may be necessary to send further documentation such as native CAD models, STEP files, 2D drawings and so on. One way of bundling said documentation is to attach these extra files to the 3D PDF you intend on sending out. (This is only possible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 and newer) To attach files to a 3D PDF: Select “Publish 3D PDF” in your 3D Views tab Under the “Attachments” option, select “Attach […]

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Limit Distance with Two Faces

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It is a known limitation in SOLIDWORKS assemblies that you cannot make a piston phobic to the end of its path. Below is a piston attached to a shaft with two square stoppers on either end. The red piston can slide back and forth on the shaft. Unfortunately, we cannot just tell SOLIDWORKS “avoid the two stoppers” or “do not touch the stoppers” We can, however, use two “limit distance mates” limiting how far either side of the piston can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Modifying Decal Mapping – #SW2019

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Now in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019, you can add decals with spherical, cylindrical, and label mapping just like you can with SOLIDWORKS decals! Label mapping maps decals onto model faces, including multiple contiguous non-planar surfaces, in a way that is analogous to placing an adhesive label on a real part, with no stretching or shrinking. Spherical mapping maps all points on a sphere. Cylindrical mapping maps all the points to a cylinder. To adjust the mapping, simply click and drag your […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Saving an Assembly as a Part – #SW2019

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Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can include or remove components based off user defined criteria! You can now define: The visibility of the component from the outside model The size of the component If the component is a toolbox component You can choose whether to include a component in the dialog box under “Save assembly as part” To specify a component to save, you can indicate it in the component properties at the assembly level To specify Assemblies saved as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in Balloons and Balloon Properties

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Customizing balloons may be necessary to properly define dimension, notes and annotations. The Balloons can help identify between these different classifications. The SOLIDWORKS Inspection balloons aspects that can be customized are: Color Prefix Text Size Balloon Shape Fit This can be applied: To Individual Balloons To Multiple Balloons At the document level To Balloon Themes based on Classification To add balloons in the native SOLIDWORKS, create a new inspection project. This causes the balloons to automatically populate. To make a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Assembly Features: The Hole Series Feature

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Hole Series is an assembly level feature where hole sizes can be set for the first part, then middle parts, then the final part. When a Hole Series feature is created, it will propagate to each part file involved as an in-context feature. Existing Hole Wizard and Hole Series can be used as a starting seed for the Hole Series. Just as with Hole Wizard, Hole Series can start with a 2-D sketch (either pre-created or as the first thing […]

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