My unorganized #SOLIDWORKS User Group tour – #swugn

This year, I’ve been on a kind of unorganized SOLIDWORKS User Group tour.  I’ve presented at user groups in Tulsa, OK, Denver, CO and Seattle, WA.  The diversity of meeting locations never ceases to surprize me: hotel conference rooms, high school machine shops, college meeting rooms, libraries.  BTW, I’m not pictured in any of the photos below, as I was the one who took these photos of other speakers at these events.

In Tulsa and Denver, I presented on Drawing Views.  As simple as this topic may seem for many, even experienced users have told me they learn something new when I talk about Drawing Views.

In Seattle, I presented on SOLIDWORKS drawing functionality that has been added since SOLIDWORKS 2013.  Even though most of the capabilities I discussed were available since SOLIDWORKS 2014 and 2015, even seasoned users of SOLIDWORKS 2016 jumped up with excitement as they found out about “new” functionality.

Tulsa SOLIDWORKS User Group

Tusla, OK


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Northern Denver, CO


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Southern Denver, CO


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Seattle, WA

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 was full of product announces

This year at SOLIDWORKS World was full of product announcements, every day during the general sessions: SOLIDWORKS PCB, SOLIDWORKS Maker, term licencing option, online trail, Xdrive, Xdesign, and that’s just the first day!

Gian Paolo Bassi

A touch device friendly interface of SOLIDWORKS (any device, any time, any where) was also briefly demonstrated.

Touch device mobile ready SOLIDWORKS

As usual, the Research and Develop team were honored for the hard work that goes into creating all these new products.

R and D

There was a lot to take in.  Even some surprizes for those of us working hard to bring new products to life.

New Drawings capabilities in SOLIDWORKS 2016 [Videos] Part 2

This entry is part of 3 in the series New in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Watermarking models (and drawings)

Change drawing scale on-the-fly

Preselection for Dimensions

New Drawings capabilities in SOLIDWORKS 2016 [Videos] Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series New in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Automatic Drawing Border

Center mark scaling

Flag Notes

Classic drawing interpretation problem

There’s a classic problem with drawings:  interpretation.   Without enough information, there is always some sort of ambiguity.  Let’s take at a classic interpretation problem for example.

What is the shape of the part being described by this drawing (below)?  Note that Hidden Line Visible is turned on for both the Front and Top views.

Classic drawing interpretation problem

Because HLV is on, this cannot be a sheet metal bracket, since you’d be able to see the sheet metal wall as hidden lines in both views.

 

Not the solution

So, can you model this part?  Well, I’m not going to make you wait for the solution.  If you want to cheat to see the solution modelled in SOLIDWORKS, feel free to download it herewoodblockproblem (SW2015).

Resellers are already making great videos about SOLIDWORKS 2016 new functions

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series New in SOLIDWORKS 2016

This morning, I started looking around Youtube to see what’s already popped up for SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New.  There is already several great videos by several resellers.  Here’s a few for Mate Controller, Foreshorten Dimensions and DimXpert.