SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Opening Part Configurations in Quick View – #SW2019

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Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2019 you will have the ability to view configurations of your parts and assemblies while a file is loaded in Quick View. This functionality is controlled on a file-by-file basis. To view a configuration in Quick View, the file must first be opened normally. With the part or assembly open, go to the configurations tab where your configurations are listed. Right click an existing configuration and choose “Add Display Data Mark” as seen in the image below. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Partial Chamfers and Fillets – #SW2019

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When using a fillet or chamfer in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you will find there is a new section in the Property Manager called “Partial Edge Parameters”. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now specify an offset to the start or end of your fillets and chamfers to create a partial fillet or a partial chamfer. To do this, check the box for the new section called “Partial Edge Parameters” that is in the property manager. For a Fillet, the Partial Edge […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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Superior Graphite Customer Story

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  If you’ve been in business for over a century like Superior Graphite, you might have seen a few CAD programs come and go. As a chemicals manufacturing company, Superior Graphite thermally purifies graphite and calcined petroleum coke for use in multiple applications, from smartphone and electric car batteries to lubricant and loss of circulation material. Superior Graphite has expanded throughout the years with multiple versions of CAD software, with a clear need for better organization of their files as […]

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Smart Components in SOLIDWORKS

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With the constant push to get designs completed quickly, anything you can do to speed up your SOLIDWORKS modeling is an advantage. Smart Components are a lesser known tool that has been available in all versions of SOLIDWORKS for many years. If you are looking for some tricks to increase productivity, Smart Components should be on your list. Everyone is familiar with setting up SOLIDWORKS part libraries to efficiently create new projects. A single file location for common parts can […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018

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Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018 If you are new to M.C.A.D. (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design) or you are interested in learning the basics of 3D part modelling using SOLIDWORKS, there are some simple steps you can take to familiarize yourself with the application. There are also self-paced tutorials included with the software which will provide an excellent path to learning the basics of 3D design. After completing the first few tutorials you will be prepared to attend a SOLIDWORKS Essentials class, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 now gives you more flexibility for displaying trailing zeroes in your dimensions. This delivers greater control of the precision of our dimension values. In SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can now independently control the behavior of the trailing zeroes for dimensions, tolerances, and property values. These new options exist under the file’s document properties settings. In the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS you can set the behavior of trailing zeroes. This is a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has lots of exciting enhancements. Some of this new functionality will benefit everyone, while other enhancements might be applicable to specific industries. Here is a small enhancement that will prove to be a large time saver for all SOLIDWORKS users. In recent SOLIDWORKS releases, starting a new sketch will automatically rotate your model view. It positions your model so that the active sketch plane is “Normal […]

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