SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all of these products are now installed through the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager, and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all of your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #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 sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD Flag Notes in the Bank

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SOLIDWORKS MBD (or Model Based Definition) is an awesome way to communicate your engineering information with suppliers, customers, or even inside your own organization. It’s easy to create different views, dimensions, and notes. Plus you can group the relevant information you want to call out in an easy to understand and organized way. Which, in turn, leads to reduced chances of errors due to miscommunication or misinterpretation. There are times though, that you may need to communicate a lot of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Adding Balloons to an Exploded View

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is a wonderful tool for creating electronic representations of your designs that can be shared with fabricators and customers. You can create multiple 3D views with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), datums, as well as customize your 3D PDF to include custom properties and bill of materials(BOMS). In many cases it can replace traditional drawings! Which are limited to two dimensional views of the model or assembly. Today I want to show you how to add balloon annotations […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Admin Portal & Online Licensing

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Now you can easily manage your SOLIDWORKS licenses through this cloud-based management service. You must have internet access to sign in and use online licensing. NOTE: You must have a SOLIDWORKS ID and a ‘MySolidWorks’ Guest, Standard, or Professional account to access the Admin Portal. Administrators can easily monitor the following: View all their SOLIDWORKS licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Admin can deactivate or activate member’s licenses Can set member’s product activation type from Machine Activation to […]

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Capturing 3D Views in SOLIDWORKS MBD

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is a useful tool where the 3D models you create contain all necessary manufacturing information, eliminating the need for 2D drawings where there is room for interpretation and possibly error. In this blog, we will discuss how SOLIDWORKS MBD makes it easy to capture your own 3D Views that can be used to create and publish 3D PDFs, eDrawings files, or STEP 242 files. These custom captured 3D views can be created on both parts and assemblies and […]

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it?

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it? PMI in the computer-aided design world stands for Product Manufacturing Information. The definition of PMI includes that it conveys attributes in 3-Dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) systems that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), 3D annotations (text), dimensions and surface finishes. There are couple of key words to point out here: 1) 3D and 2) Manufacturing. 3D: 2D drawings have been […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: The next step in the evolution of part definition Have you ever stopped to wonder why we create 2D drawings? Sure, before the advent of 3D modeling, hand sketching or 2D drawing software was all we had, so that made sense. Once 3D CAD was introduced, revolutionizing how we design, we still had to translate that information to manufacturing. So, ok, it made sense to create 2D drawings of those models, as to not upset the apple cart […]

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