SOLIDWORKS 2019


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    SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design Review

    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 6, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS 2019 Large Design ReviewLarge Design Review is a capability that has been available in SOLIDWORKS for several years and is still available in SOLIDWORKS 2019. This capability allows users to open very large assemblies lightening fast giving you the ability to quickly interrogate models or conduct design reviews.

    In Large Design Review, users have access to the feature manager and it provides quick view manipulation to rapidly visualize and move around your assembly. The ability to measure distances, cut cross sections,  hide and show components, and do walkthroughs are also valuable tools to interrogate a large assembly.

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      SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019: New DXF & DWG Format Capabilities

      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 30, 2019

      solidworks pcb 2019 dxfDXF and DWG formats have been around for quite some time and different design groups have used these formats to exchange graphical data for different purposes. SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019 has added these output capabilities.

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        SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019: Copper Traces and Decals

        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 17, 2019

        SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019In SOLIDWORKS 2019, there are new capabilities for PCB collaboration to be able to import copper as well as decals into SOLIDWORKS. The control can be found in the setting for the collaboration and the first thing you’ll want to use is turn the option off for copper. In my example, I’ve pushed my design from SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019 with the copper option off and opened it inside of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical. In the image to the left, you can see that the decals and graphical representation of the top and bottom layer and there is no inner layer for copper in the design.

        By turning the copper representation on, we’re going to reimport this design from SOLIDWORKS PCB. This new design will bring in additional information for decals and copper representation on all layers.

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          What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019

          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 12, 2019

          SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers powerful new productivity enhancements that make documenting your designs even faster. Users can now create a slice section through the model at any location using the new Removed Section view command. Simply select two opposed model edges and a view is created perpendicular to the section line eliminating the need to create any additional construction geometry. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Drawings 2019.

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            New Assembly Structure Features in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019

            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 6, 2019

            New Assembly Structure Features in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019 delivers some fantastic new capabilities for creating and managing assembly structures. When viewing large assemblies that contain many branches, the new setting to control the display of file images for each node is a great way of maximizing the amount of screen area available.

            By using a new toggle on the options dialog box, file images can be hidden or shown giving you more control over how your assemblies are displayed. Traditionally, treehouse has always used the file name to identify each node on the structure. Now in SOLIDWORKS Treehouse 2019, users can use any available custom property as the display name instead.

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              SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019: Flexible First Article Inspection Reports

              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 31, 2018

              SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019 adds some powerful new enhancements that give you greater flexibility when generating first article inspection reports. When creating a new inspection project, you can now add custom properties from either the drawing or its associated model. Simply choose to add a new custom property, then choose from a list of predetermined property names stored in the project template.

              Selecting a new value displays all of the available custom properties on both the drawing and model. Any number of combination, with both drawing and model properties, can be added to a project enabling quality teams to leverage even more SOLIDWORKS design information. Keep reading to learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019.

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                SOLIDWORKS 2019 Touch and Gesture Sketching

                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 10, 2018

                solidworks 2019 touchSOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers a wealth of innovative new productivity enhancements that let you take advantage of the latest cutting-edge hardware technology. Now, when working on any Windows touch-enabled device, users can use a Microsoft Surface dial to pan, zoom, and rotate a model. Place the dial directly on the screen, press and hold, and the tools appear graphically at your fingertips directly on the digital table.

                The dial keeps you completely in touch with your design by providing an exciting and immersive way of interacting with SOLIDWORKS using touch mode. Whether you design complex shapes or simple mechanical parts, SOLIDWORKS gesture sketching provides an innovative approach to capturing rapid-fire design ideas. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, your hand sketched shapes can be automatically converted into splines. The resulting shape can be modified just like any other making it even easier to achieve any shape you desire.

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                  New SOLIDWORKS 2019 Defeature Tools

                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 7, 2018

                  SOLIDWORKS 2019 DefeatureIn SOLIDWORKS 2019 the defeature tool has been enhanced enabling users to massively defeature assemblies to remove unnecessary detail or to protect intellectual property. The new silhouette option is now available to help simplify an assembly based on the outlines of components and bodies. Keep reading to learn about all the new defeature tools in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

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                    SOLIDWORKS 2019 Mesh Data and Part Delighters

                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on December 3, 2018

                    solidworks 2019 mesh dataComplex shapes are widespread in today’s world and are often produced using industrial design tools or carved to make physical models - they still need to be manufactured. Common workflow to complete the engineering process is to leverage these designs from mesh data or scanned data. SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides several new tools to help leverage this data to create production parts and some handy new part modeling tools that are sure to delight. My example is a handle that originated from mesh data. Let’s take a look at how it was built.

