SW2021

SOLIDWORKS 2021 enhancements, tech tips, and best practices

eDrawings 2021 Measure & Move now available in Web HTML

New in eDrawings 2021, Web HTML file types now support the Move and Measure tools. The Move feature is only available for assembly (.EASM, .SLDASM) file types. The Measure feature is available for all eDrawings and SOLIDWORKS file formats. To enable the Web HTML file…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 Bend Tables

SOLIDWORKS MBD Bend Tables

This is personal opinion time; I think SOLIDWORKS MBD will be the new future in terms of drafting. Right now it’s a hidden gem that’s not being fully utilized. Its maximum potential has yet be realized by the mass of engineering folks. While SOLIDWORKS MBD…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Change Mate Alignments on Edit

SOLIDWORKS Change Mate Alignments

SOLIDWORKS 2021 introduces greater automatic control over what happens when flipping a mate alignments would result in errors. Prior to 2021, there is a checkbox for either prompting for confirmation or not. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, the Change Mate Alignments on Edit control is replaced by…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 New Colour Scheme Settings

SOLIDWORKS Colour Schemes

In SOLIDWORKS 2021, two new colour scheme options are available in the colour / color settings. Under Colour scheme settings, the Selected Item 5 and Selected Item 6 are added. The selected item colour options are moved to the top of the list. Selected Item…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Sheet Metal Circular Edge Flange

Colour me surprised when I read in the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Manual that we can now place Edge Flanges on circular or nonlinear edges. In the previous version this is what it looked like when we tried to select a circular edge. There was…

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SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021 Enhanced Settings for File Promotion from PDM

PDM File Promotion Settings

New in SOLIDWORKS Manage 2021, we have enhanced controls for referenced files when promoting from SOLIDWORKS PDM to ensure all the required references are captured, and there are no orphaned records causing discrepancies between the vault and Manage BOM. PDM File Promotion Settings Start the…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Graphical Manipulator in Structure System

New in SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the ability to drag and rotate a structure system structural member using graphical manipulators.  This can make it easier to make quick offsets or rotations without using the selected Pierce Point.  Here’s how: Expand the Structure System folder in the…

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Export Interference Detection Results in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Export Interference Detection - with preview

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 we now have the ability to export Interference Detection Results as a spreadsheet.  This can be useful in scenarios, where you need to compare similar designs, or maybe the analysis further examination outside of SOLIDWORKS. How to Export Interference Detection Results From…

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2021 File Properties

Does the uncapitalized “e” on eDrawings bother you, too? Well that is one change that didn’t make it in SOLIDWORKS 2021. However, there are a bunch of new improvements and one I would like to discuss is the inclusion of File Properties.  Starting in 2021,…

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