SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations SOLIDWORKS configurations allow users to maintain multiple versions of a part or an assembly in a single file. The differences between configurations are established by changing dimension values, suppressing features, and changing other parameters. (For a full list of configurable items, see the SOLIDWORKS Help article, “Configurable Items for Parts”). This blog is the first part in a series about configurations. In this article, we will examine the best cases for using […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, Not So Standard After All Simulation Standard is the entry level Simulation offering from SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard offers exceptional functionality for the cost, and can be added to a network or stand-alone seat of SOLIDWORKS. Simulation Standard includes the Static Linear Analysis offered in SOLIDWORKS Premium, and adds Fatigue Analyses and Trend Tracker. Let’s look at what comes with SOLIDWORKS Premium first. SOLIDWORKS Premium offers what I call the “Foundation of Simulation”.  With SOLIDWORKS Premium the user has access […]

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Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS

Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old version and click away at the installer. But wait… did you backup your templates? What about your toolbox? Are we missing other files? What about our libraries? Maybe we should slow down a bit. Many of rush out and get the upgrades to start enjoying the new products just to find […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is now available and the Computer Aided Technology Tech Team is excited for this release and all its new features. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2018 from Part, Assembly, and Drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, EPDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS CAM. We have been sharing them with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018 Do you use the Advanced Hole tool in SOLIDWORKS? If you do, you know how time consuming it is to call it out in a drawing. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018, SOLIDWORKS can now create hole callouts for holes created with the Advanced Hole Tool utilizing the Hole Callout command. Refer to the image below. The result: You can also reverse the callout order. You will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – All Uppercase Characters – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a new feature for tables with the “All Uppercase” options. In previous versions, the text format of capital letters came from properties of the part. In past releases this option was only for notes. This year they added the ability for tables as well. If you don’t always want this default option turned in in the document setting, the second way of making your tables with all […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Task Scheduler Supports Additional File Formats – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Task Scheduler Supports Additional File Formats #SW2018 #BLESSED SOLIDWORKS 2018 Task Scheduler can import and export more file formats than ever. Check it out! FYI, some of these file types have their own tab in task scheduler where more options for export can be selected. You just need to select “Options” after filtering to the desired file type. An example for ACIS is found below. I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Three Bend Corner Relief – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal 2018 includes two enhancements to Three Corner Bend Relief, adding solutions for the corner flange challenges Sheet Metal designers run into. Corner Relief Display SOLIDWORKS 2018 enhancement to the 3 Corner Relief can now display a relief in the folded state when the radius is smaller than the default, whereas 2017 was limited to display only reliefs larger than cutout required to unfold […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Flow Simulation Free Surface) – #SW2018 Have you ever been asked the question about the half full/half empty glass? Well, the answer is that it is COMPLETELY full, it just has two fluids in it, one of which is invisible! With the exciting new Free Surface feature introduced in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018, you can prove it! This new functionality allows immiscible fluids to exist in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018 If you’ve used SOLIDWORKS since the early days, you’ve seen some of the core commands change over the years. One of those commands is at the “center” of sketch productivity and that’s Sketch Mirror. In the early days, your sketch needed to contain a Centerline for the reference to mirror the sketch entities across. A few years back, Mirror Entities was enhanced to allow solid lines and linear […]

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