SOLIDWORKS Composer Detail views, round 2

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My co-worker Ryan Field put together a great blog on SOLIDWORKS Composer recently. He gave several examples on how to use the Digger tool to generate Detail views in your Composer files. After reading Ryan’s post, I got to thinking about the other methods Composer offers to generate Detail views. Detail Views The detail view is all about bringing emphasis to an area of your Composer files. This option exists for both High Resolution Image and the Technical Illustration Workshops […]

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Performance Evaluation with SOLIDWORKS Assembly

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As Application Engineers we are constantly asked for “best practices” and usually it’s around the topic of SOLIDWORKS Assembly performance.  Most of the time when people ask what they can do differently or are they following best practices, my answer is extremely robust….[Insert Shoulder Shrug]. Don’t get me wrong there are certainly some best practices that can be followed like don’t work with errors in the Design Tree or mating to common surfaces, but honestly a fair number of users […]

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Create Compelling Detail Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer with the Digger

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SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to help illustrate your technical documentation. One of the features that helps do this, which we will cover in this blog, is the ‘Digger’. The Digger is similar to the Magnifying Glass in SOLIDWORKS but has many more options. Here, we will look at what those options are. To get started, it can be found on the Home tab, or simply by hitting the space bar. The Digger will pop up on the screen, […]

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Documenting Twisted Pairs Within a Cable on SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Continuing with my twisted pair theme from my last blog, Twisted Pair in Electrical 3D, let’s talk about how to document twisted pairs within a cable. When you add a cable to your cable library within SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, that has twisted pairs, under the Cable cores section of the Cable reference properties, you will notice a Group icon. This icon is greyed out until you “Ctrl” select a pair of wires to group. So, you simple select all the […]

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Rotate About Scene Floor, AKA “Why does my Rotate cursor look different in SOLIDWORKS?”

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I had unknowingly struggled with this SOLIDWORKS command for several months. I use “unknowingly” here not because I wasn’t aware that I was struggling (I very much was) but because I wasn’t aware that this command was the cause. I write this article in hopes that there are others out there in my former position—knowing the what but not the why. Essentially, it seemed like SOLIDWORKS suddenly stopped letting me perform certain rotations. The model would get “stuck” in its […]

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What is the Next “Step” in 3DEXPERIENCE Simulation?

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As a SOLIDWORKS Simulation user for many years, the transition to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform has been quite the adventure so far. The integration of the Abaqus technology has yielded a lot of new bells and whistles into our simulation portfolio. When it comes to simulation, great power comes with- well, steep learning curves. Today, I would like to demystify the elusive “Step” in a 3DEXPERIENCE SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS simulation. In Abaqus (the parent technology behind SIMULIA for SOLIDWORKS), a step […]

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Do You Utilize Multiple Mate Mode in SOLIDWORKS?

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Oftentimes, when users work with assemblies, common geometry must be utilized for piecing components together. There are several shortcuts and tools available in the SOLIDWORKS software to make this mating process easier. But a shortcut I feel is underutilized is Multiple mate mode. Multiple mate mode is a shortcut located in the Mate PropertyManager. It is initiated by clicking the icon depicted below: In the following example, the assembly’s components have been added, but have yet to be mated together. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021: “Link to Property” in Drawings Notes Causing Crashes

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NOTE: This issue is fixed in 2021 SP 3.0, which is currently in early visibility on www.my.solidworks.com, however until the wide release is out, this is a fix. In SOLIDWORKS 2021, there is an issue with linked properties in Drawings notes causing SOLIDWORKS to crash to desktop: If you’re unfamiliar with the tool, it’s quite handy for automatically updating properties for different configurations so you don’t have to manually search out the values for certain properties (e.g. configuration name, mass, […]

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How Big of a Strut? Motion Has Us Covered.

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One of the benefits of being the engineer in a group of friends is that you get to help with all your friends’ projects. The same friend who I helped design a Trebuchet found in this 4 part blog series asked me to help create a concealment flag. A concealment flag is basically a lock box that looks like wall art. These are used to hide several things including candy from kids. The box will have an RFID lock on the […]

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Minimizing Support Removal Time with DfAM for FDM

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Minimizing Support Removal Time with DfAM for FDM Soluble support material is a feature unique to Additive Manufacturing and is responsible for enabling the seamless printing of organic geometries and build parts. In contrast to the many possibilities that soluble support material opens up, it also has downsides, particularly in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing. In FDM printing, soluble support material is notorious for increasing build times, the material cost of the part, and the amount of time dedicated to […]

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