SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Export Deformed Geometry – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Plastics is a manufacturability analysis tool, that provides the designer insight into the injection process of their part. Flow, Pack, Cool and Warp are at the designer’s fingertips giving an understanding of the entire injection molded process. One of the features that SOLIDWORKS Plastics offers is the ability to export deformed geometry. At the end of the injection mold process the part is released from the mold. Due to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD: 3D PDF Enhancements – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS MBD 2018 has added some great enhancements to the 3D PDF experience. I’ll break down a few of the more exciting enhancements below. To start us off, you can now select and insert Notes, such as your GTOL, from a part or assembly into their own fields in a published 3D PDF. You can access this new Note field in the 3D PDF Template Editor. When you […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Linking a Cut List Folder to a Custom Property – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Linking a Cut List Folder to a Custom Property – #SW2018 Today I will demonstrate how SOLIDWORKS 2018 has allowed linking a cut list folder to a custom property will improve the accuracy of the “Bills of Material” in assemblies which contain weldments and multi-body parts. Normally when a cut list is created in SOLIDWORKS Weldments, the folders are given names like “Cut-List-Item*(**)”, where * represents the Item number and (**) represents the quantity of […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Composer Player – #SW2018 There are two new enhancements to Composer PLAYER for 2018. The first one has to do with the interface and how measurement labels are displayed. A new section named “LABEL” has been created in the Properties pane for measurement labels. There are two new properties for labels included here, “Label Orientation” and “Label Position”. Also some of the previous existing measurement label properties have been moved into this new “LABEL” section […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Exclude Area From Clamp Force Calculation – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Exclude Area From Clamp Force Calculation – #SW2018 Plastic part designers are very conscious of features that can add complexity to the mold. Parts with undercuts including latches, standoffs, and other geometry that would not allow the mold to release are oftentimes necessary and cannot be avoided. These features commonly require a slide that relieves this area and allows the mold to release. These areas typically do not contribute to the total Clamp Force required […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Auto-Rotate View on Sketch Edit – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 has lots of exciting enhancements. Some of this new functionality will benefit everyone, while other enhancements might be applicable to specific industries. Here is a small enhancement that will prove to be a large time saver for all SOLIDWORKS users. In recent SOLIDWORKS releases, starting a new sketch will automatically rotate your model view. It positions your model so that the active sketch plane is “Normal […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Pen, Touch, and Gesture-based Sketching – #SW2018 In SolidWorks 2018 you may notice a new command manager available when right clicking one of the command manager tabs. This command manager is called ‘Sketch Ink’ and it is for the new touch based sketching available in SolidWorks 2018. Tech Tip: This functionality currently requires the Windows 10 Creators Update. When using the touch based sketching, you use the ‘Pen’ tool to create free-hand sketch entities. You can […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation – #SW2018 Graphical plotting of results in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation has been enhanced. Now we can use either a vertical or horizontal orientation of the color bar. Also, the scale of values displayed can be shown as logarithmic. In the right-click menu on the color bar, you’ll find the option “Make Horizontal”. Also, notice the option to switch to a logarithmic scale. Here’s the result of switching to a horizontal orientation for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication

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Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication   We recently had a customer contact us looking for an easier way to fabricate some of their weldment components. The weldment contained some complex joints where three different pieces of steel tubing met at a corner. These joints also contained a mixture of square and rectangular profiles.   Specifically, this customer wanted to create paper templates to help him fabricate these complex joints. They would wrap these paper templates around the steel, trace the […]

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