March, 2011 | CADD Edge Blog - Featuring SolidWorks 3D CAD Design Software

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Another Source for Great CAD Models

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We've got an internal contest going here in the Engineering group to produce the best content with 3DVIA Composer.  One challenge we run into is finding interesting and new models to create our technical illustrations with.  After my initial cruise through 3DContent Central, I remembered GrabCAD.  The sight has some amazing looking models done from lots of different CAD applications.  SolidWorks, ProE, CATIA and many more are represented.  Originally founded in Europe GrabCAD has just announced they are moving to our backyard in Boston.  Check them out they've got models of furniture, transportation, consumer goods and lots more.

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SolidWorks SP3 Prevents Notes from Combining with Your Dimensions


I just saw that SolidWorks 2011 SP3 is now released and available for download.  I like to skim through the release notes and see if there have been any enhancements to the software.  Often they will sneak things into service packs with little fanfare. 

In this case I saw this item: "Ability to disable the drag annotation “combine/snap” in drawings."  SolidWorks 2010 added a great feature where you can drag a note onto a dimension or another note and it would merge them together.  This can be very handy building numbered or bulleted lists.  The unintended consequence was folks who were trying to adjust the positions of their notes would ocassionally attach a note to a dimension. The only way around this was to hold the shift key while moving a dimension, but you'd also lose the preview while dragging it. 

SP3 adds a System option under Drawings.  "Disable note merging when dragging."  And its turned on by default, getting you back to pre-2010 behavior.  If you want that functionality back simply uncheck it.

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Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  If there is something that could be better in SolidWorks send in your enhancement requests. 


SolidWorks World 2011 Presentations Available Online

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Even if like me you got to go to SolidWorks World there is no way that you'd be able to see everything you want.  There are dozens of sessions happening simultaneously.  If there are two happening at the same time you want to see you have to decide which you'll sacfrifice. 

Luckily for us SolidWorks has made recordings of all the sessions available to everyone online. Technically not all the sessions.  It appears the hands-on sessions were not recorded so you can't view my presentation.  With this great resource you'll be able to learn about SolidWorks, Simulation, 3DVIA Composer, Sustainability and much more.  Some of my favorite presentations are done by users.  (Check out a presentation from 2009 by David Woodruff)

So follow the link and if you see a presentation that you particularly enjoy let us know in the comments.  With presentations from the last 3 SolidWorks Worlds there's no way I'll be able to watch them all.

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