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SOLIDWORKS: Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 – Moving Actors Precisely   Recently I presented a SOLIDWORKS Composer Hands-On session at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 in Los Angeles, California. One of the common questions from this session was, “How do I move actors to an exact distance away from their current position?”   Well the task is actually very easy but not the most intuitive to start. So here is an example on how to do this task. We start with an imported assembly:     Next we select the 4 hex bolt actors that we want to translate to another position and Right Mouse Click to select the Translate command from the pop up

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SOLIDWORKS Motion: Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional

Rendering Your Results in Visualize Professional   SOLIDWORKS continues to amaze me!  In 2017, SOLIDWORKS raised the bar with the ability to send animations created in SOLIDWORKS Standard and Professional into Visualize Professional.  This ability allows you to re-use animation work already done at the CAD level to create fully rendered movies of your products for sales and marketing purposes.  The integration doesn’t stop with the Professional package; SOLIDWORKS Premium Simulation Motion results will also import into Visualize, allowing you to take your widgets to the next level and create epic movies with ease!   To test this, I used a 12-sided die and set up gravity, contact, friction, and materials

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SOLIDWORKS: Transform Tips in Composer

Transform Tips in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer has some very easy to use tools to create exploded views; the Translate and Rotate tools on the Transform tab come to mind. There are others, but those two are the main ones used and what I’d like to talk about.     In this example, I’m beginning to capture views to document the disassembly of the rotor head of this RC helicopter. You can see that when I select an actor (that’s what models are called in Composer), and then select the Translate command, a Gizmo (the triad) is made visible. The Gizmo is at the center of the bounding box

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SOLIDWORKS: Why Are My Assemblies So Slow? Let’s Check the Load on Your Video Card

SOLIDWORKS: Why Are My Assemblies So Slow? Let’s Check the Load on Your Video Card   I’ve heard this question many times over the years. Many of those things can be addressed by an article by my buddy Josh Altergott here at CATI. “Allowing SOLIDWORKS to Perform”, is a good read by Josh and it’s up on the SOLIDWORKS Corp blog as well as ours. What I will do is give you a tool to see if what is being sent to your video card by SOLIDWORKS is causing the slow down.   SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization     The SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization tool is on the Evaluate toolbar. This shows the number

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Installing and Configuring a Visualize Boost Machine

Network Rendering with a Visualize Boost Machine   With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017 came the Introduction of Visualize Boost and Visualize Power Boost. Visualize Boost is a Network Rendering Tool that allows Visualize Professional users to send their render jobs to their Boost Machine, freeing up your machine to keep using Visualize or other demanding applications.   One seat of Visualize Boost will be included with each seat of Visualize Professional. Keep in mind Visualize Boost will require Visualize Professional be installed on the Host Computer to work. Additional seats of Visualize Boost will be available to purchase, allowing you to set up multiple Render Machines.   To

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 Visualize Products

Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 Visualize Products   In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2017 as well as clarifications on Visualize 2016.   Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium CAD license on active subscription.

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SOLIDWORKS: What’s New 2017 – SOLIDWORKS Composer

What’s New SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017   SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 has a few new enhancements for those of you creating technical illustrations. First, you can now generate Technical Illustrations in CGM format. You can now specify whether the CGM output should be compliant with the WebCGM, S1000D, or ATA2200 standards. If you prefer the S1000D format, you can now specify a 2.x or 4.x compliance standard.     Plus you can now customize hotspot properties to be compliant with the S1000D 4.x in CGM format as well as the XML companion files. All of these are controlled from the Assembly pane or Collaboration pane while creating or editing a hot spot.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Composer– #SW2017

Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer software streamlines the creation of 2D and 3D graphical contents for product communication and technical illustrations. Here are 3 new features for SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017. 1. New View Name Templates in Document Properties   The View Name Template lets you define a template to use for view names when creating views. You can use alphanumeric characters, as well as the following optional variables:   %filename%: inserts the name of the file containing the model, without its extension. %viewnumber%: inserts the number of the view based on the creation order in the current session. For example, 1 is used for the first-created view, 2 for the second-created

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Sheetmetal Corner Relief – #SW2017

Sheetmetal Corner Relief   New in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the updated Property Manager for corner relief, because there is a multitude of relief possibilities for different flange corners you needed a chart for “what works where”, the redesign Property Manager allows logical selection for 2 Bend or 3 Bend corner flanges with “Collect all Corners” auto selection.         Select the Corner Type, will separate the type of corner reliefs available for 2 Bend or 3 Bend. Scope is the selection of the Sheetmetal option. Select “Collect all Corners” will populate all corners that fall into Corner selection. Define Corner will auto populate faces that define the corner. Relief Types will

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’ New: Visualize License Change

Visualize License Change   Dear SOLIDWORKS Visualize Customer,   SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS CAD Professional and Premium licenses on active Subscription!   For Visualize Standard 2017 and beyond, an additional serial number is required to activate the complimentary seat of Visualize Standard.   From October 19th, 2016, and once you have upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2017, this new additional serial number for eligible users can be found by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal and clicking “My Products.”   Once you have copied this new Visualize Standard serial number, launch ‘Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features,’ select SOLIDWORKS Visualize, and click ‘Change’ at the top.

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