Customer Story: Classic Car Studio

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Computer Aided Technology customer Classic Car Studio in St. Louis, Mo. started off as a traditional buy-and-sell classic cars operation when they opened their doors in 2006, but soon expanded into all sorts of restoration and custom car build projects. Now, with an over 40,000-square-foot facility housing over 100 cars and 15 technicians, their product development solutions have grown along with the company. First, let’s take a tour of the shop from the Classic Car Studio YouTube channel:   “Classic car restoration […]

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Rotate Slot in Hole Wizard

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A common question I have received on support is, “How do I rotate my Hole Wizard slot to be vertical or to be at a specified angle?”. To place a Counterbore Slot, Countersink Slot, or Slot, you must first select Hole Wizard and choose the Hole Type on the “Type” tab of the Hole Wizard command. After specifying the appropriate Standard, Type, Size, Length, and End Condition as you would for any other Hole Wizard hole, select the Positions tab […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation DVDs – Who uses them?

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 received many new improvements to the software, but what about the time it takes to download and install? Is there an alternative way to download without needing to first get the install manager? What about Installation DVDs? Today’s blog will focus on these topics for 2019 and future versions. In the Beginning, there were CDs… Starting 1996, SOLIDWORKS shipped on Compact Disk (CDs). As the product developed over the years, the number of disks needed to grow too. […]

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Bypassing Warning “Encountered Invalid Record Index” During STEP Import

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Have you ever received a STEP file from a vendor and tried to open it in SOLIDWORKS, only for it to yield the warning: “Encountered Invalid Record Index”? If you have received this frustrating warning, you clicked on the right blog because I am about to show you how to bypass this warning to get that STEP file open! First, you are going to need to make sure 3D Interconnect is NOT turned on by going to SOLIDWORKS System Options […]

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How to View SOLIDWORKS Files in Virtual Reality Using eDrawings 2019

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During the SOLIDWORKS 2019 Launch event, the director of eDrawings Applications announced Extended Reality would be in eDrawings 2019. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality, (MR) have been combined in what SOLIDWORKS calls XR, Extended Reality. We have been getting some support calls asking about this new technology and questions about how to get eDrawings Virtual Reality (VR) to work. Well, first of all, the new direct VR mode in eDrawings 2019 is available beginning with eDrawings […]

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SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

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Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019 in Dallas, TX they did the What’s New in 2019 on Day 3. Here is what we saw… WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2020: G3/C3 Continuity […]

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Achieving Extreme SOLIDWORKS Performance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 has come and gone. By now most of us have returned to work and the daily grind. Now it is time to take that new trick or skill that you learn or take another look at the many products or partners we discovered. Yes, the platform may be changing, but the core tools we have grown to love are still the foundation on which we continue to expand. Over the last week, dozens of presentations were given […]

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Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

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Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

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