SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Component Patterns with Variable Instances

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I am very exited to announce the latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2020 Assembly Patterns. With this new release SOLIDWORKS has improved the functionality of the Circular Component Pattern tool to include the ability to modify individual instance within the circular pattern. This has been a feature for linear and circular patterns in parts since SOLIDWORKS 2015 but having this available at the assembly level really improves the flexibility of the circular component pattern. Let me show you how it works: […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Using the Decimate Mesh Tool

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Since the use of handheld 3D scanners has increased there has been a growing demand to import, modify and reuse the mesh files that are being produced. Until recently there was no ability within SOLIDWORKS to easily manipulate mesh bodies imported from .STL (Standard Tessellation Language). When a mesh file is imported into SOLIDWORKS it is converted into a mesh body and represented as a solid or surface composed of many triangles. This is what a small mesh body would […]

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Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

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Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

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Using the Freeform Tool for Real Design

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If you’ve taken the SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling class you’ve been exposed to the Freeform tool. During the case study, you were shown how to use the tool to modify the surface of a leaf-shaped extrusion to give a more natural appearance. Now seriously, how often are you going to be modelling leaves that look like this? I’d like to show you how to use the Freeform tool in SOLIDWORKS to make changes that are simple and elegant, as well as […]

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SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

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Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools – Utilities – Compare Drawings

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Today I’d like to show a simple way to identify the differences between drawings to help facilitate the documentation of revision changes. It’s a free tool available within the SOLIDWORKS Utilities called “Draw Compare”. The SOLIDWORKS Utilities add-in is available with SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium levels, and includes*: Compare Utility The Compare utility compares two documents or two configurations of the same document. Feature Paint Feature Paint allows you to copy feature parameters from one feature to others that […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – ISO Tolerance – Modifying Symbols – #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your designs by improving the communication of your drawing tolerances. When you need to manufacture high precision parts, detailed tolerances are critical to ensure that the highest degree of accuracy is achieved. Therefore, SOLIDWORKS 2019 has added the ability to place ISO Tolerance modifying symbols and other text directly onto dimensions and tolerances. Let’s look […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Showing Sheet Metal Bend Notes in MBD- #SW2019

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Welcome back to our SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New Blog series. Today I will be introducing an enhancement that will help significantly with the documentation of your sheet metal designs using SOLIDWORKS MBD. The latest enhancement for SOLIDWORKS 2019 will allow you to insert Bend Notes or a Bend Table into the Flat Pattern configuration of a sheet metal part. Then include them in the 3D views created by MBD. Shown here is a simple sheet metal model. Traditionally, a drawing […]

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Simple Methods for Editing Imported Solids

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As an Application Engineer with Computer Aided Technology, I often work with customers who have received files with intermediate file formats like; IGES, Step, Parasolid, etc., and they want to know how to either modify or re-engineer the solid models or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. Here are a few simple steps that can be performed to prepare the model for modification: Perform import diagnostics. Remove cosmetic fillets. Remove unwanted holes. Before opening any of these intermediate file types check in the […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Adding Balloons to an Exploded View

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SOLIDWORKS MBD is a wonderful tool for creating electronic representations of your designs that can be shared with fabricators and customers. You can create multiple 3D views with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), datums, as well as customize your 3D PDF to include custom properties and bill of materials(BOMS). In many cases it can replace traditional drawings! Which are limited to two dimensional views of the model or assembly. Today I want to show you how to add balloon annotations […]

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