Let Design Guidance Help You: Powerful tools in xDesign on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to streamline your parts

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3D Creator is one of the roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. It contains the xDesign app for 3D modeling completely in the cloud through a web browser on any device, anywhere. In this blog article I am going to introduce you to an amazing tool in xDesign, called Design Guidance. This tool will intelligently redesign/streamline your part to help you decide the best shape for it based on some simple input. It’s kind of like doing a traditional FEA / […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – New Mate UI (tabs) & Defaults for Slot Mate Options

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SOLIDWORKS performs a ‘clean-up’ with respect to the Assembly Mates Property Manager for 2021. Prior to the New Release, the Property Manager consisted of several expandable groupings for each Mate Type as well as other Mate Options. A single click of the downward facing arrow to the right of each Mate Type would activate options for Standard, Advanced, or Mechanical Mates. While Expanding one of these selections would automatically collapse another, i.e. only one viewable Mate Type at a time, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 comes a great new change to the user interface SOLIDWORKS Plastics. The PlasticsManager Design tree has been redesigned in SOLIDWORKS 2021 to provide a more streamlined and logical workflow for setting up Plastics Simulation studies. In this blog I will be highlighting the changes in the Plastics interface for SOLIDWORKS 2021. Change 1: New Study Interface The first major change to the PlasticsManager tree is the new study interface. In 2021 they have replaced […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Transferring Materials for Inserted Parts

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SOLIDWORKS has introduced some extra flexibility when it comes to transferring material properties of inserted parts into another part file. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS offered one option: Insert > Part > Transfer> Material. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 this option has been updated to specify Body Material and Part material. This may seem like a minimal change but it packs a powerful punch when used correctly. So, what is the difference between Body Material and Part Material? Part Material is defined by […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New- Configure and Lock Color Settings in Administrative Images

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Solidworks 2021 contains cutting-edge functionality, increased performance, and some new productivity tools to increase your efficiency. These new features and functionality are exciting and fun to explore. The enhancements to installation options and other administrative features are not quite as flashy, but often just as helpful. In this post, we are going to look at some of the new settings options for SOLIDWORKS 2021 installations when using an Administrative Image. If you are not familiar with using administrative images, it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Graphical Manipulator in Structure Systems

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When it comes to weldments, orientation and placement are critical. An L bracket or an I beam in the wrong orientation can be catastrophic. With SOLIDWORKS 2021, we have more accessibility to the manipulation of our profiles for Structure Systems. When you select a profile, the graphical manipulator appears in the graphics area at the pierce points. This allows you to drag the profile horizontally or vertically, or even rotate it to suit your alignment. If precision is required, a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Info in a Bill of Material

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In a recent support case, we were asked if sheet metal flat pattern info, specifically the flat pattern area, can be shown in a SOLIDWORKS drawing bill of material. After a little research it turns out that the answer is surprisingly yes and it’s not that difficult to achieve. So, you are probably asking yourself, “Where do you start?” Well, you first start by creating a drawing of your sheet metal assembly. See Figure 1 below. Next, we will add […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Design Intentionally with Non-Analytic Geometry

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There are many ways to accomplish a desired outcome when designing with SOLIDWORKS. Be that as it may, Design Intent is just that; Intentional. In order for us to reach our end goal as efficiently as possible, we must be intentional with our chosen process. While simple extrudes or cuts may be less cumbersome to mentally map out, non-analytic geometry, commonly achieved by Sweeps, can be a loftier goal. Speaking of Lofts, in this blog, I’ll use a rather specific […]

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast

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Creating a Core Component from Altair Inspire Cast With the advent of additive and subtractive manufacturing, casting designers are now able to create casting cores quickly and easily. In this blog I will show you a great new feature of Altair Inspire Cast, where you can automatically create casting cores to streamline your casting design process. In this blog we are looking at a hitching mount part that will be gravity cast. The entire casting process can be simulated in […]

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS File Tips

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS Files Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re dealing with a possible corrupted SOLIDWORKS file and you’re wondering why this happened and what you can do to fix it. First off, lets cover some of the reasons files get corrupted and how you can avoid these in the future. Power Outage While uncommon, a power outage or even power surge can cause all sorts of issues with all software and hardware. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, if you […]

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