SOLIDWORKS: Configuring Smart Components with the Configurator Table

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When creating a Smart Component or editing an existing smart component, there is an option available called “Configurator Table”. The configurator table allows the user to define various configurations of the smart components. The first step to do this is to make sure that your parts are configured. In the below pictures, there is the latch that will be used as the smart component and it has 3 configurations. The second picture is the block that will be used for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Dynamic Mirror Entity

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Perhaps one of the most under utilized sketching tools within all of SOLIDWORKS is Dynamic Mirror Entity. This tool allows the user to mirror a sketch about a line while the user is creating their sketch. Depending on design intent this tool can save an immense amount of time. Dynamic Mirror Entities used to be more limited in the past as user was only allowed to use this tool with a center-line as the mirror line. However, in SOLIDWORKS 2018 […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Time by Purging Configuration Data

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Are you experiencing long wait times when saving SOLIDWORKS files? One cause might be the configuration data associated with your files. This can easily get out of hand especially when complex top-level assemblies have multiple configurations as well as their sub-assemblies and components. To reduce file size and the time needed to save them, you can purge the cached data of inactive configurations. For every file, SOLIDWORKS saves/re-saves by default all the configuration data associated with it, even if no […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all these products are installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager, you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

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Installing or upgrading the SolidNetwork License Manager (SNL) for SOLIDWORKS 2020

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If you are running the network version of SOLIDWORKS, every new version requires the license manager to be upgraded. The newest version that the clients are using will be the version that the SNL manger will need to be upgraded to. The license manager is backwards compatible with all older version of SOLIDWORKS along with PDM licenses. The update is straight forward and takes little time to accomplish. There are a few things to watch out for however. The first […]

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Template Types for CMM Data

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There are two critical differences between SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standard and Professional. One difference is that in the Professional version, you can enter measured values for each characteristic directly into a project either manually or by using a digital caliper. The other difference is that Professional can import Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) results. There are many different brands that process CMM data as well as the different software that does it. However, a good example of how the data should be […]

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Understanding Mass Participation Factor Results in Frequency Studies

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When conducting a frequency or linear dynamics study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, a highly recommended, best-practice post processing technique is to investigate both the Effective Mass Participation Factor (EMPF) and the Cumulative Effective Mass Participation Factor (CEMPF) of the output mode shapes. This recommendation was duly noted by my colleague Bill Reuss, in his Blog article from August 27, 2019 entitled ‘Recommendations to Achieve Accurate Results with Linear Dynamic Analysis’. SOLIDWORKS Simulation help defines EMPF as follows: “The effective mass participation […]

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Simulia’s SSE changes to SPE. So, What’s in a Name?

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Mid-2018 Dassault Systems and SOLIDWORKS launched a joint project that offers advanced Nonlinear capabilities powered by Simulia, to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation community. Simulia’s Structural Stress Engineer, SSE for short, picks up high strain applications where SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium stops. The SOLIDWORKS Simulation tool set has been a standard in the FEA world since the late 1980’s Formerly called COSMOS, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium has advanced Nonlinear capabilities that help solve advanced engineering problems including geometric nonlinearities, nonlinear materials, and transient problems. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 CAM Professional “Constant Step-Over”

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There has been a gap in SOLIDWORKS 2018 2.5 – 3 Axis Milling vs CAMWORKS Standard Milling, however since been added in SOLIDWORKS 2019 CAM PROFESSIONAL. While supporting 2019 CAM Professional we have received numerous calls asking how to get a better finish or why is the programs leaving islands of none machined areas, below I will explain the newly added functionally to SOLIDWORKS 2019 that may have been missed. Constant Step-over The operation removes material by Maintaining a constant user-defined […]

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Introducing the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer

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If you have a seat of SOLIDWORKS PCB, but would like managers, design reviewers, or other designers to be able to view the schematics or layouts of boards without using that seat, then you’ll be happy to know that there is now a free SOLIDWORKS PCB viewer. You will no longer have to produce PDF documentation for a review. They can view all of the PCB files in their native format, and just produce the PDFs for release documentation. The […]

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