Category Archives: Solidworks

Luxion KeyShot 5.1 Released with Cool New Features

Luxion has recently released KeyShot 5.1, the latest version of its flagship product, KeyShot. It’s available for immediate download here or you can grab the update here.

KeyShot 5

There are lot of new features and updates released with KeyShot 5.1, adding new advanced procedural textures with loads of options, Sørensen Leather materials (via KeyShot Cloud) and Federal Standard colors. There also have been improvements with the ability for multi-touch support for touch-enabled devices and Retina display. The New Procedural Textures on the top adds the topping flavor to the rendering and animations.

Advanced Procedurals-  Camouflage

Advanced Procedurals- Camouflage

Here’s the quick list of what’s new in KeyShot 5.1:

  • New Pattern Edit and Scattering
  • New Procedural Textures: Brushed, Camouflage, Lattice Circular, Lattice Polygon, Spot, Wood Adv.
  • New Procedural gradient editor
  • New Sørensen Leather Materials
  • New DPI input for textures and labels
  • New FED-STD-595 Camo Colors
  • New Animation import, playback and render (Pro)
  • Improved Texture mapping
  • Multi-touch support
  • Retina display support
  • PTC Creo 3.0 support
  • Cinema 4D support
Sørensen Leather Materials

Sørensen Leather Materials

Highlights on the new features and improvements can be seen in KeyShot What’s New Docuemnt. The What’s New document available on the page breaks down each new feature with details on how they work

KeyShot Learning Resources

All the step-by-step tutorials/tips or webinars to get you started using KeyShot, from getting familiar with the interface to rendering out your final image. KeyShot Learning

Pattern Scattering

Pattern Scattering

Pricing and Availability

KeyShot 5.1 is available for both Windows and Mac OS X. The base version costs $995 with Pro version at $1,995. There is also a Pro Floating License coasting $2,995. This update is free for registered users. You can also download KeyShot for a free 14 day trial

What are your Reasons to be at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015


Have you registered for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 starting February 8 through February 11, 2015.


Here is why I would attend SOLIDWORKS WORLD

SOLIDWORKS World is great place for meeting people in different disciplines who share similar interests and experiences. Talking to people who are having similar challenges gives me new ideas on how to solve them in the most efficient way possible; fully immersed in an expertise-rich, how-to environment. Moreover this helps in cultivation of global business and professional contacts. Finally I can keep myself updated with the latest trends and solutions offered by various partners in the Exhibit Hall.



Grab your spot at the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona to learn how to design better products, faster. Propel your business and gain competitive advantage in the market so run, don’t walk, to register today.


I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2014 and I hope to meet you again at

SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS World on Twitter for regular news and updates.

The ABC of Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS


ABC of Weldment Profile

I’ve seen lot many times people asking about the folder structure for weldment profiles in SOLIDWORKS. The folder structure for weldment profile is simply ABC.

ABC of Weldment Profile

A is the path for the folder that contains the Standard. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments
B is the path for the folder that contains the Types. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments\Inch
C is the path for the folder that contains the Sizes. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments\Inch\10×20.SLDLFP


So when setting up the weldment profile location, you need to set the location of A under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Weldment Profiles

SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP 5.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2014 SP 5.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal at and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

For registering for Early Visibility Program, log into your SOLIDWORKS Portal account, go to my profile and select the option “Notify me for EV (Early Visibility) access” under My Preferences.

*P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.


- Performance reporting is turned on for EV releases.
– Report critical problems to SolidWorks Technical Support at
– The full version is scheduled 3-4 weeks after the EV version and is subject to change without notice.

Win Free VIP trip to SOLIDWORKS World 2015 with MLC CAD Systems


This year, MLC CAD Systems is giving away a VIP trip to SOLIDWORKS World 2015 at one of their SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Events.

Be part of the excitement – click on the banner below and secure your spot!

After you RSVP, you will receive further details, including the exact location… MLC CAD Systems has setup some very exciting venues all across the Southern United States!

MLC CAD Systems team look forward to seeing you at their upcoming SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Events.

SW2015 Adding Centerlines to Rectangles


With SOLIDWORKS 2015, user now have the ability to add centerlines to all types of rectangles. The option is be default checked for Center Rectangle and 3 points Center Rectangle but you can choose between From Corner or From Midpoint. For other type of rectangles you can pick Add construction lines and then you can choose between From Corner or From Midpoint.

Here is a quick video showing the new centerlines in rectangle options..

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line

One of the cool enhancement users have been asking for: Mid Point Line in sketch. You can now create a line that is symmetrical from the midpoint of the line.

SW2015 Mid Point Line

Here is a quick video showing two options to draw a midpoint line.