Design Checker Series – Part 3

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Welcome to part 3 of our Design Checker series blog. In this section we will be discussing the Build Checks area. Starting the Build Checks, you will have 2 options, either create a new standard file, or open an existing file (along with Help and Tutorial). The Standards file will be the file that all the checks are will be compared to. Creating a Standards file. This is where you will be specifying any areas to be checked. These can […]

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker – Part 2

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Checking Against an Existing File The Check Against Existing File tool validates the active document against checks created from existing files. Supported file formats are: DWG files (*.dwg) Part (*.sldprt, *.prt) Assembly (*.asm, *.sldasm) Drawing (*.drw, *.slddrw) Template (*.prtdot, *.asmdot, *.drwdot) Drafting Standard (*.sldstd) Here we have 2 similar documents. They don't have to be identical but these images are for illustration purposes. In these pictures some of the fonts and styles were changed. We will use the first document […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Tracer Studies

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Tracers allow you to study the flow of admixture (tracer) in the existing carrier fluid under assumption that the presence of admixture has a negligible influence on the carrier fluid flow. Such assumption is justified if the concentration (mass fraction) of the admixture is relatively low. This example shows how to obtain a flow field and how to define a tracer source to simulate the pollutant dispersion. Here we consider the street canyon, a road and its flanking buildings shown […]

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker – Part 1

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This month we are going to begin a deep dive into the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker. We are going to take a look at how this tool allows a company\user to maintain consistency across their documents. The Design Checker is a utility that verifies settings in a document such as dimension standards, annotation settings, fonts, materials, units, ect. The SOLIDWORKS Design Checker is an add-in that is available in SOLIDWORKS Premium and SOLIDWORKS Professional only. This can be turn on by […]

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How to Create Threads

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Threading is an important feature of many parts.  While cosmetic threads can be used in some cases to decrease the file size, they are often vital for the end product such as when using the part file to print in a 3D printer.  For this example, threading for a cap will be created. To begin, a sketch must be created on the plane where the threading should start.  In this case the threading will start at the bottom of the […]

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Create your own custom CommandManager Tab

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SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to customize the interface so you can work more efficiently. Did you know you can add your own tab in the CommandManager?   It only takes a few easy steps. Most customization of the CommandManager is done when the Tools, Customize, Commands dialog is up, similar to customizing regular toolbars. Let’s make a new tab. Right mouse click on one of the Command Manager Tabs and click Customize CommandManager in the dropdown.             […]

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Stratasys announces new Endur 3D Printing Material

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Stratasys has expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials with Endur, a new PolyJet 3D printing material. Endur has the chemical characteristics and composition to give models and prototypes a polypropylene-like look and functionality, much like the characteristics of standard plastics. Just like the name implies, Endur is tough. The polypropylene-like material offers both high impact resistance and superior elongation at break. Endur has a heat-deflection temperature up to 129°F/ 54°C, excellent dimensional stability and comes in a bright white color. It […]

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Power Select

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In this blog I am going to talk about a VERY under used, and almost unknown tool in SOLIDWORKS. The POWER SELECT. Ever wanted to select all the fillets/cuts/extrudes/etc in a part ? How about all the faces/features/parts/etc that are colored a certain color ? All the convex or concave edges ? The possibilities of obscure things you can select with this tool go on and on… I know that some of this selection can be achieved by using the […]

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Power Select

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In this blog I am going to talk about a VERY under used, and almost unknown tool in SOLIDWORKS. The POWER SELECT. Ever wanted to select all the fillets/cuts/extrudes/etc in a part ? How about all the faces/features/parts/etc that are colored a certain color ? All the convex or concave edges ? The possibilities of obscure things you can select with this tool go on and on… I know that some of this selection can be achieved by using the […]

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Helical Sheet Metal Modeling

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Ever needed to model a helical shaped bent/twisted/rolled sheet metal part in SolidWorks?  Sounds like fun huh?  Actually it is pretty simple with a few little tricks and the Lofted Bends command.  Start by creating a helix based on a height and revolution.  As I am working with a single part for auger flighting, I am creating my shape for 1 revolution with the intent of add multiple instances in an assembly for final welding.  Second, I will create two […]

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