Articles by: Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.

Why did they change the SOLIDWORKS User Interface for the 2016 release? [VIDEO]

The recent changes in the SOLIDWORKS User Interface for the 2016 release has created quite a buzz. Users who had just seen the new version expressed shock and dismay, especially in regards to the new colour scheme. Users who had used SOLIDWORKS 2016 for more than two weeks, stated they now like the new interface so much, they would never consider going back to the old one. Invariably in such situations, all kind of conspiracy theories started flying around on the SOLIDWORKS forums and blogs. Let’s put them to sleep. Today we have the official response presented directly by the man responsible for the change, Mr. Tom Spine, User Experience Design Director, DS SOLIDWORKS R&D. Please watch this video to hear Mr. Spine explain why the change was made to the SOLIDWORKS UI. Learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 To learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2016 you should watch a recording of our recent launch event broadcast.

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Dimensioning Pre-Selected Entities [TUTORIAL]

This is the third article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced by the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. I always tell my students that the most productive way to use SOLIDWORKS is to pre-select entities and then apply commands from the in-context toolbars. This can easily double the productivity of the average user. SOLIDWORKS 2016 enhances the consistency of this workflow by allowing users to apply dimensions to pre-selected entities. This might seem like just a tiny change in the SOLIDWORKS User Interface functionality, but it makes so much sense and increases the consistency of the user’s workflow to such a degree that it will be welcomed by all power-users. It will change the way I use dimensions in SOLIDWORKS!!! As you will see in this video, the new technique integrates very well the pre-select + use of in-context…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 New “Equal Curve Length” Sketch Relation [TUTORIAL]

This is the second article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced in the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. For the first time in 10 years, SOLIDWORKS added a new relation to the sketch environment and it is really good. It is so useful that for many people this could be the main reason for upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2016!!! The new relation (Equal Curve Length) was sorely needed and complements the old Equal relation. The old relation is not very consistent: when applied to 2 lines, the lengths are equal, but when applied to 2 arcs, the diameters are equal. The new relation establishes the equal length between curves like lines, arcs and splines. At this time it does not work for conics, including ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas. Also, does not work for applying equal length relations between arcs and…

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Be extremely careful when using the new SOLIDWORKS PURGE command

This is the fourth article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced by the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. The new enhancement Purge has been voted among the Top Ten Ideas at SOLIDWORKS World by the SOLIDWORKS User Community. I believe people thought that because a command with this name exists in AutoCAD, we need to have it in SOLIDWORKS too, without really considering the differences between a drafting software and an intelligent parametric 3D design tool. At that time I was not a big supporter of this function, because it was not made clear what things should be the subject of purging. Fast forward to the 2016 release and, as expected, the new Purge command is now part of SOLIDWORKS. I said as expected, because SOLIDWORKS is really, really good at listening to its users and implementing their enhancement requests. Unfortunately,…

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Testing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Video Series #1 Convert Entities Tool

By now you have probably already read the What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 document, have watched the official launch videos and maybe even attended a Javelin Launch Event. You are probably intrigued about the new functionality and cannot wait to try it on your own. A New Testing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Video Series Starting today I will share with you a new series of videos, quite a bit different from the ones I mentioned above. I will take each new SOLIDWORKS 2016 enhancement I like and TEST IT TO THE LIMITS. Let’s see how deep the functionality really is?! In the process I hope to start a conversation with you, the best SOLIDWORKS users in Canada and in the world. I am sure that together we will successfully: Discover new ways for using this amazing new functionality. Find workarounds where needed. Brainstorm ideas for further enhancing the functionality (will submit ERs if needed)….

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20 SOLIDWORKS Enhancement Ideas to Vote for! (in case you are too busy to read all 972 submissions)

SOLIDWORKS Vote

It must be very easy being a SOLIDWORKS Product Development Manager nowadays. The users are pretty much doing your job. 🙂 It is that time of the year again, when all SOLIDWORKS users are invited to vote for the Top 10 Enhancement Ideas to be revealed next month at the SOLIDWORKS World 2015 conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This year the SOLIDWORKS Community was very busy brainstorming and submitting ideas for improving our beloved CAD software. There were almost 1000 ideas submitted and, even more impressive, most of them have many comments and suggestions for clarifying the scope and the implementation workflow. Some users took the time to read and vote on all 972 ideas and even added comments, but I know that most people are too busy to do that. So I narrowed down the list to only 20 ideas I believe would have a big impact in our productivity when using…

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Do not buy a larger hard drive! Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2015!

Tell your IT department the good news. There is no need to buy bigger hard drives this year! Better use the money to send you and your colleagues to those advanced SOLIDWORKS training courses you always asked for. SOLIDWORKS 2015 files (sldprt and sldasm) are about half the size compared to the 2014 format! You might be even able to attach them to emails again. I did a quick experiment yesterday upgrading the file set of a large assembly to SOLIDWORKS 2015. Take a look at the results: How much space will you save on your Vault or your local drive after upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2015? Please let us know by commenting on this article.

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 is here! My Favorite Top 20 CAD Enhancements

Ever since I watched the SOLIDWORKS 2015 teaser videos at SOLIDWORKS World in January, I knew that the newest release of SOLIDWORKS will be something special. Let me tell you why. In every new release I look for three very important factors: How many enhancement requests submitted by our team on behalf of our customers are implemented New CAD tools for creating and modifying geometry Productivity enhancements that would boost my modeling speed by a factor greater than 2. Based on these factors, I can report that I am more than satisfied working with SOLIDWORKS 2015. There are over 250 new enhancements in this version of SOLIDWORKS and it is impossible to mention all the great ones in a single post. Because of that, I will only share my top 20 favorite CAD enhancements (tools that are used for creating new geometry at the part level or locating components in assemblies). Update: 50% smaller files in SOLIDWORKS 2015!!!…

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