Lesser Known Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017

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June is now here, basketball season is ALMOST over (I am writing this just prior to Game 4, so still have some optimism the Cavs can win it!), and we are full bore into summer.  With that, we will soon start to think about SOLIDWORKS 2018 and what big and exciting things it will have to offer to help our productivity!  Before we start heading down that road, though, I wanted to look back at this year’s release and a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Enhancement You May Have Missed – Wrap on any Face

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I have always loved the Wrap feature in SOLIDWORKS. It is a great way to get geometry onto a face or set of faces.  The issue I had with it though is that you were limited to a cylinder or a cone for the feature to work. Well, that is no longer the case. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 that limitation has been eliminated and you can now wrap sketches onto multiple surfaces of any shape. This feature is great for: Industrial […]

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Live Stream SWW2017

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Have you been to a SOLIDWORKS World in the past or even know what the event is?  If you are unfamiliar, SOLIDWORKS World is the annual event, held in early February, where the SOLIDWORKS community (users, VARs, and SOLIDWORKS employees) gathers to talk all things SOLIDWORKS.  It is 4 days packed with lots of information and lots of fun, typically held in a nice warm location (Los Angeles this year)! Each day starts with a General Session, followed by breakout […]

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What’s New with CHAMFERS in SOLIDWORKS 2017

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Chamfers got quite a few enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017. Let’s take a look at how these new options will save you time and let you build better looking parts! OFFSET FACE CHAMFER (new type of chamfer) The new Offset Face chamfer option lets you define the chamfer by offsetting the faces adjacent to the edge(s) you select. SOILDWORKS is finding the “virtual intersection” of the offset faces, and then calculating the face normal from that point to each face and […]

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SOLIDWORKS introduces NEW Term Licensing with 2017

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We all know that every new release of SOLIDWORKS adds amazing time saving features and better ways to get your job done, but this time SOLIDWORKS 2017 is also offering new ways to acquire and use the software! This new offering is called SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing, and here are some of the great benefits to you get with this option: 1. Variety of Term Lengths SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing lets you to purchase seats for a predefined period of time:  a three month […]

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Graduate to Advanced Holes

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ADVANCED Holes?! I bet you never thought that holes were so complex that there needed to be an ‘Advanced’ Holes feature? Well, holes themselves are typically not that difficult to create. In SOLIDWORKS, these are our counterbores, thru holes, tapped holes, etc. However, there are a lot of industries that require creating multi-stepped holes, meaning multiple hole features stacked in series. This, of course, could be done already, but not in the most ideal way.  You would have to create […]

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Yea They’re Attractive, They’re MAGNETIC Mates! – Part 1

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Did you see what I did with the title? I know, I’m pretty proud of myself. Magnetic Mates are new to SOLIDWORKS 2017 and they provide an attractive option for things like facility layout planning. If you weren’t able to make it to one of our rollouts or go through the What’s New manual for SOLIDWORKS 2017, then you might be doing a lot more work for your layout planning than you need to. First off, let’s take a look […]

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The Secret Enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Every year SOLIDWORKS makes enhancements to the software, much of it based on user feedback. They publish a What’s New document so that you can browse through and read about the hundreds of improvements that they made. There are improvements that get made that don’t make it into the document, however. I don’t know if they forget (after making hundreds of changes I’d forget some too) or if they consider them too minor. Regardless, I’ve been playing around with SOLIDWORKS […]

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Breadcrumbs will save you TONS of time

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Are you currently using BREADCRUMBS in SOLIDWORKS? Why not!? They can take your mouse travel to do everyday tasks from this…   To this!!   The thing to notice in the pictures of mouse travel is that not one time did they ever go over to the Feature Tree or the Command Manager. HOW?!!?   BREADCRUMBS… What they do is bring the user interface right to your fingertips, versus having to go to the Feature Tree and dig around for things […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Best 74 New Features – #SW2017

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Best 74 NEW FEATURES for SOLIDWORKS 2017 The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2017 is now available for download and the CATI and MCAD Tech Teams are excited for this release. At the beginning of September, we started documenting the best new features of SOLIDWORKS 2017 from part, assembly, and drawing tools to the new features in the SOLIDWORKS family of tools like Simulation, PDM, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and SOLIDWORKS Plastics. We have been sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community through […]

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