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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – FLOW SIMULATION Tool and Feature Updates

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Every year SOLIDWORKS brings a host of enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. In this blog we will look at a few of the new tools and features in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The first feature added to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that caught my eye was the Heat Source dependency based on temperature. The user can now vary the heat sources as a formula or table dependency based on Temperature. Below is a screen capture of the 2021, and 2022 dependency menu […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Draft Across Parting Lines

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I’m very excited to tell you about this SOLIDWORKS 2022 enhancement. It has to do with the ability to add draft across parting lines. SOLIDWORKS provides multiple methods for adding draft and there are several uses for adding draft to solids. I’m going to show you some of the advantages of this new enhancement to the Draft feature. To show off this new feature we need to review some of the methods for adding draft to solids. Method 1. Adding […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Cosmetic Threads

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Cosmetic threads have improved in both appearance and usability within SOLIDWORKS 2022. First, let us start with appearance. When applying the cosmetic thread to a part, any appearance or texture that you applied to that same part, will also appear between the cosmetic threads themselves. See the before and after images below to see the improvement to the thread’s appearance. And, to take it a step further, these Cosmetic Threads are also now supported in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. The behavior of […]

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Resetting (and saving) the DraftSight User Interface

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Happy New Year! Even though it is the third week of January. With the new year comes more of the same, most of us are still working remote a majority of the time. Likely, you are like me and moving your laptop from one location to another and neither location has an identical hardware setup. I was recently working with a customer in a similar situation, three monitors at home and two at the office. Upon moving the computer from […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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Reactivating Your SolidNetwork License Manager

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Whether you have recently added seats to your SolidNetwork License, renewed your subscription, or have had any trouble with your activation, it is sometimes necessary to reactivate your SolidNetwork Licenses in the License Manager Server application. Regardless of the reason, reactivating your network license can be done by following these easy steps: In order to reactivate the license, first go to the Start Menu on the server computer and open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server application. Before reactivation, it is […]

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Does your PDF have faint edges when saved from a SOLIDWORKS drawing?

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I need to begin by saying this is one of those questions that I should have known the answer to. I was on a customer call working through an example of a drawing in which a particular view had very faint edges when saving to a PDF. Some of you who are reading this may already know the cause and the solution. Representative of the customer file, why the faint edges in the PDF? There is nothing overly complex about this […]

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Back to the basics: Hunting and Gathering on the 3D Experience Platform

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Imagine the most primitive state of humankind. Most will probably come up with the hunter-gatherers prevalent before the advent of cities and agriculture. I’m no anthropologist by any means, but I feel like the people we refer to as “hunter gatherers” behaved as they did because they were unaware of many of the mechanics of how the world around them worked. To them it was easier to just grab what they could directly consume and move on. Now, for the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide – Part 8 SOLIDWORKS CAM

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SOLIDWORKS CAM installation can be broken down into 2 sections (CAM Standard, CAM Standard TBM) and (CAM Professional). CAM Standard – CAM Standard TBM The installation process is simple with CAM, just run the 2021 SOLIDWORKS installation process CAM will be automatically loaded without searching for check marks to add into the software download. After the installation is complete, open SOLIDWORKS and right click on COMMAND MANAGER Tabs and add a check mark for SOLIDWORKS CAM and SOLIDWORKS CAM TBM. Current user of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide – Part 7 Visualize Products

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In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2021. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize […]

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