Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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Back to the basics: Hunting and Gathering on the 3D Experience Platform

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Imagine the most primitive state of humankind. Most will probably come up with the hunter-gatherers prevalent before the advent of cities and agriculture. I’m no anthropologist by any means, but I feel like the people we refer to as “hunter gatherers” behaved as they did because they were unaware of many of the mechanics of how the world around them worked. To them it was easier to just grab what they could directly consume and move on. Now, for the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

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Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

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Calibrating Your F Series Printer

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Stratasys are requiring a slightly different head calibration procedure than you might be used to with the F123 Series 3D printers(F120, F170, F270, F370). This procedure is now the standard for F series printers and should greatly reduce the message that sometimes pops up on the printer stating “No Material Detected At Head”. Stratasys has begun requiring the manual calibration procedure be done prior to replacing a defective head as they have found that so many users were only performing […]

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Are you using Smart Fasteners in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies?

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When creating assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, the Smart Fastener Feature can be a huge help to designers. When the Hole Wizard Feature is used in an assembly, just simply click the Hole feature and Smart Fasteners will populate hardware automatically, including options for a Top and/or Bottom Stack of washers and nuts. The hardware comes from the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. Toolbox is in SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium packages. Let’s explore this feature. Here is an assembly with 4 Countersunk holes added as […]

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The Best Solution for Complex Reverse Engineering

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                    Perhaps you have a project where you need to reverse engineer many complex parts and must bring the data over to your native CAD software. What are the best hardware and software solutions to get the job done as quickly and accurately as possible? The problem is 2-fold. First, we must capture our parts’ 3D data quickly and accurately so that we can trust the data in our downstream reverse […]

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How To Extract Custom Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you received a Solidworks Part File where someone has applied custom materials that you don’t possess? Would you like to share the custom material that you’ve created? There is a way to extract custom material properties from files sent to you, in just a few steps, without having to recreate it in your own materials library. Step 1. Activate your Simulation Add-in. After you activate your Add-in then you will see the Simulation tab added to the Command Manager. Step […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Shining Some Light on Silhouette Entities

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Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]

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SOLDIWORKS 2021 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program allowing users to test the new software. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more than 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 provide your feedback on the new functionality […]

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