SOLIDWORKS PDM client types determine the level of access each person can have to the Vault. Do you have your Vault users set up with the right client type? Choosing the right license and number of licenses for your company's needs can be a difficult and costly task. Each license has an official product name relative to the data management solution that your team has chosen. In this article, we will work backwards from generalities to the more formal ways to classify these clients.
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There are a number of business cases for which you may need access to SOLIDWORKS. Although there is no free version of SOLIDWORKS out there for you to download, there are a number of solutions that may be able to help you without having to purchase the software. In this article, we are going to run through some scenarios you may find yourself in and the available tools to help you. Besides, who doesn't like free stuff?
If you are using SOLIDWORKS 2019 or newer, you may have noticed a tab on the command manager called “Structure Systems”. You may also have noticed that this command ribbon has very few tools on it. What is it?
Think weldments, but supercharged. Structure systems allows designers to create frame structures like scaffolding, support equipment, frames, a deck for your house. The list goes on. It allows designers to create these structures in a more concise workflow rather than using a series of weldments and trim tools resulting in a long feature tree.
We have all experienced the ugliness of tangled wires that create a virtual rat's nest that leads to frustration. On a small scale, behind your television or computer desk, that is something you can work through. As an engineer working on schematics that can include thousands of feet of wiring, you must have a system for labeling all of these connections. This will not only help with the build but with maintenance and troubleshooting down the line. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has built-in tools that efficiently handles this issue with automated ease.
March 22, 2021
SOLIDWORKS 2021 is all about performance. It is a common thread woven throughout all aspects of the user experience from parts, assemblies, drawings and more. In this article, let’s take a look at the biggest performance gains for drawings thanks to some changes to the software architecture and extensions to detailing mode.
March 17, 2021
SOLIDWORKS motion tools are powerful features included in the software that can be easily overlooked. We think they are so important that we have created a series of articles to help you see the value and the power of these motion design tools, many of which you have in the version of SOLIDWORKS you’re already using. With this knowledge, you will start hitting SOLIDWORKS harder, diving deeper into the menus and getting more value from your software investment. We’ll start small, covering the tools inside SOLIDWORKS Standard that everyone has in their subscription and work up to techniques only available to users with Simulation Professional, or Simulation Premium licenses.
March 16, 2021
One of my favorite things about SOLIDWORKS is being able to take a design from my head to a 3D Model and then from the 3D model into G-Code that can drive a CNC machine. Almost everyone knows that creating 3D models is a core SOLIDWORKS function, but what about programming for a CNC machine?
Since 2018, SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks have been an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS design ecosystem, allowing us to use our 3D models to create parts on a CNC machine. Like many products within SOLIDWORKS, there are different packages to fit your needs, whether you're milling, turning or doing advanced machining operations. Keep reading to learn more about our CAM offerings, as well as which package might suit you best.
March 15, 2021
One of the best enhancements to SOLIDWORKS 2021 is the improvements to lightweight components. Working with lightweight is the best way to dramatically increase the performance of your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. If you want to make performance a standard part of your workflow, see how the changes to lightweight components can make this an effortless reality.
Can’t find SOLIDWORKS Explorer anymore? Not to worry, you’re not going crazy!
SOLIDWORKS Explorer was replaced by SOLIDWORKS File Utilities in 2020 and can now be accessed quickly with a simple right click in Windows File Explorer. While the familiar graphical interface may be missing, the same functionality exists and allows users to perform the same convenient tasks that they enjoyed before. In this article, we are going to show you where it is and how to install it if you don’t have it already.
March 8, 2021
Silhouette Defeature was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2019 and it quickly became a favorite tool used to easily create simplified versions of your components. This offers an easy way to get some performance improvements or protect your intellectual properties. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, this powerful tool got even better by extending its capabilities to now include the option to save the simplified version as a configuration instead of a separate file. Let’s take a look!
I think I can safely assume that if you are reading this that you are looking for a better way to manage your SOLIDWORKS design files, supporting documents and product development process. Well, SOLIDWORKS offers three different data management solutions: SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional and SOLIDWORKS Manage, but how do you know which one is the best fit for your company?
In this blog, we will review the differences, clear up some questions you may have, and help you determine which is the right data management solution for you. First, let’s start by looking at the purpose and capabilities of product data management (PDM) tools and then, how each of these SOLIDWORKS products meet the need.
March 1, 2021
Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2021, the Custom Properties tool got a welcomed extension of functionality to include the use of equations. This tool has been a fan favorite for many years because it is incredibly useful as a way to reuse information about your design. Custom properties are a huge part of any power user’s toolbox and in this article we're going to look at what’s new in SOLDIWORKS 2021.