SW2017

Why is my SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern Under Defined?

In general, it’s good practice to create a Feature Pattern rather than creating all of the geometry in a single sketch with a Sketch Pattern.  Sketch Patterns are usually slower to rebuild than Feature Patterns and you also have less options available. However if you create Sketch Patterns for simple geometry, you may have noticed that it doesn’t fully define the instances, even if you opt to Add Dimensions. In this tech tip we’ll answer the common question: Why is my SOLIDWORKS Sketch Pattern Under Defined? The reason is because the sketch instances can rotate.  You could previously Fully Define the instances by adding a Horizontal or Vertical relation on one of the construction lines tied to the instances. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has been enhanced so that the instances are now locked based on Direction 1 and won’t rotate.  The angle for Direction 2 is the angle between axes (with respect…

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Introducing the new GrabCAD Print for SOLIDWORKS Add-in

GrabCAD Print SOLIDWORKS Add-in

In addition to the launch of the new Stratasys F123 Series at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 this week; Stratasys also launched another SOLIDWORKS 3D printing related product — a new GrabCAD Print SOLIDWORKS Add-in. The new Add-in has all the power of the GrabCAD Print stand-alone software allowing you to easily estimate cost and print parts, but with the added advantage of not having to leave SOLIDWORKS. You can select materials, slice height, part orientation, and part layout. Then print on your Stratasys 3D printer; there is a growing number of GrabCAD Print-supported machines (Full Support: uPrint SE/SE Plus, Dimension 1200es / Dimension Elite, Fortus 250mc, the new F123 Series, and Limited Support: Fortus 380mc / Fortus 450mc, Fortus 900mc). GrabCAD Print for SOLIDWORKS is the perfect add-in for engineers and designers who need to quickly build prototype parts. Your part design can be added to a representation of the 3D printer build tray…

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Watch SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Live Online

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 is now underway in Los Angeles, California, and you can Watch it LIVE Online to see keynote presentations from astronauts and rock stars, including Anousheh Ansari, Jason Silva, PRS Guitars, Mark Tremonti, and Duane Elgin. Registering for the live webcast will provide remote viewing access to the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 General Session each day from Monday, February 6th through Wednesday, February 8th. During the General Sessions you will learn from amazing customers who take new approaches to design for maximum end user benefit; hear from organizations that are finding ways to prepare the next generation of engineers for the workforce; and get inspired by our keynote speakers who will share how they were able to break the bounds of the “possible” and do something that has never been. SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Agenda Here is the agenda for the three general sessions starting at 8:15AM PST today: Monday, February 6, 2017 8:15AM –…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Extrude from Context Toolbar within the Sketch Environment

SOLIDWORKS 2017 has added a new Context Toolbar button when you are in the sketching environment.  Adding an Extrude Boss/Base feature from a sketch is probably the most common feature.  So now once you’re done with your sketch, you can simply right-click and start an Extrude.  This is faster than going to the CommandManager to start the SOLIDWORKS Extrude when in the sketch environment.   If you are still stuck in the past (working with previous versions), you may not have known that you could always add a Feature to the Shortcut Bar in a sketch (the one that pops up when you hit the “S” key).  There are different environments and you may have noticed that the Sketch environment didn’t have an option to start the SOLIDWORKS Extrude.  But that shouldn’t stop you from customizing it! Tools > Customize Choose the Shortcut Bars tab Select the Sketch environment button Select…

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017

SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017

Does your 2D drawing on the shop floor match your 3D models? Can you easily communicate your designs and products with the manufacturing team, service team, suppliers, dealers, and customers? If you are simply not satisfied with either of your answers to these questions, then maybe it is time to look at going paperless! And this is where SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017 can help! SOLIDWORKS MBD is a great solution to help manufacturers create and distribute critical design information directly in the model rather than via 2D drawings. SOLIDWORKS MBD is an integrated drawing-less manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 3D design software. SOLIDWORKS MBD guides the manufacturing process directly in your 3D environment. Removing the tedious task of creating 2D drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D PMI, including 3D model data, in industry-standard file formats (such as SOLIDWORKS files, eDrawings®, 3D PDF, and STEP 242) right from your SOLIDWORKS Interface.   SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical Revision Clouds

New to SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 is the ability to easily draw various revision clouds.  Revision clouds are commonly used in all industries to help call attention to certain areas where a revision was made, or should be made on a specific drawing. These revision clouds are now easily created in SOLIDWORKS Electrical by simply using the new “Cloud” drawing command from the Draw ribbon. Three different forms can be used to represent the cloud; rectangular, elliptical or freehand. The forms can be directly selected in the ribbon, or in the dockable panel during the insertion. Once a specific form is selected you can easily size the revision clouds to encompass whatever you would like on your drawings. This new functionality will help improve readability to electrical drawings as well as improve the design efficiency for the electrical designers. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Input Formula For Search Cards

In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS PDM, it was possible to add Input Formulas to Edit boxes in Search Cards … but they didn’t actually do anything.  The input formula box would display for any Edit box in the Card Editor, so the formula could be built, but the search tool was unable to evaluate the formula. In SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 (Standard and Professional) however, this functionality is now available for Search Cards the same as for File and Folder cards. Unlike previous releases, when the Search Card is called up in the Search tool, the formula will immediately evaluate the selections from linked fields on the card. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Cut List Sorting

In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS users had limited control over the way they could sort the cut list components. One of these limitations was when you slightly change one of the solid bodies in your part, it was shown as a separate component in the cut list. To clarify the enhancement let’s take a look at an example weldment part below. As you can see there are two components in the cut list. I decided to add a small hole to one side of the part by doing a cut extrude. Doing so SOLIDWORKS now shows three components in the cut list. It makes sense as for SOLIDWORKS these are two different geometries. But in many cases you may want to keep those two side bars under one Cut-List-Item folder in your cut list. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2017 you have the option to tell SOLIDWORKS how you want it to group the bodies. You…

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