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How Digital Transformation is Changing the Manufacturing Industry

Guest Author - DriveWorks Team on July 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The term Digital Transformation has attracted a lot of attention across the manufacturing industry and throughout the media recently. Defined by The Enterprisers Project, Digital Transformation is “the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers.”

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Getting Started with CAM: Setting Fixtures and Machine Origins

John Marks on June 27, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The Getting Started with CAM series of videos are designed to give the basics or a starting point for using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks. These videos are not intended to replace formal training of the software but to help you get started using these powerful and time saving features of the SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Add-ins for SOLIDWORKS.

This series helps you learn the basic steps used to generate mill toolpaths and NC code. Learning these steps in part mode, is a great way to get started. We hope that you already have the knowledge on how to model basic parts with the understanding of the SOLIDWORKS environment.

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How to Use the SOLIDWORKS Search Command Window

Jackie Yip on June 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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When it comes to using your favorite commands, there can be occasions where you may have forgotten its whereabouts. To review, the user interface already offers a couple of areas where commands are always accessible.

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Getting Started with CAM: Creating a Basic Workflow

John Marks on June 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The Getting Started with CAM series of videos is designed to give the basics or a starting point for using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks. These videos are not intended to replace formal training of the software but to help you get started using these powerful and time saving features of the SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Add-ins for SOLIDWORKS.  

This series helps you learn the basic steps used to generate mill toolpaths and NC code. Learning these steps in part mode is a great way to get started. We hope that you already have the knowledge on how to model basic parts with the understanding of the SOLIDWORKS environment.

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How to Activate Realview Graphics in SOLIDWORKS

Brad Hakeman on June 6, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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If you're like me, you enjoy being able to create and test out your new idea in SOLIDWORKS before ever having to create a prototype.  After all your hard work, you're ready to show off your design in a meeting with the rest of your team.  However, the image on the screen doesn't quite match the image your team has in mind, aesthetically.  It's not quite as realistic as they imagine it will be when the physical parts are made.  Maybe the Marketing team was hoping for something a little shinier, maybe in a different color.  What if there were tools at your disposal that would make your hard work 'pop' without running a separate piece of software? That's where the RealView graphics options directly within SOLIDWORKS comes in.

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What's New in DraftSight 2019

The Alignex Team on May 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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DraftSight 2019 is finally here and with it comes a slew of new features and improvements in its Professional, Premium, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus versions. This year marks a new chapter in the DraftSight product portfolio, and with it more functionality available than ever before. 

For those unfamiliar with DraftSight, it's a professional-grade design software. It is easy to pick up and learn, allowing users to spend less time training and more time designing. DraftSight also integrates seamlessly with all of your other CAD programs, making switching from platform to platform smooth and simple.

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How to Use the SOLIDWORKS Help Functionality

Eric Weber on May 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Help menu is a great resource for discovering how to use different pieces of SOLIDWORKS. The Help menu can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS by going to Help > SOLIDWORKS Help. This will bring up the online help menu where you can browse topics on the left side pane. Or, the search functionality near the top will help find what you are looking for very quickly. You can also access different versions of the help menu if required.
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Chamfering Non-Planer Edges in SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

John Marks on May 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Have you ever needed to add an edge break to a Boss, Hole or Pocket feature with curvature on the top edge of the surface? I can't tell you how many times I talk to customers struggling to do those very things, unaware that the functionality is only a few clicks away. 

In this video, we will walk through setting up the Chamfering of Non-Planer Edges inside SolidWorks CAM or CAMWorks 2.5 axis milling.

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Alert: End-of-Life for Windows Server 2012 R2

The Alignex Team on May 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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This alert is to let you know about changes to system requirements coming with the next version of SOLIDWORKS. 

SOLIDWORKS 2019 SP5 will be the last release to support the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. This means that SOLIDWORKS 2020 products including PDM will not install on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Improving Your Performance with Custom Part and Assembly Templates

James Nelson on May 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Anytime I have to repeat the same tasks or steps over and over again, I’m always looking for a way to streamline that process and make it easier moving forward.  One great way to save time in SOLIDWORKS is to create custom part, assembly and drawing templates.  In this post, we will go through the basic steps of creating templates for parts and assemblies so  you can streamline your workflow and save time as well. 

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