My Instagram Videos from SOLIDWORKS 2019

Here’s my videos from Instagram from SOLIDWORKS World 2019. Nothing new to add, other than bringing them over for posterity.

Here’s my videos from Instagram from SOLIDWORKS World 2019. Nothing new to add, other than bringing them over for posterity. It appears that both uploading and download videos with Instagram involves significant compression, so the quality of the videos is “potato”, and not actually a result of my tool used to record these (my phone).

        

Blast from the Past at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 (video snippets from Instagram)

I’m manually adding my SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Instagram videos here for posterity.

Instagram recently gave users the ability to download their data in compliance with new European regulations. Since videos typically don’t come over during automated crossposting, I’m manually adding them here for posterity. There’s no new message other than SOLIDWORKS World 2016 had a lot going on, just like every other SOLIDWORKS World conference. The videos have potato quality. This is apparently from multiple Instagram compressions (both in upload and in the subsequent download too).

        

SOLIDWORKS World Drawings Top Ten implementation to-date (2011-2013)

SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten list for drawings – review for 2011 thorugh 2013; including implemetnatation rates and release years.

A few years ago, I reviewed SOLIDWORKS World Top Ten lists specifically for Drawing ideas. These articles not only showed a unique view of the Top Ten that is typically unavailable, but it also provided implementation status (implemented or not). It’s time to update those statuses.

2011

  1. Ability to Filter BOMs
  2. Print Selection – make it more like cropping a picture
  3. On drawings: add function to allow users to apply capitalization of text, implemented in SW2014 for notes and SW2018 for tables.
  4. Assign watermark function to drawing sheets, implemented in SW2013.
  5. Allow Multiple Exploded Views per Configuration, implemented in SW2013.
  6. More control over angle dimensions, implemented in SW2015.
  7. On drawings: Allow option for resizing of drawing view outline
  8. Directly editing notes with properties in Drawing, implemented before SW2013.
  9. Broken-out Section in Section, Detail and Alternate Positions Views, implemented in SW2018.
  10. Better line selection in drawings, implemented in SW2014 .

2012

  1. Address Shaded with Edges Bleed Thru issue, implemented in SW2014 for parts, assemblies and drawings.
  2. Dimensions should stay where you place them, existing behavior in SOLIDWORKS. See previous article for additional information.
  3. Don’t show hidden lines in section views and broken-out sections, half implemented in SW2013. See previous article for additional information.
  4. Don’t re-size center marks with scale of drawing view or sheet, implemented in SW2016.
  5. Allow multiple exploded views per configuration, implemented in SolidWorks 2013.
  6. Drawings: make intersection selectable when dimensioning drawings, implemented in SOLIDWORKS 2014.
  7. Ability to create a “purchased” component BOM and “manufactured” component BOM 
  8. Drawings: Revision Cloud, implemented in SolidWorks 2013.
  9. Dashes should not be allowed at the end of a line
  10. Parts as references in drawing views; see previous article for additional information.

2013

  1. Create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles, implemented in SW2015.
  2. Perimeter Dimension or Total Length Dimension
  3. Allow mirroring of drawing views in the drawing, implemented in SW2017.
  4. Isometric view break, implemented in SW2016 (via Model Break View shown on drawings in the same fashion as Exploded Views).
  5. Ability to create half dimensions (Option to change any dimension line to foreshortened), implemented in SW2016.
  6. On drawings, zoom to fit should ignore view bounding boxes, implemented in SW2015 with Zoom to Sheet tool.
  7. Don’t re-size center marks with scale of drawing view or sheet, implemented in SW2016.
  8. Ability to create Alternate position view on sectioned/broken-out section view, implemented in SW2018.
  9. Make an easy interface to modify format of hole callouts (without having to edit calloutformat.txt)
  10. Projected view of a break view should have option ‘align breaks with parent’ enabled by default, implemented prior to SW2018.

In looking at these Drawings Top Ten idea lists, there’s about 75% implementation rate for the years 2011 thru 2013 as of SW2019. As time allows, Top Tens from later years may be shown in future articles.

Sort of a recent history SOLIDWORKS Symbols Library

Since SOLIDWORK 2012, new symbols were added to the SOLIDWORKS Symbol Library with each release. This is not intentional. This fact is an artifact of an increased focus on Drawing functionality in SOLIDWORKS since that time. So, just as a curiosity, I’m going back to see what was added, and roughly when. It’s not going to be precise in some cases because not every addition to the library showed up in the What’s New.

Note that this list does not include symbols created as part of new annotation tools, such as Location Label, Flag Notes or Movable Datum Targets.

