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SolidWorks World 2014 Proceedings are available now!

I hope every enjoyed their time at SolidWorks World 2014  at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. It was great to be a part of the event and meet lot of people.

This year also there were lot of interesting presentations and hands on sessions were conducted by various professionals including SolidWorks employees, SolidWorks Users and SolidWorks VARs. And like everyone, I was also waiting for them to get these presentation and videos upload for access to everyone.

So the wait is over now and the SolidWorks World 2014 proceedings site is now available.

Visit to acceess the proceedings information.

Be sure to take full advantage of this year’s proceedings site. Watch breakout session videos, download breakout session PowerPoints and check out photos from this year’s event. Also, view the 2014 highlights video and videos from general session each day.

Hope to see you at SolidWorks World 2015 in San Diego, CA!

P.S. The copyrights of the video content on this web site are owned by DS SolidWorks. Unless otherwise specified, DS SolidWorks only grants you the right to view the video content on this website

Cross-platform PDF Converter – Able2Extract 8

Able2Extract 8 is a powerful PDF Converter tool that lets users convert their PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, editable MS Word documents, Publisher files, forms, powerpoint presentations, Autocad (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and more.

Able2Extract 8

As stated in my last post as how you can use Able2Extract for Coverting your PDF into SolidWorks, the team has something more to offer with Able2Extract. For the first time, Able2Extract PDF Converter is available on all Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

Able2Extract 8

Able2Extract 8 is available on Windows and is compatible with the latest Windows 8. As always, Able2Extract is backwards compatible, too. It can be downloaded on Windows 7, Vista, XP, and other Windows platforms going all the way back to Windows 98.

Users can now install Able2Extract 8 on Mac OS X and benefit from all the same features found in the Windows version. Able2Extract can instantly convert PDF content into Office formats that are compatible with the Microsoft Office productivity suite for Mac.

In a first ever, Able2Extract 8 is available for the Redhat and Ubuntu distributions. As a full featured desktop converter, Able2Extract eliminates the need for complicated command line tools and lets users easily convert PDF documents to formats compatible with Open Office and Libre Office.

Able2Extract 8

New Convenient Navigation Side Bar: Able2Extract 8 has a new preview pane. This addition provides users with better navigational control over pages, bookmarks, and attachments. Navigating through lengthy PDF documents is now more convenient and done directly from within the viewing window itself.

Redesigned PDF to Excel Custom Conversion Interface: Able2Extract’s PDF to Excel custom conversion interface has been completely redesigned. The new streamlined graphical interface allows users to easily preview and designate the row and column structure prior to conversion. Users can directly ensure that tables are being faithfully converted into Excel spreadsheets.

Improved PDF Conversion Performance: Able2Extract’s conversion technology has been improved, as well. This increases productivity with even faster PDF conversions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. No matter what the output format, users benefit from accurate and seamless data transfers every time.

A More Powerful Built-In PDF Viewer: Able2Extract’s PDF viewing technology has also received an upgrade. Zooming and viewing features have been updated to provide an even higher quality display of PDF content than that of the previous version. Viewing and interacting with PDF graphics and text is now smoother than ever.


Advanced OCR Performance Enhancements: Able2Extract Professional also features performance enhancements for its OCR engine.  Grainy, broken and unsearchable PDF text can be identified, restored and converted. Users with scanned PDFs can get quick, quality conversion results when needed.

Able2Extract 8

Try it Free

Able2Extract 8 is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, and is backwards compatible with other Windows platforms going back to, and including, Windows 98.

Mac users can get Able2Extract 8 for the latest OS X Mountain Lion.

For Linux, users can download Able2Extract 8 on the popular Ubuntu and Redhat distributions.

Able2Extract 8

Able2Extract 8 is available for download as a 7-day free trial at the following page:

For more information on Able2Extract 8 please visit:

Users can purchase a full version license for Able2Extract at only $99.95 USD. A 30-day subscription license is also available for $34.95.


Export only “Selected Parts” from SolidWorks Assembly

Do you need sometimes to export only selected components from the Active Assembly. If yes then follow this easy trick and you could do that in no time.

