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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Save As Copy and Open: Close the Original Document Option

SOLIDWORKS Save As Copy has always been a great option for managing references when creating copies of documents under new filenames. In 2020, when doing a File > Save As… > Save As Copy and Open, we can now choose to close the original document…

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Using Search Operators and Wildcards in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

SOLIDWORKS PDM Search Operators

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, when performing a complete search, you can now use Search Operators and Wildcards such as “AND”, “OR”, or “NOT” separated by a space. From previous releases, we know that you can refine your search using various parameters including file name,…

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Define Hole Wizard Depth to Tip or Shoulder with SOLIDWORKS 2020

Hole Depth to Tip

Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2020, the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard holes would specify end condition of drilled or tapped holes as depth to shoulder.  Now in 2020, we can specify drill depth to tip.  For example, maybe it is critical that the drill hole not pierce through…

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Reorder Columns in Search Results with SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020

solidworks pdm search columns

Whether you’ve just created your vault view and added files into your vault, or if you’re a long time user of PDM. New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020, you now have the capability to reorder columns right in your search window and have that change automatically…

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How to Reuse a Part Exploded View in a SOLIDWORKS Assembly

SOLIDWORKS 2020 now allows you to reuse an exploded view that you have already created in a multi-body part file in an assembly level exploded view. I’ll use the lamp model below as an example: To reuse an exploded view follow these steps: Create an…

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How to apply a SOLIDWORKS Hole Callout to Non-Hole Wizard Hole

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now add Hole Callouts to non-hole wizard holes that have a cosmetic thread. In the following example we have created a hole in a plate and applied a cosmetic thread to the hole. In order to insert a hole callout…

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How to apply All Uppercase to SOLIDWORKS Dimensions & Hole Callouts

In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can set the dimension characters or hole callouts to show as all uppercase characters in the graphics area for drawings. This can be done for a single dimension by selecting that dimension, going to dimension property manager, and clicking on All…

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How to Isolate Interference in SOLIDWORKS 2020

New in SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can isolate components (including part and sub-assemblies for your assemblies) or bodies (for your multi-body parts) from the Interference Detection tool. You can tag interference, bodies, or components for isolation after you exit the Property Manager. To do this, open…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Performance Improvements

SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 Performance

The increased performance of SOLIDWORKS PDM 2020 makes your day-to-day use faster than ever before. You no longer have to wait for file contents and their details to load to browse to a sub-folder. You can toggle between Bill of Materials, Contains, or Where Used…

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