SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Asset Publisher and Magnetic Mates Enhancements – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2017, Magnet Mates were introduced.  This made it much easier to design facility layouts.  In SOLIDWORKS 2018, this functionality has been improved!  My favorite enhancement is the ability to have multiple ground planes in the assembly.  Now multi-level layouts can be accomplished! Before, when positioning components using magnetic mates, it could sometimes be difficult to orient the components because they would try to snap to […]

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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 – 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 – CircuitWorks Opening ECAD Files – #SW2018

In SOLIDWORKS 2018, we introduce the ability to open ECAD files directly into SOLIDWORKS. With this new option in CircuitWorks, we can build a CircuitWorks file as a SOLIDWORKS part which previously only allowed us to build the CircuitWorks file as an assembly. Let’s take a look at an example: First we’ll open a board file directly using File > Open: This action will open up the file into Circuitworks where we can select “Build Model as Part”: This translation […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mouse Gestures – #SW2018

Mouse Gestures have been around since SOLIDWORKS 2010 and this year we see a few new nice additions to one of my favorite ways to access shortcuts within SOLIDWORKS 2018. For those of you new to SOLIDWORKS, Gestures are used while holding down the Right Mouse Button (RMB) while in a part, assembly, sketch, or drawing.  This gives you another way to access commands quickly, when you need them, by simply clicking and flicking in the direction of the command […]

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DXF/DWG Import Wizard Questions

This blog is a compilation of frequently asked questions pertaining to the DXF/DWG Import Wizard and DXF/DWG importing and exporting options. Q: What is the reason that a DXF file with 2D/3D sketches might import with sketch entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Drawing, but not have entities when imported into a SOLIDWORKS Part? A: This may occur if the DXF file doesn’t contain “Mode Space” data, but has “Layout Space” data. To work around this issue: Open DXF file […]

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Creating Offset Section Views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Offset section views in SOLIDWORKS Drawings allow the user to create efficient, informative sections of a model. What may sometimes require two or even three linear section views can sometimes be accomplished in a single offset section view. This article will discuss the different ways we can create these powerful drawing views in SOLIDWORKS. We will start with a top view and an isometric view of the part, a mounting fixture. We want to use section views to show the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Unblock Zip Files

Unblock Zip File in SOLIDWORKS Composer I received a Zip file the other day with some SOLIDWORKS Composer documents and the HTML file that I needed to show someone. I unzipped the files and kept getting errors with the HTML file. After trying to load the HTML doc in chrome I tried a few more times with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but they each failed in their own way. Chrome gave me a Blank white screen, and IE gave […]

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Wondering how to copy a surface in SOLIDWORKS?

If you are new or inexperienced with SOLIDWORKS Surface functionality and are looking for some simple tricks to help enhance your skills, knowing how to copy a surface is critical. The actual commands are quite simple but can be a bit difficult if you don’t understand how to use them. The first way to copy a surface is to use the offset surface command and set the offset distance to 0. When you click the command offset surface, the property […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly Drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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