SOLIDWORKS 2016 Interface Colors

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The colors are coming!     The colors are coming!     The colors are coming!       THE   COLORS   ARE   COMING!   Ever since beta 2016 was released we have heard the complaints. Some people love the new interface change, but……. The community has spoken and SOLIDWORKS has heard you. You HATE the new interface color scheme! Be patient, because there is an option coming in service pack 3 (which should be out toward the […]

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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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Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 3)

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This post will show one last example of the INTERSECT command that is new in SOLIDWORKS 2013. As mentioned in my last two posts (http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/03/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-1/  &  http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/18/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-2/) this new command can be used to perform in one easy step what used to take multiple, time consuming commands to complete in the past. In this example we have a “cavity” type area that we need to “fill” with a solid… In the past you could have Offset all the inner faces to […]

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Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 2)

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My last blog (http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/03/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-1/) showed an example of performing what used to take multiple, time consuming steps to complete in the past, done with one step in SOLIDWORKS 2013 with the new INTERSECT command. This post will show another very powerful example…   Here we have an open surface body (open on the bottom), and we want to add that to a solid body. In the past this could have been done a few different ways, such as offsetting a surface […]

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Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 1)

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Ever wished you could do 3 fairly involved SOLIDWORKS commands all with the push of a button ?? Well you CAN with the new INTERSECT command in SOLIDWORKS 2013 ! This one tool basically can replace the need to Offset Surfaces, Trim Surfaces, Knit Surfaces, and Thicken Surfaces to make a Solid ! (Hey, that’s 4 things at once !) To keep these blogs short and to the point I am going to do a small series of blogs showing […]

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Get 3DVia Composer 2013X just in time for the Holidays!!!!

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Well if all things go right, Solidworks is telling us that 3DVia composer 2013X will be released on December 10, and it looks like there will be some great enhancements for us. Here are just a couple of the enhancements that top the list: 1.  Multiple web browser support.  This means that we will no longer be limited when publishing our data to the web.   Supported broswers are Internet Explorer and FireFox, and limited support of Chrome and Safari. 2.  […]

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How to Open SOLIDWORKS 2013 Files in SOLIDWORKS 2012 SP5

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Throughout the years, almost all of our customers have asked at one time or another, "Can I open files from the newest version of SolidWorks into a previous version?" The answer has always been, "No. The latest version of SOLIDWORKS uses newer technology that is not compatible with the older technology of previous versions of SolidWorks." As a result, customers have had to be careful when they upgrade to make sure that they stay compatible with their customers, suppliers, and […]

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