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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – eDrawings – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – eDrawings – #SW2018 A number of enhancements to eDrawings 2018 have been added. Let’s take a look! 3D views You can now access and show 3D Views added to your models such as MBD views created on the 3D Views tab in SOLIDWORKS. The models must be saved in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for this to work. Decals Now you can choose to attach the decals directly inside your eDrawing file. Previously eDrawings would only show decals […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Offloaded Rendering – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Offloaded Rendering – #SW2018 Offloaded rendering allows you to send the model to another machine that has the PhotoView 360 Render Client in order to free up your computer from the burden of the calculating time it would take to complete the task. In order to do this, 2 machines are required. One machine would serve as the Coordinator and the other would serve as the Client. The Coordinator would require the license of at […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Controlling Dismissed Messages – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New: Controlling Dismissed Messages – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 continues to build upon functions added last year. We introduced the capabilities to lock down system settings when deploying an admin image. This was handled thru the use of the SOLIDWORKS Settings Administrator tool. This year we are taking this another step forward and allowing you to control the visibility of the individual messages that the user sees. This allows the CAD administrator to decide which messages not to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks Opening ECAD Files – #SW2018

In SOLIDWORKS 2018, we introduce the ability to open ECAD files directly into SOLIDWORKS. With this new option in CircuitWorks, we can build a CircuitWorks file as a SOLIDWORKS part which previously only allowed us to build the CircuitWorks file as an assembly. Let’s take a look at an example: First we’ll open a board file directly using File > Open: This action will open up the file into Circuitworks where we can select “Build Model as Part”: This translation […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mouse Gestures – #SW2018

Mouse Gestures have been around since SOLIDWORKS 2010 and this year we see a few new nice additions to one of my favorite ways to access shortcuts within SOLIDWORKS 2018. For those of you new to SOLIDWORKS, Gestures are used while holding down the Right Mouse Button (RMB) while in a part, assembly, sketch, or drawing.  This gives you another way to access commands quickly, when you need them, by simply clicking and flicking in the direction of the command […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 has some great enhancements which makes this year’s version much more powerful than years past. Let’s start with the new Property section for measurement Labels. This new setting allows users to manage the display of measurement labels. It contains two new properties, Label Orientation and Label Position: When this Label Orientation is set to Auto, you can see in the above image that you also get to choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018 Graphical plotting of results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has been enhanced. Now we can use either a vertical or horizontal orientation of the color bar. Also, the scale of values displayed can be shown as logarithmic. In the right-click menu on the color bar, you’ll find the option “Make Horizontal”. Also, notice the option to switch to a logarithmic scale. Here’s the result of switching to a horizontal orientation for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Welcome Dialog Box – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 welcomes you in a whole new way! When you launch the software you are greeted with the Welcome Dialog Box .   The Welcome Dialog Box gives quick and easy access to open documents, view folders, access SOLIDWORKS resources, and view the latest SOLIDWORKS News. The Welcome Dialog Box has several helpful tabs; home, recent, learn, and alerts. To avoid redundancies some content was moved from the Task Pane to the Welcome Dialog Box. There are couple ways to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Blog Series – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Blog Series – #SW2018 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 is just a month away and here at Computer Aided Technology the Tech Team is excited for this release. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2018 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Starting next week, the CATI Tech Team will be starting their 4th annual What’s New Blog […]

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS Licensing

Having options is one of the most important factors in purchasing anything. Think of something as simple as ice cream – as you enter that endless grocery aisle of flavors and sizes, you have as many options as you could ever want. Options allow you, as a consumer of that product, to buy the perfect solution to the problem you’re trying to solve. Needing Ice Cream isn’t the worst problem to have to solve – but if you’re trying to […]

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