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: Ready to Get Involved? Early Experience Tools

Ready to Get Involved? SOLIDWORKS Early Experience Tools   This month I would like to share with you a little bit of the SOLIDWORKS pages that are less traveled. This is an exciting time, currently the 2018 Beta program is running and we also have a 2017 SP4 EV going.   Get Involved Here >>     Many times you will run into issues that are fixed in an upcoming service pack. The service pack is coming but the problems […]

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SOLIDWORKS: eDrawings Markups

eDrawings Markups This Blog article will walk you through adding markups to a drawing, saving those markups, inserting them into SOLIDWORKS, and then removing them from SOLIDWORKS. Publishing a Drawing to eDrawings You will find this option in the FILE pulldown menu of your open SOLIDWORKS document, it will say “Publish to eDrawings”. Once it is published to eDrawings, we can add markups with the option to add a comment. When directing someone to the view your markup is referencing, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do You Use Selected Contours?

Do You Use Selected Contours in SOLIDWORKS?   Even though many SOLIDWORKS users take advantage of Selected Contours when creating different geometry, I often see Selected contours not being utilized and overlooked. Maybe this is due to being unaware of the functionality or just not fully understanding how to use it.   When creating sketches in SOLIDWORKS, most users create multiple closed contours within the sketch and don’t realize it. What does a closed contour entail? Closed contours are any boundary […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Importing DimXpert Into Drawings

Importing DimXpert Annotations into Drawings Views   Recently we ran into an issue where we wanted the DimXpert annotations in a Drawing using the dimensions that were already place in the model. This is not too hard to do, but the option to do so is not exactly where you would think it would be.   I’m going to use a simple part for this example.       After you place your View, go back, and select the view […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to FLEX Your Modeling Skills

Time to FLEX Your SOLIDWORKS Modeling Skills I wanted to take the time to introduce to you a rarely used but incredibly powerful weapon in the SOLIDWORKS arsenal. With the FLEX feature at your disposal you will be able to transform your solids into fantastic shapes, only limited by your imagination. I will walk through the basics of the FLEX command and show you how it will deform even complex solids in an intuitive manner. There are four types of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do you WRAP? Not like JAY-Z or Lil Wayne

Do you WRAP? Not like JAY-Z or Lil Wayne   The Wrap feature in SOLIDWORKS is great if you are trying to project a sketch without any distortion around a surface and cut or add material to that part. It supports any face which is planar, cylindrical, conical, extruded, or revolved.   Let’s go thru the step to create a Wrap feature.   First, let’s create a new sketch and add some text. You cannot create a Wrap feature from an open contour sketch. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References

Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References   There are a few reasons why your SOLIDWORKS assembly file might take longer to open than you expect. It could be due to hardware, file management, or even some system option settings. One easy thing to check is the file reference setting in the SOLIDWORKS system options.   When SOLIDWORKS is opening an assembly file, there is a very specific order that the software is following as it searches for all […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Links in Composer

Creating Links in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to generate technical deliverables from your SOLIDWORKS files. Users are aware of the standard capabilities of exploding assemblies, adding the necessary annotations and creating the views. I want to talk about some lesser utilized functionality, which is the ability to create links within your SOLIDWORKS Composer document.   These links are properties like everything else in SOLIDWORKS Composer and can be applied to several types of collaborative and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 2017 – What’s New in Composer SP3.0 #SW2017

What’s New in Composer SP3.0   In the last few months the SOLIDWORKS team has appointed a new product manager for Composer and assigned members of the development team. They are actively adding more customer enhancements with service packs. SP 3.0 is the first to receive some new features. Here is a list of some of the things they added:   BOM import from SOLIDWORKS Appearance Import Profile sort by Alphabetical or category Player Pro samples with a player pro […]

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