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If you have ever worked with SOLIDWORKS there has undoubtedly come a time when you couldn’t find the the weldment profile you need for a given job. As a result, you are required to enter each and every part parameter individually in order to move forward. Inevitably eating up time, and money. In this Alignex video blog, we sit down and show you how to create your own custom weldment profiles for any job, speeding up any custom projects you may be doing in the future.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 day ago
Hello and welcome to the seventh post in a new SOLIDWORKS Composer tutorial series called the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide! This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. In this post, we’re going to walk through the High Resolution Image Workshop and how it can be used to create great-looking photos of your assemblies. Once you’re in the High Resolution Image Workshop, creating a detailed image of your assembly
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 days ago
Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2017In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, changes to models involving beam elements would result in an error when SOLIDWORKS Simulation was re-activated. It would notify the user to edit the beam joints – as seen in the image below. To resolve this error, the user had to open the joints in the simulation and simply recalculate them. This problem resulted in additional mouse clicks for the user while simultaneously slowing down design iterations.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 days ago
Contact between parts greatly influences the way that an assembly is designed. For example, when you design a chair, you probably intend for the legs to come into contact with the ground. When checking the height of the manufactured chair, you would ideally be able to measure the length of a leg, but the actual lengths of the legs will vary. This means that it would be more accurate to measure the height of the chair from the ground.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 days ago
Hello and welcome to another post in a new SOLIDWORKS Composer tutorial series called the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide! This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. In this week’s video, we talk about the Technical Illustration Workshop, and how it can be used to quickly and easily create vector drawings of your assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide #6: Technical Illustrations Why would we want a
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
Every version of SOLIDWORKS contains SimulationXpress capability to carry out first pass stress analysis on your parts. If you are lucky enough to have SOLIDWORKS Premium, then you also get the linear static analysis simulation add-in. In addition to this, SOLIDWORKS offers a number of simulation add-ins that run within Simulation Standard, Simulation Professional, and Simulation Premium; each provides the user with more simulation capability from basic linear static analysis in Simulation
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
Hello and welcome to the fifth post in a new SOLIDWORKS Composer tutorial series called the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide! This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. In today’s episode, we’re covering how to create a Bill of Materials (BOM). A BOM is an incredibly useful piece of documentation both for manufacturers and consumers, and thankfully, creating one in Composer is a very simple process.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
23 days ago
Hello and welcome to another post in a new SOLIDWORKS Composer tutorial series called the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide! This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. This week’s video focuses on creating and using styles, an easy way to save groups of properties and customize your deliverables. Styles are a way to manage the properties of the various actors in the viewport, including measurements, annotations,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
30 days ago
What is the Global Contact Condition and how does it work? Often times, users call-in to ask for SOLIDWORKS Simulation advice on why their model is not stable. In many cases, I see right away that they have deleted their global contact condition or changed it from its default setting of bonded to no penetration. In most cases, this is not necessary at all.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
When teaching a SOLIDWORKS Essentials Class, my favorite day is typically the day we go over Lesson 8, Editing: Repairs. Some may argue that this is a difficult lesson and we should spend our time making models, not fixing broken ones. My argument against that (and what I tell my students) is, you can’t assume every model you come across will be created with good design intent, or that the designer had any clue about what they were doing. (Not everyone using SOLIDWORKS has been through a formal
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The Options File can be used to return a license back to the pool when the SolidNetwork License manager (SNL) sees inactivity on a client machine. This is especially helpful when administering PDM, giving a company a tremendous amount of flexibility on how licensing is handled. This guide will show you the steps to create your own Options File using the SolidNetwork License Manager. Launch the SolidNetwork License Manager STEP 1: Select Modify.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
8-Track Tape: Rock on with an old school example of music history. This is a multi-body solid created with mostly solid body features. There are few surface features used to create the magnetic tape. The internal tape is shown twisting using a surface sweep with twist.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Hello and welcome to the third episode in our new series, the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide. This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. SOLIDWORKS Composer is a technical communication software that uses your existing CAD models to create intuitive and informative deliverables such as animations, interactive PDFs, high-resolution images, and more. This series of videos is intended to orient new users in