1. Open the Assembly (I’ve used food_processor assembly file from the SolidWorks tutorials).

2. Select and click or right-click on the parts you don’t need to export.


3. Select the parts you need to export, right-click and select “Invert Selection”.

4. This will select and highlight the parts you don’t need to export.

5. Now with the parts highlighted, select Hide.

6. This will hide the selected parts and keep the required parts visible.

7. Go to Save As window and key in the file name or use the default.

8. Select the save as type and hit save.

9. You’ll get a prompt window message about hidden or suppressed parts. Simply select NO and you’ve exported the required parts only from the assembly.

11. You may now close the current assembly and if you wish you may not save the changes.  (to avoid any changes you did in steps above).

Tow Truck and The Rope Animation – 1

This has been long over due and now I finally got the time to do it.  Many of my reader and viewers has been asking for it and I really feel sorry for not able to deliver it in time. But finally it is here. Check the video below and if you feel you need to know “How to do it” (I can assure you that this is a simple animation), then proceed on.

OK to make this spicy dish (oh I mean animation), you need following ingredients (made in SW2012). You can download them here. You can also your make your own ingredients and use them.

  1. Tow Truck Assy (we’ll use this as the base for the final animation)
  2. Pulley
  3. Winch Drum
  4. Rope
  5. Wooden pallet
  6. Steel Hook
  7. PhotoWorks pr PhotoView 360 (either of one is required to make more realistic animation). I’ve used PhotoView 360.
  8. A secret Spice (this is the main ingredient of this dish).

Tow Truck and The Rope Animation

I’ve made very basic shapes and did a quick modelling. So please pardon me for any mistakes and not following the design intent, colors and other recommended tools/options.

I’ll be updating further soon.

Sheetmetal Prototyping with Rapid Sheet Metal®

Rapid Sheet Metal Prototypes... As Fast As Your SLA Models

Rapid Sheet Metal Inc is the sheet metal equivalent of a SLA service bureau. Fast. Quoting and fabricating precision sheet metal to your 3D CAD data (no drawings required). Quick. Simple brackets and covers to complex enclosures and housings. Quoted in hours, not days. Shipped in days, not weeks. Plated, Painted, Powder Coated, and/ or Silk screened to your specs.  Prototype Sheet Metal on Fast Forward.

Rapid Sheet Metal recognizes that product designers require sheet metal prototypes in the same time frame as other prototype components such as SLA models, machined parts, and metal castings. In other words:
Rapid Sheet Metal Part
WE GET IT.   Rapid Sheet Metal understands that the Trade Show date is not moving, your internal project date has management visibility, and that your customer’s time-line shows delivery of your product NOW.  If we fail to deliver your parts when you need them, the heat is on you and your decision to use Rapid Sheet Metal. Therefore Rapid Sheet Metal jumps through hoops to make your project happen. To do this, it requires a RAPID ATTITUDE.

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Markup! Measure! Section! eDrawings® Pro for iPad

This was the big announcement made by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks on 1st May 2012. This is first of its kind mobile platform app by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks.  But the story doesn’t end here.  Here is next step by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks: eDrawings® Pro for iPad

eDrawings® Pro for iPad is the professional 2D and 3D CAD collaboration app for the iPad that can view native SolidWorks® files (part, assembly, drawings), eDrawings files, and DraftSight® (DWG™, DXF™) files. You can easily view models and access configurations, drawing sheets, and exploded views for eDrawings files published from SolidWorks and all other supported CAD software.

Markup! Measure! Section!  eDrawings® Pro for iPad takes you to the next level of 2D and 3D collaboration with more functionality, including dynamic cross section views, measurements, markups and annotations, and the unique ability to share it all by email!

With a brand new intuitive user interface and improved performance, eDrawings® Pro for iPad enables you to dynamically view cross sections of your models in XY, YZ, or ZX directions from both sides and easily drag the cross section plane on screen or with a convenient slider. You can also measure distances in your designs, with easy-to-use selection filters for faces, edges, vertices, and holes.

With eDrawings® Pro for iPad you can create markups on your drawings, including text notes, freehand notations, dimensions, cross-section views, photos, and camera snapshots.

