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Explore what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2021!

Sometimes there are situations in SOLIDWORKS when we need to balloon components in views that are not completely visible (e.g., all hidden lines). What then? When using the Auto-Balloon feature in SOLIDWORKS Drawings there is a limitation on what the feature can see in the SOLIDWORKS Drawing view.



For PDM-managed CAD files, updating to a new version comprises checking out the file, updating that file in its native software (or making changes to the data card in PDM), and checking it back in. In this guide, we will show you how to update PDF documents in SOLIDWORKS PDM with a new version, while sustaining metadata traceability.


In this article, we compare tetrahedron and hexahedron elements and show an example of why the latter can be important to implement into your FEA (Finite Element Analysis) studies. To compare the tetrahedron to the hexahedron element, I ran a simple impact test in a few different FEA tools. I scaled the mesh size so that it took approximately 1000 seconds to solve each study.


eDrawings Jun 10, 2021

SOLIDWORKS eDrawings has a mobile app that allows users to review CAD models and drawings on mobile devices. Stop guessing or wondering if you added fillets to the edges of a model before sending it out to a vendor. With eDrawings mobile app, you can quickly view your models and drawings to remove all doubt. eDrawings mobile takes advantage of all the mobile technology we have available to us today. Multi-touch gestures let you pan, zoom, and rotate models to inspect and interpret. 


3D Printing FDM Jun 09, 2021

In May 2020, amid a global pandemic, devastation and destruction struck mid-Michigan yet again, when both the Edenville and Sanford dams collapsed following a record-breaking rainfall. This “500-year flood” forced more than 10,000 residents in Midland County to evacuate and seek safety before the breached dam water ransacked their homes and belongings.  Having endured watching their community suffer from the aftermath, Mid Michigan College (Mid) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students began their research to investigate the cause and help prevent future floods from devastating their community, and others as well. 



When creating a 2D drawing, it’s common practice to have multiple sheets to clearly define the information needed to manufacture parts and assemblies. As you’re adding additional sheets, you may be prompted with a SOLIDWORKS error message that says, “The sheet format could not be located.”


Are you getting SOLIDWORKS warning messages about your auto recovery folder and don’t know how to correct it? Fear not, this guide will show you what this means and how to fix it. This warning message, Figure 1, is SOLIDWORKS’ core functionality, regardless of what add-in or what product you are using inside of it. It pops up when SOLIDWORKS boots up or when you load a file.


Filling out forms is always a drag. Automating those forms with data cards and transition updates is a great way to alleviate that burden. In this article, you'll learn about form automation with SOLIDWORKS PDM. There are many forms we see around the industry, so we’ll start with an example in Microsoft Excel.


Have you ever needed to rename your SOLIDWORKS files, but didn’t want to deal with the headache of losing the references in associated parts/assemblies/drawings? Believe it or not, there is a simple way to rename files while maintaining references within SOLIDWORKS. Let me walk you through how.


Explore what's new in SOLIDWORKS 2021!