Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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Does your PDF have faint edges when saved from a SOLIDWORKS drawing?

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I need to begin by saying this is one of those questions that I should have known the answer to. I was on a customer call working through an example of a drawing in which a particular view had very faint edges when saving to a PDF. Some of you who are reading this may already know the cause and the solution. Representative of the customer file, why the faint edges in the PDF? There is nothing overly complex about this […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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Common Workflows for Getting SOLIDWORKS Geometry INTO the 3DEXPERIENCE “xApps”

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In the 3DExperience Platform, when we speak of an “xApp” we are referring to the xDesign, xShape, xSheetmetal apps (and more coming all the time) that run in a browser and are available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today I am going to discuss some different workflows of getting CAD data into the 3DExperience “xApps”. Which method is the “best” all depends on what you need to do with it. Sometimes you may just be wanting to “build around” an […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Best New Features

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2021 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all the new features! Mid-September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2021 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing features to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio including: SIMULATION, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, SOLIDWORKS CAM and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. In addition to the new software tools, the Hardware technical team covered many new 3D Printing and 3D Scanning tools. We […]

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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- 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: 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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