Posts Tagged ‘What’s New’

Multiple Flow Result Plots in E-Drawings for 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

New for 2014, The ability to save multiple result plots in one E-Drawings file.  Previously the result plots needed to be saved in individual E-Drawings files. This caused more files to be generated and shared than need be.

To generate multiple result file plots in one E-Drawings file follow this procedure.

  • Show all plots desired to be included in the E-Drawings file
  • Right Mouse Button on the Results Folder and Select Save Image
EDrawings Save Image

E-Drawings Save Image

  • Choose the E-Drawings File Format
EDrawings Pull Down

E-Drawings Pull Down

Once in E-Drawings you can turn on or off the individual plots as needed to convey the content you wish to show.

Multiple Flow Plots E-Drawings

Multiple Flow Plots E-Drawings

Robert Warren

Elite Application Engineer CAE Technical Specialist 3DVision Technologies

A worthless EPDM Enhancement

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

One of my favorite new SolidWorks Enterprise PDM enhancements is, at least today, practically worthless….this enhancement didn’t even make it into the “What’s New” document. However its potential may make it one of the biggest EPDM enhancements yet. It is the EPDM Partner Program.

We’re all familiar with the SolidWorks partner program. Some of the best SolidWorks functionality has actually come from it. Simulation, Toolbox, Hole Wizard, Workgroup, Photoview 360 and even EPDM originally started out as 3rd party partner products that eventually became part of the SolidWorks family. This has helped SolidWorks grow and mature very rapidly. Even the 3rd party applications that SolidWorks hasn’t purchased still make SolidWorks a good investment. If SolidWorks cannot do something you wish it could, there is likely an application that can do it.


As I said, it is brand new, but there are already two partner products for EPDM. Keep an eye out, hopefully there is going to be a money saver in there for you, giving you an even bigger return on your SolidWorks Enterprise PDM investment.


Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

SolidWorks 2012 Rollouts

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Today’s the first day of fall. It is the best time of the year. Football and hockey is starting (though I’m not sure hockey season ever ends). Baseball and soccer playoffs are soon starting and the new release of SolidWorks is published.

SolidWorks 2012 has a little something for everyone in this release. Watch for the 3DVision team to be publishing articles here in the blog, or better yet we hope to get to show you first hand at our rollouts.

They’re free and a very efficient way get more continuing education. Sign up here:

Hope to see you!

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in SolidWorks 2011: DEFEATURE

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I just built this great model, now you want me to do WHAT ?! Defeature it ??

Yep, that’s right, SolidWorks has come out with a tool to get rid of all the small details in your part.

Why would you ever want to do this ?

Perhaps you are going to share this model with someone who needs to build “around” it, but you don’t want them to see all the intellectual data INSIDE of it… Perhaps you have downloaded an assembly (or part) off the internet and you want to quickly dumb it down…

The DEFEATURE tool, new in SolidWorks 2011, will let you remove details from a part or assembly and save the results to a new file in which the details are replaced by dumb solids (with no feature history).

The tool is found under TOOLS—DEFEATURE (while you are in a Part or Assembly file).

There are steps to allow you to specify COMPONENTS to remove from the model (for assembly files only), specify any features you would like to keep (mounting holes, etc.) that may have been automatically removed in the first step, and even a step to allow you to specify if there is any movement/motion you would like to keep ! You also get to preview the “defeatured” model in a cool split screen window before you save it out as a new file.

One of the best things is that when you defeature an assembly, it will get saved as a multi-body PART file, so you don’t have all the references to worry about sending to someone or maintaining yourself. Also, any open areas in the model will be “filled in” with solid material !

Be sure to check out this new tool in SolidWorks 2011 !!

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in 2011 Rollouts Announced

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The two greatest days of the year are when they give us a sneak peek at what will be in the next release of SolidWorks at SolidWorks World, and when you finally get a chance to see it live at the What’s New Rollout.

Nine days from now the What’s New tour will begin in Louisville. -We’re getting close! Have you registered yet?

You can see there are also some web casts on that page as well. Though if you get a chance to see it live -I recommend it. It is a good time for networking, getting some face time with your local AE, or seeing the fancy new silk shirts Vik has picked out for the shows.

I’ll be showing SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, DriveWorks Solo, and DriveWorks Pro. There will be a special presentation that will only be shown for the live rollouts. I don’t want to say too much, but we should be able to finally put to rest the age old argument between who is better: Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

Enhancements in SolidWorks 2011

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Wednesday at SolidWorks World has always been my favorite…it is the day they give us a sneak preview into what will be in the next version of SolidWorks. These enhancements aren’t anything to bet the house on…I know of some things they have shown in the past that still aren’t in the product, but for the most part things they promise here are in the software by fall.


Here is a list of the “big hitters” as they presented them:

  • Defeature
    • This is a new assembly feature that will make it very easy for you to dumb down your models before giving them to a customer. This will be very helpful so you don’t have to give away all intellectual property if you want to share space claiming information with your customers. In the demo they just picked a few mounting holes and important faces and SolidWorks did the rest of the work of simplifying the model!
  • Revolve up to surface
    • New end condition in the revolve command. No more cleanup after the revolve command or calculating the total number of degrees you want to revolve! Finally!
  • Photoview Preview
    • As you add textures and materials to your design, you can have a little preview window open to see how your changes will look rendered real time.
  • Better Memory Usage
    • Here they showed a graph comparing memory usage doing typical operations for SolidWorks 2010 and 2011 -some operations seemed to improve memory usage by about 20%
  • Plainer Simulation
    • Imagine being able do FEA on a cross section view of your file. Easy to setup and very fast to run right? Then (make sure you are sitting down for this) once you are happy with the results having the ability to extrapolate the cross section results to your full model! The example they used was a symmetrically loaded disk shape…I am hopeful that nearly any symmetrical condition would work. ??
  • Dimension Layouts
    • This will be a nice drawing productivity enhancement. Automatically stagger or space your dimensions in a drawing view.
  • Design Checker in tasks
    • The only SolidWorks Enterprise PDM enhancement they announced. This is a new task that can check your files against the rules you have defined in the design checker. Maybe the design checker will get the respect it deserves now?
  • Lightweight welds
    • Not sure I fully understood this one. It reminded me of cosmetic threads for weld beads…but we’ve had this…I did notice a killer new interface for creating these lightweight welds and some new assembly features (i.e. chamfers and weld gaps) these will make creating weldments from regular parts much easier. (Could this be a key to removing the weldment feature in the future??)
  • Piping enhancements
    • I’m not a piping guy, so I couldn’t tell what was new vs what we already have. Looked pretty easy though
  • Walk through
    • We’ve had the ability to do a walk through with motion, this seemed a little easier to setup and run. They picked the floor face, an upward direction and we able to drive through their model.
  • Feature Lock
    • Imagine making a change to a rather large part. One of the things that makes this process slow is that if SolidWorks decides it wants to rebuild your part, not much you can do but twiddle your thumbs. This option will allow you to select features to not rebuild -makes for a significant performance improvement.

No Leonard Nimoy, but Mark Snider’s acting skills almost made up for it.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

2010 SolidWorks Rollouts

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Ahhh….October. The time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to the new release of SolidWorks.

The rollouts start next week: -the best form of continuing education around. (…and you can’t beat the free price!) Looks like I will be attending all of them, hope to see you there.

Jeff Sweeney

CSWE Engineering Data Specialist 3DVision Technologies

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