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 – Circular Reference Check in Performance Evaluation

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SolidWorks’ Performance Evaluation has always been an incredibly helpful tool to find out which features and components are taking up the most rebuild time. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, this feature gets even better! Performance Evaluation will now check for circular references in your SOLIDWORKS part or assembly. If you are not familiar with circular references, the short definition is “an infinite loop of references that eventually points back to the original reference.” A simplified example of this in SOLIDWORKS can be laid […]

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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 – 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 2021 What’s New – Detailing Mode Enhancements

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If you are not already using Detailing Mode for drawings you need to take a hard look in the mirror. Detailing Mode for drawings may be one of the greatest enhancements SOLIDWORKS has ever made. When I saw it last year I was completely blown away at how fast drawings could be opened AND modified. Nothing is more frustrating than being asked to make a “minor adjustment” to a drawing. It’s not that much work, so why do SOLIDWORKS users […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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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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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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SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

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Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

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