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GrabCad Print Updates 1.15 & 1.16

GrabCAD Print version 1.16, March 2018 A completely new installer is available for GrabCAD Print for per-machine installations. This will allow GrabCAD Print to be easily installed on computer lab PCs, as well as deployed on a corporate level by system admins. Read more here and email print@grabcad.com to request access. The latest versions of CAD packages are now supported. This includes SOLIDWORKS 2018, Creo 4.0, Inventor 2018, and more. Read the full list here. In the last update, we introduced a new feature that […]

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Sketch upside down? SOLIDWORKS has a tool for that.

I think this one of those great forgotten gems. With so many features in SOLIDWORKS, I find it impossible to keep track of them all. Usually it’s a command that you don’t use frequently, and you’ve found another way of getting your design finished. This week, I needed one of these forgotten gems: Modify Sketch. Another user had a sketch where the origin was upside down in relation to the part origin, and Modify Sketch was the answer. It’s located […]

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Take Advantage of SOLIDWORKS FREE Tools – SimXpress

SimulationXpress provides entry level FEA, giving you the ability to do basic stress analysis on individual parts. You can quickly determine effects of force and pressure to generate reports to document results. Benefits of Using SimulationXpress: Provides entry level FEA Excellent first step and fast initial design check tool Gives you a quick approximation and estimate of your design Helping you predict how a part will perform under load Helps detect potential problems early in the design phase Easy to […]

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Importance of 3D Scanners in Reverse Engineering

In my role as Reverse Engineering Specialist with CATI, I have seen many methods used in reverse engineering. I have used quite a few of them also. In this blog, we are going to look at the various techniques to gain a better understanding of why 3D Scanners are so helpful in this area and how other techniques can be used. The first method I ever used is the “Sketch Picture” method. This is used when you don’t actually have […]

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SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Technical Illustrations, Why and How to use SVG files

This topic comes up with almost every end user of 3DVia Composer, CATIA Composer, or SOLIDWORKS Composer (guess what, they are the same program). You use the tools to create great looking content, without going into Illustrator or going back to a design engineer and as for new screens from CAD. So now how do I deliver this to the end user. Well you’ve got some options. First being just use the composer player. This is very nice if you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Admin Portal & Online Licensing

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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Using Columns With a Search Card in SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro and Standard

So you’ve searched for something in the vault, but the results might not have all the information you’re looking for. Can something be done to the search results so that more information is displayed when a search is run? Can these results be unique depending on which search card you use? Well, you’re in luck, in both cases it can. So how would one go about changing the different results? To learn more about using columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM Pro […]

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SIMULATION: Resolve Contact Set for Bodies That Overlap

Have you ever seen bodies pass through each other in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? You cannot always easily observe overlapping behavior. This depends on if deformed result display is used and, if so, which deformation scale is selected. In the example below I created a multi-body part, fixed the 2 rectangular parts in place, and added a horizontal load at the end of the L-shaped part. I bonded the smaller rectangle body which acts as the support for the L-shaped body. To […]

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How To: Resuming Print After Objet Studio has Stopped

All may not be lost if your Objet printer stops during the printing process. Follow the steps below and you may be able to resume your print. If the printing process is interrupted, Objet Studio stops sending slices to the printer. This can happen, for example, if the printing material runs out in the middle of a print job, and you don’t replace the empty cartridge immediately. After the printer changes to Standby or Idle mode, you need to resume printing from […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: How to Create Custom Form Tools

Creating a custom forming tool for SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal should start by taking advantage of the Forming Tool feature. The Forming Tool feature is used to define the stopping face, the faces to remove, and the insertion points. It is also recommended to save the custom tool as a form tool file type (*.sldftp), this will provide more flexibility on where the file is stored. Let’s get started by using an existing part file that contains a boss, fillet features and a […]

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