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    Industrial Magnetics Drawn to DriveWorks to Enhance Automation Journey with SOLIDWORKS

    Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on April 16, 2019

    DriveWorks Industrial MagneticsHeadquartered in Boyne City, Michigan, Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) is a leading provider of permanent magnets and electromagnets for work holding, lifting, fixturing, conveying and magnetic separation. The company specializes in providing personalized service, innovative solutions, and custom fabrication — designing, engineering and manufacturing industrial-grade magnetic products to meet customers’ specific requirements.

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      Getting Started as a PDM User: What is PDM?

      Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on April 15, 2019

      what is pdmWhat is PDM? PDM stands for Product Data Management and is essentially an add-on for Windows that allows companies to better manage their data and collaborate more effectively. Some of the benefits of Product Data Management is that it keeps a full history of every file, allows only one user to edit a file at a time, file security, comprehensive search and research tools, and lets everyone work locally (no more working from shared drives).

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        How to Create a Plane in SOLIDWORKS

        Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on April 9, 2019

        How to create a plane in solidworks When speaking to beginner SOLIDWORKS users, I always recommend taking a course like SOLIDWORKS Essentials in order to get started on the right track with their SOLIDWORKS-using experience. On the topic of planes: the word “plane” is used 337 times in the 2019 edition of the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course booklet. That’s a lot.

        In this article, I’ll discuss when/why you’d look to make new reference planes for your SOLIDWORKS geometry, as well as several methods of making them. Let’s get started.

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          Distributing SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Settings

          Todd Barr by Todd Barr on April 2, 2019

          SOLIDWORKS PDM add-inWhen working in SOLIDWORKS PDM, it may be desirable to have all of your users working with the same client settings. Having the same client settings can enable better collaboration by having all PDM users see the same columns, icons, variable information, etc. Note: If there is a setting outside of what is described below, this is probably a setting controlled via the PDM Admin Tool and you will need to have your PDM Admin adjust these. Let’s take a look.

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            Drawing a Line in SOLIDWORKS: Click-Click vs. Click-Drag

            Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on March 28, 2019

            solidworks tutorialIn this quick SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks blog, we’re going to take a look at how we draw our lines, the most fundamental shape in SOLIDWORKS. There are two techniques to draw a line: Click-Click and Click-Drag. I’m going to show you the differences between these two methods and how they may save you time, additional clicks, features in your tree, or hair on your head. Let’s get started.

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              Push it Real Good: SOLIDWORKS Animations to SOLIDWORKS Visualize

              David Janicki by David Janicki on March 19, 2019

              solidworks visualize Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are some stellar tools to get you started down the road of photorealistic animations and the ability to push those animations over to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional.

              For those new to Visualize, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional takes the photorealistic rendering of Standard and enhances it in many forms. The one critical to pushing animations from SOLIDWORKS CAD to Visualize is the mere ability to create animations for your models, cameras, appearances, and more.

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                How to Make a Cube in SOLIDWORKS

                Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on March 18, 2019

                how to make a cube in solidworks blogAh, the cube. It’s such a fundamental geometric shape that SOLIDWORKS decided to incorporate it as part of its own logo. It might not be the most exciting shape to create, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? And besides, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? ‘Right’ - on both counts! In this blog post, we’ll go through the most straightforward way of making a cube in SOLIDWORKS. Then, I’ll show you some other ways to make and manipulate cubes. One or two of these ways might seem silly, and that’s OK. The goal is to expose you to different ways of doing the same thing, in an ultimate effort to expand your SOLIDWORKS toolkit. Let’s get started. 

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                  Take Control of Your SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses Using Options Files

                  Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on March 11, 2019

                  SOLIDWORKS Network LicensesSOLIDWORKS Network Licenses allow companies to let users share licenses between each other to make better use of the licenses that they own. But sometimes, it can feel a bit like you’re playing tug-of-war.   

                  Let me introduce you to the SOLIDWORKS Network License options file. Options files allow you to control who can get what licenses and for how long. This allows organizations to ensure licenses are available to the users who need them and the end of the tug-of-war game for your licenses.

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                    SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Recap: Where Possibility Takes Form

                    Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on March 5, 2019

                    solidworks world 2019 recapSOLIDWORKS World 2019 kicked off in Dallas, Texas on February 10th to thousands of people from around the world waiting to hear from keynote speakers, attend technical training sessions, and to network with fellow CAD users. In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a recap of all three general sessions. Let’s take a look.

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                      7 Reasons to Be on (and Stay on) SOLIDWORKS Subscription

                      James Reeher by James Reeher on February 27, 2019

                      solidworks subscriptionWhen you purchase a seat of SOLIDWORKS, you have the option to add on the subscription service. SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service includes lots of tools and resources to help you get the most out of your software including upgrades to the latest version, customer support, full access to the customer portal, and allows you to participate actively and network in the SOLIDWORKS global community. If you’re still stuck on making a decision, I’ve compiled a list of the top seven tools you’ll get that might sway your decision.

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                        SOLIDWORKS Puts Ringbrothers in the Driver’s Seat to Scale Production and Propel Growth

                        Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on February 25, 2019

                        SOLIDWORKS Ringbrothers case studyIn the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin resides Ringbrothers, an automotive restoration company that has propelled itself to one of the top American car builders. The company was founded by brothers, Jim and Mike Ring, who shared a passion, imagination, and innovation for building cars from a very young age. The brother duo and the employees within wear many hats, as the company serves as a collision and repair shop to the community, as well as produces high-quality billet accessories, custom fiberglass, carbon fiber pieces, and custom-built cars.

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                          SOLIDWORKS 2020 Features Revealed

                          Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on February 14, 2019

                          SOLIDWORKS 2020One of the most exciting parts of attending SOLIDWORKS World is getting a sneak peek at the next version. During the last general session at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, attendees got to see lots of new updates and enhancements currently being developed for SOLIDWORKS 2020. Here’s a look at what’s to come in next year’s release.

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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 MBD: The Value of Model-Based Definition

                              Christa Prokos by Christa Prokos on February 5, 2019

                              SOLIDWORKS MBDBack in the days before computers, designers and engineers had no choice but to do their work on paper. But the way design is done has evolved alongside new technologies, resulting in 3D models and a host of CAD software that makes it easier than ever to produce accurate and complex models that can be translated into real-world solutions.

                              Despite this, 2D drawings have not completely fallen out of favor, and are oftentimes used within CAD software. This can become a time-consuming and tedious process for designers, who will often have less time for the actual design of the product. Model-based definition (MBD) solutions such as SOLIDWORKS MBD help remedy this problem by publishing directly into 3D data, saving valuable time in manufacturing processes.

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                                Where is my SOLIDWORKS Design Library?

                                Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on January 28, 2019

                                where is my solidworks design libraryNearly every year when I teach a course on SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal to students at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have to field a handful of concerns regarding the SOLIDWORKS design library. The two most common being “my design library is missing,” or SOLIDWORKS is asking “Are you trying to make a derived part” when trying to use forming tools. Admittedly, it’s rather frustrating to try and use a design library when it’s not available or doesn’t work properly.

                                The issue these students have is always the same and can be remedied with a three-part solution. In this blog, I’ll cover those three steps to enable forming tools when they aren’t available. Let’s get started.

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