2012-2014

There is an older article that covers symbols which were added from 2012 to 2014 called New stuff in SolidWorks 2014 (not mentioned in “What’s New”): Symbols. It covers the introduction of inspection symbols, functional symbols (such as Rho and center of mass) and introduction of drawing view symbols.

2014

Additionally, in 2014, several JIS weld symbols were added and supported in the Weld Symbol annotation for JIS drawing standard.

  • Edge
  • Keyhole
  • Scarf
  • Stud
  • Penetration
  • Backing
  • Chadding (following figure)
JIS Weld symbols

Finally, an updated version of the JIS Chadding symbol was added

JIS Chadding symbol

2015

Spotface symbol for hole callouts was replaced. The previous version of the symbol relied in the current font of the document, so text within the symbol only lined up properly for one specific font. This new version simply followed ASME specifications and ignores the document font.

Spotface

2016

Though not in the What’s New, several Inspection Symbols where added.

  • Left Filled Circle
  • Right Filled Circle
  • Top Filled Circle
  • Bottom Filled Circle
  • Full Filled Circle
Inspection circles

2017

A lot of new symbols where added to support ISO drawing standards, plus one new ASME symbol.

ISO Tolerencing symbols

ASME symbol called Conical Taper, which can be found in Modifying Symbols category:

Conical Taper symbol

2018

Draft symbols were introduced.

  • Plus Draft
  • Minus Draft
  • Parting Line Diamond
  • Parting Line
  • Tolerance Draft
Draft symbols, including one symbol that does not appear in the standards, but used by some customers

2019

More ISO Tolerencing symbols were added.

Additional ISO Tolerencing symbols

Your own customizations to the Symbol Library

SOLIDWORKS has a file called GTOL.SYM from which the Symbol Library is derived. This file is an editable text file. Here’s a couple of sources on how to edit this file to create your own symbols:

Do you need one or more symbols added to the SOLIDWORKS Symbol Library?

Although there is no guarantee of implementation, you are welcome to submit requests for new symbols via the Enhancement Request link within your Customer Portal. Make sure your submission includes any standards or other specifications to which your symbol must comply, the purpose of the symbol, and other information about the symbol to help us understand its use.

More information about submitting Enhancement Requests may be found at SOLIDWORKS corporate blog.

Austin trip to meet customers

Austin, TX has long been on my todo list for work travel. There are a lot of great SOLIDWORKS customers in the Austin region. Come last week, my long awaited plans came to fruition. This was a busy trip.

  • Visited several customers in both San Antonio and Austin.
  • Conducted a limited Alpha Test and received a lot of great feedback.
  • Presented at the local SOLIDWORKS User Group: CTSWUG
Central Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting in Austin
Full house at the CTSWUG on April 17, 2019.

User Group Meeting and Support

My presentation at the user group meeting covered the topic of Model-based Definition in the context of SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS MBD. It’s a topic I’ve presented many times. (NASWUG, NSWG and SWW17)

Jeremy Browning also presented a lively demonstration that evening on how to model in a manner that utilizes SOLIDWORKS tools with maximum efficiency and resiliency.

Thank you to Nadia Shea and Jeremy Browning for their efforts of support during my visit. Also, thank you to Steve Calvert for his efforts, including the change of the date for their user group meeting to suit my travel.

Also, While in Town

While in town, I was able to indulge local flavor (literally); perhaps a bit too much.

There was also a chance to take in a few of the regional sights and sounds from time to time, of course.

Great Trip!

However, the focus of these trips is to interact with SOLIDWORKS customers. This allows us to learn from our users about how we can improvement our products to better suit their needs in future releases. In this regard, this trip was a great success! Thank you to everyone who meet with me and participated in the local SOLIDWORKS events!

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights

Here’s some highlights from SOLIDWORKS World 2017:

And, yes, SOLIDWORKS World 2018 will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center for 2018.  In case you missed some of the fun that LA has to offer this year, you’ll have a second chance to indulge in 2018!

Here’s some of my experiences at SOLIDWORKS World 2017:

Super Bowl Party at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Lining up on the first day for the General Session of SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Main stage at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Tremonti at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Special Event at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Special Event at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

Main Stage at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

JPL Robot at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Partner Pavilion sww17

Walking Robot at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Partner Pavilion sww17

Baby Groot found in the wild at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 sww17

And some more fun afterwards:

Mars rovers at JPL

Voyager at JPL

Robots at JPL

Mission Control at JPL

Grizzly Peak at California Adventure

Venice Beach 2

Venice Beach 3