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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.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
Reducing product weight and improving performance are key goals in most design projects to minimize costs and differentiate your products. SOLIDWORKS design optimization allows you to quickly size your design to meet performance needs without using excessive amounts of material. Let’s take a look at this cantilevered platform below.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 days ago
In today’s blog, we’ll be going further in depth to prepare your model for asset generation by diving into Viewport Properties in SOLIDWORKS Composer. With Viewport Properties, we’ll go through how certain Lighting properties affect your actors. In addition, we’ll see what some of the Property Pane Controls do, which will help when trying to either Copy an Appearance to another actor, or Setting a Neutral Property!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
6 days ago
Where is Your Cut List Folder? Here in tech support, we were in communication with a worried customer that thought his master weldment model (which accounted for most of his business) had become corrupted. His highly valued cut list went missing from the Design Tree.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
Have you ever tried to perform an action in SOLIDWORKS and suddenly receive an error similar to this one? Have no fear! This error message likely appeared because the DLL dependency has either been broken, overwritten, or upgraded to a newer version.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 days ago
Virtually testing designs is an integral part of the design and innovation process. With a 3D model in SOLIDWORKS it’s easy to find out how strong or durable your design is using Simulation. But for a Simulation to be accurate, the virtual test needs to reflect its real world, physical counter part. This is why the material properties is the foundation of a Simulation’s accuracy.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
12 days ago
The quality of your mesh is critical to obtaining accurate results from your analyses. You’ll often hear the term “convergence analysis” tossed around in the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) world. “Convergence analysis” means we want to ensure the mesh in critical areas is fine enough that the analysis results are independent of the mesh size.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
13 days ago
In honor of America’s Independence Day, we decided to simulate an aerial fireworks display in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. We wondered just how closely we could recreate the effect, and we also had a few specific questions to answer; such as how much the wind will move the shell off course, and what impact the angle of the tube will have on the final trajectory. We’ll use this information to plan a big fireworks display in SOLIDWORKS and in the back yard.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
Hi SOLIDWORKS users! Welcome back to our 4-part Wonder Woman tutorial series where we are honoring all you female warriors out there by modeling Diana’s Tiara and Indestructible Bracelets. In part 2 of this series, we’ll finish up modeling Diana’s tiara using some more advanced modeling techniques, including creating 3D Guide Curves.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
Software updates, accidental deletion, hardware failures, and viruses are just a few things that can damage or completely destroy your business-critical vault data. So, it’s incredibly important to perform a SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard backup as part of a regular, structured process. Here’s our best practice guide for performing your PDM Standard backup
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
Hey SOLIDWORKS users, Happy 4th of July! To celebrate the holiday, we are taking an off-the-shelf model rocket and making it our own with the help of SOLIDWORKS, 3D printing, and a little elbow grease. So let’s get started with our 3 part series.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
20 days ago
One of our favorite things about SOLIDWORKS Composer is the way you can take your images to a whole new level, with the ability to create content that you can navigate quickly and easily. So how can we do that? The first thing to do is to create some image views.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
21 days ago
Hey SOLIDWORKS users, Happy 4th of July! So to celebrate the holiday, we are taking an off-the-shelf model rocket and making it our own with the help of SOLIDWORKS, 3D printing, and a little elbow grease. So let’s get started with our 3 part series.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
24 days ago
Have you ever rolled a dice and hoped for a specific number to show up? Because I know I have! With lots of roll playing games, using dice of various shapes and sizes I decided it would be fun to model some dice and see if I can manipulate the center of mass to roll the specific number I desired. I chose a D20 because it has a unique shape and is used frequently in D&D.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
25 days ago
It’s safe to say that Quidditch is Harry Potter’s favorite wizarding pastime. As Hagrid would say, a wizard’s passion for Quidditch is the equivalent to a muggle’s passion for football. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To celebrate, we are showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model the Golden Snitch – the little ball that Harry loves to hate.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
28 days ago
Hey SOLIDWORKS users, Happy 4th of July! So to celebrate the holiday, we are taking an off-the-shelf model rocket and making it our own with the help of SOLIDWORKS, 3D printing, and a little elbow grease. So let’s get started with our 3 part series.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS users have long enjoyed the ability to use their software from both their home/mobile and work offices. How is this accomplished without running afoul of the EULA (End User License Agreement), which only permits one license enabled on any one computer at any one time? In our previous two blog posts we examined perpetual licenses (Standalone and SNL) and term licenses.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
It’s safe to say that Quidditch is Harry Potter’s favorite wizarding pastime. As Hagrid would say, a wizard’s passion for Quidditch is the equivalent to a muggle’s passion for football. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To celebrate, we are showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model the Golden Snitch – the little ball that Harry loves to hate.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Simulation When simulating large, thin objects it is much more simple, computationally, to define these types of objects as shell elements rather than solid elements. The problem is that most beginner simulation users are not comfortable with this element type because they do not know how to define a shell element mesh or how to connect it to the rest of the parts in the analysis once it is defined.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Many high quality designs are created using Surfacing commands in SOLIDWORKS. These commands can seem daunting to use if you’re not too experienced, however many of them are a lot simpler than you may think! For example, many thin-walled bodies are created from just a couple features. Often times, Surface Bodies are created to be oversized and incorporate twist and curvature, then they’re trimmed back to refine the shape.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
There is an example of 3D sketch and different display states. The features used in the bowling pin include: revolves, sweeps, split line curves, extrude surfaces and a circular pattern. The model includes three different configurations (including one Minion themed pin!) and has some display states to toggle the colors of the crown or neck bands.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The new 3D Interconnect functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is useful when working with a variety of native non-SOLIDWORKS files, including parts that are sheet metal in nature. A Note On Methodology
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
When it comes to designing, speed and efficiency definitely matter most. In SOLIDWORKS, the best way to do something usually turns out to be the quickest or most efficient way. One of the most best ways to focus on your designs and model quicker is to take advantage of the context menus that appear as you click on an item. These are those boxes that appear offering you quick access to things like sketch relations or mates.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
It’s safe to say that Quidditch is Harry Potter’s favorite wizarding pastime. As Hagrid would say, a wizard’s passion for Quidditch is the equivalent to a muggle’s passion for football. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first publication in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To celebrate, we are showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model the Golden Snitch – the little ball that Harry loves to hate.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago