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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Trim Entities with Construction Geometry

The Trim tool in SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces two new options that will be very useful.  It relates to how construction geometry in sketches interact when trimming.  Most of the time you want to keep construction geometry so your sketch remains easier to constrain.  These construction lines can get in the way especially using the Power…

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Partial Fillet and Partial Chamfer are new in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Have you always wanted to be in charge of your fillets and chamfers? New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 are new features called the SOLIDWORKS Partial Fillet and Chamfer; where you are able to specify the length of fillet/chamfer on your model edges. This will give you freedom in choosing the start and end points of your fillet/chamfer…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Topology Study Constraints

Topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation give you insight to help determine the best design for a set of constraints (included in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and Premium packages).  SOLIDWORKS 2019 now adds SOLIDWORKS Simulation Topology Study Constraints to achieve the desired results.  You can control the Frequency and Stress/Factor of Safety. Frequency Constraint Frequency constraints can…

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings Viewer 2019 includes previous eDrawings Professional Features

eDrawings Viewer 2019

Starting in eDrawings Viewer 2019, all previous functionality included with eDrawings Professional 2018 and prior are now included in the free eDrawings Viewer version.  This only applies to the Windows application only (not the mobile eDrawings App). NOTE: Any new features added in eDrawings Professional 2019 and onward will only be available with an eDrawings…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Enhanced User Comment Permissions

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Comment Permissions

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 with the enhanced user comment permissions; we have the ability to make version comments mandatory for a check in at specific states or at specific transitions of a state change.  Previously; this permission was an ‘all or nothing approach’ via the administrative permissions for transitions and version comments which applied to…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Remote Loads/Mass Distributed Coupling

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Remote Loads / Mass Rigid Connection

SOLIDWORKS 2019 has improved the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Remote Loads / Mass feature.  The previous user interface was split into categories of Direct Transfer and Rigid Connection. The option for Displacement (Direct Transfer) was previously only available in Nonlinear studies.  This is now available in Static Linear studies in SOLIDWORKS 2019. New SOLIDWORKS 2019 PropertyManager The…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019 Logged in as User Default Value in Search Cards

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value

SOLIDWORKS PDM User Default Value is new in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019, whereby we can automatically define the logged in user as the default value within a Search Card. How to define the logged in user as the default value for the search card variable Checked Out by User Administration Tool > Cards > Search Cards…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Stress Averaging at Mid-Side Nodes

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 now includes an option that enables an improved stress averaging method for mid-side nodes of a high quality (second order) solid element.  A solid element is made up of a four-corner tetrahedral shape.  Each corner has an associated node.  High Quality elements include mid-side nodes to better represent curved geometry and allow…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Pin Connector in Nonlinear

SOLIDWORKS 2019 adds Simulation Pin Connector improvements to Nonlinear Static and Nonlinear Dynamic studies that was introduced in Simulation 2018 for Linear Static, Frequency, Buckling and Linear Dynamic studies. You can apply a single pin connector to up to ten coaxial cylindrical faces in Nonlinear studies.  These can be part of a single body or…

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Make your BOM Worth a Thousand Words in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 increases the clarity and usability of exported BOMs by enabling the inclusion of component thumbnails

Creating a bill of materials to document the different components in an assembly is a near universal task. For caution of the word all, let’s stick with saying that most designers will need to perform this potentially time-consuming activity during their careers. Therefore, it is no surprise that designers everywhere rejoice when they discover SOLIDWORKS…

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