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.

A bit of “Nitty-Gritty” on SOLIDWORKS 2017 3D Interconnect

3D Interconnect

One of the key enhancements within SOLIDWORKS 2017 is how it handles CAD files from other Vendors. The 3D Interconnect module will allow you do more with CAD data from other systems like CATIA V5, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/Engineer and a host of other formats. Having…

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CAD Administrators Rejoice! With SOLIDWORKS 2017 you now have ultimate power in your SOLIDWORKS Universe!

SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration

The new SOLIDWORKS Setting Administration tool will give SOLIDWORKS 2017 CAD Administrators the ability to prevent users from changing their system options. FAIR WARNING: this is going to be the most inflammatory article that I will write this year… UPON READING THIS ARTICLE: YOU MAY…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Controlling Decals by Display States

SOLIDWORKS Decal Display State

SOLIDWORKS Decal Display State is new for SOLIDWORKS 2017. When placing a decal, there is now an additional section to the Decal PropertyManager that will allow you to choose the display state[s] the decal should be applied to. The results of this addition are better control…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 allows you to customize the order of your configurations

SOLIDWORKS Configuration Tree Order

I am certain that everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS configurations wishes they had the ability to control exactly how the configurations are sorted in the configuration manager. Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation has fulfilled our wish with new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017 giving us control over how the configurations are ordered/sorted. Setting the SOLIDWORKS Configuration…

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How to bring back SOLIDWORKS Classic Icons & Colours

For those that have been forced to undertake a change to your SOLIDWORKS User Interface in 2016, there is good news – The COLOURS ARE BACK! in SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP3. In order to return the Icons to their “Classic” colored styling, do the following: Navigate to…

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Rename SOLIDWORKS Files directly from the FeatureManager Design Tree

A favorite feature of ours that has come along in the 2016 release is an option that will allow us to rename SOLIDWORKS files directly from the FeatureManager design tree while SOLIDWORKS has the file open and loaded. Enable the ability to rename Before we are able to…

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Get a list of all the parametric dimensions and variables in a SOLIDWORKS Part

With users migration to SOLIDWORKS from so many other CAD systems, one of the…(Ahem..) “deficiencies” we hear about is the lack of a singular location to see a list of all of your SOLIDWORKS parametric dimensions and variables within a part. Sometimes a list like…

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Use Equations to enhance your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

Columns in your SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials (BOM) can be used for more than reporting model values, quantity counts and custom properties. One of the options is to add a SOLIDWORKS BOM Equation column to calculate and show a result based upon custom properties or other columns…

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Setting the SOLIDWORKS history folder length

For those users who are making regular use of the History folder, from the FeatureManager Design Tree, to access the features that you have most recently created or edited — did you know you could set the length of the list of features displayed? You can…

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