SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a great tool to help streamline the creation of your inspection documentation.  2018 saw huge gains, not only in functionality(Standalone / Add-In), but also in the file types that could be used.  The efficiency in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 continues. In 2019, the Bill of Characteristics in the Add-In has been redesigned for better clarity, ease of use, and functionality.  It is now laid out in a grid format which allows you to much more clearly see how […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Displaying General Tolerances – plus: Text Size in 3D Views – #SW2019

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General tolerancing is a common form of tolerancing used with metric units. It is based on the ISO drawing standard 2768-1: Tolerances for linear and angular dimensions without individual tolerance indicators. The standard for linear dimensions is shown below: What this means is that the tolerance class and the size of the dimension determine the tolerance for each dimension shown on the part. This alleviates the need to provide a tolerance value for each dimension – i.e. if one isn’t […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Large Design Review – #SW2019

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Every version of SOLIDWORKS performance is a major pillar of focus from the development team. This release is no different. With the new performance pipeline for graphics everyone is talking about, this next function has been overlooked in what’s new scuttlebutt. Large Design Review was available for the first time in the 2012 release of SOLIDWORKS. Large Design Review was created to open huge files… and fast. The Canada France Hawaii Telescope design takes 2 minutes and 45 seconds to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Importing Assembly Envelopes Option and PMI DATA in SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 is the ability to finally choose whether or not to import assembly envelopes. In prior releases, SOLIDWORKS Composer automatically imported the assembly envelopes forcing you to hide them manually. When you open an assembly in Composer, the option to import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes is automatically checked. If you want to turn this off, refer to the image below. Below are examples of what the import looks like with and without the “Import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes” […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New –Sheet Metal Tab and Slot Enhancements – #SW2019

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Tab and Slot SOLIDWORKS 2018 welcomed a great new feature called Tab and Slots designed for Sheetmetal and Weldments users. SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhanced the feature with group linking, the use of nonlinear edges, slot corner shapes, and through all cuts. Linking Groups Like Weldments, the tab and slot feature can link user chosen groups to apply uniform parameters. If you edit the parameters, the whole group will change together. Make sure you check the box “Link Groups Together”. Nonlinear Edges […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – ISO Tolerance – Modifying Symbols – #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your designs by improving the communication of your drawing tolerances. When you need to manufacture high precision parts, detailed tolerances are critical to ensure that the highest degree of accuracy is achieved. Therefore, SOLIDWORKS 2019 has added the ability to place ISO Tolerance modifying symbols and other text directly onto dimensions and tolerances. Let’s look […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring Routing Components – #SW2019

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If you haven’t used Configure Component, I would have to say now is the time. Configure Component is a user-defined PropertyManager for parts and assemblies that have more than one configuration. It enables you to select the configuration of a component when you place it in an assembly. You define Configure Component PropertyManagers in the Configuration Publisher dialog box. So, you ask. What is Configuration Publisher? It is a tool that can help define and navigate you thru picking specific configurations at the assembly level or when downloading a model from 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Distributed Coupling for Remote Load and Mass – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS regularly strives to create a more accurate representations of real world features. This year the Remote Load feature got an update that will give you more control over how the translations and rotations are applied to the geometry. The resultant forces and moments are now distributed over all the nodes on the selected face/edges/vertices equally as they are applied at the referenced location. The user interface has also gotten a face lift. Now it’s easier to see and apply […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Undefined Color Properties in Animation Library – #SW2019

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In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Composer for Flash or Setcolor animations you were forced to select a predefined color for that animation. In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 you can now specify the color parameter of the predefined Flash and SetColor motions properties to Undefined. This parameter lets you avoid changing the color of the selected actor during this step of the animation. Note: The ability to set a predefined color is still available in this version of the Software. I hope this part of the What’s […]

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