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What is SOLIDWORKS SpeedPak?

Chris Geringer on August 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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How can you increase performance and security in one simple process, without sacrificing appearance?

Easy, use SpeedPak.

What is SpeedPak?

SpeedPak is a simplified configuration of an assembly or subassembly.  No need to suppress components or substitute them with blocky simplified versions.  The SpeedPak configuration retains only the geometry that is needed for dimensioning or mating.  The user is in complete control of what geometry is retained, and what is converted to graphic display.

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How to Apply Custom Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Jackie Yip on August 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Within SOLIDWORKS, materials can be easily applied to a model giving it a distinguished appearance, as well as the ability to perform real-world calculations. In fact, there are hundreds of materials to choose from, but sometimes the ones we want aren’t included by default. In this blog, we’ll show you how to apply custom materials inside SOLIDWORKS along with the techniques to help store and organize them for further use.

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How to Automate Your PDFs in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

Blake Hartje on July 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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One of the most common deliverables for companies is a PDF of their SOLIDWORKS drawing.  For many people out there, the creation of a PDF is a manual process involving a tedious amount of steps, even for those that have PDM!  Let’s add some automation to our PDM workflow to automatically create a PDF of our SOLIDWORKS Drawing!  Despite having the Create PDF task already set up within PDM, there are many of us that are left scratching our heads as to why the PDF doesn’t get an updated data card!  As a solution to these problems, we will highlight the steps to create a PDF data card, create a PDF task, add the task to our workflow, and link variables from our SLDDRW data card to our new PDF card.

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Getting Started with CAM Part 2: Defining the Workpiece or Stock

John Marks on July 18, 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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Getting Started with CAM Part 3: 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 Part 1: 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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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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