SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Now Available Online

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A new option is available for testing, the SOLIDWORKS 2020 online beta. This is a great way to participate in the Beta program and not have to worry about anything. For more information about the SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta program, please click here. How do you get started? You can begin from the main SOLIDWORKS page: https://www.solidworks.com/beta/ and select “Test Online”. If you prefer a more direct route: https://my.solidworks.com/solidworksbeta, click Launch and you’ll be using the software in minutes. Some specific […]

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SOLIDWORKS Installation DVDs – Who uses them?

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 received many new improvements to the software, but what about the time it takes to download and install? Is there an alternative way to download without needing to first get the install manager? What about Installation DVDs? Today’s blog will focus on these topics for 2019 and future versions. In the Beginning, there were CDs… Starting 1996, SOLIDWORKS shipped on Compact Disk (CDs). As the product developed over the years, the number of disks needed to grow too. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: 3DQUICKPRESS VERSION 6.2.9 Hotfix

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With the new 3DQuickPress V6 6.2.9 HotFix, this release is designed to run inside of SOLIDWORKS 2019. This Installation could require a UI registry refresh to active the new Toolbar update. See the installation process to update the Toolbars here. https://www.cati.com/blog/2014/12/3dquickpress-v6-whats-new-installation-procedures/ This Hotfix is also Windows 10 supported. The hotfix will update 3DQuickPress Installation 6.2.0 to 6.2.9 Hotfix or if you are beyond 6.2.0 then just run Hotfix by applying this patch. 3DQuickPress is always working on improving the user experience, with the new online seat […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019 in Dallas, TX they did the What’s New in 2019 on Day 3. Here is what we saw… WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2020: G3/C3 Continuity […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Video Decals

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One of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2019 is the ability to create decals using video images. We can now apply decals using *.mp4 and *.avi files, just as we would with static image files in the past. This functionality makes simulating screens in animations, like the video below, incredibly easy. Notice that in this video, the animated decal actually emits light into the scene. Just like standard decals, we can control appearances, mapping, and more with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 WHAT’S NEW – BEST NEW FEATURES – #SW2019

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2019 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 2019 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 you and the SOLIDWORKS community thru the CATI Blog. We have since published 83 different articles […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Select Identical Components During Other Commands – #SW2019

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For quite some time in SOLIDWORKS we have been able to SELECT IDENTICAL COMPONENTS in an assembly with the “selection” toolbar (the one with New, Open, Save, etc). New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to use SELECT IDENTICAL COMPONENTS while you are in the middle of the following commands: Component Patterns (Linear, Circular, Curve Driven, Pattern Driven, Sketch Driven) Component Mirroring Collision Detection or Physical Dynamics Feature Scope (assembly level features) Defeature Exploded View While you are in these […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Editing Generic Splines – #SW2019

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If you’re like me, you rely on Convert Entities in SOLIDWORKS sketches to help capture Design Intent. Now, how many times have you converted entities and then decided that you want to change them? It never happens, does it?  SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces great new functionality that allows you to fully modify any converted spline and using it couldn’t be easier. But first, let’s look at SOLIDWORKS 2018 so we can fully appreciate this new functionality. When we use Convert Entities, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring the Precision of Dimensions and Tolerances – #SW2019

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Controlling the precision of dimensions in SOLIDWORKS has always been integral to capturing design intent and ensuring the finished part will be manufactured within tolerance. In certain cases, a critical dimension and/or tolerance might require different precision from one configuration to another due to a change in material or manufacture method. Previously, this information would have required two separate parts to capture. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now directly configure precision. From the Dimension PropertyManager, specify a desired tolerance and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Flow Simulation – #SW2019

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For the SOLIDWORKS 2019 release, you’ll find changes in Flow Simulation related to pre- and post-processing functionality that should make analysis of your designs quicker and easier. Let’s see what’s new for Flow! Associate Goals with Boundary Conditions (BCs): We sometimes find it necessary to add a goal associated with a boundary condition to help with solution convergence and allow monitoring the solution progress. This has previously required a separate step but is now available during the boundary condition definition. […]

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