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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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 2020 What’s New – Mesh Support for More Features

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With the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS, we’ve seen some great enhancements for handling Graphics Mesh and Mesh BREP Bodies. With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, we see even more functionality for Mesh Bodies which now include support for the following commands: Shell Fillet Draft Chamfer Delete Face Fill Face Mutual Trim Surface Knit Delete Hole Additionally, if you’ve used any Mesh Body commands in previous versions, you will find that they have a new location in the UI. All Mesh […]

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GrabCAD Print Version 1.33 Released

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GrabCAD Print Build number 1.33.10.54793 released on 20 August 2019 FDM Changes/Improvements: On printers that are supported by Advanced FDM, some advanced features are now available in the Model Settings tab. These include infill density, infill angle, and body thickness, and when CAD files are used, the ability to change a cylindrical hole into a self-supporting diamond. The Advanced FDM mode, introduced in version 1.24,  is now supported on the Stratasys F170, F270, F370, all Fortus (250, 380, 400, 450, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes – #SW2019

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Stress Averaging at Mid-side Nodes is one of several new features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019.  If you’ve been digging through the What’s New documentation for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, I would be willing to bet this addition has you stumped.  I was when I first read about the new feature and started investigating how this option functioned.  In fact, I had to reach out to a couple of good friends who work in SOLIDWORKS Product Definition for clarification of this new […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Slicing BREP Bodies Using Linear and Point Entities – #SW2019

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In a previous post, I showed you how to use the Slicing Tool to create 2D cross sectional geometry using a planar face as a reference. In this example, I will show you how you can use the Slicing Tool on Standard SOLIDWORKS BREP geometry using Linear and Point Entities. Tech Tip: The Slicing Tool works on Standard SOLIDWORKS BREP geometry, Mesh BREP geometry and Graphics Bodies. We can begin by selecting both the Line and a Vertex as shown […]

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