If you’re a typical SOLIDWORKS user, you probably label yourself more as engineer or designer than a marketer. How much you deal with the product’s image, if any at all, also varies quite a bit. Even so, we all play for the same team, right? Odds are that someone does something in the way of adding decals to a product that’s getting ready to be moved out the door, but how can we flair it up in the modeling stages?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Who needs mate references? Anyone who is repeating the same mate selection process over and over think in terms of assemblies with repeating components.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
This month the CATI Dedicated Support Team took on the tools that are often missed when working with SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. These tools are Beam Calculations, Bearing Calculations, Structural Steel, Grooves, and Cams. The tools will be visible in the Tools, Toolbox pull-down menu when the Toolbox add-in is turned on. Toolbox Tools The calculators allow users to: Bearing Calculator – Calculate bearing capacity ratings and basic life values.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
A question that came up not to long age with a customer is how to handle complex sheet metal bends or parts that need to be formed incrementally. So we took a part that was imported into SOLIDWORKS and set out to work on finding the best solution for this. Image1 So the first question is would the part unfold and by using Convert to Sheet Metal we found the part would flatten so next we needed to tackle the two tabs in the middle of the part to break them into incremental sections. What worked
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
FeatureWorks Part 1: Automatic Recognition The FeatureWorks software is included within SOLIDWORKS Professional+. It works to recognizes standard or sheet metal features of imported “dumb” models. You can recognize standard or sheet metal features when importing from neutral file formats such as IGES, STEP, Parasolid (.x_t, .x_b), SAT, and VDAFS. You can use step-by-step recognition with automatic and interactive feature recognition or a combination of these methods.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
This month the CATI Support team took a deep dive into the free SOLIDWORKS Xpress utilities. There are 4 utilities that are found in every version of SOLIDWORKS under the Tools pull down menu; DriveWorksXpress, DFMXpress, SimulationXpress, and FloXpress. SOLIDWORKS Xpress tools are lightweight versions of the larger tool.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
SW-Logo duct-tape-couch redneck-bailing-wire SOLIDWORKS has a monthly 22 minute webinar series and for the month of May they have asked me to bring out some of my Redneck Workarounds. The presentation focuses on finding creative solutions and different methods of solving modeling and administrative problems. Attendees will learn how day-to-day modeling and administrative challenges are overcome with some inventive and sometimes bizarre methods. The goal is to inspire SOLIDWORKS users to think
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
This week is National Engineers Week and according to the NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers) and DiscoverE websites National Engineers Week is observed on the third full week of February. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
So today I decided to go back thru and revamp one of my old workarounds for SolidWorks that is still relevant today. The article is based on support calls I have seen over the years and that is how to change the orientation of a part file. I broke this articles in two section because there are different methods, one for Imported Models and another method for Feature Based Models created in SolidWorks. Import-1 Imported Models The orientation of Imported Parts when brought into SolidWorks as we
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
ModerateFigureSkate_image Figure Skate Assembly: A shoe model is created for visual reference. It uses a variety of hybrid surface/solid modeling techniques to rough in a representation of an actual shoe. The Figuring Skating Blade uses multi-bodies to represent the assembly in a single part. Sketch elements are used to calculate how to taper out the path for a swept cut.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago