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
The Sketch Picture Scale Tool was new in 2014, but it comes up now and again. Every time it does, I think “Wow, this is cool!” – so I thought we could take another look. Start a sketch: Tools > Sketch Tools > Sketch Picture
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Every year all resellers have a customer launch event where we showcase the new version of SOLIDWORKS. At Innova Systems we always try and add a little more value to the day by doing some breakout sessions on a number of different subjects. This year I was tasked with doing a “Tips & Tricks” session, which is normally very well attended. This often causes us a few issues, as things that we use on a daily basis, we don’t necessarily class as a tip or a trick.
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
We had a call from a customer the other day regarding cross hatching. There were a couple of things that he wanted to do, which at first I did not think were possible. After a bit of research and head scratching, I managed to come up with a solution. Maybe you’ve come across the same problem and will find the following useful.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
test Changing line color and line weight does not have to be a difficult process! Actually, it was such a simple adjustment, it was wide open for an additional feature, so lofting was introduced to add some fun to the mix! Please note that the video is in HD and you can adjust the resolution by changing the gear in the tools section of video window. Please send us feedback!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Want an easy way to speed up your SOLIDWORKS Modeling skills? Learn how to use a standard 3 button mouse to Zoom, Pan & Rotate. Figure 1 - Mouse Sure, you can always go to View -> Modify and choose one of the Zoom commands. But there is a better way!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 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
3DExperience-272x300 Dare to dream: collaborative design with socially connected projects that facilitate design iteration. Wouldn’t that be nice? I know that I could have personally benefited from this concept numerous times. Today we will answer some of the questions that I know a lot of you will have, because I had them myself.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
There is an excellent tool in Sheet Metal that can allow us to make completely round parts! Rolled Sheet Metal 2014 When you need to create large diameter round parts sheet metal may not be the first tool you’d consider, but it a great tool for this application. Consider a 3 foot diameter metal cylinder and how we could create this and create a flat patten using the sheet metal tools found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. There are some tips and tricks included!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
SOLIDWORKS 2014 includes a new font called stick font or single line font. Stick fonts are different from traditional fonts on your PC because they contain characters created from strokes made from single lines that terminate at the end of each stroke. Traditional fonts have characters made from complete closed loops, so all characters are actually complex bubbles. This means strokes are formed by doubling up line segements to form enclosed spaces.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Sometime you wish you could have your company logo in 3D but not just in 3D but animated. SOLIDWORKS has a the power to deliver your vision!
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
If you’re into home improvements like I am, it’s that time of the year to start designing your summer projects. It’s going to be another eventful year at the Tadic household as I plan to have my dream garage/studio built. This is all possible due to a local vocational school that has offered to build it for only $500 (I will have to pay for all materials). Normally, I’d be pretty skeptical about a service like this, but fortunately I was able to witness them do an amazing job on a garage a few
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
What do you need to know about engineering material science to use Simulation to drive innovative designs? The answer might come as a surprise. There are no engineering or analysis prerequisites successfully leveraging the power of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with SolidWorks Simulation. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to know a few of the basics;
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Highlighting some Hidden Gems in the SolidWorks User Interface My model is gone! If you click or right-click a model and accidentally select “Hide” from the menu or toolbar, the model isn’t displayed. Running the cursor up and down the Feature Manager shows a temporary wireframe outline of each feature, but no model. Just use the same menu or toolbar to show the model again.
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