Breadcrumbs will save you TONS of time

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Are you currently using BREADCRUMBS in SOLIDWORKS? Why not!? They can take your mouse travel to do everyday tasks from this…   To this!!   The thing to notice in the pictures of mouse travel is that not one time did they ever go over to the Feature Tree or the Command Manager. HOW?!!?   BREADCRUMBS… What they do is bring the user interface right to your fingertips, versus having to go to the Feature Tree and dig around for things […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Updating Toolbox Components in Assemblies – #SW2017

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Updating Toolbox Components in Assemblies   You can save a lot of time by using Toolbox components in your assemblies. These parts usually contain hundreds of configurations to represent the many sizes of available parts. It is common to modify Toolbox parts by changing properties or dimensions. SOLIDWORKS 2017 makes it easier than ever to update toolbox components, if these type of changes require it.   Updating Toolbox components, in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, would often require opening the sub-assemblies […]

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Get Supplier Pricing Fast!

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Alright, I’ll be the first to admit my title may look like clickbait for SOLIDWORKS pricing, but I assure you my blog today has nothing to do with SOLIDWORKS pricing….IT’S ABOUT SOLIDWORKS COSTING!  If you’re already using SOLIDWORKS Costing you know the amazing insight to new design costs.  Not to mention you can see how changes can impact your costs. All that aside new to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to connect with a manufacturing network to get an idea […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 WHAT’S NEW: EVALUATING MODELS FOR 3D PRINTING – #SW2017

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 has lots of useful new features. One of those hundreds of enhancements would be the Print3D FDM build analysis. This has been improved on from last year’s Print3D option which would allow you to see if your parts can fit in your printers build chamber and also help you save out the SOLIDWORKS file as a either an STL, 3D Manufacturing Format (.3mf), or an Additive Manufacturing File(.amf) Now print3D has a set of build analysis features to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Notes and Balloons – #SW2017

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Notes and Balloons   For most SOLIDWORKS users, creating 2D prints is still a necessity. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has some new functionality that gives more power and flexibility to the notes and balloons in drawings. These enhancements are sure to save time during the detailing process.     In addition to lots of dimensions, most drawings will contain a bill of materials or other table type. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we can now link drawing notes to the information found in these […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips – #SW2017

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Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips   SOLIDWORKS Routing is all about automation. As fast as you can click the mouse, you’re placing components in your assembly and directing the route through your assembly. If there’s a downside to this level of automation, it’s that sometimes you don’t have as many choices as you’d like.   One of those scenarios is when multiple routes are passing through the same clip. This screenshot shows what this looks like in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Bidirectional Circular Patterns – #SW2017

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Bidirectional Circular Patterns   We have all managed to work with the pattern tools that we have been given. Sometimes this makes us think about the best position to start our features in order to create our desired output. Circular patterns have always been one of these areas that we all wish could be easier.   When creating a circular pattern, I may want a single instance at the top center of my arc.   I then want to pattern […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Camera Navigation in Visualize – #SW2017

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Camera Navigation in Visualize   If you use SOLIDWORKS and also render with Visualize, you know that manipulating the model in the view port is slightly different than SOLIDWORKS in 2016 requiring you to use the ALT key.  In SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2017, you can now set options to mimic the way SOLIDWORKS uses the camera.     With the option set to ‘SOLIDWORKS CAD’, you can now navigate with the camera using the same buttons you use in SOLIDWORKS.     […]

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Converting & Offsetting Just Got a Whole lot Easier!

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A great new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2016 that is sure to save you a lot of time with OFFSETTING and CONVERTING entities into sketches is the ability to SELECT INNER LOOPS. As you can see in the example below, all you need to do now is select the face and choose the new SELECT ALL INNER LOOPS button (or the Inner Loops One by One option) and you will get the inner and outer selections of the face!  Previously, you […]

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Place your Sweep Profile Anywhere

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If you have taken any of our advanced part modeling or surfacing classes in the past we have always preached to make sure that your SWEEP profile was located at one end or the other of your sweep path. This usually meant that it was much easier to draw your sweep PATH first, so that you would know where to locate the sweep PROFILE. Well, forget all that with SOLIDWORKS 2016… With the new options to sweep in Direction1, Direction2, […]

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