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    Matt
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  1. shift1313

    Anybody using Fusion 360?

    The fine print says limited time and the license structure does change. I don't work for autodesk so i can't say for sure, but i think you can renew it each year. The issue they want to avoid is hobby/maker users profiting from it and/or companies that go from under 100k to over that mark. I am guessing you just need to validate your intent. I think the price is very reasonable though considering the competitors. Even OnShape browser cad they want $100-$200/mo for it....
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    Anybody using Fusion 360?

    Hey Tanner, I am indeed in deep with Fusion. Wrapping up a 40hr course for Autodesk right now actually. Fusion is great and is free for startup companies making under 100k a year FYI. Not sure where you fall with that. Also i do believe that Autodesk offers(they did) a bundle of Inventor, Fusion and maybe revit. If you decide to buy we(solidbox) are a reseller of Fusion 360 and Fusion 360 Ultimate. To answer your question, no. There is currently no routing functionality built in. They do have McMasterCarr integrated into the software so that you select Insert > Part from McMaster Carr and it opens the website in Fusion and lets you insert into your "design". You could get standard fittings that way pretty easily. Any specific questions?
  3. Sanchez, i don't have anything for you but a question. Did you get any manufacturing contacts along with the company? That might be a good place to start.
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    Solidworks resources dissapearance

    Reggy, I am not following your question exactly. The section on the right of the screen is called the "Task Pane" and is a location to house all sorts of things. The Home icon is called Solidworks Resources. I don't use it personally but its a quick access(sort of) way to make a new file, look at tutorials and access various things like Solidworks tools like the Property Tab builder as well as community forums etc. Also things like Driveworks, the property Tab builder and other applications will display in the Task pane. The Design Library(next tab down in the Task Pane) is generally the location of things like presaved annotations, Assemblies, features(Library Feature Parts), drag/drop routing components, Toolbox and so on. Going down the line is the File Explorer which is similar to windows file explorer in terms of functionality. In years past it was a bad idea to copy/past stuff in windows explorer but SW has done a good job playing nice with windows for the past few years. I am sure you have already figured this out but by right clicking in the open space on any tab at the top of the screen you can turn on toolbars. That is where you can show/hide the "task pane". The Task pane has been around as long as i have been using solidworks so i can't say for sure when it was added. 2008 is the oldest version of Solidworks i have personally used and it was in there.
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    looking for another method of cleaning a file

    You are very welcome Ezra. If you come across an older version of solidworks the tools are still there but in 2016 they just made a shift in how the menus are organized is all. I have used a lot of CAD programs and the sketching in Solidworks is still my preference but others are catching up, but it can be very frustrating when a sketch doesn't work right! Also note in the Feature Manager that there are several changes to Icons and information about the sketch. For example if you see a (-) after a sketch name it means that it is under defined. So you need more dimensions or constraints. If you see a (+) it means its over defined. Very rare but can happen. a (?) means its missing a reference and you typically see that when a part is designed in context of an assembly and then opened by itself. There is also a different sketch icon that is sometimes called the "dead fish" that displays when you have multiple contours. Not a bad thing really but just a quick way to look at the feature tree and see these types of things.
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    looking for another method of cleaning a file

    What version of Solidworks are you running? Yes there are tools in the sketch environment that help you find open sections and issues. If you go to the Tools Menu(in 2016 SW changed the menu structure fyi) there are two things that might be of interest to you. Tools >Sketch Tools > Repair Sketch and Tools > Sketch Tools > Check Sketch for Feature. When you use Repair Sketch you enter a gap value and it will automatically find them and turn on the magnifying glass(G shortcut key). When you use Check Sketch for Feature it lets you pick what feature you want to use(extrude for example) and "Check". If there is an issue it will tell you and ask you to try and fix it. The Fix will open up repair sketch. Some other tips. Box selecting from the top left to bottom right will only select entities that are completely in the box. This helps if you have the little dangling sketch entities that happen from time to time. In newer versions of SW there is a "Shaded sketch contours" option on the toolbar that is handy to give you a quick preview of your sketch and if its actually closed. If you have two ends that overlap it won't count it as closed unless there are intersecting points. If you have a specific example i an maybe give you a more specific answer but hopefully that helps.
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    Solidworks & MacBook Pro ???

    One of the big problems will all of this is that some systems just get more time in development than others. It could be a bad gcard driver or just some piece of hardware that wasn't "approved". Some CAD programs want to see really fast processor, others want tons of ram etc. My laptop does great with solidworks, Fusion, mastercam(thats all ive tested so far), but a laptop will never be ideal. Some things that really affect the comparison come down to what was running on the windows machine. If IT has a ton of stuff that has to run, if the user had Outlook open, a browser, streaming music etc. That all comes off the first core on the machine which is also trying to run Solidworks. I am not a "details" guy when it comes to this stuff. I gave up trying to keep up with the tech after building my last computer many years ago. I just use them, but i do know that Solidworks, across the board, requires different things at different times. And just a few years in tech difference can make a big deal.
  8. Exactly to your point. Every model had to be created by someone at some point. If you are already creating a simplified version you could easily setup a file that can be used to create all sizes of a specific bolt. You can use the Property Tab builder, Driveworks Xpress or some custom file to create a new file, fill out properties etc. My suggestion would be to setup this up as a design table since you can enter custom property columns. As long as you have the format correct(make one bolt and export it) you can have it fillet out, checked and double checked and then reconnect it to solidworks to build out all the files. If you do this with either VBA in a solidworks macro or even just in Excel VBA you can set it up so there are checks and balances in place. Driveworks is great for this type of thing but Xpress has its limitations(can't delete configurations for one), Solo or Pro has a lot more bells and whistles. The only way you will ever know if its right is to check each file in a purchased library or do it yourself....
  9. This is the first time I've heard this request actually. Most of my clients download the actual hardware from the MFG that they use. For example if you want a Mil Spec SHCS you can find it on Mcmaster and download it as a Solidworks model with feature history(because they are all done in SW). It will have Custom properties for the bolt but will not have material(in most cases)applied. The benefit to this is that the part number is the file name so in BOMs it will show up as the Mcmaster number(still using them as an example since they actually have SW files). I guess it depends a bit on how you track part numbers internally and how they show up on BOMs for you guys. if you use a PDM system and have randomly assigned part numbers how would you track where the hardware came from if you are using a generic hardware library?
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    Require method to import sketch to planar face

