Convert Static Study to Non-Linear or Dynamic The ability to convert static study to a non-linear/dynamic study has arrived in SOLIDWORKS 2017!! Except it is not called convert. In the past when right clicking on the study tab (bottom of screen) there was an option to “duplicate” a study. This “duplicate” study has been renamed to “copy study.” When copy study is selected you may copy your previous study into a new static study or you may choose to change the type of study to either a non-linear or dynamic study. As before when using duplicate study you may choose new configurations and/or choose a new name.
Controlling Decals and Scenes by Display States Among the new enhancements coming to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to now control different instances of Decals and Scenes using Display States. You can use Display States to control the following aspects of your part: Hide/Show State Display Mode Appearance (Now includes Decals and Scenes!) Transparency To add a new Display State, you can Right Click in any blank area in the Configuration Manager and select Add Display State. Or you can click the Arrow to the right of the tabs in the Feature Manager to show the Display Pane. Right Click anywhere in the
Prevention of Accidental Micro Lines A great new feature in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS is something that you probably will never even notice. This will minimize the unintentional sketched lines that occur when you create sketches. Have you ever created a sketch and when you are finished, you can’t complete the feature? You get an error message that looks like this: This typically occurs when you have a tiny little line somewhere in your sketch that you can’t see. So, you go to Tools, Sketch Tools, Check sketch for feature to see what the problem is. With the new Micro Line Prevention, there
Mesh Import With every version of SOLIDWORKS, they bring more value for your dollar. This was one I feel has been a long time coming to Core SOLIDWORKS. The ability to import mesh files has always been there as STL format, but you needed Scan to 3D (Which is now in SOLIDWORKS Professional another value) to get others like OBJ, and PLY. With SOLIDWORKS 2017 you now have the options of open STL, OBJ, OFF, PLY, 3mf, and WRL with core SOLIDWORKS. To import mesh files: 1. Click Open (Standard toolbar) or File > Open. 2. In the dialog box, in Files of type, select Mesh Files
SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Anyone that does CFD analysis knows that it’s incredibly difficult to determine the most optimum design when multiple variables effect the outcome. This is the main reason SOLIDWORKS has advanced the optimization tool in Flow Simulation. You can now run an optimization study with varying flow and design parameters. I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI and MCAD Support Teams will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2017. All of these articles
FDM Printer Head Jams – A Simple Solution If your FDM head is frequently jamming there may be a simple solution. This can only be done on the Stratasys uPrint, Dimension 1200 and Fortus 250mc systems. Over time, the Z axis will become uncalibrated. This can happen by itself over time or be caused by reusing build trays. The Solution is to run a Z calibration. This will insure that the tips are printing at the proper height away from the part. When the Z axis is off, the tips may print too close to the part causing the material to back up into the head.
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
Enhancements to Segment Tool With SOLIDWORKS 2017, the Segment tool is not just for arcs and circles anymore! Now you can use the Segment Tool to create equal length segments in a spline, parabola, ellipse, partial ellipse and conics. Here’s the “Rules of the Road” when using the enhanced Segment tool: Equidistance relations are created in a single Segment operation. If you delete the equidistant relation after creating a single Segment operation, the equidistant relation is replaced by a coincident relation. We hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please
Thank you to BOXX Technologies for sponsoring our SOLIDWORKS 2017 Launch Events (the Design Innovation Summit). BOXX Technologies manufactures workstations and rendering systems for a variety of industries and business uses including engineering, product design, and simulation. The BOXX product lines are some of the fastest workstations designed for CAD and Engineering Applications – including SOLIDWORKS. Watch these videos for a closer look at BOXX Workstations and SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI and MCAD Support Teams will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2017. All of these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s New.” You can also
SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: PDM Task Enhancements – Generate MBD 3D PDFs, DXF to PDF & MS Office to PDF Conversions – #SW2017
PDM Task Enhancements: Generate MBD 3D PDFs, DXF to PDF & MS Office to PDF Conversions SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017 introduces a number of new enhancements in the tasks for converting various file types. The first being a new output format for SOLIDWORKS files. For SOLIDWORKS MBD users, the Convert task in PDM Professional can be set up to automatically generate SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDFs. To set this up, in the properties of the Convert task select the ‘Conversion Settings.’ Then select the Output file format to ‘3D PDF – MBD.’ Once set, you can then select the themes to use for Parts and Assemblies (if the