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Creating 3D Textures in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Wouldn’t it be nice to give your model a sense of depth by adding 3D textures, maybe a surface with seemingly random bumps to make the part look more organic, or applying a random pattern full of different shapes and elevations that would seem impossible to model. Now your can with the new 3D Texture…

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SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License Manager Options File Case Insensitive Setting

The SolidNetWork License Manager allows you to reserve licenses for a particular set of users.  You need to create an Options file for the License Manager.  This article provides more information on how it’s created: How to Reserve Licenses on SolidNetWork License Manager for Users or Groups However when you set up the groups and…

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SOLIDWORKS Compare and DrawCompare Tools

SOLIDWORKS Compare gives you the ability to find slight differences between two models.  Perhaps you receive an updated model back and are not sure of all the changes made.  The Compare tool can find slight differences in: Document Properties Features Geometry, or Bill of Materials Compare Parts, Assemblies or Drawings Choose two models and select…

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SOLIDWORKS Spell Checker

SOLIDWORKS spell checker

SOLIDWORKS can check the spelling of the words in your document notes, dimension text, and drawing title block using a central dictionary. The Spell Checker is available with Microsoft Word 2000 or later. If a wrong spelling is found using the Spell Checker tool, you can replace the word using entries from Microsoft Word dictionary…

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3 Reasons why the Stratasys F120 is the best 3D Printer for SOLIDWORKS

Best 3D Printer for SOLIDWORKS is the Stratasys F120

3D printing is becoming very popular with designers, engineers, educators, and especially SOLIDWORKS users who want to create prototypes of their CAD models. We are often asked the question “What is the best 3D printer for SOLIDWORKS?” That is a great question as there are many good 3D printers on the market right now and they vary…

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SOLIDWORKS Animation Control using Mates

SOLIDWORKS Animation Control

SOLIDWORKS Animations have an option called Autokey.  This can be useful for simple animations where you enable the option, click somewhere along the timebar and then drag components.  It will add keys for all components that moved for its final position at that time step.  You need to be aware of the initial position of…

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LOCKED OUT of the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal? (Didn’t this happen last year too!)

Locked SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

Typically shortly after the release of a new MAJOR version of SOLIDWORKS (fall time frame), we get calls from umpteen frustrated customers wondering why they are NOW locked out of their SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account, when the week prior they had access to it. AND, it’s reporting their SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service has expired as the…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Controller now provides Negative Values for Limit Angle Mates

In SOLIDWORKS 2019 you can now add negative values for SOLIDWORKS Limit Angle Mate in the Mate Controller. In an assembly with a Limit Angle Mate, click on Insert > Mate Controller to open the Mate Controller property manager. In the following example, a Limit Angle mate (-100 degrees to 100 degrees) controls the angle…

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