SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New Costing– #SW2016

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 continues to improve the costing tool. This year brings sheet metal costing improvements, assembly costing, and rules-based costing. Sheet metal costing has several improvements this year. In SOLIDWORKS 2016 we are now able to cost a sheet metal part based on sheet size as opposed to material weight. We can also do basic bounding box nesting. After inputting sheet size and offsets, calculating the bounding box and setting the total number of parts, SOLIDWORKS costing can give us […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New MBD– #SW2016

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 continues to improve the Model Based Definition tool. The new release brings improvements in dimensioning, the ability to add product manufacturing information to assemblies, and additional customization options for 3D PDF templates. In the prior release of MBD, 3D views were able to be captured for assemblies. With SOLIDWORKS 2016, PMI can be directly applied to assemblies the same way it is applied to parts. SOLIDWORKS 2016 also brings improvements to DimXpert dimensions. Basic dimensions can now be […]

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Reverse Engineering a Bend Allowance in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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When beginning to use sheet metal, you'll often have the dimensions of a folded part and dimensions of a flat (found through years and years of trial and error). However, when you go and build your part in SOLIDWORKS, your folded part is correct, but your flat is wrong. This is due to an incorrect bend allowance. So to find it, you need to reverse engineer a part. For this example I'll be using the part below. So we built […]

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SOLIDWORKS Custom Component Names in Assemblies and Design Tables

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Have you ever wanted your design table properties to reference component names instead of file names? Instead of saying $CONFIGURATION@123456789 have you wanted it to say $CONFIGURATION@BOX without changing your filename? Well I have some advice for you. Let's say I have 2 Parts with 2 configurations each. The names of these files are the part numbers. I want to make an assembly with two configurations: Big and Small. "Big" has the configurations of the parts that are big. "Small" […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Drawing Notes with a Leader Line from the Top

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Users have asked me in the past how to create notes that have leaders other than the standard left and right. In the example below, we'll look at creating a block that can be used as a note with a leader coming from the top. 1. Create a new drawing (doesn't matter what size, we're not going to save it) 2. Draw a rectangle and put an annotation inside it. 3. Select the rectangle and the text. Then go up […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Asymmetric Fillets #sw2015

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The Fillet command now allows Asymmetric Fillets. Previously we were restricted to circular and conic symmetric section profiles. New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 we have the ability to add elliptical fillets along with asymmetrical conic fillets. Let's take a look at how to add and tweak this new feature. In order to create an Asymmetric Fillet, select the Fillet command from the CommandManager or Insert->Features->Fillet/Round. The asymmetric fillets are found under the Manual fillet tool and the Constant Size Fillet type. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Mirrored Parts and Components #sw2015

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The mirror part command now allows the transfer of sheet metal information to a newly mirrored component. This can be useful for creating drawings of flat patterns. When we generate sheet metal parts, sheet metal information (gauge, bend parameters, etc.) is stored in the component. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, this information would not be transferred when creating a mirrored part. In SOLIDWORKS 2015 we're now able to bring that information through mirror part command. In order to mirror a […]

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