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The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. SOLIDWORKS Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar Tutorial Welcome to part three of the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 hour ago
Every year SOLIDWORKS adds new features and functionalities to help enhance the user experience and assist you in taking your designs to the next level. Efficiency is the the key to success it seems. In this video, I’ll be walking you through the Custom Property Tab Builder and show you that with just a few clicks, you can save time and streamline your project designs going forward. The Custom Property Tab Builder Custom properties are a great method to describe information about our designs but
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 day ago
Trident: This model of a famous spear shows how to make advanced geometry without using surface features. This part was created with only standard solid body features. Even though the final model is a single body, there are some multi-body techniques to allow for isolated cuts and a shell feature not affecting the whole part. The features used in the trident part include: revolves, lofts, move face, combine, mirror, scale and one delete face.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 days ago
Designers and engineers sometimes are required to make changes to their drawings. If there is any change in the document, it is required to be given a revision number, the verification and validation date, and person. SOLIDWORKS Electrical can automate the process with just a few clicks. Not only that, when the document is revised you can take a snapshot of the design. revisions documents SOLIDWORKS Electrical Figure 1 – Revisions optionThe revision attributes can be added to the cover page or
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 days ago
SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions SOLIDWORKS PDM - Select Vault - Missing Some of us might have seen this screen before and been a little confused. We should be seeing our vault so why aren’t we?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 days ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. SOLIDWORKS Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar Tutorial Welcome back to our 4-part
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
As you may already know SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses a SQL database to contain and maintain all our Electrical data and information. This has many benefits speed, resilience, multiuser working to name a few but one of the primary features is that the database can be interrogated to present the information it holds and present it how you want to see it. By now I am sure you have explored the many reports that ship as standard with Electrical, if not these can be found in the report manager project/
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
Author: Chris Briand, CSWE, Javelin Technologies As you might expect, the rebuild tool in SOLIDWORKS is one of the most frequently used tools in the suite. The frequency of this tool is due to the necessity to regenerate our models into a current state as the physical shape of the model develops along changes in parameters that drive the model or assembly. SOLIDWORKS Rebuild Rebuild (CTR+B) The SOLIDWORKS 2018 Rebuild tool has combined some terminology moving away from the former naming of “
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 days ago
Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. Troubleshooting preview problems in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 By Kevin Crawford Have you ever selected a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM Web2 and the preview doesn’t appear and you get the spinning wheel? This is typically caused by incorrectly configuring Web2. One of the most common issues that occur when implementing Web2 is that the preview does not
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 days ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. We will design this jar in the shape of a pumpkin, which is made up of a
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
15 days ago
Thor’s Hammer: This familiar hammer packs a nice punch in trying to show some time saving modeling techniques. This multi-body part is made using mostly extrudes and a few sweeps sprinkled in. This model uses thin features for some of the extruded bosses and cuts to speed up sketch time. Mirroring geometry and patterns are used to save time and to keep the feature count down.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
It’s that time of year, the kids have just head back to school and they are growing like weeds! In an effort to teach the kids a bit more independence, we are designing and 3D printing a custom juice dispenser so they can serve themselves in a fun and easy way. Throughout this 3-part series, we’ll run through some basic modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll give a few pointers for splitting up and printing larger parts on desktop 3D printers, and we’ll hit the workshop to assemble and finish
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
19 days ago
In many examples, the Magnetic Mates functionality in SOLIDWORKS is used for conveyor assemblies. But in this tech blog I want to show you more capabilities of this great feature, together with a new SOLIDWORKS 2018 functionality. Let’s take a look at the following assembly: It is a model of a milling machining table with vise clamps. This is an example of an assembly which can be built in many different configurations.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
20 days ago
For the longest time when creating a tangential arc in a SOLIDWORKS sketch it was hit or miss if the arc was aligned correctly. We would create our arc and hope it would be in the right direction If not, we would need to delete it and recreate it being careful with our mouse movements.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
21 days ago
Quickstart Guide to Using Virtual Reality in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2018 Have a smartphone or VR headset and wish you could teleport yourself into your Visualize project? Well wish no more! New for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Pro 2018 is the ability to create immersive Virtual Reality images and animations. This adds yet another level of photo-realism to the already awesome Visualize content you have relied on to get your products to market faster:
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
23 days ago
Many users often times place their drawing tables, like the Bill of Materials, in the same location every time but, did you know that there’s a way to have them automatically snap into place? We can do this by creating a new drawing template and adding Drawing Table Anchor Points. This is found in the FeatureManager Design Tree and under the Sheet Format tab. By pre-defining Drawing Table Anchor Points, we will speed up our design process and ultimately make us more efficient when using
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
24 days ago
The Wrap feature in SOLIDWORKS has been around since the early versions, but it just recently got a major enhancement. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, this feature gained the ability to apply the wrap to any surface, an upgrade from just analytical ones. I’ll show you exactly how this upgraded functionality can be leveraged to carve a pumpkin or work on any non-analytical surface to apply logos, engrave and emboss text and create natural-looking splits in geometry. Picking Out the PumpkinTake a look at this
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
25 days ago
It’s that time of year, the kids have just head back to school and they are growing like weeds! In an effort to teach the kids a bit more independence, we are designing and 3D printing a custom juice dispenser so they can serve themselves in a fun and easy way. Throughout this 3-part series, we’ll run through some basic modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll give a few pointers for splitting up and printing larger parts on desktop 3D printers, and we’ll hit the workshop to assemble and finish
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
26 days ago
Packing Tape Dispenser: This familiar tool in your office has been created as a single part to showcase a wide variety of SOLIDWORKS features. We combine sheet metal, plastic and a few surface features to give you several unique examples to help expand your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. One feature example is an angled plane that control solid body placement. One of the parts move two other bodies, acting like it would in an assembly, by using sketch relations and dimensions.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
27 days ago
The top CAD Admin Dashboard is an excellent web based reference tool that allows you, as the SOLIDWORKS Admin, to monitor the computers that have or have had SOLIDWORKS installed on them. The CAD Admin Dashboard is accessed by logging into the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. Hidden inside this Dashboard is a myriad of great tools that can help make your SOLIDWORKS experience even better. In this article we will work you through where to find the Dashboard, and some of the top tools found within.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
29 days ago
With the various projects you have to complete, no one has time to do things “the long way.” That’s why we have shortcuts! If you look under each pull-down menu in SOLIDWORKS, you will notice that the keyboard shortcut for each command is listed next to it. Many Windows conventions carry over, such as CTRL-S for save (use often!), Ctrl-P for print, and the Shift- and Ctrl – selection methods.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
30 days ago
Save time on project setup in Flow Simulation by utilizing the techniques listed in this blog and companion video – propagating setup definitions across component instances, and importing setup from child components. Setting up Flow Simulation projects can involve repetitive definition of multiple boundary conditions. This process can be sped up by propagating definitions to other component instances. This is accomplished simply by creating the initial item of interest (in this case a Fan
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Baseball Bat: This part comes just in time for the baseball playoffs. This part uses a revolve to create the overall shape but sprinkles in a few surface features to create the handle wrap. The surface features include thicken, offset surface, and a surface sweep. There is one example of helical curve used in conjunction with an intersection curve to make a 3D swept cut without having to make a 3D sketch.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 sees a lot of great enhancements and a big part of the new features is being able to support many more file formats! Let’s first start off with the add-in, the add-in works great when it comes to working with our SOLIDWORKS drawings, it balloons everything quickly and efficiently but what happens if we are working with a 3D part or assembly that have DimXpert annotations attached? That is no problem for SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 which now can handle ballooning 3D
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago