SolidWorks World Survival Guide has been updated

SolidWorks World is big.  Really big.  OK, not at big as ComicCon, but it is as big as they come in the 3D CAD industry.  Even still, it’s easy to get as much out of it as you possible can.  There are tons of sessions available for each day, plus many other opporutnities to get together with others at the conference to learn, network, and even have fun.

Did you know there’s a SolidWorks World Survival Guide?   It gives a brief overview how to get the most out of your experience at SolidWorks World.  The guide has been updated for SolidWorks World 2014.  Check it out.

The SolidWorks World Survival Guide

What’s so different between Bend Tables and Gage Tables?

SolidNotes blog has a very good article about the differences between Bend Tables and Gage Tables in SolidWorks.

 Bend tables were the original table used by SolidWorks to pull Bend Deduction, Bend Allowance, or K-Factor values for use in calculating the flat pattern. Before the introduction of gauge tables, you would need a separate table for each thickness of material. Since gauge tables were introduced, data for multiple thicknesses of one material can be used in a single table; this makes life much easier!

 

One thing I forget to mention about eDrawings for Android yesterday

eDrawings logo - BackOne thing I forget to mention about eDrawings for Android in yesterday’s article is how wonder something simple like an actual standard Back button is with this (and any) app!  In eDrawings for Android when you have a document open, your device’s Back button takes you out of that document back to the list of documents loaded onto your device.  Of course, there is a hidden UI back button too if you have a document open: the eDrawings logo in the upper left corner.

Keep Shooting Bugs – SolidWorks 2014 Beta Week 2

SolidWorks 2014 Beta testing is in full swing with SolidWorks users and VAR employees from all over the world are enjoying shooting the Beta bugs.

Not only that, they are also competing with each other in various SolidWorks 2014 Beta Contests.

So how about you? Have you join in the force for the Beta testing or still need some good reasons for Beta Testing? Here are some of my reasons for being a part of Beta testing Force:

See New Features/Options: Get information of what new features are coming up.

Test New Features/Options: And not only the information but you’ve a real chance to test the New Features/Options before the software is released. And you can see how the New Features/Options will affect your productivity.

Learn Something New: The New Features/Options give you an opportunity to learn new things and be ahead of other users. You can be a pro in your team when your company upgrades to new version.

It’s like playing an online game with competing to other beta testers.

And the most favorite one; Win Prizes. There are a lot of prizes to be won by participating in various contest. Isn’t that cool.

So what else you need!! Go and shoot some bugs today..

P.S. Your SolidWorks Subscription Service status must be valid and active in order to participate in Beta Programs. Also during the beta testing you’re under an NDA.  Do read “OFFICIAL RULES FOR SOLIDWORKS 2014 BETA CONTESTS

Revision Clouds: What else is new ( Tip/Trick )

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series New in SolidWorks 2013

As noted in a previous article, revision cloud is a new annotation in SolidWorks 2013.    Well, here’s a little trick not mentioned in the What’s New that you can use on revision clouds once you’ve placed them on your drawing.  Highlight the revision cloud and goto Tools pulldown>Sketch Tools>Rotate.  The Rotate tool will allow you to rotate your revision cloud annotation.

Rectangular revision cloud just minding its own business.


Gah! Someone has started the Rotate tool and is rotating  the revision cloud.


Well, the cloud was successfully rotated and just left there to highlight the change at its new angle.