Reordering your SOLIDWORKS Inspection Project

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The idea for this post is the result of a recent SOLIDWORKS Inspection tech support call. It’s a very simple question, “how do I change the order of my ballooned characteristics in my SOLIDWORKS Inspection project?” Maybe before we discuss how to change the order of the characteristics, we should talk about how they’re added in the first place. In these examples, I’ll be setting up a SOLIDWORKS Inspection project using the SOLIDWORKS Add-In. Automatic Extraction The order of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS – .SWB/.SWP file; Now what?

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So, you downloaded this file from a vendor and it’s not anything that you recognize. If you double click on it, nothing happens. So, what is it? This file type is a SOLIDWORKS Macro. A Macro is defined as a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task. What’s neat about these files is that a vendor can give you these files instead of a SOLIDWORKS file. It doesn’t limit you or them […]

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Benefits of Using Geomagic Design X in Reverse Engineering

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VXmodel is a great tool for reverse engineering (RE). It has a direct transfer to SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, and Inventor. The process, as shown here, is a simple one. Create entities in VXmodel, transfer them to CAD, and then use them to guide the RE process. However, like Tim Taylor, I sometimes like “More power!” That extra power comes with Geomagic Design X. Unlike VXmodel, Design X comes with it’s own CAD backbone. This means that the entire RE process is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Two Easy Organizing Tips

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Working with different customer requirements, users could face some clutter or search issues when creating repeatable content.  Also, creating that content on drawings might take a bit of time to sort through.  Here are two tricks to hopefully help you work with your libraries and macros.  In the SOLIDWORKS Schematic application, there is a project configuration tab for Libraries and Palettes. Our first tip would be that when you have a project that is using the IEC standard and you only want to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Joule Heating

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SOLIDWORKS Flow simulation is a fantastic tool for simulating internal or external fluid flows. It also features very robust conjugate heat transfer capabilities; including conduction, convection, and radiation. The combination of these capabilities has made SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation the go-to program to simulate cooling electronic components. It does this fantastically right out of the box, but with the addition of the Electronics Cooling Module, it gets even better! Today I’d like to cover one of the flagship capabilities of the […]

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Stratasys F123 Series: PLA Tips and Tricks

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These tips and tricks are designed to help you create better, more stable parts using PLA materials on the Stratasys F123 Series printers. If you are going to use PLA materials you will need to install a PLA head and a cooling module in the printer. The instructions for installing the PLA head and cooling module can be found here: https://www.cati.com/blog/2018/08/pla-plastic-replacing-pla-head-f123-series-printer/ Part Design Thin-walled parts are not optimal with the use of PLA, especially ones that only get a single contour […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Licensing

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It was working yesterday, this morning I’m getting this error. What happened? Error warning: “Could not obtain a license for SolidWorks standard. Invalid (inconsistent) license key. (-8, 544, 0)”. Some users are seeing an issue when starting SOLIDWORKS. This could be caused by 2 issues that we will cover in this article. SOLIDWORKS License manager has been refreshed, this could happen around the maintenance renewal date. Your company decided not to pay maintenance. The SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard license is free to those […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: Customizing Your Graphics Area Context Toolbar

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SOLIDWORKS free tools can be commonly overlooked by users. I consider customizing your SOLIDWORKS environment to be one of these free tools. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to create different means for minimizing mouse movements.  From introducing the ‘S’ key for Keyboard Shortcuts or the ‘D’ key for Breadcrumbs or the Right Mouse Button (RMB) click for shortcut menus, just to mention a few. We are going to talk about one of the classics today. SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced us to […]

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From Scan to SOLIDWORKS in a Few Simple Steps

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One of the great benefits of 3D scanning is the ability to quickly turn a physical model into a digital model for CAD design.  There are 2 main methods for achieving a CAD model using 3D scanning: Method 1. Extract information from the scanned data in parametric form to rebuild in CAD software. Method 2. Extract a non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) Surface from the scanned data. Both methods result in a usable CAD model, method 1 requires the user to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Reaction Moment Using Solid Element

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When running an FEA on an assembly or large part the first thing we normally do is reduce the complexity of the geometry so that the calculation times remain short. At times this would mean that we would get rid of the main structure and only calculate the reaction forces and moments on a subassembly or smaller region of a part. While doing this we may end up using tetrahedron elements, or solid elements, to mesh our geometry. Solid elements […]

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