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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS has a great new tool in 2017 that will allow you to work directly with third-party native CAD files!  What exactly does that mean? Insert CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS ASSEMBLY without having to convert it to a SOLIDWORKS file. No translation Leverage legacy 3D data Work directly with Suppliers and Vendors   When you open the 3D CAD part in SOLIDWORKS, it keeps the link with the original part. All Edge and Face ID’s are maintained   By maintaining the link to the original 3D CAD part, changes made to the CAD data from the other CAD system will update in SOLIDWORKS and maintain all downstream features.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 WHAT’S NEW – Surfacing Preview – #SW2017

With more core power and performance, and new capabilities for emerging technologies, it’s never been easier to design and create with SOLIDWORKS, the design and development solution chosen by more than 3.1 million users worldwide. Here is a preview discussing some of the new key enhancements to surfacing. SOLIDWORKS® 2017 removes obstacles to creating complex 3D geometry with powerful new surfacing features that save time and avoid complex workarounds. New features let you: Create geometry on any surfaces, with improved wrap features. Drag and drop features into place, then decide whether to wrap it as emboss, deboss, or just a 3D Curve. Offset 3D Curve on a surface, and offset edges

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Rollbacks Now Include Their References – #SW2017

Rollbacks Now Include Their References   Rollbacks, what are they all about? Rolling back a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM is often a last resort for returning a file to a previous state or version (and I’d like to add that I always recommend against using it, as most the time you can check a file out, get a previous version, then overwrite the current version with the older version).   Now, with all that said, one of the biggest pains can be rolling back individual files because their references can become all sorts of jumbled, and you’ll have version mismatches here and there, and it becomes a real headache, really

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) Files – #SW2017

Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) Files   For almost 30 years STL (Surface Tessellated Language) has been the predominate format for 3D Printers. So why develop something new? 3D Printers have made significant strides in development with accuracy, resolution, materials, colors, etc., but sadly the STL file has remained stagnant. The STL format simply wraps triangles or tessellates a surface; recording the vertices of the triangles in 3-Dimensional space, it does not record any information regarding color, material, texture, etc.   When Microsoft sought to implement 3D printing support that would solve customers’ existing problems and address future needs, an important consideration was how applications should pass model

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS Inspection   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has brought the functionality of the standalone SOLIDWORKS Inspection application to the Add-in! Users can now manually select which dimensions get a balloon and which don’t. Previously, in the Add-in application, every annotation would get ballooned and then the user would have to deselect each item individually from being ballooned. This was a time staking process, if you only wanted a few of the annotations of the hundreds you may have in the drawing.   The new user interface has the option of Automatic (same functionality as before) and Manual (select only the items you want).     Once you create the project all you

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 WHAT’S NEW: JAGGED OUTLINES – #SW2017

Jagged Outline   In SOLIDWORKS 2017, detailed drawing views now have the option for “Jagged Outline” view.   You can now have your Detailed Views to have Jagged Outlines, such as:   Crop View Detail View Break View   Crop View with Jagged Outline:     Detail View with Jagged Outline:     Break View with Jagged Outline:     Setting the Line Font for Emphasized Outlines:   To set the line font for emphasized outlines:   In a drawing, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Line Font   In the dialog box, in Type of Edge, select Emphasized Section Outline   Set your options.   Click OK

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Shaded Sketch Contours – #SW2017

Shaded Sketch Contours   In this article we will be talking about a handy new option in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Shaded Sketch Contours. It is common for SOLIDWORKS users to sometimes unintentionally leave small gaps between endpoints when creating sketched profiles. If a gap is small enough, it can easily go undetected.     If you tried to extrude this profile, you might get a rebuild error such as:     A user wouldn’t know there was even a problem until they reached the extrusion command.   In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a new time-saving setting call Shaded Sketch Contours has been introduced which makes any closed contour, shaded. This is great

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces – #SW2017

Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Now allows you to add offset sketches on 3D Geometry. You can select entire faces:     Or you can select individual edges:     This command can be found on Tools -> Sketch Tools -> Offset on Surface.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI and MCAD Support Teams will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2017. All of these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Window Selection for Instances to Skip – #SW2017

Window Selection for Instances to Skip   One of the biggest complaints about Patterns in SOLIDWORKS is not having the ability to skip multiple instances. So, say that you are creating a large linear pattern and you need to skip maybe 100 or 1000 instances. Up to now, you had to manually pick every instance one by one. Although this accomplishes what you are trying to do, it wastes a lot of time and is a very tedious process. SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduces Window Selection to Pattern features. You now have the ability to use box and lasso selection to add or remove instances to skip in patterns. Note that this

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Wrap Feature Enhancement – #SW2017

Wrap Feature Enhancement   Wrap Feature Enhancement: New in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to WRAP a text over COMPLEX SURFACES with a preview that displays a dot guide to show where the WRAP will start, also a redesign Property Manager with a logical order and large icons.   Included is the LEGACY WRAP functionally from SOLIDWORKS 2016 to continue WRAPPING SKETCHES over Cylindrical and Conical shapes, with 2017, SOLIDWORKS continues to roll out shiny new functionally to speed up conception to production for our users.   Wrap Feature: Scribe Emboss Deboss Wrap Method: Free Form Wrap / Legacy Wrap Sketch Profile Face to Wrap on Dot Guide Preview    

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