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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Wrap Feature Enhancement – #SW2017

Wrap Feature Enhancement   Wrap Feature Enhancement: New in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to WRAP a text over COMPLEX SURFACES with a preview that displays a dot guide to show where the WRAP will start, also a redesign Property Manager with a logical order and large icons.   Included is the LEGACY WRAP functionally from SOLIDWORKS 2016 to continue WRAPPING SKETCHES over Cylindrical and Conical shapes, with 2017, SOLIDWORKS continues to roll out shiny new functionally to speed up conception to production for our users.   Wrap Feature: Scribe Emboss Deboss Wrap Method: Free Form Wrap / Legacy Wrap Sketch Profile Face to Wrap on Dot Guide Preview    

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Using Augmented Reality on Apple and Android Devices Via eDrawings App

Using Augmented Reality on Apple and Android devices via eDrawings App Augmented Reality (AR) allows mobile users to view their SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies in 1:1 scale and gives users the ability to view their design in their surrounding environment. Use of a mobile device is also a great way to convey complex design information in the palm of your hand without even having SOLIDWORKS installed.   The basic eDrawings app itself (which includes AR) will set you back $1.99 on both the Apple Store and Google Play, and will allow the in-app purchase of $7.99 for the upgrade to the Professional version.   Once installed, the app comes pre-loaded

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Rotation Animations using SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

Earlier this month we showed how to download and install SOLIDWORKS Visualize.  Today I wanted to talk about some of the features found in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional; specifically, how to add motion to parts cameras, and lights.   SETUP First we’ll start with the model in SOLIDWORKS; I will need to set up the assembly structure and basic materials.  This model was created by one of our Application Engineers, Kris Dubuque, from our Beaverton Oregon Office. Since the goal here is to show the main rotor and tail rotor in motion, I will group the components into two sub-assemblies.  You can control this structure in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, however this will

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Posted in PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

How to Create a 3DQuickPress PRL

The PRL technology is used to automate and leverage SolidWorks and 3DQuickPress data in order to speed up the creation and editing of assemblies, parts, and drawing files according to a designer’s and or a companies’ standard best practices. In this blog we are going to concentrate on 3DQuickPress Part PRL’s. The PRL’s will update to the new size X,Y and Z following the die set structure when inserted into the design with a completed Detail Drawing, ability to the add Properties, BOM information 1 time to the PRL’s, Standard Components, Standard Fasteners, Dowels would not be included in a Part PRL. Create New Part PRL From the 3DQT DieSet

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, Technical Publishing

How to Install & Activate SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS has given us a big power boost to present our designs at the highest level possible. Visualize Standard is a new tool available to all SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium licenses that are current on subscription. If you choose not to renew your maintenance contract, then you will no longer get access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize. There are 2 different packages available Visualize Standard – Photo realistic rendering with and easy to use dashboard of colors and finishes. Visualize Professional (separate license required) – Photo realistic rendering with the addition of high quality animations, render ques, and network rendering options. What about Photoview 360? Visualize is not a replacement for Photoview,

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, PhotoView 360, Technical Publishing

How do 3DQuickPress PRL’s work inside SolidWorks

PRL's are the cornerstone capability available in the 3DQuickPress environment. The PRL technology is used to automate and leverage SolidWorks and 3DQuickPress data in order to speed up the creation and editing of assemblies, parts, and drawing files according to a designer's and or a companies' standard best practices. The PRL's will update to the new size X,Y and Z following the die set structure when inserted into the design with a completed Detail Drawing, ability to the add Properties, BOM, Standard Components, Standard Fasteners, Dowels and Jack Screw information 1 time to the PRL's. Welcome to Create PRL's (Production Ready Library's) using 3DQuickPress inside of SolidWorks. Setup and Required

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, Technical Publishing

3DQuickPress Version 6.1.3 Hotfix

With the new 3DQuickPress V6.1.3, Hotfix releases are Customer driven Enhancements because we understand the importance to customize the 3DQuickPress process or the features to meet Customer needs.  This Hotfix will update 3DQuickPress V6.0.4 to V6.1.3, or install 3DQuickPress V6.0.4 installation version and apply this patch. This Hotfix will run on SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP1.0 and newer. This Hotfix is also Windows 10 supported. System:         3DQuickPress is always working on improving the user experience, with the new online V6 seat registration the user will find faster response with registration and un-registration of machines. If you still have issues or need help understanding the process you can always call our support line. Enhancement – Activation system robustness is enhanced. Unfold: Enhancement – 3DQuickPress auto recognizes

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, General Info, Technical Publishing

3DQuickForm – Version 3.3.0 Hotfix

Many applications come up when developing blank sizes for drawn models, Material type, draw beads and holding force which spreads the stress distribution over the forming. The 3DQuickForm 3.3.0 Hotfix gives the user more tools to complete his job with a less failures.     Using the Blank Holder feature in 3DQuickForm project. Apply the Blank Holder feature Right click on the feature manager tree of 3DQuickForm, select "Set Blank Holder".     Select blank holder surface and enter the blank holder force in kN.   Compare the results with blank holder feature Stress distribution without blank holder feature, and Stress distribution with blank holder feature   Using the Drawbead

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Posted in 3DQuickPress, Technical Publishing

Upcoming SOLIDWORKS Webcasts

On May 25th, we are hosting a full day of webcasts. We will be covering SOLIDWORKS CAD, Simulation, Technical Documentation and Data Management in order to give you a first look at the tools and how they can improve your product development process. You can register for any webcast or all of them if you like. However, you will need to complete registration forms for each presentation you wish to attend. You can register by using the links below. All times listed below are Central Standard Time. There is no cost to attend. 9:00am – 9:45am SOLIDWORKS Design WebcastSee how designing in 3D with SOLIDWORKS can shorten design cycles and

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Posted in Modeling, Simulation, SOLIDWORKS What's New, Technical Publishing

Xdesign

Xdesign is the "guts" of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. This is a full design product that runs in any browser anywhere! Enabling users to design anytime, anywhere, and from any device. Did you ever think there would come a day where you could design on your phone? – That day is almost here! Xdesign will bring in full collaboration with the integration of Edrawings. Further, MBD is integrated to include 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). Xdesign will be available to every SOLIDWORKS Subscription user starting with the SOLIDWORKS 2017 release. Follow this link to stay up-to-date on SOLIDWORKS Xdesign news and register for upcoming beta program information. Blake Cokinis Sr. Support Product

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