You can share your marked up eDrawings files with others for review and further comments. All markups with history are saved within the eDrawings file.


* New intuitive and easy-to-use user interface

* Significant performance improvements for opening, viewing, and interacting with all types of models

* Open 3D (EASM, EPRT, SLDASM, SLDPRT), 2D (EDRW, SLDDRW, DWG, DXF), and associated files from any source: email attachments, cloud storage services (Dropbox™, Google Drive™, SkyDrive®, YouSendIt®, and others), email, web and FTP sites, networks, and iTunes® File Sharing

* Zoom, pan, and rotate your 3D and 2D CAD data using multi-touch

* Browse your assembly components tree, model configurations and drawing sheets

* Hide, show, or make components transparent

* Select View mode: standard orthogonal views, shaded with edges, perspective view

* Play animated 3D standard views as well as 2D drawing views

* View your designs in full screen and double tap to fit it on screen

* Double tap zooms to drawing views

* Markup your designs and send to others, and read others’ markups

* Measure your design data

* View cross sections of your 3D designs

* Sample files included

eDrawings Pro is available now for download on the Apple App Store.  Get your copy only  for $4.99. But this offer is for the first 90 30 days, and it will be $9.99 after that. For more information, visit:

Covert your PDF into SolidWorks with Able2Extract Professional

Able2Extract Professional is a powerful PDF Converter tool that lets users convert their PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, editable MS Word documents, Publisher files, forms, powerpoint presentations, Autocad (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and more.

Using the 3 simple steps, you can convert your PDF drawings into DWG/DXF and then import them into SolidWorks to make cool 3d models. I’m using an example from the PDF file shared by Daniel Herzberg on SolidWorks forums.

Let’s play the Abl2Extract “Open, Select, Convert” game and make some quick 3d models:

1. Start Able2Extract  and open the PDF file you want to convert.

2. Select the area or complete drawing for conversion

3. Choose DWG/DXF as the file type and you’re done. Make sure to set the required units and scale.

4. Hit Convert and then save the file as required

5. Start SolidWorks and open the saved DWG/DXF file. Follow the steps to get either a Part file or Drawing

6. Since I’ve chosen Part file, here are the quick pictures of the steps I did.

7. Now you’ve a 2d sketch in a part file, so make up your quick 3d model. You can also use 2d to 3d tools :)

Check here for details on Features List, System Requirements, Quick Start Guide  and more information on Able2Extract Professional


Flip-O-Flip – Which side of the Plane!!

Sometimes while working you model like this.

But then you realize that you need something like this.

So you can quickly change the extrude direction and get the required result.

But wait, there is another option too and I call it Flip-O-Flip

Let’s try it.

1. Right click or click on the sketch you want to Flip. In this case my sketch is on Top plane.

2. Select any other plane from the list.

3. I’ve selected Front Plane.

4. The feature changes accordingly.

5. Now repeat edit sketch plane again on the same sketch.

6. Select the original sketch plane. In this case it was the Top plane.

7. Here is the result.

Carry your eDrawings in iPad

This was the big announcement made by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks on 1st May 2012. This is first of it kind mobile platform app by Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

CAD users and specially SolidWorks users have been asking for a CAD file viewer which can be taken anywhere to present their stuff to others. And with the availability of eDrawings for iPad, an application that lets you bring your 2D and 3D files to a customer’s site, or to a sales meeting,  sharing the design concepts will be easy and more quicker.

eDrawings for iPad is the only CAD viewer on the iPad that allows you to view native eDrawings files, DraftSight files, and SolidWorks parts, assemblies and drawings files. Since its launch, eDrawings software has become a successful and much-loved collaboration product. In the last year alone, more than 2 million customers downloaded the eDrawings Viewer. With multi-touch gestures, eDrawings for iPad lets you pan, zoom and rotate 2D and 3D models; animate and explode your 3D views; and view and animate drawings from:

  • SolidWorks 3D design software
  • DraftSight free CAD software
  • AutoCAD® software
  • DWG and DXF files

eDrawings is the email-enabled communication tool that dramatically eases sharing of product design information. You can load and send files via email to collaborate more effectively with everyone involved in product development, including people who are not regular CAD software users to interpret and understand 2D and 3D designs.

