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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.

Driving vs Driven: Choose which mate dimension is in the driver’s seat with SOLIDWORKS 2017

A Friday Afternoon in Peril: It is the end of the day, a Friday no less – and you have already put in three hours or so on your concept assembly design. In bringing this concept together you have been tossing parts into the assembly file…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 is now more efficient at handling Externally Referenced files

SOLIDWORKS External References

If your typical workflow involves opening SOLIDWORKS files with any number of external references, you may have fallen victim to a common affliction — that all of the referenced files have opened in the background too! More than one instance of this happening with a…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 provides direct import of 3D Scanned Data

SOLIDWORKS Import Mesh File

If you work with 3D scanned data on a regular basis, we are certain that the ability to directly import 3D mesh files into SOLIDWORKS 2017 will be among your favorite enhancements in this latest release. Several types of mesh files can now be directly…

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2017 “Fix it and Forget it” option for read-only files

eDrawings 2017

Along with SOLIDWORKS 2017, the eDrawings viewer also has some new functionality that has been added in this release. eDrawings has had a “read-only” checkbox contained within the Open dialog box for some time now as shown in the figure below:   The 2017 release of…

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Remove all part features in one easy step with SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert to Bodies

SOLIDWORKS Convert Bodies

If you go to the trouble of saving a SOLIDWORKS part as a neutral file format in order to remove ALL feature data from your model then you will find that SOLIDWORKS 2017 will save you a few steps with the new “Convert to Bodies” function. To access this new…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Sketch Segment tool now works with Splines!

Segment SOLIDWORKS Spline

The Sketch Segment tool has been a welcome addition to our sketching tool-set in recent releases. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has made a further enhancements to this tool as it now supports a parabola, ellipse, partial ellipse, conic, and now you can segment SOLIDWORKS spline! Both the SOLIDWORKS Spline…

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How to enable SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Enable SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D Interconnect

If you haven’t yet heard of SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect, you are missing one of the key features of the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Release. The 3D Interconnect utility allows you to import third-party CAD files that were created in other CAD systems. This is done directly without…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Chamfer Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Chamfer

If you have been working with SOLIDWORKS for a while, you have likely noticed the lack of attention that the Chamfer tool has received from year to year (it’s cousin the fillet, always seemed to get the good stuff). Before you make that call to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Improved Sketching ensures no more “Dirty Drawings”

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Improved Sketching

SOLIDWORKS 2017 improved sketching provides a new buffer zone within the environment to help keep micro-lines from being created while using the click—click sketch method. This automated functionality will reduce the number of accidental instances of micro length lines that prevent us from using the…

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