SOLIDWORKS What's New

SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Admin Image

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There is a lot to unpack when it comes to talking about the ability for you to deploy SOLIDWORKS using the enhanced 2022 Admin Image. This year there are multiple types of images to choose from as well a a number of enhancements to configuration options.  Let’s go through the 3 biggest new options available. Before going into What’s New, we’ll start at the beginning by answering “What is an Admin Image”. If you were going to install SOLIDWORKS manually, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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The 2022 Beta is out and I have an in-depth look at the changes that are in store for SOLIDWORKS Electrical. Take a look at the video below to see how the interface is changing, the improvements to the report outputs so that they include more hyperlinks, pdfs that include datasheets, and some other improvements as well. I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2022. Please check […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Cavity and Runner Layouts

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In the 2022 release of SOLIDWORKS Plastics additional flexibility has been introduced related to runner layouts. Specifically, we can now create planar and cyclic symmetric runners based on sketches or solid geometry. The Symmetry boundary condition is available with SOLIDWORKS Plastics Professional and SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium. To demonstrate, I’ve created a Plastics project and defined the runner based on sketch entities as shown below. Now, if I need to simulate the simultaneous filling of two cavities, I can use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Measure Tool: Quick Copy Settings is back!

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When SOLIDWORKS 2018 was released, the Measure tool interface was revised to allow users to see more selections in the Selection Window as well as the ability to copy dimensions to the clipboard so it can be pasted in SOLIDWORKS or other applications. In the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 that ability was removed, to the disappointment of many. SOLIDWORKS heard the voices of the community and brought this feature back in the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022. This feature is on […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Import and Export Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 has come in with a handful of new improvements for importing and exporting. Especially for those of us in job shops and manufacturing products designed by other firms, import and export performance can make the difference between running a job today or tomorrow! First up are DXF and DWG import performance updates. It’s impossible to completely escape from 2D CAD files due to the confluence of design software that end up creating physical products, or perhaps your workflow […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Scaling for High-Resolution Displays

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SOLIDWORKS is famous for enabling engineers to keep up with the pace of technology. This includes support for 4K and other high-resolution monitors as of a couple releases ago. Unfortunately, the CAD side of the SOLDIWORKS interface left behind the new SOLIDWORKS Plastics interface. But no more! In this blog, I will be reviewing side by side shots of SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021 and SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2022 at several resolutions to show how SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been upgraded to full 4K […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – MBD

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Every year SOLIDWORKS adds great new enhancements to their products. One great product that they have added new enhancements to is SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD). SOLIDWORKS MBD is a great tool used to help your company define, organize, and even publish 3D product manufacturing information (PMI). So, if your company is looking to go paperless and do away with drawings, then MBD may be the tool for you. One of the great enhancements that has been done with SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – User Interface – Reference Geometry & Component Name and Description

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There are several improvements and changes to the SOLIDWORKS user interface new in 2022. I will outline a few of the more exciting improvements here. Quick select reference geometry It is now possible to see and select reference axes by hovering the mouse over a cylindrical face. And if you hit the ‘Q’ key while hovering over any face on the model, the planes will become visible for your selection. Assembly component names and descriptions By clicking on the highlighted […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Hole Wizard Slots

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As you may know, applying slots to a SOLIDWORKS sketch by use of the Slot Tool lends a few dimensioning options. We can dimension the slot from arc center to arc center or by the overall length from arc tangent to arc tangent. However, applying a specified slot type by use of the Hole Wizard didn’t lend the same options; until now! SOLIDWORKS 2022 offers the addition of the arc center dimension scheme. In the Property Manager for Hole Wizard […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New –Symmetric Linear Diameter Dimensions and Switching between Radius and Diameter Dimensions

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Symmetric Linear Diameter Dimensions With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2022 comes the enhancement of Symmetric Linear Diameter Dimensions.  Symmetric Linear Diameter (SLD) Dimensions allow a user to create one sided dimensions to symmetrical features across a centerline so drawing views don’t get crowded with extra leader lines.  SLD dimensions can be used on any drawing view but are best suited for views that only need one side of a leader, such as cylindrical faces.  In drawings with closely packed diameter […]

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