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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Hybrid Modeling

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The past few releases of SOLIDWORKS have given us the ability to work with mesh BREP geometry which makes working with imported mesh geometries (such as from a 3D Scanner) way easier. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 and previous however, we only had the ability to add a limited number of supported features and could not combine mesh bodies with traditional solid bodies. We would need to create our traditional SOLIDWORKS BREP bodies and then convert them to mesh BREP bodies to […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Draft Across Parting Lines

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I’m very excited to tell you about this SOLIDWORKS 2022 enhancement. It has to do with the ability to add draft across parting lines. SOLIDWORKS provides multiple methods for adding draft and there are several uses for adding draft to solids. I’m going to show you some of the advantages of this new enhancement to the Draft feature. To show off this new feature we need to review some of the methods for adding draft to solids. Method 1. Adding […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – 5 Feature Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Manage

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Manage 2022, we get to share some exciting enhancements! This release introduces some incredible features to our SOLIDWORKS Manage capabilities. There’s a lot to talk about and we should break this up a bit. With the number of enhancements, we decided to make this year’s breakdown a two-part post. So, this first post will cover our five favorites, while the second will cover all the upgrades to tasks. Let’s break it down. #5 – Share […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Visualize Shadow Catcher

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize in 2022 includes many exciting new capabilities and enhancements that will raise the level of realism of your renderings. Introducing the Shadow Catcher!  (yes, it does sounds like a Superhero) The new Shadow Catcher option renders the selected part invisible, however, it receives and displays the shadows cast on it by other objects in the scene.  It catches their shadow. Visualize comes with several primitive models (a wall, a box, a cylinder, etc) that we can use as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 What’s New – Cap Cut Planes and Toon Shading

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 has quite a few new enhancements that make creating compelling sales and marketing content a breeze. I’ll walk through two of my favorite enhancements, adding a capped cut plane and the new toon shading. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize you had the option of using cut planes to create section view style content for your designs. This is certainly a helpful way of showing internals of a product, but in prior versions of SOLIDWORKS Visualize the […]

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 SOLIDWORKS 2020 Installation Guide Part4 – Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation 

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What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all these products are installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager, you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – User Interface Markups Summary

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 features some new Markup functionality such as the ability for non-touch devices to use a mouse for creating markups as well as creating markups for drawings. Click the following link for a review on our SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings blog article. With SOLIDWORKS 2020 what was originally known as the “Ink Markup toolbar” has been renamed to the “Markup Toolbar”. There are slight differences in the tools that are available depending on whether […]

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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 – Assembly Envelope Publisher

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Envelopes have been a very useful tool in SOLIDWORKS for years, providing two main functions: you can use envelopes as reference components in assemblies and as selection tools. Because envelopes do not appear in the bill of materials, they are great to use for sizing and positioning purposes at the assembly level. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we now have a new top-level assembly tool called the Envelope Publisher. You can use this new tool to include components from […]

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