What are the key features and benefits of eDrawings for iPad?

Available for just $1.99, the capabilities of eDrawings for iPad include:

  • Open files from email, Apple®  iTunes® File Sharing, or other online file sharing service (e.g. Dropbox, Box, and others)
  • Zoom, pan, and rotate 2D or 3D CAD data with the touch of a finger
  • View 3D animations, 3D standard views, and 2D drawing views
  • Browse assembly components tree, configurations, and drawing sheets
  • View designs in full screen – just double tap to expand it on the screen
  • Store files on your iPad through iTunes File Sharing
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use user interface
  • Sample files included

How will eDrawings for iPad be supported?

3DS SolidWorks will provide the same level of support offered to the desktop users of eDrawings.

For any support inquiry, send an email to the eDrawings Support team at the following email: For more information, please visit

What platforms does eDrawings for iPad support?

eDrawings for iPad is currently available for iPad devices (running iOS 4.3 or later).

In what languages will eDrawings for iPad be available?

Although eDrawings for iPad is available worldwide, the application user interface will initially be available in English only. However, it will support eDrawings files in all languages created with eDrawings publishers, SolidWorks and DraftSight.

You can download eDrawings® for iPad today from the Apple store , and you can learn more about the features and functionality on the SolidWorks website.

If you feel you need more than this, please express your wishes here: The official eDrawings mobile wish list

You can also read more about eDrawings for iPad on following blogs:

Matthew Lorono’s Blog

Mike Puckett’s Blog

Jason Raak’s Blog

Lou Gallo’s Blog

Deelip’s Blog

Control your SolidWorks Designs with Auto-Configure

Auto-Configure  is a tool that allows you to have a better control on your SolidWorks data/files along with easy integration of CAD data with MS Excel.  It lets you maintain save model parameters of all components of an assembly in one Excel file thereby allowing user to drive easily drive dimensions of components from top assembly or vice versa. Additionally, it allows you to control configurations through this external Excel file.

One doesn’t need knowledge of programming language or special Excel formulas or scripts to use this tool. The product comes as an Add-In to SolidWorks with an easy to understand user interface.

Once you get you files in SolidWorks Auto-Configure, the rest is quite easy. Just make required changes and export the information to an Excel file on a click of button. Edit the Excel file as required and then take control of the design with Auto-Configure.

Interesting feature of Auto-Configure are

  • Allows easy integration and control of CAD data with MS Excel
  • Supports bi-directional flow of data from CAD to Excel and vice versa
  • A new dimension in product Configuration, standardization and automation
  • Automate repetitive tasks quickly to generate accurate models
  • Tools to quickly update model parameters
  • Options to auto-format model drawings
  • Powerful interface to standardize design
  • Excel interface to interact and store design rules for future use
  • Quick and accurate models
The product summarizes of two parts:  Standardizer and Configurator
  • Tabulated list of model parameters (modify name & value)
  • Add / Modify / Delete custom properties
  • Suppress / Un-suppress features and components
  • Change color of features and components
  • Format drawing views automatically
  • Format annotation (text, layer, color, font and size)
  • Save and restore annotation position
  • Create and apply annotation group (group annotations on its type)
  • Update drawing sheet name and view name
  • Update drawing sheet scale and view scale
  • Powerful UI
  • Reports sources of errors


  • Standard Excel Interface
  • Use Excel formulae to compute parameter values
  • No setup time
  • Ease of data storage in Excel format
  • Quick generation of multiple configurations
  • Define generated file name and location in Excel
  • Export generated results in additional file formats including STL, IGES, BMP, JPEG, TIFF & PDF
  • Control configurations to keep in generated models
  • Completely extensible and robust
  • Simple and friendly interface
  • Built-in reporting mechanism
  • Color coding for quick understanding
  • Can be directly integrated with SAP/PDM systems

Some of example are being demonstrated by follwoing videos which shows how easy it is to control your design in your own way. 

Auto-Configure software can be downloaded by clicking on the “Download” button below.