SolidWorks World 2016 – MLC CAD Systems Private Customer Appreciation Event


MLC CAD Systems SolidWorks Customers, we’d like to say thank you!

You’re invited to join us in downtown Dallas during the opening night of SolidWorks World 2016 for a private party at The Owners Box in the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Mix and mingle with the MLC team from 7 pm to 10 pm while enjoying complimentary food and adult beverages.

The Owners Box is located in downtown Dallas, just across the street from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, home to SolidWorks World 2016 is.

RSVP  to confirm your attendance!


Which 3D Printer Should I Buy?

End of Year 3D Printer Special Offers

Promotion Ends December 4, 2015


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Purchase the ProJet 3500 HDMax 3D Printer and get the ProJet Finisher & VisiJet M3 Material Starter Kit at no addition cost.

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Is your FDM, PolyJet or DLP 3D printer just not meeting your expectations? Here’s your chance to trade-in your old printer for a brand new 3D printer from 3D Systems. Select from our MultiJet (MJP), ColorJet (CJP) or Stereolithography (SLA) printer lines to see how you can get high precision prototypes for functional testing; full-color, photo-realistic concept models; or highly accurate, smooth finish production quality parts.

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Current SLA owners are eligible to trade up and swap out older generation 3DS SLA printers for the latest SLA technology. Get longer life, better accuracy, higher reliability, and faster speeds, all while maintaining the legendary advantages of SLA.

Trade up your previous generation 3D Systems SLA and get a credit of up to $45,000 towards the purchase of a new ProX 800, ProX 950, ProJet 6000 or ProJet 7000.

Autodesk Software To Go Subscription Only Starting in 2016

Autodesk will no longer sell individual products, such as AutoCAD, under “perpetual licensing” terms after January 2016. Starting next January, an annual rental plan — what Autodesk calls a “desktop subscription” — will require you to rent the software in monthly or yearly installments. More comprehensive software suites, where multiple programs are bundled together, are not subject to the new policy yet, but are slated to make the transition in 2017, according to press releases from earlier this year.

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PDF Import for DraftSight – Graebert #draftsight #solidworks

Interesting post with information on thw DraftSight PDF Import Tool.

Michael Lord

Last week on the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog there was an interesting post on a PDF Import Add-In for DraftSight.  My use of DraftSight is reasonable limited these days.  With our main use of DraftSight being for nesting dxf exported out of SOLIDWORKS.  Yes,  we still export dxf (and manually nest) for importing into our CAM program – Enroute.   This looks to be the case until I can find an acceptable Add-In to SOLIDWORKS which can not only do the job properly but can be made to talk to our CNC.  SWOOD looks to be close to our requirements (but that’s a whole other story for another time)     dxfI also still produce “Floor Plans” for Marketing.    People still like Floor Plans, so I’m told!Floor PlanAlthough we do receive drawings in pdf I don’t ever recall having the desperate “need” to have a pdf made into a editable…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta Arriving Soon!!

Great post on the upcoming SolidWorks 2016 BETA release.

Boxer's CAD CAM Blog

Each new release of SOLIDWORKS is preceded by a beta program. The idea is to allow users to try the new functionality, and lets SOLIDWORKS gather the feedback before the release is finalized. DS SOLIDWORKS is gearing up for releasing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Beta (will be launched in late June 2015).


You are under a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) during the Beta period. You cannot share any information about the prototype SOLIDWORKS products during this period.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 includes hundreds of new user-driven enhancements that will help you:

  • Design – Focus on your design, not the software
  • Validate – Solve complex problems faster and easier
  • Collaborate – Streamline your parallel design processes
  • Build – Fast-track your designs to manufacturing

But “Why one should Participate”??

The Beta Program is your opportunity to influence the quality, performance, and usability of SOLIDWORKS products. The R&D and management teams want to hear from you, and they are…

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SolidWorks MyCADTools: ToleranceTable

Below is a quick 8  minute video showing the “ToleranceTable” tool in MyCadTools.

Here is the video

The Back Story: One of our SolidWorks Application Engineers was doing a demo for a company completely new to SolidWorks software, and one of the first questions was, “how does SolidWorks account for the thickness added by coatings?”. That became the perfect opportunity to show them the ToleranceTable tool in MyCADTools.

The ToleranceTable tool makes it SO EASY to add thickness to your parts in the Drawing environment, and the results are pushed back to your Part environment. More importantly, it creates a table within your drawing that shows the added dimensions, complete with added datums to the referenced dimensions.

MyCADTools is a suite of tools, utilities, and functions that is included with each subscription which installs directly within SolidWorks.

You can request a free 30-day trial subscription to by going to the link below.

Request Trial Login

SolidWorks Beginner Training Classes in Houston Texas

The SolidWorks Essentials training class teaches you how to use SolidWorks to build parametric models of parts and assemblies, and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies.

The class is a 4-day class – students attending training will also receive the Essentials training manual.

Below are the upcoming SolidWorks Essentials training class dates in Houston, TX.

April 27th – April 30th 2015

June 15th – June 18th 2015

July 20th – July 23rd 2015

August 24th – August 27th 2015

September 28th – October 1st 2015

The SolidWorks Houston training center is located at:

10777 NW Freeway, Suite 175

Houston, TX 77095

Contact Sean Strande, the SolidWorks Account Manager in Houston, for more information or for a quote for the cost to attend training:

Office: (713) 401-9651 | @Sean_Strande