View Labels in SOLIDWORKS 2014

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View labels can be very useful in giving specific information about the view like what it is that the view shows.  Automatically, SolidWorks generates this information for you when you create a view in a drawing.  Take this drawing for instance; SOLIDWORKS put in the label the name and scale of the view which is actually parametric.  Sometimes however, I might want to change up what that view says.  In this case, just double clicking the label and editing it […]

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Applying a mass to virtual component

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Mass Properties in SolidWorks are extremely easy to extrapolate and levering properties like weight in a drawing is equally as easy.  All you have to do is just call out the SOLIDWORKS property and this makes sure that it is parametric; should you make a change to your model, the property automatically (auto-magically) updates and all is good.  In the case of an empty virtual component, this method gives properties of value zero since there is nothing to weight or […]

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Network SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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Networking SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2013 or later version works no different from any other add-in; add the serial number and reactivate the SNL on the server side and on the client side just install the software then turn on the add-in.  The 2012 version however runs a bit differently and if you have tried to install this, you have probably learned the hard way.  This is because SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2012 uses its own SNL manager. As per SOLIDWORKS knowledge base article […]

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Dimension Styles in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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For the most part, notes and other annotations added to dimensions like the tolerance for instance are per standard.  This means that the general format is the same.  While creating templates can automate a lot of the repetition in drawings, it doesn’t handle the dimension style for you.  Instead, SolidWorks gives you another way to handle this.  In the dimension property manager there is an option to select your style:   First step is to create your dimension style. Do […]

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SOLIDWORKS Explorer

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Making changes is an integral part of the design process.  File location and name changes happen all the time. Often times, these changes occur in parts that have references to other models.  When such a change is made and this reference is not updated SolidWorks might not be able to find the reference and that link is now broken.  In this case, you can manually update that reference by going to file >> open >> references: This is a fairly […]

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Layout Sketches in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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Layout sketches in an assembly can be a very effective and sometimes even necessary design technique.  It all depends on the application and of course the preferences comforts of the user as far as skill and technique are concerned.  One common obstacle with using assembly layouts is the apparent inability to use the assembly in a drawing.  This is in fact just a myth; you can easily create drawings of layout assemblies and here is how; 1. Begin with a […]

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CISUG (Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group) Meeting – Wednesday, March 20th

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Location:  Wabash National, 1000 Sagamore Parkway S. Lafayette, IN 47905 Meeting Agenda:Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking.  Meeting starts at 5:00pm General meeting: “You missed  SOLIDWORKS World 2013?” – No worries! we’ll tell you what you missed Special guest presentation by Monica Stokke with Adaptive Corporation, a Dassault Systems reseller partner and Bob Durbin with Dassault SIMULIAProgram: SIMULIA Abaqus for SolidWorks: Advanced Realistic Simulation Made Easy ~ SIMULIA Abaqus for SOLIDWORKS offers advanced simulation capabilities to complement and extend SOLIDWORKS design […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bonded Contact Condition

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The bonded contact condition in SOLIDWORKS Simulation can be used to accurately handle load transfer in a multitude of cases where bodies stay in contact such as welded or glued bodies among others.  The software achieves this through two methods; aligning the meshes of the two bodies hence bonding the nodes of the two bodies (compatible) or by applying equivalent internal equations to the contact interface to achieve the same result (incompatible).  The latter is of course used in situations […]

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Dimension across a break in a SOLIDWORKS drawing

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Sometimes the scale that makes a view fit on the paper makes it too small to see important details on the view.  In this case, using a break is a great idea.  SolidWorks allows you to choose where to break the part, what kind of break line to use, as well as how large of a gap to leave in between the two resulting sections.  Adding a dimension works just as usual and gives the actual dimension of the part, […]

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