SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Circular Reference Check in Performance Evaluation

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SolidWorks’ Performance Evaluation has always been an incredibly helpful tool to find out which features and components are taking up the most rebuild time. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, this feature gets even better! Performance Evaluation will now check for circular references in your SOLIDWORKS part or assembly. If you are not familiar with circular references, the short definition is “an infinite loop of references that eventually points back to the original reference.” A simplified example of this in SOLIDWORKS can be laid […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Adding and Evaluating Equations

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Welcome back to our newest edition of the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Blog series. Today I want to talk to you about a very powerful yet understated enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2021. To state it simply it is the ability to add and evaluate equations within the file properties and cut list properties of the SOLIDWORKS files. In the past if you wanted to include the results of an equation in the Custom properties you would need to create a Global […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New- Configure and Lock Color Settings in Administrative Images

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Solidworks 2021 contains cutting-edge functionality, increased performance, and some new productivity tools to increase your efficiency. These new features and functionality are exciting and fun to explore. The enhancements to installation options and other administrative features are not quite as flashy, but often just as helpful. In this post, we are going to look at some of the new settings options for SOLIDWORKS 2021 installations when using an Administrative Image. If you are not familiar with using administrative images, it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – REDO Support for Part Features

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Like many of you, if I can undo something in SOLIDWORKS, I want the ability to redo some of my functions that I did an undo on. We’ve all been there, we go to the drop-down list a pick a large list of things to undo, only to find out we went WAY too far. A redo will step us forward to the correct spot in time. Finally, in SOLIDWORKS 2021 the redo function is useful. In the Past, the redo […]

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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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Restoring All SOLIDWORKS File Associations

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SolidWorks files can be easily opened directly from Window’s Explorer. However, with multiple versions of SolidWorks on a single computer, the file sometimes will not open in the version you want. By restoring file associations within the System Options, this can easily be fixed. Instead of opening the files into a SolidWorks version that is incorrect, it will bring up the “SolidWorks Launcher” which allows you to choose which version of SolidWorks to open. Keep in mind, if you have […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Design Intentionally with Non-Analytic Geometry

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There are many ways to accomplish a desired outcome when designing with SOLIDWORKS. Be that as it may, Design Intent is just that; Intentional. In order for us to reach our end goal as efficiently as possible, we must be intentional with our chosen process. While simple extrudes or cuts may be less cumbersome to mentally map out, non-analytic geometry, commonly achieved by Sweeps, can be a loftier goal. Speaking of Lofts, in this blog, I’ll use a rather specific […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

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Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

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Build your Own: Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

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Building your own weldment profiles is the foundation of any new or even established SOLIDWORKS user that is wanting to build accurate models. SOLIDWORKS comes stock with a handful of standard profiles, and even more can be downloaded easily enough through the design library on the right, under “SOLIDWORKS Content” (Click here to view the entire process detailed below in video format) To download, CTRL+ click on the additional library you want and download to any chosen location. To have […]

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