Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS

Prepping for the New Release of SOLIDWORKS Many of us will soon be updating to the latest release of SOLIDWORKS. We will start our downloads, clean off the old version and click away at the installer. But wait… did you backup your templates? What about your toolbox? Are we missing other files? What about our libraries? Maybe we should slow down a bit. Many of rush out and get the upgrades to start enjoying the new products just to find […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 WHAT’S NEW – BEST 107 NEW FEATURES – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 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 2018 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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2018 introduces some fantastic new productivity enhancements. The user interface is improved for added clarity. Menus, dialogs, and buttons are updated, more consistent, and resize properly. You can now work directly with native 2D drawings formats, without having to convert them to TIFF or PDF first. The following formats are supported. AutoCAD (dwg/dxf) PTC drawing files CATIA V5 drawing files. Characteristic information can now be extracted instantly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Natural sort options for marks – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2018, we continued our development in controlling how we create marks for components. With the natural sort options for marks, our projects can view components and adhere our marks in an intelligent manner. We can access the options for the natural mark sorting by going to Configurations > Project > Mark: Sort by Mark mode provides control over all lists of marks in […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensor for Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Sensors for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mass Properties – #SW2018 The power of using design studies has just gotten larger. If you are ever looking to find the “best” design iteration, then you should be using design studies to get you there. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has put more options into sensors so that you can optimize to a variable and collect more information about your designs. The mass properties sensor can now track variables such as volume, surface […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Flow Simulation Noise Prediction – #SW2018 For many engineer’s noise intensity due to flow turbulence is a critical design criterion. Designers must consider noise output from industries as diverse as kitchen appliances, automotive, and defense. Unfortunately, not until recently, users could only interpolate a general sense of noise output by viewing turbulence plots. Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2018, Flow simulation has new capabilities to show acoustic plots. The image below utilizes decibel (dB) units to display acoustic […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Unused Wire/Component numbers, User Data in Manufacturer Parts, Wire Numbering – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Electrical Unused Wire/Component numbers, User Data in Manufacturer Parts, Wire Numbering – #SW2018 Unused Wires and Components When it comes to numbering your wires, components, and cables, it has always been very simple in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. You press a button and seconds later everything is numbered. However, let’s say you make a revision down the road and need to remove a wire or component, and replace it with a different wire/component. If you wanted […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018 Over the last few years we have seen the launch of a lot of brand new touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface Book, Lenovo ThinkPad YogaP40s, and devices like the Wacom Cintiq. The result is more and more users are wanting to design in SOLIDWORKS using the natural feel that touch screens provide. Believe it or not, touch based gestures were actually added into SOLIDWORKS way back in 2010! But, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Refinement For Stress Singularities – #SW2018 Stress Hot Spot Detection was added to SOLIDWORKS 2017. This diagnostic tool allowed the user to detect and understand where potential Hot Spot (large gradients from high to low stress) occur. These Hot Spots can be caused by several factors including poor mesh refinement, geometry issues like sharp edges, or a true high stress concentration. 2016 and before, the user was tasked with identifying these regions as artificial […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temperature Criteria for Short Shots – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2018 introduces several new features to improve the quality of our plastic injection molding analysis and results evaluation.  Another of these new features is Temperature Criteria for Short Shots.  A short shot occurs when the injection mold cavity does not completely fill with plastic during the injection stage of the molding process.  While a short shot can occur due to several different reasons, this enhancement focuses […]

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