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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Slicing

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Written by: Shaun Johnson, Application Engineer

With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2019, Dassault has made it even easier to import and adjust non-native CAD files for use with SOLIDWORKS designs. The Slicing feature streamlines the creation of intersection profiles, perfect for creating and manipulating sketch sections for lofts and sweeps.

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Linking Materials and Sheet Metal Parameters

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Written by: Shaun Johnson, Application Engineer

New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to tie sheet metal bend parameters to specific materials in the SOLIDWORKS Materials Database. This feature makes it easier to explore different avenues in your sheet metal designs while maintaining accurate flat patterns.

Edit Custom Materials

To get started, you’ll need to access the Materials Database. You can do this by right-clicking on the material in a part model and selecting Edit Material. This will bring up the SOLIDWORKS Material Database. Keep in mind that you will not be able to modify, in any way, materials which are part of the standard materials libraries that are installed with SOLIDWORKS. You will need to create a copy of each material that you would like to adjust and place it in the Custom Materials folder. 

There is now a Sheet Metal tab for each material in the database. This is where the desired parameters for controlling sheet metal bends for each material are set.

Materials - Sheet Metal Tab

SOLIDWORKS comes pre-loaded with various charts for use with each of the control types (Gauge Table, Bend Table, Bend Calculation Table). Alternatively, users can browse to select tables of their own creation to control the sheet metal parameters.

Sheet Metal Properties

Lastly, users may manually specify parameters based on material thickness. Thickness ranges must be continuous – there cannot be a gap in the range. For example, you cannot define a range from 0 to 3 and define the next range from 4 to 6 because the range between 3 and 4 is not covered. Once the desired values are set, click on the ‘Apply’ button to save your changes and apply the material to your part.

Specify Material Parameters


What’s New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019: Web2 Design Update

What's New - SOLIDWORKS PDM 2019

Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer

The SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 interface has come a long way from its early days. This year is no exception when it comes to updates. In 2019 we are given a whole new redesign to make the interface more accessible to all browsers and devices.  

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019: PDM Integration

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2019

Written by: Quinton Rocke, Application Engineer

SOLIDWORKS Inspection is now more integrated than ever with SOLIDWORKS PDM in 2019. In the standalone Inspection application, you can now access a familiar SOLIDWORKS PDM tab for tools such as Check Out, Check In, Search, and Get Latest Version and more from the CommandManager.

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