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PRODUCT RETIREMENT: CATIA® V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator

CATIA V5 SOLIDWORKS Translator

The CATIA® V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator is no longer supported and can no longer be renewed. This tool is also not available in SOLIDWORKS 2019 or newer. Replaced by SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect The CATIA V5-SOLIDWORKS Translator was replaced by 3D Interconnect, which provides direct integration of native CATIA files, 3D Interconnect was introduced with SOLIDWORKS Premium 2017…

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Modify Instances in Assembly Patterns in SOLIDWORKS 2020

The pattern function helps save time when it comes to inserting repeated parts, such as support beams for a temporary tent. But it can be a bit annoying when you need to modify one of those instances to make room for a custom door a client requested to reduce heat loss. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, the…

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Mate to Reference Geometry in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Large Design Review

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can create mates that use reference geometry as their reference in the Large Design Review mode. By creating your mates in the Large Design Review mode, you can save time and resources without having to open the assembly in the normal mode. In Large Design Review mode you can create…

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Using Silhouettes to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS 2020

Using the top-down approach to design parts within an assembly is very common in workflows. Using other parts to create sketches is quite common using the Convert Entities & Intersecting Curves tool. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, the Silhouette tool has been added. This tool allows part bodies to be selected to create a silhouette outline relative…

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Methods for screen capturing SOLIDWORKS errors for Support

It’s great that people are taking advantage of Javelin’s support service to make their SOLIDWORKS experience a more pleasant one. Providing a good explanation of the problem with accompanying documentation helps to expedite the process. Once in a while, however well-intentioned, we come across a screen capture that is taken hastily with a camera phone…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Mates Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Mates Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS 2020 has many big enhancements that improve performance, stability and usability. Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. The littlest things that improve our CAD life. As an instructor who teaches SOLIDWORKS I really try to promote a two hand design theory. What I mean by that is keeping one hand on the…

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Creating Primary Members based on Points in SOLIDWORKS 2020 Weldments

SOLIDWORKS 2020 provides you with additional tools and control options for creating primary members in weldment structures. In this article, we are going to review these new options in SOLIDWORKS 2020 for primary members based on “point and length”, members “between points”, members using “up to point” end conditions and members based on “direction”. When…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Open & Save As Dialog Improvements for File Types

A simple but very welcome improvement that has been made in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the file type list in the Open and Save As dialog boxes. In previous releases, if you needed to open a non-SOLIDWORKS file, when opening the file type drop list, you were presented with a very large list of options, too…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Animated Command Tooltips

A great addition to the user interface in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the new animated tooltips that appear when you hover your cursor over some tools.  This new functionality provides a quick overview of how a command works for new users, or if it’s one that you don’t use very often. However, for some users, it’s…

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