SOLIDWORKS: Stop Collaborate and Listen

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Considering how few of us actually get to start from scratch when it comes to designing, it’s imperative that you’re able to navigate through someone else’s design. If you’ve recently inherited another engineer’s design files or would like to be able to collaborate on designs more easily then this series will help you hit the ground running. Decoding another’s design files can eat up a lot of time and often lead to design errors in the editing process. I will […]

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SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Time!

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With the new year approaching, this is a great time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS software to the newest release. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with some important files being thrown out with the wrapping paper. If Santa left you a shiny new computer, this information can also be helpful for getting it setup to match your old one. Browse installation location folders Sift through your SOLIDWORKS installation folder. This directory will be removed […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Changes to System Options

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With so many updated features in SOLIDWORKS 2020, it’s tough to go through them all. This post pinpoints a few subtle changes that can make a big difference in handling your files after the update. Don’t worry about individually updating each referenced file for your assemblies or drawings. Go to System Options > External References and select Force referenced documents to save to the current version. As you modify your assemblies or drawings all the referenced documents will automatically be converted to the current version by saving one modified […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Feature Manager Enhancements

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When it comes to the Feature Manager in SOLIDWORKS, there are a couple of new capabilities that you should be excited about! The first one is the new language setting that can be shown in the feature manager. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you will be able to change your tree display settings so that when you hover over a feature, it displays the feature name in both the language you currently have SOLIDWORKS set to and a second language of your […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Opening Documents

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Working with older files in SOLIDWORKS 2020 should be dramatically easier than in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS 2020 introduces a new system option that allows the user to choose whether all documents associated with a file are saved to the current session OR only documents modified in the current session. This new functionality can be found in the System Options under the External References. Deselecting this option will be particularly helpful upon the first save of large assemblies and […]

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Component Contact or Contact Set? Which one makes sense for you?

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Contacts are a crucial part of SOLIDWORKS Simulation and are one portion of the Free Body Diagram step. Find out more about these core Simulation steps outlined in “6 Steps to Your First Simulation”. Contacts can be fit into three main categories: Bonded Free No Penetration Within these three categories contacts can be assigned three different ways: Global Component Local To better understand how these contact interact check out “Understanding Simulation Contact Hierarchy”. What I wanted to discuss today is […]

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Hot Air Goes Up, Right? Confirmed With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Warm air rises, and Cold air descends. This is a simple concept that we learned early on in life. We can feel it if we place our hand above a hot stove, or notice our basement is always the coldest part of the house. But why does this happen, and what does this have to do with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation? Warm air rises and cold air sinks due to gravity. Yes, gravity the invisible force that holds all of us […]

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SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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Upcoming Webinars

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CATI hosts a number of events live online through Webex. Online events range from monthly SOLIDWORKS CATIpult sessions, PDM, 3DExperience, 3D Scanning, and 3D printing sessions. August Bring Your Design to Life with Visualize Professional, August 15, 2019 from 1–2 p.m. CT SOLIDWORKS CATIpult Session: Sheet Metal Basics Using SOLIDWORKS, August 22, 2019 from 1–2 p.m. CT New and Improved from Creaform, August 27, 2019 from 1–2 p.m. CT September Accelerating Your Assembly Process with Mates, September 5, 2019 from […]

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SOLIDWORKS Web Help Connection Failure Fix

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Last week I tried to find out a little more information about a feature. To do so I tried to use the SOLIDWORKS help so conveniently provided in the top right of the screen. And right after I typed in my subject to research, I got this message: “Failed to connect to SOLIDWORKS Web Help. This failure is likely due to a lack of internet connection.” Not connected to the internet? Oh, really? Am I not connected to the internet? […]

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