SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time – #SW2017

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Change Sheet Format for Multiple Sheets at the Same Time   One of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS Drawings in 2014 was to allow the use of a second sheet format as new sheets are added.  With SOLIDWORKS 2017, even greater flexibility has been allowed.  We can now use multiple sheet formats in Drawing files and can pick and choose which sheets receive the new format.   First, right-click on the Drawing sheet and select “Properties.”   Second, make the desired […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Change the Language

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SOLIDWORKS has users all over the world, and as such it is necessary to be able to install it in various languages. Being fluent in Spanish, I decided I wanted at least one of my versions in Spanish so that I could try it out. However, because my user account on my computer is set to English, it would default to English no matter how I would install it. I found a solution to create an alternate user profile and […]

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Repairing Imported Geometry Using SOLIDWORKS Surfacing

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SOLIDWORKS Surfacing When importing non-native SOLIDWORKS files, errors in the geometry may occur.  Surfacing techniques can be used to correct the file.  In this case, there is a fillet that did not get extended all the way around an edge. Our first step is to use the “Delete Face” command and delete the fillets and other areas of bad geometry.  Once we have done this we will create new surfaces using “Planar Surface” and “Extruded Surface”. Using the “Trim Surface” […]

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Advanced Helical Sweeps in SOLIDWORKS

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Most of the time, creating a helical sweep is easy.  But what if the diameter changes?  Using the Helix/Spiral command allows users to create a variable pitch spiral.  But what if we don’t know the different parameters of how the diameter changes?  What if the path of the sweep needs to curve as well?  What if the geometry the sweep goes around isn’t perfectly circular?  Can we still create a smooth helical sweep? The answer is YES!!  SOLIDWORKS can still […]

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Using SOLIDWORKS to Help in 3D Printing Thin Structures

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An obstacle we sometimes encounter when 3D printing with a polyjet printer is if the wall thickness is too small, the waterjet that cleans off the support material will also remove the main material.  Sometimes this can be fixed by altering the geometry, however sometimes it can’t be.  An example of this was trying to print off a Star Wars Tie Fighter.  The wings blew off from the water pressure.  The model cannot be altered and not be accurate. If […]

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Configuring Sounds in SOLIDWORKS

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When you are working at a computer all day long, sounds, especially repetitive sounds can get annoying.  I’m sure we’ve all heard the different beeps that SOLIDWORKS does to notify us of issues.  If you are like me and like to listen to music, turning the sound off is going too far.  Is it possible to remove or change the sounds?  Luckily for us, there is a way!  The pictures below were taken using SOLIDWORKS 2016, but everything is the […]

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Arts can’t be spelled without “t”(echnology) and “s”(cience)

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Last week we had students from Dayspring School of the Arts visit to learn more about 3D printers.  Since the school is primarily geared towards the arts, this was a new experience for all of them.  They were from different science classes and from the robotics team.  We discussed a variety of printers and their uses.  We discussed the printer on the International Space Station and how 3D printers could change what astronauts eat in the future.  They especially liked […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Combining Simulation Results with Renderings

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Renderings are great for showing off your product before making a physical prototype and FEA simulations are great for understanding the stresses and deflections on your product under normal usage, but what if you could combine them?  Can SOLIDWORKS do it?  That would be the best of both worlds! While there is no quick way of doing this, there is a way.  Follow these steps to create your simulation/render blends. Create a view specific for this render just in case […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding to Custom Property List

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Custom properties inside SOLIDWORKS are a great way to automate properties between parts/assemblies and drawings.  There is an automatic list of properties to choose from, but there are custom properties that might not be in the list.  There are two ways to add additional properties for use.  You can click on the blank field at the top of the drop-down and type in whatever name you want. This is good for properties that are used occasionally or only once.  If […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Create Solids Quicker Than Ever

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One of the many enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is a new way to convert surfaces to solids even quicker than before.  Previously, once multiple surfaces were trimmed together, a “Thicken” command was required to convert the remaining surface to a solid.  That second step has been eliminated. We start with a complete group of surfaces. Once they have been created, the "Trim Surfaces" command should be used.  See the previous blog "SOLIDWORKS 2016 What's New – Dynamic Preview for Intersect […]

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