SOLIDWORKS: DraftSight 2017 What’s New – #SW2017

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DraftSight 2017 What’s New All of the enhancements for DraftSight 2017 are driven by user feedback. These improvements were made for the purpose of reducing your design time and streamlining your processes. Dialog boxes All dialog boxes in DraftSight 2017 have been redesigned with better grouping, larger title text, and a more clear and consistent layout. In addition, you can quickly see if the geometry will fit in the printable area as the print dialog box provides a true preview […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Thread Enhancements – #SW2017

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  Thread Enhancements   One of the many enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2017 that might catch your attention would be the enhancements to the Thread feature. You are now able to trim threads to an end face. There are additional options within the parameters for you to use:     The following image depicts the result of my thread without trimming to any end faces:     Here is the result with the option “Trim with end face” selected:     […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Converting Features to Bodies and Surfaces – #SW2017

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Converting Features to Bodies and Surfaces   As engineers, many of us have had to deal with getting our data to a third party for the next phase of the release process. A lot of the time, the data only needs to show the relevant information that they care about.   For example, if they want to design around it, then they won’t need all the unnecessary feature history. In this case, all they need is the outside boundaries of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies – #SW2017

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D Assemblies   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 Schematic is the ability for users to associate existing (external) SOLIDWORKS assembly files to the project or locations needed.  We no longer have to create a brand new assembly file with some random number just to work with SW Electrical (Read my previous blog here). We can simply point to an existing assembly.   The SOLIDWORKS cabinet layout tool in the Process tab is renamed to SOLIDWORKS assembly.   This is […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Distance Mates to Cylindrical Components – #SW2017

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Distance Mates to Cylindrical Components   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 there is a new way to add a distance mate between two cylindrical components. These new options appear when you add a distance mate between a cylindrical face and an axis, edge, line, vertex, or point.   Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2017 the distance was applied at the minimum distance between the cylinders with no other options.   Now we can place four different types; center to center, minimum distance, maximum […]

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