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.

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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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Import & Export Options are now in the best location possible!

SOLIDWORKS Import Export Options

One of my absolute favorite enhancements in this latest release of SOLIDWORKS is the migration of the SOLIDWORKS Import Export options from the obscurity of the “Save As” dialog over to the main SOLIDWORKS Options. In order to access the Import & Export options in SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Importing and Exporting 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF)

SOLIDWORKS 3MF

SOLIDWORKS 2017 now provides us with the ability to import and export 3MF files. 3MF is a new 3D printing format that will allow design applications to send full-fidelity 3D models to a mix of other systems (both hardware & software). The 3MF specification will allow…

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Catch & Repair More Corrupt Files with SOLIDWORKS 2017

Corrupt SOLIDWORKS file

One of the most disappointing experiences a designer can face is to discover that a SOLIDWORKS file they have put valuable hours into has become corrupt. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is going to do it’s very best to help you recover some of those lost hours by…

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