How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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Pedal to the Metal: 3D printing with Desktop Metal

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Desktop Metal 3D printers are the latest addition to our lineup of best-in-class product development solutions. This groundbreaking line of metal 3D printers finally provides a solution to the limitations seen with other metal 3D printers currently on the market—limitations in speed, materials, and accessibility. We’re happy to provide 3D metal printing solutions with Desktop Metal that are quick, affordable, and offer a variety of materials, such as steel, aluminum, titanium, and copper.   There’s been a lot of buzz […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Bend Note Formatting

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Bend Note Formatting     Bend notes, in your sheet metal part drawings, are a clear way to provide the required information for manufacturing. They can be automatically inserted into the flat pattern drawing view. These bend notes will describe the bend direction, bend angle, and bend radius for each bend, within SOLIDWORKS.     In many cases, the manufacturer will have to determine the exact bend radius based on their tooling options. If this is your scenario, you may […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

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SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication

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Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication   We recently had a customer contact us looking for an easier way to fabricate some of their weldment components. The weldment contained some complex joints where three different pieces of steel tubing met at a corner. These joints also contained a mixture of square and rectangular profiles.   Specifically, this customer wanted to create paper templates to help him fabricate these complex joints. They would wrap these paper templates around the steel, trace the […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Weldments from Profiles to Cut Lists – Part1

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This month we are going to take a deep dive into SolidWorks Weldments. We are going to discuss the profiles, feature manager options, modification tools such as Trim/Extend, and drawings including views, Cut Lists, and Custom Properties. Let's start by defining a Weldment, a Weldment can be defined as a unit formed by welding an assembly of parts together. Inside of SOLIDWORKS we handle this in a multibody part file. This way we manage one single file instead of tens […]

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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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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 11

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The importance of CAD leadership CAD technology has become the cornerstone of today’s successful product development organizations. However, as with any tool, maximizing the potential benefits of your CAD system demands a combination of planning, organization, and expertise. Using the right tools at the right time and under the right circumstances can make the difference between success and failure. Ensuring that your organization deploys CAD tools in the most effective, efficient, and practical manner is the role of the CAD […]

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Ten Strategies for Becoming an Effective CAD Leader – Part 10

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Strategy 10: Demonstrate product development contributions Perhaps the most critical strategy for becoming an effective CAD leader is to find ways to demonstrate the value of the contributions that your product development team makes to your entire enterprise. By showing management how your team’s performance contributes to your company’s bottom line, you will be able to secure and maintain the support that you and your group needs to grow, improve, and innovate. As stated previously, capturing, documenting, and communicating the […]

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