SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Great Routing Enhancements Part 1

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Here are a few great Electrical Routing enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Route Multiple Wires Through a Clip This is what SOLIDWORKS 2020 had to offer. You could select the axis of the clip, but could only select one wire at a time. Which means you would have to repeat the step and have multiple features. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can Route Multiple Wires through a clip. It is very easy to do. Click and then click . Notice, you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORK CAM

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All the new features I talk about in this article are available in 2021 SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and Pro. Along with all license packages of CAMWorks 2021 as well. Additional Stock Types Available in Stock Manager Before SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, there was not an easy way to define stock as a cylindrical shape for programming mill parts. Now in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, you can easily define the stock material by the part Bounding Box by a cylindrical shape for mill […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – New Spacing Options for Chain Component Patterns

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces a new way to control the “Distance” and “Distance Linkage” Pitch Methods in the Chain Component Pattern command. In the updated PropertyManager, you can define whether you want the spacing between components to be measured along the path or along a straight line connecting the components. These two conditions are referred to as “Distance along path” and “Linear distance,” respectively, as seen in the image below. In past versions of SOLIDWORKS, users lacked the ability to specify […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SIMULATION Contact Terminology Changes

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If you have read through the What’s New document for SOLIDWORKS 2021, I am sure you noticed the many updates and improvements listed for SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  Blog title aside, if you think this is only about terminology changes, think again!  I can assure you nomenclature is only a part of what I will describe for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021.  If you want to know more about this topic, start with my colleague Matt Sherak’s blog Understanding Contact Hierarchy in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.  […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Changes to System Options and Document Properties

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With every new version of SOLIDWORKS, we see tremendous changes in performance, improved functionality, and much more. In this article, we will discuss the changes implemented to a fundamental portion of the software, the System Options and Document Properties. What’s been added? The following has been added to the System Options in SOLIDWORKS 2021: What has changed? The following has changed within the System Options of SOLIDWORKS 2021: What’s been removed? The following has been removed from System Options in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Detailing Mode Enhancements

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If you are not already using Detailing Mode for drawings you need to take a hard look in the mirror. Detailing Mode for drawings may be one of the greatest enhancements SOLIDWORKS has ever made. When I saw it last year I was completely blown away at how fast drawings could be opened AND modified. Nothing is more frustrating than being asked to make a “minor adjustment” to a drawing. It’s not that much work, so why do SOLIDWORKS users […]

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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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The Anatomy of a Spline and How to Dimension

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A sketch spline will often get us out of a design pinch, whether it be capturing a sweep path, tracing curvature from an image, or even to generate a complex curved surface. As engineers and designers, it is in our nature to want to control everything in our sketch parametrically rather than leave it under-defined and to chance. Turns out that we can dimension the spline handles themselves! This will help us take back control of our sketch. There are […]

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Animating Textures in SOLIDWORKS Composer

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If you are reading this blog, you are likely aware of many of the great ways you can change properties of actors to clearly illustrate what you are trying to say in SOLIDWORKS Composer. For example, if you wanted to show a wall that was to be painted, you can easily change the color property to the new color and have before and after shots. However, what if you wanted to show the actual act of the wall being painted? […]

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What is 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

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What is 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS? For those of you that have heard about this tool we hope to share some insights about what 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is and is not by answering some standard questions that have been coming up. Now for those that need a little background on what is the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform here are some help links that will get you started. There are many more but you can find them at our YouTube channel. SOLIDWORKS and the Power of […]

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