SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Turntable Outputs

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize gives you more than the standard image or animation output. Alternative outputs include Turntables, Interactive Images, Panorama Views, and 360-degree Images. Today the focus will be on Turntables and the different options offered. Turntables allow you to dynamically rotate your model as if it was on an actual turntable creating many fascinating views and videos. There are two types of Turntables; one that allows for view creation and another that allows for video creation. Turntables that allow for […]

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Importing SOLIDWORKS 2019 files into GrabCAD Print 1.25

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With the latest release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP1, you may have experienced an error when importing your .SLDPRT file directly into GradCAD Print 1.25.  While the developers of GrabCAD Print have committed to resolve this issue in their 1.27 release, in the meantime saving your SLDPRT file in the .STL (Surface Tessellated Language) file format will let you continue using GrabCAD Print for your 3D Printing needs. Here is a brief reminder for converting your 3D drawing to the STL […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Drawing an Easier Document, in Style!

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Changing up the look and feel of your project documentation pages is a snap with drawing styles.  Added with the 2018 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, a drawing style configuration allows you to affect each drawing of the project. Areas that you can control are the layer definitions, the line types and the text styles. All these customizations are stored in a configuration file which you can edit. Only one configuration file is associated with the project.  By using this feature, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display A Decal On A 2D Drawing With Style

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I recently came across a customer who had a unique problem.  He had added a decal to his model, but when it came time to document the part on a drawing, he could not get it to show up.  This may seem like a simple solution: change the display style to Shaded with Edges and you are done! That would work great on the Isometric view in the drawing, but for the regular views, they still wanted to see it […]

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How to Launch Insight from GrabCAD Print

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With GrabCAD print and its new features like Adv. FDM Mode. Sometimes we misplace our tried and true software install disks while upgrading, like Insight for example. Don’t worry because Insight is available inside GrabCAD, allowing you to do basic part setups, or preventing large parts from curling or splitting large parts into multiple builds. First, launch GrabCAD Print. In the top left corner, you will find the “Apps” menu. Under the Apps menu, click “launch Insight”. A brief loading screen […]

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Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Attaching a file to a 3D PDF

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When publishing a 3D PDF for external collaboration, it may be necessary to send further documentation such as native CAD models, STEP files, 2D drawings and so on. One way of bundling said documentation is to attach these extra files to the 3D PDF you intend on sending out. (This is only possible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 and newer) To attach files to a 3D PDF: Select “Publish 3D PDF” in your 3D Views tab Under the “Attachments” option, select “Attach […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Creating Variable Length Custom Ducts

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When placing wire ducts in your 3D model, if you select the “insert as duct” option, it will place a generic looking hollow box, sized according to the manufacturer part properties, and then ask you for the length. This works great, but some people want their ducts to look more like the real thing: If you have a model of the duct, and it is linked in the manufacturer part properties, then you can just select “insert” instead of “insert […]

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Two Simple SOLIDWORKS Commands You Should Use All The Time

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We are featuring two commands in this post that should be readily available in your toolbox of SOLIDWORKS commands – Force Rebuild and Open Part in Position. Force Rebuild is your number one troubleshooting tool when something in your SOLIDWORKS model doesn’t look right. Often times it could be a graphics ‘glitch’ in the graphics window or it could be that a feature failed to update properly. Whatever the reason, before calling Technical Support for help, perform a Force Rebuild […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 comes the great new feature allowing you to run Physics Simulations on your models which includes having your models fall and collide with each other just as they would in the real world. Tech Tip: To be able to access the functionality of the new Physics Simulation, you will need a license of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. The first step in running your Physics Simulations will be to set up how each model or solid […]

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