SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018 Do you use the Advanced Hole tool in SOLIDWORKS? If you do, you know how time consuming it is to call it out in a drawing. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018, SOLIDWORKS can now create hole callouts for holes created with the Advanced Hole Tool utilizing the Hole Callout command. Refer to the image below. The result: You can also reverse the callout order. You will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a new feature for tables with the “All Uppercase” options. In previous versions, the text format of capital letters came from properties of the part. In past releases this option was only for notes. This year they added the ability for tables as well. If you don’t always want this default option turned in in the document setting, the second way of making your tables with all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Task Scheduler Supports Additional File Formats – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Task Scheduler Supports Additional File Formats #SW2018 #BLESSED SOLIDWORKS 2018 Task Scheduler can import and export more file formats than ever. Check it out! FYI, some of these file types have their own tab in task scheduler where more options for export can be selected. You just need to select “Options” after filtering to the desired file type. An example for ACIS is found below. I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics – Density Results at End of Pack Analysis – #SW2018 Plastic injection molding is the most cost effect method to mass produce parts. But it represents a significant initial investment. For this reason, many mold designers use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to avoid costly rework. The mold process uses a multi-staged process: fill, pack, cool, and eject. This blog will focus on the new results plot available in the pack stage; density results at end of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Broken-Out Section Views – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Broken-Out Section Views – #SW2018 With SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now add Broken-Out Section Views to Alternate Position Views, Detail Views, and Section Views in your drawings. Broken-Out Section Views are useful when you need to cut away a portion of an assembly in order to expose inner details within the same drawing view. The steps for creating a Broken-Out Section View are the same whether you are adding the Broken-Out Section View to an […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling the Tangency Direction – #SW2018 New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to reverse the tangency direction of certain curved sketch entities. To perform this flipping of the tangency sketch relation you will need to be actively editing your sketch. Right click on your arc (or spline) that you want to reverse tangency direction of (this arc or spline will need to contain a Tangency Sketch Relation). Select on Reverse Endpoint Tangent from the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New –Auto Hatching in Section Views – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New –Auto Hatching in Section Views – #SW2018 When you have a complex assembly consisting of many overlapping parts of a similar material, the hatch lines in section views can make it difficult to distinguish individual parts. SOLIDWORKS 2018 is remedying this situation by introducing some brand-new functionality to the Auto Hatching feature in drawings. You will now be able to easily change the hatch scale between parts of the same hatch in a section view or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal 2018 includes two enhancements to Three Corner Bend Relief, adding solutions for the corner flange challenges Sheet Metal designers run into. Corner Relief Display SOLIDWORKS 2018 enhancement to the 3 Corner Relief can now display a relief in the folded state when the radius is smaller than the default, whereas 2017 was limited to display only reliefs larger than cutout required to unfold […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018 A bunch of SOLIDWORKS users work in the sheet metal industry. Some use slots and tabs to help locate sheet metal parts. Several years ago, I saw a request for a SOLIDWORKS feature that allows you to easily create a tab and slot. Currently, you can manually create a tab and slot. There are several techniques that work, like library features and the Combine feature. But for such […]

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