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Sometimes you come across tools that unfortunately skipped out on an intuitive User Interface or easy to use commands, which could have been easily implemented to exponentially increase productivity. SOLIDWORKS PCB is not one of those tools. On top of it’s Unified Platform, easy to use UI, and automated output generation, SOLIDWORKS PCB also includes a clean shortcut panel that includes great shortcuts available across the platform. While this list is extensive, there are a few you should be
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Inspection Reports How to Add a Report Footer Row Using the Template Editor SOLIDWORKS Inspection Logo Written by: Gordon Pursel, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions Miss Part 1 introducing the Inspection Report Editor? View it here. When creating a FAIR form, a common consideration is allowing for an ever-changing number of dimensional characteristic numbers from one project to the next. Meaning, the project of today may require a form with 20 rows and tomorrow’s form may require
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Meshing a model is an integral step in performing any simulation. There’s no getting around it – it has to be done. Thanks to many improvements over the years, meshing has transformed from a very tedious, manual process into a quick and easy automated one. Even though SOLIDWORKS Simulation has countless tools and techniques to make meshing as easy as possible, a level of confidence in the resulting mesh can be lacking in even the most advanced users.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
We recently experienced a rare heat wave in the UK, with temperatures hitting above 30°C for a number of days in row (!) and, whilst we’re not ones to complain about the hot weather, it has caused a few issues for Innova Systems’ Technical Manager, Ed Hawkins. Ed explains: Last year I designed (In SOLIDWORKS) and built a decking area with integrated sand pit for my 2 children. The plan always was to have some kind of shade over the top of it – to help keep the direct sunlight off, but I never
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Hello and welcome to the new SOLIDWORKS Composer tutorial series called the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide! This guide is intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. SOLIDWORKS Composer is a technical communication software that uses your existing CAD models to create intuitive and informative deliverables such as animations, interactive PDFs, high-resolution images, and more. This series of videos is intended to orient new
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Many of the tools in SOLIDWORKS can be used for purposes outside their original intended use. For example, did you know that Weldments can be used for wooden projects as well? You can customize your Weldment profiles to include common wood cross sections, including 3 X 4. 3D ContentCentral includes samples of these types of profiles (access 3D Content Central via the SOLIDWORKS task pane under Design library, or 3D ContentCentral).
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
There are many ways to create your parts and assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. A common way is the so called “Bottom-Up” assembly method, where assemblies are created by adding existing parts in an assembly. Another approach is the “Top-Down” assembly method, where parts are created in the context of the assembly. In this tech blog, I want to focus on the master model technique, where parts are driven from a single part, which contains overall size, location and gross geometry for an entire assembly.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Optical illusions are designed to trick your mind to believing something is there that isn’t really there. Believe it or not, most optical illusions are very simple to achieve. Today we will show you how to make your own simple, but effective, illusion in SOLIDWORKS called the infinity mirror. This illusion is used in a lot of horror houses or themed walking tours, as well as creating the illusion of long corridors in older film sets.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Every SOLIDWORKS user spends an inordinate amount of time touching, playing, and maybe even arguing with the FeatureManager for parts, assemblies, and drawings. It may be one of those areas in SOLIDWORKS that we all take for granted and muddle our way through its use. Today, I’d like to show my top 4 features of the FeatureManager (FM) that I believe everyone should know. 1.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Drift Trike Saddle Design in SOLIDWORKS The third installment of our series on how to design and build your own Drift Trike in SOLIDWORKS, we model the saddle. Stuart will be modelling this part using a mirror technique so in effect he only has to model one side of the saddle, saving time and effort. The saddle is the part of the trike which you are always in contact with, so it is important that it is ergonomic and comfortable. Including high fillets and draft is a great way to prevent sharp
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Author: Scott Durksen, CSWE, Javelin Technologies Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2014, you have the ability to lock rotation of concentric mates. This can help avoid additional mates required if you didn’t want the components to rotate. How to quickly tell if a concentric mate rotation has been locked In order to see if a concentric mate rotation has been locked, simply review the mate icon for the component. A regular concentric icon will show two concentric circles.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago