Clash of the Beta SW2017 Testers – The Chase Begins!!

The wait is over and SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta 1.0 is finally available for download and so is the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta Contest.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta 1.0

 

SOLIDWORKS users and VAR employees from all over the world are enjoying shooting the Beta bugs while competing with each other in various SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta Contests.

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta 1.0

So how about you? Have you join in the force for the Beta testing or still need some good reasons for Beta Testing? Here are some of my reasons for being a part of Beta testing Force:

See New Features/Options: Get information of what new features are coming up.

Test New Features/Options: And not only the information but you’ve a real chance to test the New Features/Options before the software is released. And you can see how the New Features/Options will affect your productivity.

Learn Something New: The New Features/Options give you an opportunity to learn new things and be ahead of other users. You can be a pro in your team when your company upgrades to new version.

It’s like playing an online game with competing to other beta testers.

And the most favorite one; Win Prizes. There are a lot of prizes to be won by participating in various contest. Isn’t that cool.

Participating and Downloading Beta: The programs indicated are only open to customers with an active Subscription Service contract. Register for Beta by creating a Customer Portal account or update your existing account settings to join Beta. Select “Notify me of Beta Programs” in your Customer Portal profile.

Your SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service status must be valid and active in order to participate in Beta Programs. You are under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) during the Beta period. You cannot share any information about SOLIDWORKS® Beta products during this period. Do read “OFFICIAL RULES FOR SOLIDWORKS 2017 BETA CONTESTS

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Beta 1.0

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to SOLIDWORKS® software customers, VARs or other partners worldwide who are 19 years of age or older and have a valid subscription service ID prior to June 20, 2016 and at the time of entry, with access to the beta software that must be downloaded and used. Void in Australia, Brazil, Israel, Quebec, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and where prohibited. Contests end September 12, 2016. Subject to complete Official Rules. Sponsor: Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, 175 Wyman St Waltham, MA 02451, USA.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 2.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 2.0 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 https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com and click Download Software and Updates to get access to the update.

As stated by Tom Spine, code changes for SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP02 were locked down at the end of December and SP2 EV (Early Visibility) is planned for next week as we finish up final stability testing. SP2 contains over 200 customer-driven and stability fixes, so we need to stay on schedule with that as we continue to work on your important UI concerns..

Among other things, 2016 SP2 (final version to be released yet) includes:

  • Text contrast in the FeatureManager design tree.
  • Mate icons.
  • Other fixes: About 25 fixes for issues related to the user interface brightness settings, most about problems with the Dark theme.

Make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program* to get access and notified for early visibility releases.

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.

Notes:

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

Help Improving SOLIDWORKS: Vote for SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Top Ten List

Every year SOLIDWORKS users around the world submit their ideas on how SOLIDWORKS software can be improved further to meet their needs and requirements. Users are allowed to submit as many idea as they want. This year IDEA submission ended on December 16th, 2015th with close to 600 ideas submission in various categories of the software.

SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Top Ten List

Now it’s the time to Vote for your favorite ideas and make them become one of Top Ten Ideas for SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Top Ten List.

Now it's the time to Vote for your favorite ideas and make them become one of Top Ten Ideas for SOLIDWORKS World 2016 Top Ten List.

When voting, you are allowed to up or down vote as many ideas as you like. Voting will close on Friday, January 22, 2016.You can vote by clicking on the respective arrow next to the Idea title. Although down voting is available, it does not count against the total score for each Idea.  If you down vote an Idea, please leave a comment explaining the reason for your down vote.  For example, an Idea may be detrimental to your daily workflow.  In that case, simply leave a comment on the Idea saying how it would disrupt your workflow.

Voting

Please click [HERE] to go to the Ideas area and cast your vote! There are only two weeks left!  Get your votes in now. Check the video below on how to cast your vote

The ten ideas with the most votes will become this year’s Top Ten List, and will be presented at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas on February 3, 2016.  Voting is an easy way to tell us how to improve SOLIDWORKS products to meet your needs. Remember, you don’t have to attend SOLIDWORKS World to vote! 

Vote for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List

I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 and if you’re going over to SOLIDWORKS World 2016 then do catch up at RAPID’s booth #628 in Dallas, Texas for some awesome selfies

SOLIDWORKS World 2016

Be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW16 on Twitter for regular news and updates.

Please note:  All individuals will be required to show proof of identification prior to collecting their badge and registration materials. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend SOLIDWORKS World 2016. Also residents of some countries may need a visa to enter the United States.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 1.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SOLIDWORKS 2016 SP 1.0 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 https://customerportal.SOLIDWORKS.com 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.

Notes:

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

SOLIDWORKS 2016: Reduce Mouse Travel with “D” Key

 

REDUCE MOUSE TRAVEL WITH D Key

SOLIDWORKS 2016 gives you a new option to move the Confirmation Corner option next to pointer. The existing method of pressing RMB or right click and select OK from the pop up window still works. But in some cases where you need to click the OK or Cancel button from right top corner or feature manager, can now be brought to near to pointer using the shortcut key “D”.

This option works with Part, Assembly and Drawings as well. The shortcut key can be changed to any other key.

SOLIDWORKS: Controlling Scale Features in Configurations

We all use Scale feature in the model to quickly scale up or down a model. The idea is to quickly change the geometry of the model for various purpose. For e.g. in a plastic mold, components are usually scaled up to take care of shrinkage. The scale value depends on the plastic material. It does not scale dimensions, sketches, or reference geometry but only the model geometry (body). One can scale a solid or surface body about its centroid, the model origin, or a coordinate system depending on the requirements.

Applying a Scale:

1. Open the model you want to apply scale to.

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Fill in the required value and click OK.

5. Scale feature is added to the model.

You can scale selected bodies in case of a multi body part.

You can also scale with different values of X, Y and Z directions by deselecting uniform scaling and adding required values for X, Y and Z directions.

Now if you have various configurations, you can easily control the scale factor value for them using two simple methods.

Method 1: Scale Property Manager (might not work for older versions than 2014)

1. Open the Model having the configurations

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Choose uniform scale or uncheck it.

5. Key in the desired scale value.

6. If you have more than one configuration in the model, then you would see another box for the configuration selection. Select the desired option and configuration accordingly.

7. Click OK and Scale feature is added to the model.

Method 2: Design Table

1. Open the Model having the configurations.

2. Insert a design table (Insert > Tables > Design Table) OR edit the existing design table

3. If you already have a scale feature then it should get added to the design table. If not then add the column headers for controlling the scale feature.

4. In case you want to keep the uniform scale, add column header as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

5. In case you want different values for X, Y and Z directions, then add three column headers as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Y_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Z_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

6. Exist the design table and your scale feature in now controlled via design table.

Show your SOLIDWORKS API Skills to Win $100

CADSharp is happy to announce the second SOLIDWORKS API programming contest!

The problem is simple and you need to write the codes to achieve the desired results. Hurry up to submit your codes before July 1, 12:00AM EST.

Get Contest Details Here

Three winners will be chosen based on the number of lines of code in their macro.

First prize: $100 gift card at Amazon.com.
Second prize: $50 gift card at Amazon.com.
Third prize: $50 gift card at Amazon.com.

Note: The Amazon gift cards can only be awarded to entrants who may purchase Amazon.com or one of its affiliates in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, China, Brazil, India, Mexico, and Japan. Otherwise, a 2-month Power User membership (valued at $199) will be awarded instead. Optionally, a winner that is entitled to a gift card may choose to receive the 2-month CADSharp Power User membership instead.