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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SOLIDWORKS – .SWB/.SWP file; Now what?

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So, you downloaded this file from a vendor and it’s not anything that you recognize. If you double click on it, nothing happens. So, what is it? This file type is a SOLIDWORKS Macro. A Macro is defined as a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task. What’s neat about these files is that a vendor can give you these files instead of a SOLIDWORKS file. It doesn’t limit you or them […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Sketch Settings

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With my time on SOLIDWORKS product support, I have come across many user’s settings when remoted into their machine. I always seem to find out that most users don’t dabble into the SOLIDWORKS sketch settings. A lot of people like SOLIDWORKS “Out of the Box”, but there are a few settings in there that we might want to change to make sketching a little easier. I’ll go over my favorite two options that I always make sure to check on […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New –Sheet Metal Tab and Slot Enhancements – #SW2019

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Tab and Slot SOLIDWORKS 2018 welcomed a great new feature called Tab and Slots designed for Sheetmetal and Weldments users. SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhanced the feature with group linking, the use of nonlinear edges, slot corner shapes, and through all cuts. Linking Groups Like Weldments, the tab and slot feature can link user chosen groups to apply uniform parameters. If you edit the parameters, the whole group will change together. Make sure you check the box “Link Groups Together”. Nonlinear Edges […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Automatic View Updates and Exclusions – Displaying Scroll Bars – #SW2019

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Automatic View Updates Automatic View Update option is not a stranger to SOLIDWORKS. As a matter of fact is one of the cool features that makes SOLIDWORKS… well… SOLIDWORKS! You could toggle this property on and off by right-clicking on the icon at the top of the Feature Manager Design Tree. In earlier versions it would only apply to the current session and wouldn’t save the option. In 2019 the option is saved within the drawing. Another bonus feature in 2019 is […]

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