SOLIDWORKS MBD: Adding Balloons to an Exploded View

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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Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018

Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018 If you are new to M.C.A.D. (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design) or you are interested in learning the basics of 3D part modelling using SOLIDWORKS, there are some simple steps you can take to familiarize yourself with the application. There are also self-paced tutorials included with the software which will provide an excellent path to learning the basics of 3D design. After completing the first few tutorials you will be prepared to attend a SOLIDWORKS Essentials class, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Linking a Cut List Folder to a Custom Property – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Linking a Cut List Folder to a Custom Property – #SW2018 Today I will demonstrate how SOLIDWORKS 2018 has allowed linking a cut list folder to a custom property will improve the accuracy of the “Bills of Material” in assemblies which contain weldments and multi-body parts. Normally when a cut list is created in SOLIDWORKS Weldments, the folders are given names like “Cut-List-Item*(**)”, where * represents the Item number and (**) represents the quantity of […]

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What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018 – Enhancements for Advanced Hole Wizard Features – #SW2018

What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018 – ENHANCEMENTS FOR ADVANCED HOLE WIZARD FEATURES – #SW2018 If you haven’t heard about the Advanced Hole Wizard Feature that was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, you should try it out. If you would like a detailed description of this feature go to our blog articles: Creating Advanced Holes – #SW2017, or Graduate to Advanced Holes. Basically, you start the Advanced Hole Wizard tool from the drop down of the Hole Wizard. Once inside the Property Manager you select a […]

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SOLIDWORKS PROPERTY TAB BUILDER

What is the SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder? The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Starting the Property Tab Builder From the Start menu find the SOLIDWORKS menu item (Traditionally “SOLIDWORKS ‘Version Number’, for this example I have SOLIDWORKS 2017. Then locate the sub-menu “SOLIDWORKS Tools”, there you will find the Property Tab Builder application. Understanding the Elements Groupbox: The Groupbox is essentially a container that […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to FLEX Your Modeling Skills

Time to FLEX Your SOLIDWORKS Modeling Skills I wanted to take the time to introduce to you a rarely used but incredibly powerful weapon in the SOLIDWORKS arsenal. With the FLEX feature at your disposal you will be able to transform your solids into fantastic shapes, only limited by your imagination. I will walk through the basics of the FLEX command and show you how it will deform even complex solids in an intuitive manner. There are four types of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: “ALT” the Under-Used SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Key

“ALT” the Under-Used SOLIDWORKS Shortcut Key If you have been using Microsoft Windows or OfficeTM for any length of time, you should know there are a plethora of keyboard shortcuts to help improve efficiency. Most of these shortcuts start with the “CTRL” key. (i.e. CTRL-O, CTRL-S, CTRL-Z etc.) What many people do not know is there are many other predefined keyboard shortcuts that begin with the “ALT” key. The reason for this is that it’s likely easier to find the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Fix-A-Fillet

Fix-A-Fillet with SOLIDWORKS     If you are creating models with smooth surfaces and elegant rounded edges in SOLIDWORKS, you will have trouble creating fillets where sharp edges merge into smoother surfaces.     For example, we have this part here:           We need to place a .25 inch fillet, which blends smoothly into the adjacent surfaces.     If we use the symmetric fillet with a curvature continuous profile, in the preview I see this: […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in

Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in   As an Applications Engineer for Computer Aided Technologies, I assist our customers with any questions they might have about the operation, methods, techniques, best practices, and challenges to reaching their modeling objectives with SOLIDWORKS. Quite often, I have a chance to introduce our customers to features or add-ins that are off the beaten path. Today I would like to introduce you to an add-in called CircuitWorks. The best description of this add-in can be found here. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Fluidity

Modeling Fluidity   SOLIDWORKS has a great reputation for responding to their customers’ needs as well as responding through continuous improvement of their product. From its inception, SOLIDWORKS has provided many user friendly tools (i.e. toolbars, keyboard shortcuts, in context pop-ups, and the “S” key to name a few). In more recent years, SOLIDWORKS has dedicated specialized resources with the specific purpose of improving the efficiency of the user interface and streamlining work flow. The most recent and powerful of […]

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