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Adding/Analyzing/Modifying SOLIDWORKS Center of Mass Part 2

SOLIDWORKS Center of Mass

Have you ever had an old fan with the metal cage still run like a champ but found that a newer plastic fan seems to die within a year or two of usage? Ever been on the freeway and saw someone’s hub cap wobbling and then suddenly fly off? Did you know the earth isn’t…

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Adding/Analyzing/Modifying SOLIDWORKS Center of Mass Part 1

SOLIDWORKS Center of Mass

In my opinion, the SOLIDWORKS Center of Mass is an underrated reference dimension. Many designers use it to see where the bulk of the weight is. This can determine if weight needs to be added, subtract weight or reorganize items to get the desired balance. This can be used to design a part’s shipping cradle…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Offset Surface now much easier to use!

Remember that time you tried to offset faces as new surfaces, only to receive an error message that it failed?  This can be frustrating, especially when many faces are involved and it is unclear which ones are the culprit.  Troubleshooting can become time-consuming as you try different subsets of the faces, hoping for partial success….

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New ways of specifying the Up Axis for View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS 2020

For years now, SOLIDWORKS has included many useful tools in the View Orientation window.  Now in SOLIDWORKS 2020, we can use that same window to specify whether to use Y or use Z for the Up Axis.  This will redefine all of the standard views (Top, Front, Right, Isometric, etc.) Press Space to bring up…

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SOLIDWORKS File Utilities replaces SOLIDWORKS Explorer

SOLIDWORKS 2020 has retained critical functionality from SOLIDWORKS Explorer, and has discontinued the SOLIDWORKS Explorer application. SOLIDWORKS File Utilities Functions The retained functionality is now called SOLIDWORKS File Utilities and is a must when renaming SOLIDWORKS reusable data (such as parts and assemblies) from outside SOLIDWORKS.  It works with parts, assemblies, and drawings.  It includes…

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How To Make Lumber Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

We’re going to start making lumber profiles to be used as weldments and smart blocks (in later articles). With a regular SOLIDWORKS part template open we’re going to modify this heavily. I’ll start with adding in a material of Spruce. If you don’t know how to create a SOLIDWORKS custom material check out our article….

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How to Search for Materials in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS Material Search

The Material dialog now includes a Search bar in SOLIDWORKS 2020.  While it’s a subtle change, this can save you time when defining different materials in your model or SOLIDWORKS Simulation study.  The search functionality will include results from the default SOLIDWORKS material databases as well as any custom material databases. Within each material database,…

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Test deployment of an Administrative Image in SOLIDWORKS 2020

SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image Test Deployment

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 we have the ability to test ahead of the deployment of an administrative image and resolve any issues before the push.  Removing the need for multiple deployments, making installing and upgrading an easier more efficient process.  The test will complete the following steps on the target machine: Check File Paths Validate…

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Enhanced Graphics for Improved Performance

SOLIDWORKS Enhanced Graphics

SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduced an option for ‘Enhanced graphics performance’.  This adds significant improvement during pan, zoom or rotate in the part or assembly environment.  It takes advantage of modern OpenGL 4.5 and hardware acceleration for higher detail and frame rate.  The performance scales up with higher end graphics cards so it’s better at leveraging more…

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