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My grandmother used to tell me the month of March "Comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." I've heard these words many times over the years but it has always been my grandmothers voice in my mind. I would agree with this statement every year except this year (March 2017). For me this March has come in like a lion, and going out like bigger, more ferocious lion, with much less hair. I spend a good deal of my time on sales calls (in person and on the phone) with our awesome sales team. A few appointments a week is typical for me, but looking back at my calendar, I averaged a few appointments each day for...
When determining a SOLIDWORKS PDM platform, many wonder what difference is between SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Questions like, "Can Standard do everything I need it to do?," or "What are the differences between the platforms so I can make the appropriate choice?" Well, below I have put together a chart that may make understanding these differences from a feature stanpoint a whole lot easier. The chart is broken into groups to make it a little simpler to compare and add another layer of readibility. Enjoy! To learn more about SOLIDWORKS PDM, Please feel free to contact us.
So you need to design a mechanism and you're not sure where to start? Why not use an Assembly Layout? Assembly Layouts allow you to use a whiteboard approach to mechanism design in SOLIDWORKS. You can create basic building blocks that can be used to create 3D parts down the road. To start you need to start an assembly and use the Assembly Layouts Now you start with a 3D sketch open and a sketch plane on which to start drawing your mechanism parts. Now we have the ability to sketch basic 2D mechanism components on the grid and turn them into blocks: With blocks created we can join those blocks together with relationships just as we would any...
Today I would like to remind you of an enhancement that was added 5 or 6 releases ago. This option has definitely joined the ranks of “a forgotten enhancement”. That could be due to the fact that I’m pretty sure the first year it came out the option was ON by default (or maybe it wasn’t even an option that you could turn on/off at all) and then was defaulted to OFF in subsequent releases… This option is called “Use Specified Color for Changed Drawing Dimensions On Open”. Pretty easy to understand what it does. Open a model and make changes, but forget to open and update the drawing as well? Well, then next time you OPEN the drawing you will...
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...