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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Ballooning Exploded Views

SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS: Ballooning Exploded Views Assembly drawings always contain an exploded view with the components ballooned to identify them in the Bill of Materials table. SOLIDWORKS has a great tool for automatically adding balloons to your assembly drawing view. This Auto Balloon command will make sure every component is ballooned and that no duplicate balloons are created. Another advantage of the Auto Balloon tool is that the balloon placement is neatly arranged around the view. You can specify the general […]

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A quick tip in SOLIDWORKS Composer

This post came to light from a SOLIDWORKS Composer support call I was on recently. The customer needed to move several geometry actors the same direction and distance as existing geometry actor. Based on the surrounding geometry actors, it was difficult to CTRL-select all the geometry actors and move them together. As an alternative I suggested translating one and use Copy Transformation on the rest. Let’s take a look at how we can use this. In this example I’ve translated […]

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F123 Series 3D Printers Touchscreen Calibration

At some point you may need to calibrate the touchscreen on your F123 Series Printer. It is recommended that you use a stylus for this procedure or a pencil eraser if a stylus is not available. Extreme care should be taken when running the calibration as it could cause button inaccuracies and may make the panel unusable. However, there is a way to recover from this as I will explain later. If you are able to use the touchscreen but the touch […]

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What is Photogrammetry?

What is Photogrammetry? Photogrammetry No it’s not a new type of selfie, photogrammetry is a 3-D coordinate measuring technique that uses 2-D photographs and a known scale length as the fundamental tools for metrology applications. Simply put, the distance between 2 points on an object can be determined by measuring them in a picture and applying a scaling factor. In practice, a user would place reflective targets across the surface of their critical features and use these locators to create […]

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Helping yourself….with SOLIDWORKS Electrical

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” (Chinese proverb). I often get asked in training classes or presentations where there may be some extra help or if there are any tutorials available. The short answer is yes and the long answer is this blog! SOLIDWORKS Electrical has several tutorials, in fact, a whole panel of tutorials waiting for you to explore in the application itself. There are also other ways of getting additional help and insight into Electrical Schematic, ie, […]

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SOLIDWORKS, Hole Callout In A Section View

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: How to Put a Hole Callout In A Section View Hello friends, listen up while I teach you a thing. Here is how you can put a hole callout on a hole inside of a section view. 1. Use the model items command to get the hole callout in the parent view. Model Items can be found in your annotation command tab. 2. Create a note in the section view. (Also found in the annotation command tab). 3. […]

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Creaform VXelements has been updated!

VXelements, the software used with Creaform 3D scanners has been updated to version 6.0!  The update includes a major overhaul of the interface.  Now VXelements has a home page. You can choose which aspect of the software you will be using.  One of my favorite enhancements is part of the VXinspect and VXmodel.  Now you can choose from recent CAD files!  SOLIDWORKS has had this for a long time, and now VXelements has it also! When in VXscan, the workflow […]

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GrabCad Print Updates V1.8 and 1.9

GrabCad users know that every time you open the program it will automatically search for updates. But if you run this on a machine that doesn’t get shut down often you may be behind on a few key recent updates. Update 1.8 came out in July and 1.9 was released this week. If you have a large format Fortus printer you will want to get these recent releases. The biggest jump for both of these releases are the integration of support […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Load: Torque Vs Moment of Force

What is the difference between torque and moment of force? Depending on who you talk to you will get different and confusing answers. The truth is that moment of force (often known simply as moment) and torque are equivalent. Not so in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, though. We will investigate the differences between the two. I encountered a small issue with torque loads in simulation and after inspecting the help file I was still confused. I spent some time to clear up […]

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Desktop Metal – Studio 3D Printer

The Studio Printer is getting closer to release and we’ve been getting a lot of questions on how it operates and compares to other metal printers currently on the market. Here’s a little bit of a deeper dive into the Studio Printer.   The Studio will print material using a method called Bound Metal Deposition (BMD). The concept is very similar to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in that we are extruding material through a heated tip and drawing out each […]

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