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 – 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 – Weldment Structural System Member and Corner Trim

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With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, we are focused on providing tools to make your job easier when it comes to designing. If you work with weldments, then make sure you have checked out the new weldment structure system that was added in 2019. This allows a user to define the structure with some simple geometry extrusions and reference planes instead of all the 2D and 3D sketches we previously needed. Sometimes some of the best enhancements are the small […]

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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 – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

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Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

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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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Mate References With and Without Names

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Today we are going to look at the difference between Mate References with a name and Mate References without a name. It turns out that the Mate Reference acts totally different if it has a name. Just as a quick reminder, a Mate Reference allows you to realize the benefits of drag & drop mating (SmartMates) without the requirement of having the part open. You can pre-identify and store in the part model the faces, edges, or vertices that you […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Component Selection Tool

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When working in large assemblies, sometimes it is useful to be able to select all instances of a specific type of component. This is a scenario where the ‘Advanced Component Selection’ tool can come in handy. Before diving into the advanced component selection tool, you will find there are some useful predefined selection groups. These are located right under the cursor menu at the top toolbar of SOLIDWORKS. Simply click the drop-down arrow on the cursor icon as seen in […]

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