SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Material Library Updates

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics has introduced several new enhancements this year for 2021. Year over Year SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been adapted to behave more like SOLIDWORKS Simulation including familiar workflows and interface. This year has marked the apex of these changes making the interface different than before but familiar at the same time. This blog will be covering the Material Database changes to Plastics, but you can read about the additional changes in the blogs listed below. Plastics Redesigned Manager Tree Plastics […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Excluding parts from bill of materials in Electrical Schematic 2D

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Within the properties of a manufacture part, there is a new option to Exclude from bill of materials. You can also access Exclude from bill of materials within the <Symbols properties> < Manufacture part and circuits > or <Components properties > <Manufacture part and circuits > To exclude these parts from a BOM report, you will notice built in filters within the reports I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer Display Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 introduces new settings which give users more display options within the Composer environment. We now have document level control over displaying hidden edges for both Highlighting and Selecting geometry actors. Let’s take a look at these new settings and how they’ll help us while using SOLIDWORKS Composer These new settings are in: File, Properties, Document Properties or Default Document Properties and Selection. We can individually control the visibility and the intensity with the slider, for static selection […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tutorial Validating Injection Molding Process

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A question that my colleagues and I are often asked is ‘how accurate are the results from <insert simulation product name here>?’.  You might think that is an easy answer.  In some instances, it absolutely is.  To me, the better question is ‘if I set up my study/project correctly, can I trust the results’.  That gets to the heart of the matter when it comes to analysis.  If we are going to design better products by utilizing analysis tools, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM “New” Feeds and Speeds Editor w/ TechDB Extras

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Let’s take a look into some of what’s new with SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021. Material Library In SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021 The Material Library has a new User Interface (UI) in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021. The Library is organized by material categories, material names, and then any stock items you have created. NOTE: Material categories are not editable in the Feeds and Speeds Editor in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021.       How to add new Material Library which also has a new User […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 What’s New – Robust Default Interaction Settings

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Robust Default Interaction Settings With every single new release of SOLIDWORKS, I am always impressed by new features that make the simulation process easier for users. SOLIDWORKS 2021 embraces this idea and there are numerous enhancements that make the simulation experience even more user friendly. In this blog I will be going over the Robust Default Interaction Settings enhancement, which makes assembly and multi-body simulation much easier. If you were to setup a multi-body or assembly simulation in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Updates to eDrawings

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This year was a pretty good release for eDrawings. Accompanied by some useful compatibility and performance improvements, the biggest attention-getter was the full release of the Virtual Reality functionality. With eDrawings 2021, they turned to some long-requested enhancements, providing major improvements to the core functionality of the program. Of this year’s additions, I will focus on three, specifically in the areas of properties, measurement types, and Web HTML exports. File Properties A major development in eDrawings 2021 is the addition […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics – Enhanced Modeling of Baffles and Bubblers

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In recent years, the developers of SOLIDWORKS have exerted significant time and effort into improving the functionality, interface and usability of SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics continues that trend with improvements in all areas, including a redesigned plastics manager tree, multi-material over molding processes, improved solver performance, an expanded material database, added functionality to co-injection processes and more. This blog will focus on enhanced modeling capabilities of baffles and bubblers. A baffle is a type of cooling […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 What’s New – Cap Cut Planes and Toon Shading

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 has quite a few new enhancements that make creating compelling sales and marketing content a breeze. I’ll walk through two of my favorite enhancements, adding a capped cut plane and the new toon shading. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize you had the option of using cut planes to create section view style content for your designs. This is certainly a helpful way of showing internals of a product, but in prior versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SW Plastics Enhanced Modeling of Sketch-Based Runners

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As noted in the many blogs you’ve likely seen in the CATI What’s New series, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been significantly enhanced in the 2021 release. Check out the two key enhancements to the sketch-based runner design that will contribute to more accuracy in your injection molding simulations! The SOLIDWORKS modeling APIs are now used by the algorithm, resulting in more realistic shapes of the runner cross-sections and junctions. An enhanced meshing scheme applies tetrahedral elements at the runner core and […]

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