Control If and How Child Components Appear in a BOM

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Maybe you downloaded the SOLIDWORKS assembly files for something that you intend to purchase for your design. The component files are all there (which is nice in case you need them), but when documenting the bill of materials for the overall design’s top-level assembly, you want this purchased sub-assembly to show in the BOM as a single line item. The problem is that you want to use a ‘Parts Only’ BOM for the overall design’s top-level assembly. What to do? […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Displaying General Tolerances – plus: Text Size in 3D Views – #SW2019

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General tolerancing is a common form of tolerancing used with metric units. It is based on the ISO drawing standard 2768-1: Tolerances for linear and angular dimensions without individual tolerance indicators. The standard for linear dimensions is shown below: What this means is that the tolerance class and the size of the dimension determine the tolerance for each dimension shown on the part. This alleviates the need to provide a tolerance value for each dimension – i.e. if one isn’t […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Fixed Length Coverings – #SW2019

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After creating electrical (wiring) or mechanical (piping, tubing) routes in SOLIDWORKS Routing, you may want to add a covering to those routes. These coverings are typically tape or insulation. In SOLIDWORKS 2018 and previous, when applying the covering, the covering would be applied to entire route segments. New in 2019 is the ability to create Fixed Length coverings. This allows the user to adjust where the covering starts and stops along the length of the route segment, instead of just […]

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SOLIDWORKS Delete Face Command Can Modify, Clean up and Improve Your Geometry

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In SOLIDWORKS, you can think of the Delete Face command as a big eraser – just like those big pink ones you used in grade school. When you have geometry that you’d like to modify, cleanup or improve, think of Delete Face. It’s almost as easy as rubbing that big pink eraser on the screen. Modify When working with imported geometry (i.e. no feature tree available), you may want to remove geometry like holes or fillets, so you can create […]

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Faster Image Rendering in SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Courtesy of Your GPU

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Creating magazine-quality images from 3D CAD models can consume a lot of time. Not so much in setting up the model’s viewpoint, background, lighting and appearances, but the time it takes to ‘render’ the image. Rendering images is where rendering software, like SOLIDWORKS Visualize, works to create a realistic two-dimensional image from three-dimensional CAD geometry. Much of the calculation time is used to determine the position and direction of light in the scene (i.e. where it’s being emitted and where […]

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it?

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What is PMI and how does SOLIDWORKS MBD create it? PMI in the computer-aided design world stands for Product Manufacturing Information. The definition of PMI includes that it conveys attributes in 3-Dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD) systems that are necessary for manufacturing a product component. The attributes include geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T), 3D annotations (text), dimensions and surface finishes. There are couple of key words to point out here: 1) 3D and 2) Manufacturing. 3D: 2D drawings have been […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Inserting a 3D View in a Drawing – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Inserting a 3D View in a Drawing – #SW2018 New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the ability to re-use Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) that’s been applied to a 3D CAD model in a standard 2D drawing. Model Based Definition is a detailing technique that has been gaining attention recently. Instead of creating a separate document (a 2D drawing) to detail the 3D CAD model, dimensions and annotations are applied directly to the 3D CAD model, thereby […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SpeedPak Updates – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SpeedPak Updates – #SW2018 SpeedPak has been around since 2009 and can significantly improve the performance of large and complex assemblies. What’s new for SOLIDWORKS 2018 is described in the last part of this article, so keep reading. As a refresher, SpeedPak is a simplified configuration of an assembly. It primarily contains graphical information, but it also contains a subset of an assembly’s parts, faces, reference geometry, sketches or curves. The resulting reduction of data […]

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Reserve a license in SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing

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Network licensing provides a great deal of flexibility with regards to providing access to SOLIDWORKS in your company’s environment. You can install the software on as many computers as you like, but only the number of users defined in the network can actually use it at the same time. This way everyone can run SOLIDWORKS from their own computer and not just the one workstation to which the entire company has acess. If all the licenses are being used simultaneously, […]

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