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June is now here, basketball season is ALMOST over (I am writing this just prior to Game 4, so still have some optimism the Cavs can win it!), and we are full bore into summer. With that, we will soon start to think about SOLIDWORKS 2018 and what big and exciting things it will have to offer to help our productivity! Before we start heading down that road, though, I wanted to look back at this year’s release and a few of the lesser known enhancements that can save you some time now. First, we now have the ability to control how our configurations are sorted. We can sort them numerically, literally, manually, or history based. These were only sorted literally...
SOLIDWORKS performance is an issue that often comes up the more complex your part designs are or the larger your assemblies get. We have addressed those issues a lot recently through blogs and tech talks. In this blog, I wanted to touch on a performance option that is often overlooked, possibly because you do not even know it is there or know what it would do, during part design, but could potentially speed up your part rebuild time, i.e. the Geometry Pattern. If you do a Command Search for it, you will not come up with anything; that is because Geometry Pattern is just an option inside of the Pattern features (except Variable Patterns). You may have never even noticed this,...
As I am sure you already know, SOLIDWORKS makes a lot of great announcements at SOLIDWORKS WORLD every year. One of the big announcements this past February was the introduction of CAM into SOLIDWORKS next year. This new functionality will integrate 2.5 axis milling and turning directly into the software. Some other great features will include part and assembly machining, tolerance based machining, automatic feature recognition, and knowledge based machining strategies, to name a few. This seems like the logical next step, after the introduction of tools such as SOLIDWORKS Inspection and MBD over the last few years, which allow you to more efficiently utilize your SOLIDWORKS files beyond just the design. Being out in the field interacting with our...
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...
What good is your design if you cannot share it with others? Whether you need to show your design to your customer to get approval, share with suppliers, or communicate with your manufacturing (or any other) department who does not run SOLIDWORKS, the eDrawings viewer is a great tool to allow that collaboration. In this latest edition of 3DVision’s How To Solve It webinar series, I discussed how you can use eDrawings to view and share your 2D and 3D CAD data from SOLIDWORKS, and other CAD platforms. We discussed the capabilities, as well as limitations of the eDrawings viewer. That sounds like a great and useful tool; which usually means expensive. While it is a valuable tool, the cost...