    Reggy, i was away on vacation and didn't see this. In case anyone else is looking there are some options you have for this. 1. When in a part you can select a plane or planar face and then go to Insert > DXF/DWG. It will walk you through the conversion process. 2. You can actually insert a sketch picture and if it has good enough contrast there is an option(have to go into add ins to turn it on) called "Autotrace". This is a second menu found by clicking the arrow in the Sketch Picture properties that shows up in the feature manager. Based on the contrast of the picture you can get it to create a sketch for you. As far as snapping it to the center that's a bit more difficult. What i would do is create a point at the center of your plate, and then in the dxf/vectorized sketch place a sketch point there as well. make sure Instant 3d and Instant 2d are off so you can't manually move the points around. Then you can select all the sketch entities and move them based on the sketch points. As a note when you insert a DXF there is a portion of the conversion process that lets you move the sketch around and i think you can use "point to point" but can't remember off the top of my head.
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    Solidworks & MacBook Pro ???

    pretty sure it maps to your ram since the pc can't directly access the GPU ram. Could be wrong but this has been my experience and what others have confirmed as well. Not an issue if you load up on RAM but when running the bare minimum for some programs that little bit the GPU needs to map to can stop programs from running well.
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    A few beginner's questions, if you've the time

    Seems like this would be a good project for iParts https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/inventor-products/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/2014/ENU/Inventor/files/GUID-6A984E7A-C08E-45C0-906B-7143596A4581-htm.html You should be able to set the "template" part up and fully detail the drawing. When you make a new configuration of the part the drawing should go with it. I will be honest it has been 5 years or so since i messed with this functionality in Inventor. I do it all the time in Solidworks and from what i remembered about this the functionality was similar.
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    Solidworks & MacBook Pro ???

    you can also go through us and finance the laptop and solidworks. http://www.mysolidbox.com We do a custom setup OS to run Solidworks at its best. I am going to be running a laptop for the next few months seeing how it compares to my desktop for Solidworks, Fusion, Inventor and mastercam. Ill be runing an i7-7820HQ quad core 2.9ghz with 3.9ghz turbo boost and a quadro p4000 graphics card. 32gb of 2400mhz ram and a 512mb SSD. You can take a look on our site at the creative, engineer and pro series and each shows you their performance in various programs(little gauge icon). One thing you have to remember also is that the graphics card GPU ram thats listed eats up that much of your physical ram. For example if you have a quadro card with 4gb ram and a system with 12gb ram you effectively have 8gb usable. We usually suggest you get at least 12gb ram but its one of those things that you get as much as you can afford/will fit usually.
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    Solidworks & MacBook Pro ???

    I am not a mac guy so i dont know there. Certain functions in Solidworks make use of multi-core processing to split the calculations up. FEA, flow sim, thermal all benefit from 4-6 cores as fast as you can get. More cores typically drop performance as the frequency is key. Rendering is one of those tasks that use multi cores systems well. Even though its usually claimed it doesn't help i have seen jumps in Render performance by turning on Hyper threading giving me virtual cores. To the point where i saw 5min render with 6 physical cores and a 4min render with 6 physical and 6 virtual. Other than sim and render, almost all of the normal stuff you do in Solidworks are single-threaded. So modeling, assembly creation, mates/motion, kinematics and all that stuff will only use one core. More so that first core is typically shared with other stuff so if you run email, web browser, stream music etc you are robbing SW. So in general, if you don't render, don't do simulations there is no reason to buy a ton of cores as they won't get used. If you do a lot of simulations you can see some benefit to get 4 or 6 core machine with a fast processor speed. If you render, this is one area where as many cores as you can get help regardless of speed. The reason for this is because a render can effectively be calculated over multiple cores. Because the raytracing calculates light in small areas those areas can be sent to different cores. With Simulation only so much of the calculations can be done individually because things like stress and how they travel through the mesh need to rely on other calculations and need to happen in order.
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    Solidworks & MacBook Pro ???

    Solidworks uses Open GL and none of the Macs support that. Macs don't offer workstation graphics cards in laptops like other types. You can get around the OS X issue with bootcamp or parallels but the Graphics is the big issue. What is your reason for trying to do this? As far as ram and processors. Most things in Solidworks will benefit from the fastest single core you can get. Other things like simulation can multithread .I run 6 physical cores and 6 virtual cores for rendering and sim but when modeling just having a fast core is where its at. With a mac you will have degraded visulization and no support for things like RealView. I have no idea how real Graphics solutions like Curvature analysis, rendering etc would work out.
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