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                      SOLIDWORKS 2019 New Group Mates Features

                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 28, 2018

                      group matesWhen working with assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, it can be easy to accumulate a lot of mates. With the new option to group mates in SOLIDWORKS 2019, users will find it much easier to navigate the mate folder. You can now group mates by status or separate fasteners. When grouped by status, mates are separated into folders. Keep reading to see more assembly features in SOLIDWORKS 2019.

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                        The Best of SOLIDWORKS 2019 (Part 2)

                        James Reeher by James Reeher on November 21, 2018

                        best SOLIDWORKS 2019Welcome to part two of our blog series where we’re discussing the best of SOLIDWORKS 2019. In part one, we gave a little bit of background information regarding the Canada- France - Hawaii telescope which is the backdrop for the SOLIDWORKS 2019 documentation.

                        Also in part one, we discussed the best of the best enhancements surrounding large design review, treehouse, MBD, CAM, Simulation, and eDrawing among others. Let’s get started.

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                          The Best of SOLIDWORKS 2019 (Part 1)

                          Paul Kutolowski by Paul Kutolowski on November 19, 2018

                          SOLIDWORKS 2019The SOLIDWORKS 2019 backdrop for SOLIDWORKS documentation is focused on the Canada - France - Hawaii Telescope which was built (or started at least) in 1979, long before CAD and recently they decided to update it using SOLIDWORKS to document the entire structure.

                          The lower portion of the Canda-France-Hawaii observatory encloses three floors of shops and meeting rooms as well as the spherical shape at the top which is holding the telescope. All of that had to be digitized and that’s where SOLIDWORKS came in. Let's take a look at some of the best new features and enhancements for the latest release.

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                            SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019: Nonlinear Pins & Topology Study

                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 16, 2018

                            SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019 Simulation studies usually begin with a static study set up but they often need to move into non-linear studies.  New for SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2019, static studies with contact and connectors can be copied or dragged and dropped into nonlinear and dynamic studies.

                            All the connectors in contact sets come across and can be edited. In addition, pin connectors can now have up to ten faces inside of nonlinear studies similar to how they are in linear studies today. Now, when we move to our results, we have new options for these nonlinear pins to see the forces at each segment along the pin helping to save you a ton of time in generating reports and understanding the assemblies behavior.

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                              SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019: New Authoring Tools and PDM Integration

                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 15, 2018

                              SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 not only has modernized icons for enhanced visibility, but the command search has been added and the ribbon to make it easier to find and run and command. This is especially helpful for new commands like select adjacent parts to include neighboring parts in our selection. We can run selected adjacent multiple times in a row to get additional actors of interest and the updated status bar gives us instant feedback on our selection.

                              To recall a previous selection, we can use selection sets but digging through too many selection sets can be costly. With SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 however, we can further organize selection sets and hot spots by creating groups.

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                                SOLIDWORKS 2019 Graphics Performance Boost for Large Assemblies

                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 12, 2018

                                SOLIDWORKS 2019 Graphics PerformanceWhen working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, view manipulation is vital to the user experience. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has worked hard to optimize view manipulation on the screen. For instance, large assembly mode will disable model edges, shadows, real view, and more. Keep reading to find out how SOLIDWORKS 2019 improved graphics performance.

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                                  SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019: Turning Enhancements

                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 11, 2018

                                  SOLIDWORKS CAM Turning 2019Tolerance based machining in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 introduces some powerful new capabilities that dramatically reduce the time required to generate CNC programs for turned parts with close tolerances and surface finish requirements.

                                  Leveraging DimXpert dimensions and model base definition information applied directly to the model, SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 automatically applies your preferred machining strategies so the part based on the tolerance scheme with just a single button click.

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                                    New Component Flip, Fix, and Search Features in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019

                                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 7, 2018

                                    SOLIDWORKS PCB CollaborationIn SOLIDWORKS 2019 Mechanical and PCB collaborate in one ecosystem effortlessly. With this collaboration, SOLIDWORKS 2019 added new support for flipping and fixing or locking components. Keep reading to learn more about these new features and see them in action.

