Tips & Tricks

Master Layers in DraftSight with Layer States Manager

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If you have ever attended a play at a theater or on Broadway, you may have noticed that the lighting, scenery and backdrops move and change as though choreographed around the performance. This precise choreography is accomplished by planning out every detail of each scene of the performance. There may be many changes required during the performance with everything fitting onto the same stage. By managing the layers and views in DraftSight, your designs can flow as though choreographed in […]

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SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

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We just recently had the shortest day of the year. Yep, the winter solstice has come and gone. Now, each day is going to be a little longer than the previous for us in northern hemisphere. This thought of darkness has encouraged me to remind all our SOLIDWORKS users to explore “Dark Mode” color settings in SOLIDWORKS. It is a simple setting that changes the appearance of your SOLIDWORKS interface. In the system options, select COLORS settings and you will […]

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Introduction to the Simulation Collaborator Role

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There is probably no greater power on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform than the simulation roles. Granted, I may be a bit biased, but I do feel that the simulation capabilities are a big draw to the platform. I’ve covered lot of the capability of the simulation roles in several other blogs (see Fluid Cavities Analysis, SPH Particles, Phone Drop Test, and Simulation Steps), but today I would like to talk about a simulation-adjacent role: Simulation Collaborator. The Simulation Collaborator role is […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics Solver Enhancements

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The What’s New content for 2022 has shown many new analysis enhancements. One of the best from an efficiency standpoint, are the enhancements to the SOLIDWORKS Plastics solvers. Whether boasting a way to keep you cool, reducing your Cooling analysis time and getting your part filled faster during Fill analysis, the SOLIDWORKS Plastics solvers have you covered. Cool Analysis In an analysis where the Cooling stage is most of the solutions computation 2022, SOLIDWORKS Plastics reduces the overall solution time […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – SIMULATION SOLVERS and PERFORMANCE

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2022 has brought many improvements to SOLIDWORKS Simulation. In this article I want to cover the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Solver Changes and Performance Enhancements. Every year SOLIDWORKS puts a large effort into bringing new useful features to the Simulation portfolio. This year is no different. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2022 has added several SIMULATION Solver enhancements. The FFEPlus iterative and the Intel Direct Sparse solvers in 2021 and before utilized a file-based process to transfer stiffness data to the Simulation. This method was […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – FLOW SIMULATION Tool and Feature Updates

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Every year SOLIDWORKS brings a host of enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. In this blog we will look at a few of the new tools and features in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The first feature added to SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation that caught my eye was the Heat Source dependency based on temperature. The user can now vary the heat sources as a formula or table dependency based on Temperature. Below is a screen capture of the 2021, and 2022 dependency menu […]

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How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS

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Today I want to talk about how to change the unit system in SOLIDWORKS. Before you can learn how to change the unit systems in SOLIDWORKS you should know how it stores and uses the unit system. If you want to skip past the background info and go straight to customizing or changing the unit system in SOLIDWORKS, click here. Access the unit system in SOLIDWORKS The unit system is stored in the System Options – Document Properties tab – […]

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Using Sketch Colors to Improve Design Intent Visibility in SOLIDWORKS

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One of the best tools you can use to learn the design intent behind someone’s designs, is the SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer. The Part Reviewer tool can be used to review how parts are created feature by feature. This tool works similar to how you would use the Rollback Bar in the Feature Manager Design Tree, but makes it a little easier. If you are interested in learning more about this tool, you can find more information in this blog post […]

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Import your SOLIDWORKS Models to SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS

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Structural Performance Engineer and Structural Mechanics Engineer are two of the 3DEXPERIENCE Finite Element Analysis Roles. Both Roles are part of SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS, and offer advanced SIMULIA Solvers, Contacts, and Meshing capabilities. This article has been created to help document the most direct way of importing a SOLIDWORKS model into Structural Performance Engineer, or Structural Mechanics Engineer. Step 1: Open Structural Mechanics Engineer or Structural Performance Engineer Role. Choose Structural Scenario Creation, or Mechanical Scenario Creation App. Note Structural […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Add Realistic Depth of Field

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In the photography world, all lens and cameras produce photographs with some amount of depth of field. For landscape photos, the desire might be to have as much of the scene in focus as possible. Whereas in portrait photography, the goal might be to only have the subject in focus and blur anything in the background or foreground. Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you COULD create images with zero depth of field, making everything perfectly (unrealistic) in focus. If you want to […]

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