SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Changing the Transparency of an Assembly or Multibody Part – #SW2018 With SOLIDWORKS 2017 and earlier, to change the transparency of multiple components within an assembly or multiple bodies within a multibody part, you had to select on the multiple components/bodies and then change the transparency—which can be cumbersome if there are a lot of components/bodies within your assembly/multibody part. SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers a new functionality in which you can now change the transparency of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Include or Exclude Suppressed Components in Pack and Go – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Include or Exclude Suppressed Components in Pack and Go – #SW2018 Pack and Go is a tool within SOLIDWORKS that is used by many people for a lot of different reasons. I’ve experienced Pack and Go being used for revisions, for sending data to people outside the design process, for backing up, or most relevant to me – sending an assembly to customer support for help. While people send me their work for support, they […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Logging into SOLIDWORKS – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Logging into SOLIDWORKS– #SW2018 Between Mouse Gestures, Shortcut Bars, Command Buttons, and even Icon Colors, customizations to the SOLIDWORKS 2018 User Interface allow you to really personalize your experience with the CAD software. While some of these options are just personal preference, most lead to faster and more productive modeling. When you need to get some work done on an unfamiliar or rarely used machine, the differences in setup can hinder your performance. You might […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018 In SolidWorks 2018 you may notice a new command manager available when right clicking one of the command manager tabs. This command manager is called ‘Sketch Ink’ and it is for the new touch based sketching available in SolidWorks 2018. Tech Tip: This functionality currently requires the Windows 10 Creators Update. When using the touch based sketching, you use the ‘Pen’ tool to create free-hand sketch entities. You can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Tolerances for DimXpert – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Tolerances for DimXpert – #SW2018 In this article, I’d like to share with you about new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2018 regarding the customization of tolerances for DimXpert and TolAnalyst. Now, it is possible to view and edit the general tolerance Excel file directly. Simply modify cells to the custom values desired. To access the table, go to the installation files location: C > Program Files > SOLIDWORKS Corp > SOLIDWORKS (X) > lang > […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Treehouse Enhancements – #SW2018 In 2018, SOLIDWORKS has enhanced Treehouse for easier use. Some of these enhancements include a list view (similar to how files would appear in Pack & Go). The functionality still exists in the list view including opening and copying documents. Columns can be hidden in the list view as well. The list view does not show suppressed files and you cannot change the active configuration. In the tree view, you can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pattern Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pattern Enhancements – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS had added component pattern enhancements. The 2 new options are: Including Material and Visual Properties in a Mirrored Part Linear pattern rotation You can now include material and visual properties to the new component pattern instances When you mirror a part from a part environment or an assembly context, you can select the material and the visual appearance of the part to include in the derived part. In the Mirror […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS CAM – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS CAM is another manufacturing staple of SOLIDWORKS Value Added Products, rebranded CAMWORKS a Gold-level solution partner since 1997 is the next step in completing the CONCEPT TO MANUFACTURING process. CAMWORKS built from ground up on WINDOWS using the same kernel as SOLIDWORKS is Industry leader since 1980. SOLIDWORKS Cam Standard Included with any SOLIDWORKS license that has a subscription service maintained, *2-1/2 axis, *Parts Only and *Tolerance Based Machining. SOLIDWORKS Cam Professional Is a purchased product, includes everything from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating Normal Cuts – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS has always had the Normal Cut check box when creating a Cut-Extrude in a sheet metal part. But this option is limited to individual extruded cut features. So, what if you get a part that does not already have the cut feature? New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the Normal Cut tool. This allows you to normalize all non-normal side walls in sheet metal parts. Normal Cut is a very simple and easy to use tool that creates a normal […]

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 What’s New – Export Search Results from Embedded Search – #SW2018

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018, you now can export search results from the Embedded Search Window. Prior to 2018, this capability was only available in the Dedicated Search Tool which opened in a separate window. Additionally, because PDM Standard does not provide access to the Dedicated Search Tool, that meant that you could not export search results from PDM Standard. So an added benefit is that you can now export search results from PDM Standard searches. There are two new […]

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