Simplified (McMaster-Carr) Parts in Assemblies

The following golden rule applies to 99% of you out there… Never include fasteners with modeled threads in your assemblies. This is the reason the SOLIDWORKS toolbox comes with three options for thread display when inserting fasteners into your assemblies: Simplified, Cosmetic, and Schematic.  The popular and recommended choice is ‘Cosmetic‘ – a healthy combination of detail and efficiency. There are quite a few factors that can contribute to clunky and inefficient assembly models, but two very obvious culprits are the quantity/complexity of features […]

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Simplified (McMaster-Carr) Parts in Assemblies

The following golden rule applies to 99% of you out there… Never include fasteners with modeled threads in your assemblies. This is the reason the SOLIDWORKS toolbox comes with three options for thread display when inserting fasteners into your assemblies: Simplified, Cosmetic, and Schematic.  The popular and recommended choice is ‘Cosmetic‘ – a healthy combination of detail and efficiency. There are quite a few factors that can contribute to clunky and inefficient assembly models, but two very obvious culprits are […]

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SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Builder Work Around

I have been asked several times if there is a quick way of populating custom properties into drawings, parts, and assemblies outside of using a data management system.  SOLIDWORKS has created a custom property builder to speed up the process.  You can create a drop down list for any custom property so that it can be easily selected.    The problem is that when you save the property template out it only allows you to save this for a part file […]

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Free Weldment Profiles!

Back in January, when Jordan Tadic published his cut lumber library for use as weldment profiles, the CAD community went crazy! For a brief period of time there was concern that we may need to get a larger server to help handle the additional page requests. Did you know you can get weldment profiles from SolidWorks? – significantly more than the few you get by default when you install SolidWorks. Go to the design library, expand “SOLIDWORKS Content” and browse […]

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Model Aircraft Control Surface Spacing and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

June 2011 AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) Model Aviation magazine had an interesting article Titled “Two of the Big Five model misadjustments” written by Dean Pappas. The two misadjustments were Hinge Gap, and Lateral Balance. The article caught my attention specifically due to the “flow” diagrams drawn in the article explaining airflow over the wing section and aileron control surface. In the below diagram, taken from the article, Dean explains three cases of air flow relative to a control surface. Clean […]

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Model Aircraft Control Surface Spacing and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

June 2011 AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) Model Aviation magazine had an interesting article Titled “Two of the Big Five model misadjustments” written by Dean Pappas. The two misadjustments were Hinge Gap, and Lateral Balance. The article caught my attention specifically due to the “flow” diagrams drawn in the article explaining airflow over the wing section and aileron control surface. In the below diagram, taken from the article, Dean explains three cases of air flow relative to a control surface. Clean […]

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How to Start a Sheet Metal Part?

Occasionally we get calls from people on how to do something, like start a sheet metal part, but they've not had the training class for that yet. In this post I'll try to share the very basics of starting a sheet metal part. It certainly won't cover everything and isn't meant to be a replacement for training, but it's something for right now. – Check out the attached 10 minute video. Download Sheet_Metal-How_to_Start

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Color Selection in DriveWorks Solo

I’ve done some research. Even though all pictures from 1903 are in black and white, there were actually eight colors back then! Red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, purple, and black. If life would have stayed like that everything would be simpler. Sadly, someone let the hippies have their way, and now there are many more colors. Most I have no idea what they look like by name alone. Thus if you give me a simple list of colors it has […]

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Journal File Where and What is it????

With the implementations of SOLIDWORKS 2011 and steady migration from XP to Windows 7 there are always pluses and minuses. I never recommend to anyone that when going from one version to the next that you use the copy settings wizard.  I always recommend a clean uninstall and then a fresh install. What I have been seeing as of late has be Journal File errors. You know the one(it usually happens when you quadruple click at 7 in the morning […]

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