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Why can’t I Foreshorten my SOLIDWORKS Dimension?

SOLIDWORKS Foreshorten Dimension

I recently had a reoccurring problem when creating drawings in SOLIDWORKS. I would constantly lose the Foreshorten option. Yes, you read that correctly! See below for a typical Display Options menu where the Foreshorten dimension option is missing. Something to note is that the Foreshorten option isn’t technically missing from the menu but rather we’re…

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Producing Lightweight, Durable Robot Parts on Stratasys Origin One

Origin One parts

Ghost Robotics™ produces four-legged autonomous unmanned robots with all-terrain stability that can operate in almost any environment. These quadruped robots are size scalable, ultra-agile, high endurance and easy to program. Simple mechanical systems increase the robots’ durability, agility and endurance. The robots’ modular design supports the efficient field swapping of any sub-assembly. Challenge Ghost Robotics…

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How to change SOLIDWORKS Visualize 3D Viewport Resolution

Change Resolution

When a 3D model is imported into SOLIDWORKS Visualize, the resolution that we see in a preview within the viewport is the resolution of the image that is rendered as an output. This resolution can be changed as required, following the steps below: Import the 3D model into SOLIDWORKS Visualize Now Go to Tools drop-down…

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How to Attach Annotations to an Existing SOLIDWORKS Drawing View

Attach SOLIDWORKS Annotations

Do you ever find yourself looking at SOLIDWORKS drawings where annotations are NOT linked to views, but should be? It is simply there on the paper sheet … floating … without a drawing view ‘home’… doesn’t move when you move any drawing views… Why would someone do this? Why I ask…WHY? Cause of Detached SOLIDWORKS…

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Accessible large-format FDM printing with the Stratasys F770 printer

F770 Printer Front Open

Stratasys made a big impact on manufacturing with their announcement of three new printers using three technologies this week during their Manufacturing Event. If you missed the big event, we saw and learned about the H350 3D printer, which uses Selective Absorption Fusion technology (also known as SAF). The printer is built for high-volume, short-run…

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Why do my SOLIDWORKS Drawings show “deg” instead of the degree symbol?

DEG vs Symbol

Have you ever come across a SOLIDWORKS Drawing where the letters “deg” are displayed instead of the degree symbol and just couldn’t change it? In this blog article we will learn how to control how the units are shown. (And before anyone asks…no, it’s not overwritten text.) Show Units of Dimensions Option The cause of…

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Applying colour and textures using KeyShot integration with GrabCAD on Stratasys J55 printer

CAD file split into separate bodies for 3D printing

One of the most exciting features of the new line of Stratasys PolyJet printers is the ability to prepare, process, and print full-coloured and textured files in a few easy steps. Learn more about the new J55 3D printer by reading TechTalk: Javelin’s Professional Services team impressed with Stratasys J55 3D printer for product development….

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Remote Solver (Network Solving)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation software provides the ability to share the calculations of a project over a network connection to a SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Remote Solver. Resources are then freed up on the local computer to continue other work without reduced performance as the solver is running.  You can open a new SOLIDWORKS window to continue…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Error 2709: The specific Component name not found in Component table

This SOLIDWORKS PDM Error 2709 commonly occurs when using the standalone installer [SOLIDWORKS installation folder]\SWPDMClient\Setup.exe to install the PDM Client software. To resolve this issue on the client computer, install both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015 Redistributable packages located in folders: [SOLIDWORKS Installation folder]\PreReqs\(VCRedist9,…

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SOLIDWORKS User Forum joins the 3DEXPERIENCE Swym Communities

If you’ve recently browsed to the SOLIDWORKS Forums, you will find yourself connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE Swym Communities. This gives you access to the same great content that was available in the previous layout but opens up more opportunity.  Connect with other communities like DraftSight or learn more about SOLIDWORKS Connected and other 3DEXPERIENCE Apps….

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