SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Multi-Material Overmolding Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 brings many changes and enhancements to our injection molding analysis work.  I recommend you start with a blog written by my colleague, Drew Buchanan, SOLIDWORKS Plastics – Redesigned PlasticsManager Tree.  Like the SOLIDWORKS Plastics user interface, the process for performing multi-material injection overmolding has been revamped in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2021.  Let’s take a look at comparing the old and the new process for setting up a multi-material overmolding SOLIDWORKS Plastics study. Multi-material overmolding analysis requires a license of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – MBD Enhancements – #SW2021 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2021, we see some great added functionality to Model Based Definition. The first involves Datum Targets. You can now add Datum Target Symbols to your DimXpert Dimension Scheme. Why is this so important? Datum Target Symbols are used to define a point, line or zone which can be used to measure to/from during your inspection process. Tech Tip: You can customize the leader type, symbol orientation, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Adding and Evaluating Equations

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Welcome back to our newest edition of the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Blog series. Today I want to talk to you about a very powerful yet understated enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2021. To state it simply it is the ability to add and evaluate equations within the file properties and cut list properties of the SOLIDWORKS files. In the past if you wanted to include the results of an equation in the Custom properties you would need to create a Global […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Transferring Materials for Inserted Parts

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SOLIDWORKS has introduced some extra flexibility when it comes to transferring material properties of inserted parts into another part file. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS offered one option: Insert > Part > Transfer> Material. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 this option has been updated to specify Body Material and Part material. This may seem like a minimal change but it packs a powerful punch when used correctly. So, what is the difference between Body Material and Part Material? Part Material is defined by […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Simulation Solver Enhancements

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Have you ever wondered how the characters in those sci-fi movies come up with technical calculations so quickly in their head to save the lives of all when in a serious life-or-death situation? “We’ve got just enough fuel to safely reach Planet Xterron if we keep our speed under warp 9.5. We’ll be only 0.0725 light years ahead of the enemy, but out of range of their photon ray guns!” I’d be in a severe panic, misplace more than just […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – REDO Support for Part Features

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Like many of you, if I can undo something in SOLIDWORKS, I want the ability to redo some of my functions that I did an undo on. We’ve all been there, we go to the drop-down list a pick a large list of things to undo, only to find out we went WAY too far. A redo will step us forward to the correct spot in time. Finally, in SOLIDWORKS 2021 the redo function is useful. In the Past, the redo […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics- Co-Injection Enhancement Summary – #SW2021

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If you have been following along with the What’s New series the last few years, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been on a hot streak. As you will see in the other SOLIDWORKS Plastics What’s New blogs to come, a lot of work has been done to make the product function more like the other simulation packages. These workflow improvements have not been at the expense of functionality enhancements, though. Today I want to share some great improvements to the Co-Injection feature […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – FLOW SIMULATION Top Enhancements

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Flow Simulation provides functional and innovative enhancements. 2021 is no different. These are the top enhancements in Flow Simulation 2021. Free Surface – Sliding Mesh combination Free Surface is the ability to analyze two immiscible fluids such as but not limited to air and water, or oil and water. Free Surface helps analyze partially filled tanks, fluid surface interaction with an object. Think hull of a boat and other examples. Sliding Mesh is the ability to rotate geometry in order […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORK CAM

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All the new features I talk about in this article are available in 2021 SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard and Pro. Along with all license packages of CAMWorks 2021 as well. Additional Stock Types Available in Stock Manager Before SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, there was not an easy way to define stock as a cylindrical shape for programming mill parts. Now in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2021, you can easily define the stock material by the part Bounding Box by a cylindrical shape for mill […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – New Spacing Options for Chain Component Patterns

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces a new way to control the “Distance” and “Distance Linkage” Pitch Methods in the Chain Component Pattern command. In the updated PropertyManager, you can define whether you want the spacing between components to be measured along the path or along a straight line connecting the components. These two conditions are referred to as “Distance along path” and “Linear distance,” respectively, as seen in the image below. In past versions of SOLIDWORKS, users lacked the ability to specify […]

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