In SOLIDWORKS 2015 we have added a new and more intelligent way to create linear patterns. This pattern uses existing geometry as reference and adapt to those circumstances. Option 1: Up to Reference with fixed number of feature pattern instances. Assume you have the following part (Fig. 1) and want to create a four instances feature pattern in which the last instance is 100 mm from the end of the part as measured to the center of the feature (Fig. 2.) As shown in (Fig. 3), you must select the “
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3 years ago
The dog days are behind us, and as summer turns into autumn, for many summer is really turning into football season. For those not as familiar with the pigskin, college football has a longstanding tradition of rowdy students, after being thrown into more of a frenzy immediately following a big win, storming the field in victory, and oftentimes tearing down the upright field goal posts at either end of the field. In the (highly) unlikely event my hometown Gophers upset TCU this week, I’d love to
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3 years ago
In a previous blog, “How to create a library design feature in SOLIDWORKS”, we saw how we could create library features, now we will look at how we can take those library features and incorporate the new and improved patterning tool options that were introduced within the 2015 release of SOLIDWORKS. As many users have already found the new options very useful we have tried to push the limits of the new options and have found some very useful ways in which they can be used. In this blog we will
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3 years ago
Hold down your right mouse button and slowly move your mouse pointer. The ‘wheel’ that appears on your screen is the in-context mouse gesture shortcut toolbar, and each of the icons is a shortcut. Just swipe the mouse pointer over an icon and you will instantly access that command. The gesture wheel is fully customisable, so you can have up to 8 different shortcuts, and its in-context, so you see different shortcuts if you are in sketch, part, drawings or assembly mode.
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3 years ago
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?
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3 years ago
How Good is my design-SolidWorks Design Engineering Community is faced with many challenges in terms of Reliability, Performance, Cost and Time. Simple Questions, when asked and answered, help Designs get better. Here are a few simple steps that help Design Engineers achieve Superior results and products. As a part of the Design Process if the Engineering Team incorporates the checklist it saves the Organization, Time and Money, resulting in enhanced Profit and Success.
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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.
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3 years ago
Learn SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures Most of us don’t use SOLIDWORKS with any sort of fancy, new-fangled, professional 3D mouse. Instead, we make due with a standard, two-button mouse that probably comes with a scroll wheel and maybe a couple of other buttons. Does this make us any less important? Of course not!
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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.
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3 years ago
There are many adjectives I can use to describe my college experience: amazing, stressful, memorable, ridiculous, and broke, to name just a few. However, when I think back on some of the dorm rooms I shared, one word in particular comes to mind: CRAMPED. If you’ve ever lived in a dorm (and especially if you live in one now), you understand that space is a huge commodity. Every square inch you can gain is important.
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3 years ago
Aaron & Sean, SOLIDWORKS Applications Engineers at PRISM Engineering, give you a quick look at how to use SOLIDWORKS to quickly design realistic 3D models with a festive flair in SOLIDWORKS 2015! Aaron’s St.Patrick Day Hat Challenge: irish-Hat-2-300x252 This was quite a fun model to make. My first thought was, “What do I want it to look like?” In order to decide this, I browsed pictures of various hats on the web.
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3 years ago
USING SELECT ALL AND SELECTION FILTER TOGETHER IN SOLIDWORKS It is not a rare occurrence for us to empathize with Sisyphus when using a computer. Being condemned to click or select the same things over and over again can be quite the mundane task, granted it’s nothing like endlessly pushing an enchanted boulder up a hill. As smart as Sisyphus was, he was only able to outsmart Hades once to save himself work. We, on the other hand, are able to consistently save ourselves work by using our trusty
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3 years ago
New for 2015, SOLIDWORKS have introduced a new product called SOLIDWORKS MBD. MBD, or Model Based Definition, is a great way of generating PMI (product manufacturing information) using the SOLIDWORKS models created by design engineers. This allows a drawing-less manufacturing solution to streamline, organise and publish 3D models with all the information needed for Manufacture. A 2013 survey suggested that 16% of SOLIDWORKS customers were doing or planning drawing-less manufacturing in 3 years,
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3 years ago
Below is a step by step guide on how to open a DXF or DWG File in SOLIDWORKS. In SOLIDWORKS, open the file in the usual way. A window will open for a wizard: Wizard window If you need a drawing or if there are multiple views, select as seen above. Then click on Next.
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3 years ago
After 7 years of working in the reseller channel, I am finally going to attend SOLIDWORKS World in Phoenix Arizona. So it will be my first time at SOLIDWORKS world and my first time in the U.S also. I have to say I am looking forward to it very much. When you book to go to SOLIDWORKS world, you are presented with an agenda, with many sessions you can choose to attend.
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3 years ago
The Property Tab The Property Tab I would like to talk about a much overlooked feature within SOLIDWORKS. The “Property Tab”. The property tab was introduced some time ago in SOLIDWORKS. We all know how useful custom properties can be within parts, assembly and drawing files.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Recently I was asked to take a look at an engineering problem many of us face. Our client was experiencing multiple motor failures, and speculated that the duty cycle was incorrectly calculated. Premature motor failure can cost a company thousands of dollars. The price tag associated to this problem can be measured not only in the cost of a new motor, but also in machine downtime, lost productivity, and potential damage to the end product.
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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.
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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
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3 years ago