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Using the new Stratasys F120 3D printer and SOLIDWORKS to build end-use products

Using the Stratasys F120

Technology is constantly evolving; every day there are new and innovative products on the market. Recently, there has been a rise in popularity of bladeless products, like fans and hairdryers. With the extreme heat this summer, we decided to design and print a desk fan. The benefit of having a fan with no blades allows…

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SOLIDWORKS Macro to create Drawings for All Configurations with Updated BOM

Create SOLIDWORKS drawings macro

Have you ever had a part with tens or hundreds or thousands of configurations? And you’re responsible for creating a drawing for EACH of those configurations with a correct BOM? Well fear no more! We’ve got a SOLIDWORKS Macro for you in which all you have to do is…Change two lines, Click a button, Sit back…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Save As Copy and Open: Close the Original Document Option

SOLIDWORKS Save As Copy has always been a great option for managing references when creating copies of documents under new filenames. In 2020, when doing a File > Save As… > Save As Copy and Open, we can now choose to close the original document in the message that pops up after we select Save….

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Using Search Operators and Wildcards in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Operators

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, when performing a complete search, you can now use Search Operators and Wildcards such as “AND”, “OR”, or “NOT” separated by a space. From previous releases, we know that you can refine your search using various parameters including file name, description, etc. But, what if you don’t know EXACTLY what…

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Define Hole Wizard Depth to Tip or Shoulder with SOLIDWORKS 2020

Hole Depth to Tip

Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2020, the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard holes would specify end condition of drilled or tapped holes as depth to shoulder.  Now in 2020, we can specify drill depth to tip.  For example, maybe it is critical that the drill hole not pierce through the next face in its path, so we can choose…

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How to Make and Flatten a Sheet Metal Cone in SOLIDWORKS

Sheet Metal Cone

Creating a Sheet metal cone in SOLIDWORKS can seem like a complex task, but I’m here to alleviate your worries and provide you with the correct workflow. I typically like to start my first sketch on the Top Plane. Using my sheet metal open sketch technique, we can draw an arc and its construction lines….

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Adding Missing SOLIDWORKS Inspection GD&T Specific Fonts

Wait, hold up, stop the bus, what do mean you can read this very specific SOLIDWORKS only font on your computer without having SOLIDWORKS installed? There are some occasions where you may need to read or analyze files on a different computer that may not have a shred of SOLIDWORKS’ software on it. Sometimes, even…

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Reorder Columns in Search Results with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

solidworks pdm search columns

Whether you’ve just created your vault view and added files into your vault, or if you’re a long time user of PDM. New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, you now have the capability to reorder columns right in your search window and have that change automatically saved into the Administration tool! When first doing a search…

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How to Reuse a Part Exploded View in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

SOLIDWORKS 2020 now allows you to reuse an exploded view that you have already created in a multi-body part file in an assembly level exploded view. I’ll use the lamp model below as an example: To reuse an exploded view follow these steps: Create an exploded view within the part file (Insert > Exploded View)…

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How to apply a SOLIDWORKS Hole Callout to Non-Hole Wizard Hole

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now add Hole Callouts to non-hole wizard holes that have a cosmetic thread. In the following example we have created a hole in a plate and applied a cosmetic thread to the hole. In order to insert a hole callout for this hole in the drawing, we use the Smart…

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