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New Touch Mode Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2020

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, there are a couple of changes that have been made to Touch mode to enhance your experience. In addition to the features that have been highlighted in the previous article Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers, there are a couple of changes that have been added to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New Top 10 Features

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Screen Section

SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides hundreds of new features to help you design your products faster than ever. You can learn what’s new by attending our LIVE Launch Broadcast on Tuesday October 1, 2019, either at 9:00 AM ET or at 2:00 PM ET. In the meantime you can check out what we think are the SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 8/9: Simulate Toolpaths

Simulate Toolpaths

The integrated simulator in SOLIDWORKS CAM is a great way to preview your set-up and trouble shoot issues. Click Simulate Toolpath in the CAM command manager or right-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Simulate Toolpath. Play and jog buttons for controlling the simulation. Display options for items visible during the simulation. Here we may…

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How to Label SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Etch Marks

I previously showed you how to create etch marks using existing geometry from Hole Wizard holes. Having redundancies can prevent mistakes and help out manufacturing. This is sort of like the carpentry saying of “measure twice, cut once”. Having a callout of the Hole Wizards holes on the physical part and drawing will reduce the…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 7/9: Generating Toolpaths

Now, we convert our set-up parameters into geometry that will guide the tool. To generate toolpaths, click Generate Toolpath in the CAM command manager or tight-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Generate Toolpath. Operations shown in blue will not have toolpaths generated as the material to be removed by this operation has been removed…

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Using Opacity property to hide and show actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations

SOLIDWORKS Composer animations

While creating SOLIDWORKS Composer animations everyone uses the collaborative actors such as arrows, 2D text labels, digger views etc., to make animations more interactive and easier to understand. At some point you may want to hide some of these collaborative actors throughout the animation. NOTE: Hide/show will allow the collaborative actor to be either shown…

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard Milling Setup 6/9: Sorting Operations

SOLIDWORKS CAM Sorting Operations is a simple process, click Sort in the CAM command manager or right-mouse on Mill Part Setup1 and select Sort Operations. In the Sort tab we may reorder the operations by clicking and dragging in the Operation Type column and select by Tool in the Then by column. Now we can…

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DCHU Graphics Card Driver Information regarding SOLIDWORKS

For newer computer setups running on Windows 10 versions 1809 and newer, you might notice that our current graphics card driver has DCHU attached to it as seen in the image below.  This stands for Declarative, Componentized, Hardware Support Apps, Universal API compliance. This is essentially a new driver structure for hardware manufacturers. The following…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch Broadcast on October 1, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch

Attend our SOLIDWORKS 2020 Launch Broadcast to learn how to streamline your product development process from concept to manufactured part. LIVE from our broadcast studio in Oakville, on Tuesday October 1, 2019 at 9 AM ET and again at 2 PM ET; Javelin’s team of Certified SOLIDWORKS experts will unveil the important enhancements in SOLIDWORKS®…

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Using the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bounding Box to create Flat Pattern Data

Several times in my career I’ve had rush jobs that need an estimate right away, or, the material might be a long lead request/special order coming from another city or in some cases a different country. Having the basic dimensions of a part can help make this happen. Previously I showed how to automate the…

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