SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Analysis Email Notifications– #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Simulation Analysis Email Notifications– #SW2018 It’s that time again for some new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018! The 2018 release is packed full of great features that can save you time, money and be more productive. Today, we are going to look at a new productivity tool in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This functionality allows the solution phase of your simulation to be totally unsupervised by notifying you via email various details about your current study. No […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has lots of exciting enhancements. Some of this new functionality will benefit everyone, while other enhancements might be applicable to specific industries. Here is a small enhancement that will prove to be a large time saver for all SOLIDWORKS users. In recent SOLIDWORKS releases, starting a new sketch will automatically rotate your model view. It positions your model so that the active sketch plane is “Normal […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Allow for Dismissal of Warning Messages – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Allow for Dismissal of Warning Messages – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018 one new user interface enhancement is Allow for Dismissal of Warning Messages.  As SOLIDWORKS users, we’re very familiar with this in our CAD software as this option has been available for as long as most of us can remember.  This radio button in pop-up warnings is most often used for the nuisance warnings that experienced users have seen so many times […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 comes with several new features and enhancements that give the user more power over imported mesh (*.stl, *.obj, *.off, *.ply or *.ply2 filetypes) models. Whether you are reverse engineering 3D scan data or simply looking to change the visual properties of meshes, SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers the tools you need to get the job done. Meshes Imported as Graphics Bodies In SOLIDWORKS 2018, mesh files that are imported as graphics […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Description for Bounding Box Properties – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Description for Bounding Box Properties – #SW2018  Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can customize the default description settings of bounding box properties for new/existing sheet metal/solid cut list bodies. You just follow me, and I’ll show you the way. Go to your system options, and in the Document Properties tab, choose Weldments. To change description for solid bodies: Under the bounding box properties section, clear use default description. In the description filed, overwrite Plate […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2017, Magnet Mates were introduced.  This made it much easier to design facility layouts.  In SOLIDWORKS 2018, this functionality has been improved!  My favorite enhancement is the ability to have multiple ground planes in the assembly.  Now multi-level layouts can be accomplished! Before, when positioning components using magnetic mates, it could sometimes be difficult to orient the components because they would try to snap to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Plastics: Clamp Force in Machine Opening Direction – #SW2018

Plastic injection molding is the go to manufacturing method when plastic parts must be mass produced. However, these molds are precision machined and highly expensive both to create and rework. For this reason, many manufacturers utilize SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation to reduce mistakes and rework. SOLIDWORKS Plastics provides the results for many different parameters, one of which (clamp force), will be discussed in this blog. What is a clamp force? Plastic injection molding is the process of injecting molten plastic, under pressure, into a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Bounding Box – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Bounding Box – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 now allows you to create a Bounding Box around your parts! This Reference Geometry feature can be applied to multibody, single-body, and sheet metal parts to show the smallest box in which the part will fit, and automatically updates as the part features change, as bodies become hidden within the part, or as the part is flattened, folded, or unfolded. This feature is easy to use and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018 With SOLIDWORKS 2017 and earlier, to change the transparency of multiple components within an assembly or multiple bodies within a multibody part, you had to select on the multiple components/bodies and then change the transparency—which can be cumbersome if there are a lot of components/bodies within your assembly/multibody part. SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers a new functionality in which you can now change the transparency of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018 In 2018, SOLIDWORKS has enhanced Treehouse for easier use. Some of these enhancements include a list view (similar to how files would appear in Pack & Go). The functionality still exists in the list view including opening and copying documents. Columns can be hidden in the list view as well. The list view does not show suppressed files and you cannot change the active configuration. In the tree view, you can […]

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