Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer? If there is one thing I’ve noticed over my years of supporting SOLIDWORKS is that products are becoming more complex.  Assemblies are continuing to increase in component number and the parts themselves are becoming more and more detailed. You may be wondering why I’m talking about SOLIDWORKS model size in detail when the blog title is Why is my assembly invisible? These larger assembly files can cause some strange behaviors in Composer, […]

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16 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2018 #SWW18

16 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2018 #SWW18 With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 16 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 16 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS annual 3 day […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations SOLIDWORKS configurations allow users to maintain multiple versions of a part or an assembly in a single file. The differences between configurations are established by changing dimension values, suppressing features, and changing other parameters. (For a full list of configurable items, see the SOLIDWORKS Help article, “Configurable Items for Parts”). This blog is the first part in a series about configurations. In this article, we will examine the best cases for using […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Installation Guide Part 1 – Individual Installation Another new release of SOLIDWORKS is out. Every year, we get a lot of calls asking for help in upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the latest version. For this reason, we have decided to write a blog series answering the question: How do I install SOLIDWORKS 2018? In this blog series, we will cover the best practices so that you can get up and running with the least amount of down time. If […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2018 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2018 introduces some fantastic new productivity enhancements. The user interface is improved for added clarity. Menus, dialogs, and buttons are updated, more consistent, and resize properly. You can now work directly with native 2D drawings formats, without having to convert them to TIFF or PDF first. The following formats are supported. AutoCAD (dwg/dxf) PTC drawing files CATIA V5 drawing files. Characteristic information can now be extracted instantly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Plot Callouts – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Plot Callouts – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS users have long been able to add callouts for maximum and minimum stress in SOLIDWORKS Simulation (FEA). Callouts point the user to the area with the max/min plot values without having to search for these extremes. In the past users lacked min/max callouts in SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation (CFD). Users had to resort to probing the plot in various locations and viewing a min/max table. The table shows the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Topology Study – #SW2018 One of the new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 is Topology Study.  Topology is essentially the space and shape that an object occupies.  When we are designing new products, if individual components are too large and occupy too much space it can limit our creativity.  Also, the larger the component becomes the more we are cost-penalized due to added material needs.  In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018, the Topology Study allows you […]

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