Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

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If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional […]

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Using the SOLIDWORKS CAD Admin Dashboard to track, review and troubleshoot machines– Part 1

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Welcome back to our second deep dive blog series. If you missed the first series, be sure to go back and check out "How to configure SOLIDWORKS Toolbox and Hole Wizard". Today we are going to take a closer look at the CAD ADMIN DASHBOARD and how this can be used to track, review, and troubleshoot machines in your organization that have SOLIDWORKS installed. This series will breakdown: What is the CAD ADMIN DASHBOARD How do you organize this data […]

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Where did that command go?

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Have you taken time to discover the hidden gem call “search commands”?  This has been a very helpfultool for anyone just learning SolidWorks, or for the veteran that just wants to know where they moved my tool.   The “Search Command” allows you to find and run commands in the user interface. Results are filtered as you type each keystroke. Run the command from the search window.  SOLIDWORKS will remember the commands you useand place them at the top of the […]

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DriveWorks World 2013

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DriveWorks World 2013 will be held at the Marriott Chicago O’Hare hotel. It will introduce you to the latest DriveWorks software release – DriveWorks 10 and include instructor-led training sessions on DriveWorks Solo and DriveWorks Pro. Date and Registration:March 4-8, 2013>>Registration and Agenda Link All attendees will have the opportunity to attain their DriveWorks Certifications. Reasons to attend Find out What's New in DriveWorks 10 Influence future releases Network with other DriveWorks Users Gain Tips and Tricks from the DriveWorks Team (Developers, Technical Experts and Owners) Become a DriveWorks […]

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Round your corners for a better render

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PhotoView 360 uses simple drag and drop methods to create very realistic renderings with very little work.  There are many settings that can be tweaked to create just the right image.   A new setting that I found in 2013 is setting an appearance to round corners. One trick to making your rendering more realistic is to round all sharp corners.  This only needs to be a thousandth or two.  Traditionally this had to be done using fillet, but the downside […]

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Get 3DVia Composer 2013X just in time for the Holidays!!!!

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Well if all things go right, Solidworks is telling us that 3DVia composer 2013X will be released on December 10, and it looks like there will be some great enhancements for us. Here are just a couple of the enhancements that top the list: 1.  Multiple web browser support.  This means that we will no longer be limited when publishing our data to the web.   Supported broswers are Internet Explorer and FireFox, and limited support of Chrome and Safari. 2.  […]

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How to Use the New Orientation Dialog Box in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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Do you find yourself constantly changing views until you finally find the correct view that you wanted? Well, the Orientation dialog box received a nice new face lift for SOLIDWORKS 2013 that you will find very useful. Simply press the spacebar or to bring up the Orientation dialog box, (or click the View Orientation button in the Heads-up View toolbar and click More Options, or pull down the View menu and pick Modify – Orientation.)      The new Orientation dialog […]

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Use Luxology Appearance Files When Rendering in SOLIDWORKS 2013

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As far as favorite new features go for SOLIDWORKS 2013, using Luxology appearances to render my SOLIDWORKS models is one of my favorites. Luxology provides the rendering engine behind PhotoView 360 and up until now you were not able to use native Luxology appearances in SolidWorks. They have removed that barrier and now you have access to hundreds of new rendering appearances. To download these new appearances, you have to have a current subscription contract with SOLIDWORKS (you can also access […]

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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