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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Assembly BOMs now support Cut List items

SOLIDWORKS PDM BOM with Cut List

Starting in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, Cut List items can be shown as children of their part files in any Bill of Materials (BOMs), not only in the part Cut List or Weldment BOMs, as was the case until SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020. This makes it much easier to visualize and export a complete BOM structure with…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Top 5 What’s New Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Treehouse View

DS SOLIDWORKS have added many new enhancements to SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021. The latest release lets you explore and document references with the highly-requested Treehouse View for Contains and Where Used. Workflow Icons build in visual recognition and awareness of your processes across the team. Bill of Materials options provide more CAD workflows, and everyday PDM…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Top 10 Features

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021

Once again, DS SOLIDWORKS have added countless enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2021, expanding functionality that will simplify and accelerate your workflows. And by popular demand, DS have increased their focus on performance, reliability, and optimizing pre-existing workflows to work exactly as you’ve always intended them to. You can learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2021 by attending…

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Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

This tip on Manually Updating SOLIDWORKS Toolbox came from the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base. This is a question I receive on a regular enough basis that I felt that it would be worth posting on the Javelin blog. This tip as well as many other great tips can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge base which can be…

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SOLIDWORKS Project Management Workflow with ENOVIAworks

ENOVIAworks Project Management

ENOVIAworks is a new portfolio of browser-based, scalable, cloud data management and PLM offerings built on 3DEXPERIENCE platform designed specifically to provide SOLIDWORKS users with project management capabilities. ENOVIAWORKS offer key data management and PLM capabilities needed during the product development process, including: Lifecycle Management BOM management Project Management Change Management The main advantage with…

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Colour SOLIDWORKS Sketches to communicate ideas and design concepts

Sketch colour applied

SOLIDWORKS provides the ability to colour sketches in your design and this can be useful when you want to prove out your concepts, communicate ideas to other team members, or produce layout sketches. Typically sketches are grey in colour when they are not being edited, but you can easily apply a colour to a sketch…

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Adjusting a Sketch without having to use Edit Sketch

Instant3D drag sketch dimension

Dragging Instant3D manipulators in the SOLIDWORKS graphics area is a quick and easy means of adjusting features, but it is also applicable to sketches. Rather than editing a sketch you can simply select the feature or sketch that you want to adjust and the underlying sketch manipulators will appear. The Instant3D functionality works for the…

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How to Scale an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Assembly to Scale

The Scale feature (found by selecting the Insert menu, Features, then pick Scale) can be used to change the scale of all features within a single part.  When used, this tool appears as an extra feature in the Feature Tree.  However, this feature is limited to use with a part ( .sldprt) file only. How do you…

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Leveraging the strength of 3D Printed Carbon Fiber on the Shop Floor

3D printed carbon fiber tooling

Your goals are clear: high productivity and worker safety, low cost and materials that can withstand the rigors of a manufacturing environment. Traditional manufacturing has its place but it’s not the only path to strong parts. Additive manufacturing (AM) using carbon fiber-filled nylon material 3D prints strong, lightweight parts with a high strength-to weight ratio…

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Discover markets and track competitors with the 3DEXPERIENCE Social Business Analyst

3DEXPERIENCE Social Business Analyst

The new 3DEXPERIENCE Social Business Analyst will help you to get answers to your critical business questions using real-time data insights; driving faster decision-making with automated alerts and actions. The 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS provides more than just design apps for your business. Social Business Analyst is a browser-based solution that enables your team to listen to,…

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