How Do I Change the Sheet Metal Bend Line Note Precision in SOLIDWORKS?

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Computer Aided Technology (CATI) Technical Support recently had a customer who went through all the SOLIDWORKS settings he could find, but he could not find the precision setting for the annotation for the bend lines on a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal drawing. Under Bend Notes in Tools > Options > Document Properties > Sheet Metal, there is no Precision Setting. If you right-click the bend note, there is no option for Precision. If you select the bend note, there is no […]

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Coping with Non-SOLIDWORKS User’s Data

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A few weeks ago I was approached about writing an article for engineersrule.com regarding Coping with Non-SOLIDWORKS Users Data a topic I’ve presented the past couple of years at SOLIDWORKS World. If you’re interested in working with other data from dumb solids to other native CAD files it’s worth taking a look. I had a blast writing it and you can check it out here: https://www.engineersrule.com/coping-with-non-solidworks-data/ Brandon Nelms Application Engineer Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

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Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Twisted Wires

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SOLIDWORKS has some exceptional tools for technical communication. We have photo-rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, product documentation with SOLIDWORKS Composer, and even eDrawings to generate and share an easily viewable file. With these tools, your ability to communicate is dependent on how accurately your parts were modeled. If you want very realistic results, you may consider modeling the finer details in your designs. This would include features like threads, decals, and individual wires. Here, we will look at an easy way […]

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How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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Using Image Tracer In DraftSight 2019 Professional

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Follow along with the video below as we explore using the NEW Image Tracer Add-in inside DraftSight 2019 Professional. I hope this makes you more efficient in SOLIDWORKS and to see the added value of DraftSight 2019 Professional.   Don Glaske Field Technical Services Manager & CAM Product Manager Computer Aided Technology, LLC

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How to get your SOLIDWORKS models ready for a quad patch mesh export

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When it comes to design software SOLIDWORKS is great and so is its rendering and animation capabilities. But sometimes we must outsource rendering, animations, and or surface sculpting to other departments and firms. When this happens, they either ask for an OBJ/STL/VRML format and maybe STEP / IGES if they are a little more advanced with file conversion. Typically, when they receive a mesh formatted file from SOLIDWORKS they are not very happy with the default export from the meshing […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Now Available Online

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A new option is available for testing, the SOLIDWORKS 2020 online beta. This is a great way to participate in the Beta program and not have to worry about anything. For more information about the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta program, please click here. How do you get started? You can begin from the main SOLIDWORKS page: https://www.solidworks.com/beta/ and select “Test Online”. If you prefer a more direct route: https://my.solidworks.com/solidworksbeta, click Launch and you’ll be using the software in minutes. Some specific […]

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Never borrow a SNL license over VPN!

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Ominous title isn’t it? The SOLIDNETWORK (SNL) license is a flexible way for a company to share SOLIDWORKS licenses between multiple users within an organization. In order to use SNL licensing, the end user must be connected to the company network to ping the license server. In a perfect world, the user is in the office physically connected to the network via a cable. But we all know it’s not always like that and users need remote access. Some laptops […]

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Mate References With and Without Names

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Today we are going to look at the difference between Mate References with a name and Mate References without a name. It turns out that the Mate Reference acts totally different if it has a name. Just as a quick reminder, a Mate Reference allows you to realize the benefits of drag & drop mating (SmartMates) without the requirement of having the part open. You can pre-identify and store in the part model the faces, edges, or vertices that you […]

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