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                                      SOLIDWORKS 2019 Weldments and Multi-Body Interference Detection

                                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 3, 2018

                                      SOLIDWORKS 2019 WeldmentsWeldments are a key feature of many designs and SOLIDWORKS has long been an innovator of providing tools to create weldments such as this structure to support the telescope in this Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer. Let’s take a look at how this structure can be created using SOLIDWORKS 2019 weldments features.

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                                        SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019: New and Improved Milling Features

                                        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on November 2, 2018

                                        SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 Milling SOLIDWORKS 2019 delivers some great new CAM milling features that will help you reduce the time it takes to program your parts. Configurations in SOLIDWORKS CAM 2019 is a great time saver that enables you to define multiple manufacturing setups within a single part or assembly. Learn more about configurations and a slew of other new enhancements that can help you improve quality and reduce the time required to generate NC programs.

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                                          SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View Enhancements

                                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 30, 2018

                                          SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded ViewExploded views are a great way to communicate exactly how assemblies come apart and go together. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, creating and editing exploded views is even easier. One new feature is a rollback bar is available when working with exploded views. This new rollback bar works just like the rollback bar in the Feature Manager and can be dragged up and down the tree to help users visualize an explode sequence step-by-step. Keep reading to find out what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View.

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                                            Uninterrupted Workflow: SOLIDWORKS 2019 User Experience Enhancements

                                            Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 27, 2018

                                            SOLIDWORKS 2019 User ExperienceSOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces some great new capabilities that not only improve the user experience but increase your daily productivity. Providing quick access to your designs the welcome page now lists up to 100 of your most recently opened documents. Each document is displayed with its own preview, and the new quick filter can be used to re-find the list by displaying only parts, assemblies, or drawings. Keep reading to see an example surrounding new features that improve the SOLIDWORKS 2019 user experience.

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                                              New Features Improve Collaboration in SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019

                                              Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 23, 2018

                                              SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019When you design a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) there are often times when you need to create barriers or height restrictions for component placements as envelopes. To do that, you can place a component called envelope. Once placed, you can change the component properties to be an envelope. You can then mate it into the position where you want the envelope to be placed on your printed circuit board.

                                              Once complete, you can then push the changes to SOLIDWORKS PCB using Collaboration and pull the change with the addition of the envelope. You can preview the changes, accept them, and the envelope will be placed on the board in the exact location as in mCAD. Later, you can add chamfers in the upper corners to match the additions. This is a powerful and efficient way to create restrictions inside of SOLIDWORKS mechanical and push them over for collaboration with SOLIDWORKS PCB 2019.

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                                                SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019: New Security Settings and More

                                                Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 16, 2018

                                                SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019SOLIDWORKS MBD 2019 (Model Based Definition) is a powerful solution that enables designers and manufacturers to create and communicate critical design information via the model. SOLIDWORKS 2019 adds support for sheet metal annotations and bend notes can now be automatically inserted directly onto a components flat pattern view explaining each bend direction, angle, and radius. For components that contain many bends a tabular display of the bend details is often the preferred method of capturing and viewing the information.

                                                Now in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can capture all of your manufacturing information in a bend table. When a bend table is inserted, each bend on the components flat pattern view is tagged in relation to the table. This, combined with the tabulated bend information enables you to now detail your sheet metal designs in the same manner as a traditional drawing. When finished, all the information can be captured with a 3D view ready to be shared with other members of your design team and organization.

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                                                  What’s New in eDrawings | SOLIDWORKS 2019

                                                  Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 12, 2018

                                                  eDrawings 2019eDrawings is an excellent tool for viewing CAD models and now gets even more valuable in 2019. eDrawings 2019 now supports several new CAD file formats. Parasolid, Solid Edge, Acis, JT, and NX files are now supported for viewing making eDrawings your go-to choice for CAD file viewing.

                                                  Viewing configuration data has always been available for exported EPRT and e-Assembly files. Now with eDrawings 2019, configuration data can be viewed for native SOLIDWORKS parts and assembly files saving the step of exporting the data to eDrawings format. Keep reading to learn more.

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                                                    SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Markup: A Better Way to Communicate Design Ideas

                                                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on October 9, 2018

                                                    SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D MarkupGood communication among design stakeholders is essential to any successful design process. SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces a brand new way to communicate your design ideas by enabling you to add markups directly to parts and assemblies when using a touch device with the release of  SOLIDWORKS 2019 3D Markup.

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