“To Power Trim, or To Power Extend? That Is The Question”

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While sketching inside SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks user interface you invoke the Power Trim command and use it as normal. As a refresher, the SOLIDWORKS Power Trim tool allows you to hold down your Left Mouse Button (LMB) and drag the mouse over any sketch entities you want to trim to the nearest entity. The Power Trim command can also extend sketch entities as well.  This is simply done holding down your Shift Key to convert from trimming to […]

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Convert a DWG file to a SOLIDWORKS part file

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I have this customer that has thousands of DWG files. They don’t want to redraw all of these. They’d rather take the profile view in the DWG file and convert to SOLIDWORKS part file. Luckily this can be done very easily. Open a DWG file in SOLIDWORKS and you will get this dialog box. Select Import to a new part and 2D sketch, then click next. This dialog box gives you the options to change units, add constraints, and import […]

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DraftSight Enterprise 2019 – Installation

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DraftSight 2019 was launched this past March with a plethora of new tools and features. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into new offerings such as DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus. For this article, we’re going to focus on the installation of those Enterprise offerings. These products require the installation of a network license manager, in this case, the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL). […]

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings – Save to Web HTML and How It’s Like the Swiss Army Knife® of CAD Viewers

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Mention that something is like a Swiss Army Knife® to someone and the association is immediate – versatility. The Swiss Army Knife doesn’t just have a knife but can do other related tasks like opening a can of food or tightening a loose screw. No need to look for additional tools when you have one of these guys. In the CAD realm, SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a (mostly free) CAD viewer that can open all kinds of file formats – no […]

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Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

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Follow along with the video below as we explore using the NEW Image Tracer Add-in inside DraftSight 2019 Professional. I hope this makes you more efficient in SOLIDWORKS and to see the added value of DraftSight 2019 Professional.   Don Glaske Field Technical Services Manager & CAM Product Manager Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 3D Editing, Modeling, and Mesh Tools

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In addition to the many updates we’ve covered so far, DraftSight now has the capability to edit and create 3D models within this year’s release. In this case, these are the 3D modeling tools: You can create primitive shapes with single tools such as the following: Box: Creates a three-dimensional solid box. Cone: Creates a three-dimensional solid cone. Cylinder: Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder. Pyramid: Creates a three-dimensional solid pyramid. Planar surface: Creates a rectangular planar surface. Sphere: Creates a […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 2D Constraints

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There have been many updates to help with the 2D construction of drawings and objects within this year’s release of DraftSight. In this case, those are the tools on the Constraints Tab of the Command Ribbon. Geometric Constraints apply more flexibility to creating designs and thus making it more familiar to Solidworks’ sketching capabilities. You have the following Geometric constraints: Coincident: Defines a coincident geometric constraint to two points on entities or constrains a point on an entity to an […]

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How Do I Open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files on My Cell Phone or Tablet Using eDrawings Mobile?

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We at Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support recently had a customer call in to let us know that he could not open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files in the eDrawings app on Android. This was a known issue that was supposed to already have been implemented. So, how do you open SOLIDWORKS 2019 files on a Cell Phone or Tablet? There are two options. 1. Use eDrawings Mobile As we investigated the issue, we confirmed with the R&D team that the […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – Standard and Professional

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DraftSight 2019 is finally upon us. There have been many updates to the leading 2D software package, including the phase-out of the free version and the transition into DraftSight Standard. For this article, we’re going to focus on new features and improvements for each offering. DraftSight Standard Import SVG file [Command: IMPORTSVG]. You can now import an SVG format file into DraftSight and insert it as a Block. Hairline Option for Printout. For laser cutter output, you can set a […]

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Discover the DraftSight® 2019 Desktop Portfolio

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The recent release of DraftSight® 2019 has many changes but many improvements as well. In my humble opinion, DraftSight® has been an awesome 2D CAD tool ever since it came on the scene back in 2010. Since then, DraftSight® has only improved every year and DraftSight® 2019 is no exception! DraftSight® 2019 Standard So, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The FREE version of DraftSight® is no longer free. For 2019, it is now called DraftSight® Standard and […]

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