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Articles by: Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Lock Column Width & Row Height formatting in SOLIDWORKS BOM Templates

BOM Tables in SOLIDWORKS can sometimes create as many issues as they often solve, as you take the time to manipulate the shape of your table against a given drawing template.  After all of the manipulation via dragging columns and rows to a perfect height,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Add Configurations from within the Mate Controller

The Mate Controller had been a handy tool in past releases that could be used to review the positions of an assembly when attempting to drive multiple mates at one time. SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides us an additional outlet to explore our designs as we can take…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 brings relief to your sheet metal three bend corners

One of the common flange challenges that a sheet metal designer bumps into is the need to add a corner relief in their designs. In many cases this is where two bends come together, in other cases it is where three similar bends come together…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 allows you to create an Exploded View of a Routed Assembly

In previous releases of SOLIDWORKS we bore witness to many interesting behaviors when attempting to create an exploded view of a routed assembly.  This has been corrected in SOLIDWORKS 2017. After a test drive of the expanded functionality, we are pleased to report that exploded…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Offers Enhanced Drawing Performance in several areas

One of the areas in SOLIDWORKS that everyone likes to see improve is drawing performance. With SOLIDWORKS 2017 three areas of overall drawing performance were addressed: Optimization of Center Mark auto-insertion while creating a drawing view Lightweight Drawing Opening Time has been improved An option…

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Be careful using SOLIDWORKS Convert to Bodies on models with referenced drawings

Convert to bodies references blown apart

In an earlier article, I introduced the New Convert to Bodies functionality available in SOLIDWORKS 2017. If you are considering the use of the “Convert to Bodies” functionality be cautious of models that have drawings referenced to them. Below are the details that are worth…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 has nipples?

SOLIDWORKS Pipe Nipples that is! This is a safe for work blog after all. Another requested feature among those folks who use the Pipe & Tube Routing functionality within SOLIDWORKS has been the inclusion of Pipe Nipples in order to connect two fittings within a route…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Tree Display options reduce visual clutter in the FeatureManager

With all of the information that the SOLIDWORKS feature manager design tree is able to relay to users, enhancements that reduce the visual clutter in the Feature manager are always a welcome addition. Having default configuration names displayed when there is one solitary configuration leads to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Emphasized Outline Section View will help you read between the lines

Emphasized Section View

For those of us that remember a time before SOLIDWORKS was a common tool in the shop, the ability to automatically create a section view from a 3D assembly is a marvelous thing!   With that said, every so often we have a complex assembly where…

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