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Previously I went over the ways that we have used macros for the last couple years, creating a user library of circuits that allow you to quickly finish your system designs by utilizing the work you put in on previous projects. Macros are a very powerful tool, especially when combined with the intelligence that SOLIDWORKS Electrical brings, renumbering components and wires, in a way that can’t be accomplished with simple drawing blocks that engineers have traditionally used to try to accomplish the same thing. SOLIDWORKS introduced a new feature in 2017, though, that takes these macros even further. We now have the ability to specify in an excel spreadsheet which macros should be used on which page, and by importing that...
DriveWorksXpress is the only DriveWorks product that does not have any form of a lookup table. As a result, I've seen people create very complex rules to get around this limitation. They will nest OR statements within other OR statements within OR statements... I understand why people do this. If you start to build a rule with an "OR" statement, the wizard will get you started with this: DriveWorksXpress builds the beginning of the structure for you, complete with the comma you need...you put a comparative equation before the comma and another equation after the comma, if either equation is true, then the "OR" returns true. However sometimes you may run into logic that is more complex than simply comparing two equations,...
Collaboration is a vital component to the success of any business. As good as Tom Brady is (that pains me to say as a Steelers fan), the Patriots would not have won the Super Bowl without the sharing of ideas and talents between players (offensively, defensively, and special teams), coaches, and any non-team related people, such as trainers, etc. who provide tools to help them succeed. So, where am I going with this?! We have seen this in the past within the SOLIDWORKS/DASSAULT family of products. One that quickly jumps to mind is the Magnet Lines coming over from Composer into SOLIDWORKS drawings. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, another great feature that has found its way over to SOLIDWORKS from other 3DExperience products...
Each year between November and January SOLIDWORKS opens up the opportunity to submit and vote on enhancements for the "Top 10" list for that year. These are announced at SOLIDWORKS World, usually on Wednesday. This year they broke the tradition of announcing them in the giant General Session and instead did them in a break-out session in front of approximately only 30 people. Some of the statistics that were given at the beginning of the presentation were: -Since 2001 (when they started doing this) 70% of all the Top 10 list have been implemented. -SOLIDWORKS gets about 6000 Enhancement Requests per year!! They also reviewed which Top 10 Enhancements from previous years made it in to SW2017: -Ability to switch...
Ah the life of a designer....where change is everything. I'm not sure I've ever heard a designer who's had their design be perfect the first time. Ok yea I heard of this one guy, he was like 70 something and he told me of this one design one time he got right on the first try, so there are you happy I lied. ANYWAY, nearly all the time you create a design you're going to need to make changes. Don't like the size of that fillet? NO PROBLEM! I CAN CHANGE IT! Sales can sell more if I modify that dimension? No problem, I can change it! Manufacturing needs a change so they can actually "make" the part in real life?...