SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Time!

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With the new year approaching, this is a great time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS software to the newest release. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with some important files being thrown out with the wrapping paper. If Santa left you a shiny new computer, this information can also be helpful for getting it setup to match your old one. Browse installation location folders Sift through your SOLIDWORKS installation folder. This directory will be removed […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Configuring Smart Components with the Configurator Table

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When creating a Smart Component or editing an existing smart component, there is an option available called “Configurator Table”. The configurator table allows the user to define various configurations of the smart components. The first step to do this is to make sure that your parts are configured. In the below pictures, there is the latch that will be used as the smart component and it has 3 configurations. The second picture is the block that will be used for […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all these products are installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager, you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Defining Hole Depths

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Controlling the depth of your holes using the SOLDWORKS hole wizard or advanced holes just got easier in 2020. You now have the ability to control if you want to measure to the shoulder or all the way to the drill tip. Previously we were only able to measure to the shoulder. This new functionality applies to the following end conditions: Blind Up to Vertex Up to Surface Offset from Surface This is a small change, but it gives a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – User Interface Markups Summary

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 features some new Markup functionality such as the ability for non-touch devices to use a mouse for creating markups as well as creating markups for drawings. Click the following link for a review on our SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings blog article. With SOLIDWORKS 2020 what was originally known as the “Ink Markup toolbar” has been renamed to the “Markup Toolbar”. There are slight differences in the tools that are available depending on whether […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Selecting a SOLIDWORKS Simulation License with SolidNetWork License

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When it comes to SOLIDWORKS Simulation licensing in a network environment it can be important to grab the correct level of licensing. Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2020, the level of simulation licensing can be selected either when enabling the add-in, or while the add-in is loaded. When going to the Add-Ins command manager bar, the button to enable SOLIDWORKS Simulation now has a down arrow to open a drop-down menu. In the drop-down menu, a specific license can be chosen e.g. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 added the ability to create markups on part and assembly files. This makes design reviews and collaboration as easy as grabbing a touch device and drawing on the screen with your finger. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, this markup functionality has been extended to drawings files. As an extra bonus, you can now use your mouse and keyboard to do the marking up in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Adding a markup to a drawing is very simple. On the Tools pull-down menu, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Thin Features

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Thin features can be useful for creating complex cuts and shapes or even simplifying multiple steps into a single step. In order to understand how to utilize thin features, a good understanding of the difference between an “Open contour” and “Closed Contour” is needed. Referencing the above image, the sketches on the blue half are ‘Open Contours’ whereas the sketches on the orange half are ‘Closed Contours’. For a group of sketch entities to be considered a closed contour it […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Twisted Wires

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SOLIDWORKS has some exceptional tools for technical communication. We have photo-rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, product documentation with SOLIDWORKS Composer, and even eDrawings to generate and share an easily viewable file. With these tools, your ability to communicate is dependent on how accurately your parts were modeled. If you want very realistic results, you may consider modeling the finer details in your designs. This would include features like threads, decals, and individual wires. Here, we will look at an easy way […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Viewports and Multiple Windows

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS gives you double vision? You can even have quadruple vision, if that’s what you’re into. It is very easy to spin, zoom, and rotate your 3D models to focus on the specific areas you are working on. After modifying your part, you probably zoom out and look at the geometry from various angles. Maybe, you have custom views created to make this even easier. Another approach is to use additional display windows, shown at the […]

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