SW2017

Increase SOLIDWORKS performance by disabling Selection Accelerators

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 now gives you the ability to disable the SOLIDWORKS Selection Accelerators! The Fillet, Move Face, and Delete Face tools make use of Selection Accelerators to predictively assist with making tedious selections. however, they could degrade performance of the preview graphics when many faces/edges are…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Extrude Boss/Cut Feature Enhanced

Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2017, extruding a boss or a cut feature from/to a face required the sketch to project within the boundary of the selected face or surface; otherwise, the extrude feature would fail as shown in the example below: The SOLIDWORKS 2017 Extrude feature…

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SOLIDWORKS Transparent Section Views

SOLIDWORKS Transparent Section View

SOLIDWORKS 2017 now gives you the ability to create transparent section views! Instead of a section view that completely cuts away the model. We can now designate components to be displayed as transparent. SOLIDWORKS Transparent section views leave a ghosted view of the sectioned off quadrant; but…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 enhances the Comments functionality

SOLIDWORKS Comments

SOLIDWORKS comments have been enhanced in the 2017 release. SOLIDWORKS PDM is great for documenting files, but sometimes we need to comment and document features and other items within a design. That just got easier in SOLIDWORKS 2017. Now all items with a comment can be shown…

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Edit all of your File Locations Options at once in SOLIDWORKS 2017

When I think I have found what is to be my favorite feature within SOLIDWORKS 2017, along comes something better. The new SOLIDWORKS File Location option reviewed in this article promises to be one of those “better” somethings… SOLIDWORKS File Location View/Edit Technique Here at…

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Using the ALT Key while Routing in SOLIDWORKS 2017 will speed up your workflow

The ALT key has been a staple of SOLIDWORKS functionality for a very long time now. It is one of our primary modifiers to intact various functionality, or cancel automated functionality. The ability to cancel functionality has been extended into the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Routing Add-in!…

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SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017 Enhancements

Following enhancements have been implemented in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2017: Ability to lock balloons to prevent renumbering Manual ballooning of inspection drawings in SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in VDA shape has been added as an option for inspection balloons. VDA standard is used by German automotive manufacturers. Mouse Wheel…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2017 Using Variables in the Convert Task Output File Name

A nice new function has been added to the out of the box SOLIDWORKS PDM Convert Task in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional 2017.  When building the file name for the output file, it is now possible to select Data Card Variables right within the interface. In previous releases…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Change Multiple Sheet Formats at Once!

Changing the sheet format of any SOLIDWORKS drawing can be an unwanted task, especially if one has multiple sheets upon which to swap the format.   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has new functionality that swoops in for the assist. A new “Select Sheets to Modify” button now appears within…

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