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SOLIDWORKS User Group Network: Virtual Meetings With all that is changing in our world like social distancing and most employees working from home or remote locations, SOLIDWORKS Community User Advocacy Group is hosting several virtual meetings for customers. These range from topics on certification tips to advanced topics on Simulation and Flow analysis. Some of the sessions repeat so you can hopefully attend the virtual sessions that fits your schedule. The next event is on April 7th and they’ll run […]

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Design Intent: Part II

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This is a continuation of Design Intent: Part I, which you can read by clicking this link here: The order in which these can be read does not particularly matter. In Part I, we used the geometry of a STEP file to create weldment bodies to match our design intent and communicate meaningful information downstream. In Part II, we will look at SOLIDWORKS Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) tool. SOLIDWORKS possesses the ability to translate neutral file formats, or “dumb” solids […]

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Convert a DWG file to a SOLIDWORKS part file

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I have this customer that has thousands of DWG files. They don’t want to redraw all of these. They’d rather take the profile view in the DWG file and convert to SOLIDWORKS part file. Luckily this can be done very easily. Open a DWG file in SOLIDWORKS and you will get this dialog box. Select Import to a new part and 2D sketch, then click next. This dialog box gives you the options to change units, add constraints, and import […]

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Particle Separation using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Particle separators are important devices used to clean industrial process air. One such device that uses inertial and gravitational forces as the separation mechanism is shown in simplified form below. The top view shows that the inlet introduces the flow in a direction that is tangent to the separator wall. In principle, as the flow is introduced, the inertia of the entrained particles makes them collect near the separator walls. Clean air collects in a vortex near the center of […]

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CAMWorks FREE Home License and Temporary Upgrades for April and May 2020

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CAMWorks Options: Helping Customers Minimize Disruption from COVID-19 At CATI we are continuously trying to offer solutions to allow you, our customers, to do your work remotely and to make the current COVID-19 situation more tolerable. With that in mind we are proud to announce HCL is offering individual FREE CAMWorks Home Licenses for April and May 2020. CAMWorks Home Licenses with ShopFloor For customers who need to work from home during this challenging time, HCL is offering individual FREE […]

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Taking Advantage of SOLIDWORKS API in SOLIDWORKS CAM

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How Do I Make My Feature Manager Design Tree When Using SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Add-In? After engineering is completed on the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD side of things your part needs to be programmed for manufacturing by using the seamless integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM and/CAMWorks. With SOLIDWORKS CAM activated inside SOLIDWORKS you may not be able to see all your CAM buttons. Taking the time to manually drag the edge of your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree every time to make it wider can […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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Interactive SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations on any Device!

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That’s right, no ActiveX required and it’s all thanks to 3DDrive and 3DPlay on the 3DEXPERIENCE! If you load SMG files into your 3DDrive, when you double click the files in the browser, they automatically launch 3DPlay and open the SMG file in an environment that can be rotated and interactive, regardless of device. Now if you need to share SMG files with key stakeholders, they do not need to have a beefy machine, high end graphics cards, or a […]

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How Do I Find Out What SOLIDWORKS Version a File was Last Saved In?

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When you see this symbol in an open SOLIDWORKS file, you know that it is from an older version. Maybe it is something you created long ago, or maybe you got it from a vendor or customer who is on a version older than the one you are using. Either way, that is all that tells you. But what if you want to know what version the file was last saved in? Here, we will look at a couple of […]

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Project Macro: Add Wire Styles

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“Do you remember that project you did last year? Well, we have a similar project, but only all the wire styles need to change as it is a new customer.”  You, the designer, were just told that in a meeting and you’re having visions of needing to re-create that whole project.  The one you spent 3 weeks on.  But what if there was a way to carry over the wire styles from an existing project that has all the new […]

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