DimXpert Your FREE First Step to a Model Based Enterprise

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The day is coming. I can see it on the horizon. What exciting futuristic day am I speaking of? The day where the 3D Model rules all. That’s right, the day is coming when as designers and engineers, we all will be only using 3D models to communicate our designs. We’ve been progressing that direction for quite some time and if you think about it SOLIDWORKS Drawings are trying to accomplish that very feat. Only SOLIDWORKS Drawings live in a […]

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How to Find Your SOLIDWORKS Visualize Serial Number

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is a powerful photo rendering tool that is included with each seat of SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium on subscription. Visualize is a standalone application that requires its own serial number for installation. Want to install SOLIDWORKS Visualize and start creating stunning renders? Read on find out where to locate products attached to your SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium license. 1) Log in to the SolidWorks Customer Portal (customerportal.solidworks.com). If you don’t have a SOLIDWORKS ID, check out this […]

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Import CMM Measurements Into SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional

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After obtaining your measurement values from your Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), how do you reconcile them with the expected values from the drawing? With SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional, you can import them into your Inspection project and they will map to the appropriate characteristics. First, be sure you have the option turned on in the standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional. After opening Inspection, go to Home > Options > General > Add-ins > Measurements Input and CMM Data Import. Next, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

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Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

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Can’t eDrawings and DimXpert just DO MBD for FREE?!?!?!

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Whoa there champ. A bit aggressive with the all caps and exclamation marks don’t you think? But to answer the question, no DimXpert and eDrawings can’t do model based definition. SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition or MBD is a separate piece of software that does incorporate DimXpert and eDrawings, but SOLIDWORKS MBD is not really all about DimXpert OR eDrawings. Clear as mud, right? MBD is really about organization (unlike this blog I think). At its core, what SOLIDWORKS MBD really […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Turntable Outputs

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize gives you more than the standard image or animation output. Alternative outputs include Turntables, Interactive Images, Panorama Views, and 360-degree Images. Today the focus will be on Turntables and the different options offered. Turntables allow you to dynamically rotate your model as if it was on an actual turntable creating many fascinating views and videos. There are two types of Turntables; one that allows for view creation and another that allows for video creation. Turntables that allow for […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Attaching a file to a 3D PDF

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When publishing a 3D PDF for external collaboration, it may be necessary to send further documentation such as native CAD models, STEP files, 2D drawings and so on. One way of bundling said documentation is to attach these extra files to the 3D PDF you intend on sending out. (This is only possible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 and newer) To attach files to a 3D PDF: Select “Publish 3D PDF” in your 3D Views tab Under the “Attachments” option, select “Attach […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 comes the great new feature allowing you to run Physics Simulations on your models which includes having your models fall and collide with each other just as they would in the real world. Tech Tip: To be able to access the functionality of the new Physics Simulation, you will need a license of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. The first step in running your Physics Simulations will be to set up how each model or solid […]

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Reordering your SOLIDWORKS Inspection Project

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The idea for this post is the result of a recent SOLIDWORKS Inspection tech support call. It’s a very simple question, “how do I change the order of my ballooned characteristics in my SOLIDWORKS Inspection project?” Maybe before we discuss how to change the order of the characteristics, we should talk about how they’re added in the first place. In these examples, I’ll be setting up a SOLIDWORKS Inspection project using the SOLIDWORKS Add-In. Automatic Extraction The order of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Import Custom Properties from Autodesk Inventor, PTC® Creo, Solid Edge®, STEP, and UG NX using 3D Interconnect

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Over the years I’ve spent time with some of our SOLIDWORKS Composer customers that don’t use SOLIDWORKS as their primary CAD tool, and a prevailing question kept coming up. “Where are the custom properties? We don’t want to manually type in all this information if the designers have already done so in CAD, whatever it may be.” I don’t like to shy away from a challenge, so I rolled up my sleeves and went to work, and please forgive my […]

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