SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – More Tools for Preparing Meshes – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 gives more options when working with mesh bodies. We can import a graphics body mesh file as seen here: We used to be extremely limited in what we could do with graphics bodies. Now the Mesh Modeling tab on the CommandManager gives us additional options: The Scale/Cut With Surface commands will not create a feature history, and instead will directly modify the imported mesh. I created a planar surface at the origin and then moved it to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is not something you will see when you fire it up for the first time. It isn’t a new feature or command. It’s not a new user interface upgrade. It is, however, something you will notice every day as you use SOLIDWORKS 2019: it’s fast. Every year we hear about certain features or UI enhancements that increase productivity, but for 2019, SOLIDWORKS has addressed performance at the core of the software. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Improved Problem Capture in SOLIDWORKS Rx – #SW2019

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When SOLIDWORKS is not behaving properly, SOLIDWORKS Rx is the best tool to understand crashes and other problems and find how to address those problems head on. For SOLIDWORKS 2019, the Rx Problem Capture portion of SOLIDWORKS Rx was enhanced. Let’s check it out! Go to START > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS 20XX > SOLIDWORKS Tools > SOLIDWORKS Rx. Where XX is your version year. You can also access SOLIDWORKS Rx from the Task Pane inside the SOLIDWORKS application under SOLIDWORKS […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tracer Study Checklist

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation contains a wide variety of capabilities. In this blog article we will focus on the Tracer Study. Tracers allow you to study the flow of a certain admixture (tracer) in the existing carrier fluid under assumption that the presence of the admixture has a negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. Such assumption is justified if the concentration (mass fraction) of the admixture is relatively low. Steps to a Tracer Study: Run Steady State Analysis for full […]

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SOLIDWORKS Resource Monitor – System Memory is Low

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Have you recently upgraded your machine with the top of the line hardware? You put 2 processors in there, the biggest graphics card you could find, raided multi-terabyte hard drives, 128 GB of ram, and 3 of the best 30 inch 4k monitors. This is a machine most people will drool over, and we will probably have to finance this right along with your car payments. This machine sound great except once we install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Beta 1 is out!

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Actually, it’s been out for a few weeks. Can you believe it’s that time of year again? It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2019 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more that just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R & D team to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Surface Area of a Cross Section – The EASY Way

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Over the years I’ve had users ask me this question enough times that I thought it would be worth telling everyone about. It concerns measuring/calculating the SURFACE AREA of any give Cross-Section view of a model in SOLIDWORKS. I know there are other methods of getting this value, including physically cutting the part in half, and others, but… HERE is the EASY way!! Do a SECTION VIEW using the regular command for this. You can’t just use the MEASURE command […]

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10 Free Tools Every SOLIDWORKS Designer Should Know About

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When I was asked to write an article about Free SOLIDWORKS Tools. The first thing that came to mind was, “well this is going to be a short article.” Yeah… there were more than I expected… First let’s look at the SOLIDWORKS free tool offerings 1: MySOLIDWORKS.com My SOLIDWORKS.com is an aggregator for all things SOLIDWORKS. It allows you to search through YouTube.com, SOLIDWORKS User forums, user blogs, and may other forms of SOLIDWORKS information at one time. It also […]

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