SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Adding Balloons to an Exploded View

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is a wonderful tool for creating electronic representations of your designs that can be shared with fabricators and customers. You can create multiple 3D views with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), datums, as well as customize your 3D PDF to include custom properties and bill of materials(BOMS). In many cases it can replace traditional drawings! Which are limited to two dimensional views of the model or assembly. Today I want to show you how to add balloon annotations […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS MBD 2018 has added some great enhancements to the 3D PDF experience. I’ll break down a few of the more exciting enhancements below. To start us off, you can now select and insert Notes, such as your GTOL, from a part or assembly into their own fields in a published 3D PDF. You can access this new Note field in the 3D PDF Template Editor. When you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties

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MBD Template Editor – Adding Custom Properties   So you’ve added Custom Properties to your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS and now you want to bring those Custom Properties into your MBD Templates for creating 3D PDFs.   Tech Tip: If you need help setting up Custom Properties in your Part or Assembly in SOLIDWORKS see our tech blog on Adding Custom Properties here.   Shown below is a snapshot of the Custom Properties set up in this part. The Custom Property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

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Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader   If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader:     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can ‘Trust this document one time only’ or ‘Trust this document always’.   If you select ‘Trust this document always’, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF the message will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 3D PDF – Enable 3D Content by Default in Adobe Reader If you’ve either created or received a 3D PDF, you’ve probably seen this message across the top of your Adobe Reader.     3D Content in Adobe Reader is disabled by default, and if you select Options, you can Trust this document one time only or Trust this document always.   If you select Trust this document always, the next time you open this specific 3D PDF […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Exporting and Viewing STEP 242 Files

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Exporting and Viewing STEP 242 Files From SOLIDWORKS   The STEP 242 file format is an update to the CAD neutral STEP file format standard which now includes 3D Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) in addition to the CAD data. This combination eliminates the need to send both 2D drawings and 3D CAD data to the manufacturer to communicate your design.   So how do you export your SOLIDWORKS part and PMI data to STEP 242 format? To do this, […]

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How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD – Part 1

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The fun and excitement of SOLIDWORKS World has come and gone, but it is the many messages conveyed to the SOLIDWORKS community and the 5500 attendees of this years conference that keeps us motivated for the next year. This year we heard from Dr. Michio Kaku (Professor of Theoretical Physics) who made many predictions of the future as it relates to engineering and science. One of his main messages was 3D is the future. I would like to take that […]

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