SOLIDWORKS – Lost a Drawing File?

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Have you ever had a customer come back with an old drawing print out or just a PDF of one, and for whatever reason, you just could not find it? Let me try and help you fix that problem! As we know, SOLIDWORKS Drawings has the option to link text to the part properties. From here you can call in your custom property fields like, description, part number, color, who designed it, revision, dates…. Whatever you want really, it is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot for Hobbies

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SOLIDWORKS – Using SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot for Hobbies SOLIDWORKS is not just for the professional user, but can make some of our home projects, hobbies, or “honey-do-Lists” easier. For me, or us, this was a combined project that required a small box for a windowsill. I do dabble in the wood working space a little and figured this would be easy with some 1×2 for the insides to tack against with some left over flat panel to form the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – REDO Support for Part Features

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Like many of you, if I can undo something in SOLIDWORKS, I want the ability to redo some of my functions that I did an undo on. We’ve all been there, we go to the drop-down list a pick a large list of things to undo, only to find out we went WAY too far. A redo will step us forward to the correct spot in time. Finally, in SOLIDWORKS 2021 the redo function is useful. In the Past, the redo […]

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Olympic Lifting Platform DIY Planning with SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS – Olympic Lifting Platform DIY Planning with SOLIDWORKS Hello All, hope everyone is doing well! Like some of you I have been at home doing some home improvement projects as well as some interesting hobby projects. One thing we have missed at our house is the gym. We were able to scrap together a few things but were finally able to procure a home power rack that can be used for multiple things. Now, where to put it? How […]

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SOLIDWORKS Component Preview Window

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SOLIDWORKS – Component Preview Window Many SOLIDWORKS users have dealt with large assemblies and sometimes trying to mate parts together can be quite tricky when you cannot see a part or it’s hard to select the face you want. That’s where the option Component Preview Window comes in and can really help us out. I’m going to use the U-Joint Assembly from our SOLIDWORKS Essentials class. It has what we need in order to show you how to use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Performance Gain with Saving to a New Version

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We often get asked “What can I do to make my models open up faster”? One of our answers is to ask if everything is saved into your current version? There is a performance hit when SOLIDWORKS must translate a previous version into the current version, but how much? I was able to get a hold of a big assembly model from 2019 and ran a few tests with it. Things to note first was that I loaded everything fully […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Custom Scales for Drawing Sheets and Views

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Setting up your drawings can be a tedious task. Especially if you must create custom drawing scales though the sheet properties.; going back and forth until you find one that works to your liking. Once you find one that works well, wouldn’t it be nice to save it for future use for quick access? In SOLIDWORKS 2020 it’s possible to quickly define custom drawing scales AND save them for future use. To compare, this is what 2019 looked like: This […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Sketching Silhouette Entities

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Have you ever wanted to use the convert entities feature for the outline of your part, but it was not exactly easy to use for your purpose? SOLIDWORKS has made a great new tool for this called SILHOUETTE ENTITIES. Once you are in a sketch in either a part or assembly, navigate to Tools > Sketch Tools > Silhouette Entities. From there, select your bodies you would like for the exterior shape and SOLIDWORKS makes a projected sketch of your […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Assembly Patterns Using Pattern Driven Components

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In SOLIDWORKS, we always suggest reusing your data and one way we can do that is by using patterns. In part documents, it’s widely accepted to use them whenever possible to keep our part a little more simplified and thus increase the performance of our file sets. Patterns are also a quick way to duplicate a lot of data in very few steps. What many people forget or don’t know about, is that SOLIDWORKS can make use of these patterns […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Exploded View into Visualize

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So you went through a lot of effort to get your exploded view perfect in SOLIDWORKS, but what could be the next big thing that sets your project apart from others? For starters, you could make a high-quality video of it in Visualize with very little work. The 1st step is to convert your exploded view into a motion study. So navigate to the motion study Tab on the bottom left of the feature manager. The motion study has a […]

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