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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Adds VDA Balloons

SOLIDWORKS 2021 VDA balloons

VDA refers to a German Quality System, generally used for the automotive industry. This is a highly recognized and respected quality management system, which requires a 90 percent compliance record for formal audits. So, we’re glad SOLIDWORKS 2021 has added these specific balloons in the core products. Before we use the VDA balloon we first…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Active Window Highlighting

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Active Window Highlighting

If you’re anything like me you can have multiple SOLIDWORKS files open at any one time.  If a command is open on one model it prevents selecting a different window until the command was closed or completed. As a user, this used to slow me down when switching between explorer and SOLIDWORKS, resulting in time…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Geometry Corrections for Curved Surfaces in Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Geometry Corrections for Curved Surfaces in Contact

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has improved the calculations for curved surfaces that come into contact by integrating geometry correction factors. These help improve the accuracy of linear static studies involving cylindrical, spherical and conical contacting surfaces. Take the two cylindrical rings below. After creating a separate configuration with a quarter model of the assembly, the two…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Log

SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug

Using the SOLIDWORKS Manage Database Debug Mode can generate a log file that can be analyzed by your support team, to help expedite the troubleshooting process.  Database debug mode needs to be activated at the user level and the log will store the last 100 SQL Database queries. How to enable Database Debug Mode Within…

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Controlling the Display of Hidden Edges in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021

Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, the visibility of hidden edges can be controlled, when we select or highlight elements. We can define the colour and intensity used to display hidden edges whereas this wasn’t possible in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020. To control the visibility of hidden edges follow the steps below: In the Default Document Properties/Default…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Default Mesh Settings

Default SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Plot

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 increases your control over the default mesh settings for new Simulation studies. Accessed in the menu through Simulation > Options, the default settings provide numerous options to configure studies before they are created. Shown below are the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2020: And the default mesh settings for SOLIDWORKS Simulation…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 4

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

This is the last article to wrap up our easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet design series. There will be more in the future with more advanced workflows. In this article we are going to clean up our body properties with materials, descriptions and dimensions. Currently our bodies folder is a mess and I’m uncertain what most of…

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Stop running your Business on Spreadsheets with DELMIAworks ERP

DELMIAworks

On Wednesday December 2nd join Javelin’s DELMIAworks ERP and MES experts; Rob Hauser and John Mignardi, for a webinar focusing on leveraging real-time data using DELMIAworks and putting an end to running your business on spreadsheets. Spreadsheets became popular in the 80’s with the advent of personal computers and they were a great way to…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 System Recommendations

SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 System Requirements

Here is an overview of our current recommended SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2021 system specifications and requirements. While the following recommendations are intended as a general overview for most SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vaults, determining proper server and client hardware is one of the first steps that Javelin will provide during a SOLIDWORKS PDM Implementation service. We…

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SOLIDWORKS Macro to toggle “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit”

SOLIDWORKS Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit

The “Auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” option, as it sounds, automatically rotates the view orientation to be normal to a sketch plane when it is created or edited. In this article I’ll show you how assign this option to a toggle switch. The option is found in Tools…

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