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
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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
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
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
Welcome to SOLIDWORKS 2018October is so exciting! The SOLIDWORKS team has added the polishing touches to SOLIDWORKS 2018 and it’s ready for delivery into your hands. With hundreds of enhancements, it can take significant time to understand and incorporate all the changes in to your workflow, team, and organization. Some of you have already attended a “What’s New 2018” live or digital launch event and had a taste of SOLIDWORKS 2018 — this is the best place to start (check with your local Value
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22 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
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24 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.
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30 days 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.
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1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Simulation SOLIDWORKS Simulation offers a virtual world to test your designs. We often use the phrase “real world simulation” when we talk about SOLIDWORKS Simulation, but this phrase took on a whole different meaning for me on a recent trip to Peru. When I was visiting the Nazca lines, I had the opportunity to use the software to help address concerns another tourist had about the safety of the observation tower. Check out the video to see what happened
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Hello and welcome to the final post in the SOLIDWORKS Composer Quick Start Guide, a video series intended to orient new users in SOLIDWORKS Composer and walk them though the basic features of the software. Throughout this series, we’ve walked through how to create a variety of informative deliverables from your CAD assemblies, including animations, technical illustrations, exploded views, and more. In this final three-part installment of the Quick Start Guide, we walk through how to embed your
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1 month ago
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR September is here, marking my favorite time of year! You may enjoy this time of year for the cool, crisp air, the leaves changing from green to bright reds, yellows, and orange, and the return of all things pumpkin spice. But, for me, it’s all about the unveiling of the latest SOLIDWORKS software and its new features. SOLIDWORKS 2018 is loaded with awesome new features – one of my personal favorites are the improvements to 3D Interconnect.
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1 month ago
How do I import CAD data into SOLIDWORKS Visualize? Create powerful content directly from CAD models whether you are part of the design, sales or marketing teams. Watch how simple importing CAD data to SOLIDWORKS Visualize is in this short tutorial. SOLIDWORKS Visualize can be run as a “standalone” (not tied to a SOLIDWORKS licence), it can be utilized separately by marketing teams early on in product development.
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1 month ago
On February 17, 2001, a basketball game was played between the Hornets and the Bucks. It was in this game that a world record was set. As time expired in the third quarter, a teammate passed the ball to Baron Davis who hurled it 89 feet landing right into the basket. This is the longest scoring shot in NBA history.
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1 month ago
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.
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1 month 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
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1 month 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.
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1 month 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
2 months 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
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2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.
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2 months 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
2 months ago