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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

SOLIDWORKS 2021 Collapsible CommandManager

The SOLIDWORKS CommandManager is undoubtedly a well-designed interface for finding what tools you need in SOLIDWORKS, and is now collapsible in SOLIDWORKS 2021. After learning where SOLIDWORKS tools are, and also how to access them by shortcuts such as the “S” key, which also activates Command Search (so does the “w” key) we do not…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021 Highlighting of Invisible Actors

SOLIDWORKS Composer Highlight Invisible Actors

A new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2021, and the latest Composer Player, is the ability to automatically highlight invisible actors contained within the selected assembly. This can be very useful for keeping track of what is and what is not included in the assembly.  The option is turned on by default in File > Preferences:…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Icon Changes for Workflow States and Transitions

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 has new icons for workflow States and Transitions. The colours and appearance of existing icons are improved as well. The State and Transition icons are broken down into categories that make the selection process easier. In the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration Tool, open a workflow, and in the Properties dialog box of a…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Quick Access Toolbar

SOLIDWORKS PDM Quick Access Toolbar Administration

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, you can use the Quick Access Toolbar to easily access commonly used commands like check in or check out. To add or remove specific commands to the Quick Access Toolbar, open user or group Settings in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration tool, in the left pan of the Settings dialog box,…

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The benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS Named User Licensing

3DEXPERIENCE Named User Licensing

The 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio includes 50+ roles across multiple domains to give SOLIDWORKS users access to all the tools they need to be successful. All the roles come with named user licensing which means the license is no longer tied to a machine but assigned to a user. A license is assigned when an administrator…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Displaying Derived Part References

SOLIDWORKS PDM Derived Part

In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021, the way Derived Part References are displayed, has been improved. But before we look at the improvements, perhaps should first discuss what a Derived Part actually is. What is a Derived Part? In SOLIDWORKS, a Derived Part can be directly created by inserting an existing part into a part that is…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 Improved Bonded Formulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bonded Formulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has made changes to algorithms related to bonded interactions to improve the accuracy and stability of static, frequency and buckling studies.  There may be small gaps between the physical geometry that were not noticed.  In some cases the geometry may have no clearance, but an independent coarse mesh causes small gaps or…

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Path to Aircraft Certification for Additive Manufacturing with Stratasys F900

Additive manufacturing (AM) is becoming widely recognized as one of the production methods for nearly all industries including aerospace, particularly in aircraft manufacturing. In the early stages of AM in aerospace, the technology had been limited to producing tools and indirect manufacturing aid used to help other traditional manufacturing processes. In recent years however, more…

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Creating Macro Buttons in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Create Macro Button

In this tech tip, learn how to create and add SOLIDWORKS Macro Buttons to your toolbars along with creating a new Macro from scratch. If you would like to learn how to record a Macro and assign shortcuts then read our tech tip: Recording Custom Macros and Assigning Shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS WARNING: Always test a…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Customizing Columns

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 Customizing Columns

The First thing to note about Columns in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2021 is the Columns node in PDM Administration. It now contains the sub nodes File Details Columns, File List Columns, File Operations Columns, Quick Search Columns and Search Results Columns. The addition of these sub nodes will make organizing and customizing your various Column sets…

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