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.

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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eDrawings 2017 File Viewing now Supporting Inventor, IGES, and CATIA V5 files!

eDrawings 2017 Open File List

Are you hunting for a “do all jobs” CAD file viewing utility? The eDrawings 2017 file viewer is quickly becoming that tool as DS SOLIDWORKS has provided us with the ability to open some additional file types with the 2017 release. eDrawings 2017 file viewer functionality supports the…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Shaded Sketch Contours

SOLIDWORKS Shaded Sketch Contours

Upon first review, the new SOLIDWORKS Shaded Sketch Contours tool seemed to be simply a visual aid that we have had for quite some time in SOLIDWORKS (if you guessed “Check Sketch for Feature” you’re correct!). After spending a few minutes with this tool enabled, it’s easy…

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eDrawings 2017 Viewer can now password protect files

eDrawings Viewer Password

The ability to password protect eDrawings files has now been added to the free eDrawings Viewer! Previously eDrawings Professional was required to protect files in this manner. “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility”…with the enhanced ability of the eDrawings Viewer Password protection please keep in mind that the password…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Streamlines Surface Trimming Workflow with Offset On Surface

SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface Midway

Among the many new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 are features that “Clean Up” or simplify the entire process of creating some types of models — the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool is one of these. Let’s see how this tool can be put to use. Take…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert an existing Chamfer to a Fillet & back again!

Using the “Offset Face” or “Face-Face” chamfer options within SOLIDWORKS 2017, grants us an additional ability! We can now swap back and forth between a fillet and a chamfer if needed! To do this right-click on either the “Offset Face” or “Face-Face” Chamfer. And select Convert…

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How to prevent users from changing their SOLIDWORKS System Options

Lock SOLIDWORKS System Options

In my previous article I mentioned that while creating an Administrative Image with SOLIDWORKS 2017, you now have the ability to manage and lock SOLIDWORKS System Options. Below are the detailed steps that will allow you to exert control over which SOLIDWORKS system options can be modified by users…

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