SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is not something you will see when you fire it up for the first time. It isn’t a new feature or command. It’s not a new user interface upgrade. It is, however, something you will notice every day as you use SOLIDWORKS 2019: it’s fast. Every year we hear about certain features or UI enhancements that increase productivity, but for 2019, SOLIDWORKS has addressed performance at the core of the software. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Projected Curves – #SW2019

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019 projected curves now support multiple open or closed contours, can be projected onto multiple bodies, and a new bi-directional option is available to project in both directions. You can create multiple closed or open contour projected curves in a single sketch You can even use 3D sketches as the input in SOLIDWORKS 2019. In earlier releases, you would need to create a separate sketch for each entity and then use the Projected Curve tool separately on each […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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SOLIDWORKS Threads

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From time to time designs will require threads. Threads can be fascinating to look out, but all threads are not created, nor behave, equally. Take the below: These are 5- 1”-8 threaded rods that are 12” long. These were all created in different methods. Starting with the top and going clockwise, they are 1 – Simple extrusion with cosmetic threads applied 2 – Extruded rod with a revolved thread cut and patterned 3 – Rod with the thread command cutting […]

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Customizing View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

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I am sure everyone has run across the scenario before when you are trying to look at your SOLIDWORKS model and the orientation is not how you want it. This can be frustrating, as you have to continually rotate the model and not use the standard views. There are two possible ways this could happen. First, you could have got yourself into this situation by not paying close enough attention when you started your model. Hopefully this is not the […]

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Simple Methods for Editing Imported Solids

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As an Application Engineer with Computer Aided Technology, I often work with customers who have received files with intermediate file formats like; IGES, Step, Parasolid, etc., and they want to know how to either modify or re-engineer the solid models or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. Here are a few simple steps that can be performed to prepare the model for modification: Perform import diagnostics. Remove cosmetic fillets. Remove unwanted holes. Before opening any of these intermediate file types check in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Beta 1 is out!

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Actually, it’s been out for a few weeks. Can you believe it’s that time of year again? It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2019 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more that just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R & D team to […]

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Selection Sets and SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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How many left mouse button (LMB) clicks does it take to complete a task? More specifically, how many left clicks does it take to select all the faces, edges, components, and similar that you need when setting up a feature in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? I’m sure you would agree that the more complex the analysis, the more button clicks required. Are you taking advantage of the available tools to reduce your LMB clicks and save time? If you are not currently […]

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SOLIDWORKS Delete Face Command Can Modify, Clean up and Improve Your Geometry

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In SOLIDWORKS, you can think of the Delete Face command as a big eraser – just like those big pink ones you used in grade school. When you have geometry that you’d like to modify, cleanup or improve, think of Delete Face. It’s almost as easy as rubbing that big pink eraser on the screen. Modify When working with imported geometry (i.e. no feature tree available), you may want to remove geometry like holes or fillets, so you can create […]

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