Modify Sketch Tool in SolidWorks

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Ever want to move, flip, rotate, or scale an entire sketch? If so, you will want to check out the Modify Sketch command. Found under Tools > Sketch Tools > Modify… , you can use the command while editing a sketch or not. If editing a sketch, you have the full functionality of the command – Translate (move) using a typed-in value or just click and drag in the graphics window Flip (move) by hovering your cursor over one of […]

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Dissection – Quickly Reuse SOLIDWORKS Design Data

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I love to find things that help me keep from having to do something over again. Calculators. Assembly instructions. Programmable lawn mowers. A great SOLIDWORKS tool in this area is Dissection – SOLIDWORKS dissects files to make their components available for reuse. When SOLIDWORKS files are dissected: Parts are dissected into features (extrudes and cuts) Features are dissected into sketches Drawings are dissected into general tables and blocks DWG/DXF files are dissected into tables, blocks and views To use this […]

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Auto Arrange Dimensions

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One of my favorite enhancements to drawings over the past couple of years has got to be Auto Arrange Dimensions. This might be as close as you get to an ‘easy’ button in drawings. See the image below to discover a drawing view with the dimensions in a complete mess. To fix this in flash, SOLIDWORKS introduced Auto Arrange Dimensions the the 2011 release. This function will automatically arrange the selected dimensions for you. The procedure is as follows: Box-select all of […]

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I Need To Use A Non-True Type Font

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Recently a customer called to inquire about using a non-True Type font with SolidWorks. They had an older laser-cutting machine that could not work with True Type fonts, so could they install a non-True Type font to use with their designs? Installing a new font is a piece of cake, but the issue is that SOLIDWORKS only supports True Type fonts. So what to do? Create your own library of letters or words? That did not sound appealing to me, […]

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Transfer a SOLIDWORKS Part to Another Template

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This post is actually a two-fer. I want to share how to transfer a part from one template to another, but I also want to highlight where I got this idea – our local SOLIDWORKS User Group (SWUG). Back in the summer of this year, during a SLUG meeting (SOLIDWORKS Louisville User Group – think Louisville Slugger – the wooden bats are still made right here, believe it or not), someone asked how they might quickly transfer a part from […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 Will Not Install on Windows XP

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It’s official – if you plan to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of SOLIDWORKS next year, you will NOT be able to do so on Windows XP. SOLIDWORKS 2012 software (including CAD, Simulation, Sustainability, and Enterprise PDM) will be the last release that supports Windows XP.  This action is being taken as a follow up to Microsoft’s retirement of the Windows® XP operating system in April of 2009. SOLIDWORKS 2013 will not install on Windows XP. For additional […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting – August 18 – DriveWorks Demonstration

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Attended a SOLIDWORKS User Group (SWUG) meeting recently? If not, you are missing out – not only on free food, but a great chance to network with your SOLIDWORKS peers and learn some new things about SOLIDWORKS that could make you a lot more productive at work. If you live in the Central Indiana region, you can plan on attending the CISWUG meeting that is scheduled for this Thursday, August 18th at 5pm. To sign up, please RSVP with Peter […]

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Animating Arrows With Assembly Groups in 3DVIA Composer

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Check out the latest YouTube video from the 3DVIA Composer folks for a quick way to generate an animated arrow using Assembly Groups and Associative Paths. Be sure to sign up for the 3DVIA Composer channel while you are there – so you will be informed when a new video is posted. (Click on the image below to watch the video)

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How to Promote Your Children in a SOLIDWORKS BOM

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Here at 3DVision we don’t shy away from opportunities to promote our family members or draw inspiration from our children. So I am taking the theme and running with it. After downloading Craig Thierren’s SOLIDWORKS World presentation on “Understanding Large Assemblies and Drawings“, you may have decided to create more sub-assemblies in your large assembly file for the purpose of improving performance on your computer. The performance improves because the mates in a sub-assembly are not solved during a rebuild unless necessary, unlike mates […]

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How to Promote Your Children in a SOLIDWORKS BOM

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Here at 3DVision we don’t shy away from opportunities to promote our family members or draw inspiration from our children. So I am taking the theme and running with it. After downloading Craig Thierren’s SOLIDWORKS World presentation on “Understanding Large Assemblies and Drawings“, you may have decided to create more sub-assemblies in your large assembly file for the purpose of improving performance on your computer. The performance improves because the mates in a sub-assembly are not solved during a rebuild unless […]

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