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Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS Design Tables

Jesse Butwinick on September 20, 2016 at 8:05 AM

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Configurations in SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies give you the ability to vary dimensions and control the suppression states of various features without needing to create a new document. This allows you to have multiple variations of one project within one file.

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New Embedded Electronic Design with SOLIDWORKS PCB

Craig Shaw on September 8, 2016 at 8:24 AM

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS has a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) program? Indeed they do! SOLIDWORKS PCB is a set of tools engineered to bridge the gap between mechanical and electrical designs. With its simple to use interface and link to SOLIDWORKS, it gives the user an efficient design experience that gets PCB’s done quickly and easily.

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Customized 3D Printed Phone Cases with DriveWorks Sales Configurator

Moogue uses DriveWorks as a Sales Configurator to allow anyone to configure custom 3D printed phone cases. They are based in the Netherlands and create their customizable phone cases using a 3D printer.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Deadline

The Alignex Team on July 25, 2016 at 5:06 PM

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Have you been thinking about upgrading your Windows operating system but putting it off? Well, you better hurry because time is running out to get it for free. If you’re a Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 customer, be sure to complete your upgrade before the offer expires on July 29, 2016.

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Top 5 Training Videos on My.SOLIDWORKS.com [VIDEO]

Have you heard about My.SolidWorks.com? If you have, then you already know about the wealth of SolidWorks information that can be found right at your fingertips. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Joining is free and easy.

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What's New in SOLIDWORKS MBD 2016 [VIDEO]

Geoffrey King on July 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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During this short video, learn to use the new features of SOLIDWORKS 2016 Model Based Definition (MBD) to document parts and assemblies. We will look at dimension creation, new display styles, MBD for assemblies, and creating custom templates for 3D PDFs with multiple viewports and fully featured bills of materials.

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Inspection Template Editing [VIDEO]

Matt Kusz on June 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Watch some top ways to edit SOLIDWORKS Inspection templates for add-in and stand-alone versions as well as the CMM import version. See how to go from the basic templates already installed with your SOLIDWORKS Inspection and easily modify them to create your own customized templates.

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How To Get Started with Nonlinear Structural Analysis [VIDEO]

Tim Spielman on June 10, 2016 at 5:20 PM

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During this short video, we’ll learn the differences between linear and nonlinear analysis, how to determine when you need to use a nonlinear solution, and finally, look at two examples that will give us the basics of setting up a nonlinear simulation study.

By asking the right questions up front and understanding a little about the physics of the problem, we can decide on the most appropriate study type for our simulation. Using the intuitive interface and powerful nonlinear solver in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium module, we can quickly gain valuable insight into how our design will perform, even in complex applications.

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Smooth Sketching: Using Splines in the SOLIDWORKS Sketcher

Jesse Butwinick on June 3, 2016 at 8:58 AM

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Look at any item sitting around you. You will find a majority of them have the company’s brand on it. Whether it is a protrusion, a depression, an engraving, a sticker, or a stamp, the spline tool will allow you to represent your logo on your product and help ensure your customers know who to come back to.

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How to Use the Draft Analysis Tool in SOLIDWORKS

Jesse Ortman on May 24, 2016 at 8:38 AM

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Learn how to use the Draft Analysis tool in SOLIDWORKS to check the correct application of draft to the faces of parts that will be manufactured by the molding process. Commonly used in the plastics industry, it will help identify faces on your model that don’t meet minimum angular or taper requirements. Since this tool shows where both positive and negative angles meet, it is also helpful when deciding where to put a parting line.

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