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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Mates Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Mates Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS 2020 has many big enhancements that improve performance, stability and usability. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. The littlest things that improve our CAD life. As an instructor who teaches SOLIDWORKS I really try to promote a two hand design theory. What I mean by that is keeping one hand on the…

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Creating Primary Members based on Points in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Weldments

SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides you with additional tools and control options for creating primary members in weldment structures. In this article, we are going to review these new options in SOLIDWORKS 2020 for primary members based on “point and length”, members “between points”, members using “up to point” end conditions and members based on “direction”. When…

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Organizing the Annotation Folder in SOLIDWORKS MBD

SOLIDWORKS MBD Annotation Folder

SOLIDWORKS MBD (model-based design/definition) has some new Annotation organizational features for the 2020 release. When viewing annotations, they can now be displayed per the annotation view. This will help you to identify PMI (Product & Manufacturing Data) for a specific view. SOLIDWORKS strives best with bi-lateral communication between the graphics area and the design tree…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open & Save As Dialog Improvements for File Types

A simple but very welcome improvement that has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the file type list in the Open and Save As dialog boxes. In previous releases, if you needed to open a non-SOLIDWORKS file, when opening the file type drop list, you were presented with a very large list of options, too…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Animated Command Tooltips

A great addition to the user interface in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the new animated tooltips that appear when you hover your cursor over some tools.  This new functionality provides a quick overview of how a command works for new users, or if it’s one that you don’t use very often. However, for some users, it’s…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Feature Tree Name Translation

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Feature Tree Name Translation

More and more commonly, teams spread out across the globe are collaborating together on designs.  SOLIDWORKS Data Management tools make it easy for designers to work together and share files, even if they are located on different continents. One side effect of this global collaboration though can be multi-lingual Feature Manager Design Trees. Now in…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Command Manager and Toolbar controls

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Command Manager Menu

A change has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that simplifies the process for controlling both the Command Manager and Toolbars. In previous releases, to enable additional tabs for the Command Manager, you had to right-click directly on an existing tab to access a specific menu that listed all of the available tabs for that file…

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3D Printing with PANTONE® Colours

3D printing with Pantone

Stratasys J835™ and J850™ 3D printers are PANTONE Validated™. This is the first additive manufacturing technology that offers professional design realism. Pantone, a leading global authority on professional colour standards in multiple vertical industries helps designers, modelers, and manufacturers all over the world accurately define, communicate, and consistently reproduce colours. Using a simple workflow, Stratasys…

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Why upgrade to the Stratasys J850 3D printer?

Stratasys J850

You should upgrade to a Stratasys J850, for the new standard in design and ultra-realistic simulation, The J850 delivers vibrant colour fidelity for your prototypes with PANTONE® and multi-material 3D printing capabilities. Learn more about the product design workflow with the Stratasys J850 and how professional designers prototype with a colour 3D printer: With the…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 Compound Hole Callouts

A long awaited feature we desperately needed was a fix on the hole callouts in SOLIDWORKS MBD (model based definition). New for SOLIDWORKS MBD 2020 are hole callouts and not only that but compound hole callouts. I have tested this on many types of holes as seen in the pictures here. As you can see,…

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