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SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Mates in Mirrored Subassemblies

Here’s yet another new feature for 2013. When you create an opposite-hand version while mirroring a subassembly, all the standard mates in the subassembly are mirrored as well. Previously, standard mates within the subassembly that mated to the default planes or origin of the subassembly were not created.. A quick video on the new feature Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates when it launches on September 10, 2012.

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Insert Multiple Components in Assemblies

Here’s another new cool feature for 2013. In the Insert Components PropertyManager, you can select multiple components at a time and then insert each one in succession without returning to the Property Manager. Also, if you double-click the assembly origin, all the selected components are inserted at once, each with respect to the origin. A quick video on the new feature Need more on what’s new in SolidWorks 2013, visit new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates when it…
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SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Auto-Dimension While Sketching

While SolidWorks has had the ability to add dimensions while sketching for some time, SolidWorks 2013 makes it a whole lot more intuitive. Now, when you enter dimension values while sketching, SolidWorks will automatically add it to the geometry. You just need to set the setting shown below to enjoy this new feature. But here’s the best part–if you don’t enter a dimension value, none will be added.  This way, you can choose just what to add, and not get…
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SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Automatic Routing Along Existing Geometry

In SolidWorks 2013, the Auto Route tool includes an option to create a route based on existing geometry. To route along geometry, specify a start point, one or more planar faces, and an endpoint in the Auto Route PropertyManager. Routing automatically creates a route from the start point to the end point that runs parallel to the faces. You can specify the distance between the route and each planar face. This makes it easy to create a route that maintains…
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SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek: Reference Center of Mass in Drawings & Assemblies

As a new feature in SolidWorks 2013, you can add a center of mass point in assemblies. The position of the center of mass point updates when the model’s center of mass changes. For example, the position of the center of mass point updates as you add, modify, delete, or suppress components or add or delete assembly features. The center of mass point can be useful when you are designing assemblies requiring balanced mass (for example, to avoid excessive vibration)….
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