SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Trial – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 2018 Online Trial – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS is allowing its current subscription customers the ability to ‘kick the tires’ and take SOLIDWORKS 2018 for a test drive by giving you access to an Online Trial for SOLIDWORKS 2018. Step 1. http://www.solidworks.com/ Step 2. http://my.solidworks.com/try-solidworks Step 3. Log In to your my.solidworks account. If you haven’t signed up to my.solidworks.com, click on the ‘Create a SOLIDWORKS ID’ button below the ‘Log in’ button. Step 4. Select […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Smart Explode Lines – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Smart Explode Lines – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018 there is a new feature called ‘Smart Explode Lines’ which creates smart explode lines automatically for components in an exploded view.  When you change the explode steps, the explode lines will update automatically.  Hence the word “smart”. Once you have created an exploded configuration. All you need to do is Right Mouse Button click (RMB) on the ‘ExplView1’ and select the ‘Smart Explode Lines’.  Just follow the steps […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Automatic Generation of DimXpert Annotations for Fastener Assemblies – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Automatic Generation of DimXpert Annotations for Fastener Assemblies – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now use DimXpert to automatically annotate one of the two components of a fixed or floating fastener assembly. Starting with the source component, its annotations are used to create the annotations on the target component using the fixed and floating fastener formulas. To use DimXpert to automatically annotate one of the two components of a fixed or floating fastener assembly. […]

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Using SOLIDWORKS ‘Split’ Feature with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

Using The SOLIDWORKS ‘Split’ Feature with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Your detail drawings are released to the shop floor for manufacturing and the laser operator comes into your office and says, “Houston, we have a problem”. Ughhhhhhhhhh 😊 It turns out the normal stock sheet metal size is unfortunately not available. You were going to make the part out of a 60” x 144” piece of sheet but only 60” x 120” is available. So, now you need to make your […]

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SOLIDWORKS: One Click Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing

One Click SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing   SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials row heights can quickly be changed with a click of a button. I was teaching a SOLIDWORKS Assembly class a few weeks back and I was giving some SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material Tips and Tricks and this next tip received many comments, like “What the…” and “I wish I would’ve know that 2 years ago.”  And my favorite, “That SOLIDWORKS BOM tip was worth the cost of the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings

Adding Zone Location to Detail Views and Annotation Notes in Drawings   Adding to Views, such as Detail View. Select the Detail View, then go to Insert, Annotations, Location Label.     The symbol with the Zone Location will be added to the Detail View.     Notice the ‘Detail A’ is in B7 on Sheet 1.  The number ‘1’ is the drawing sheet number and the B7 is the zone location of ‘Detail A’     This format can be […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Sheet Metal Information and Unlocking Properties in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Parts

Getting Sheet Metal Information and Unlocking Properties in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Parts   If a sheet metal part was created in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and later versions, you get some new check boxes that pertain to specifically sheet metal features when using ‘Mirror Part’ feature in SOLIDWORKS. You get the check boxes shown below:   Sheet metal information Unlocked properties     And you can transfer the sheet metal and flat pattern information to the mirrored sheet metal part and all […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Use a 3D Model To Quickly Create a 3D Weldment Sketch

How to transfer 3D model to a 3D sketch   Create a 3D model to the desired shape of the weldment you are looking to create. Start a new 3D sketch, then select an edge of your 3D model. Use your ‘Select’ tool. Click on ‘All’ to select all edges. Click on ‘Convert Entities’ button. Click OK button to accept 3D sketch. Hide 3D body for clarity. Click Weldment button to apply weldment profiles to the desired sketch entities.   […]

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Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad

Assigning SOLIDWORKS Views To Your Number Pad   Here’s a quick tip for assigning keyboard shortcuts for your standard views with 1 button click.   Instead of using Ctrl+7 for Isometric View, just hit your #7 button on your keyboard number pad to get your Isometric View.  Or the #8 button on your keyboard number pad to get Normal To View, instead of Ctrl+8.   Here’s how to set that up.   Have a Part or Assembly open in SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Enhancements to Segment Tool – #SW2017

Enhancements to Segment Tool   With SOLIDWORKS 2017, the Segment tool is not just for arcs and circles anymore!   Now you can use the Segment Tool to create equal length segments in a spline, parabola, ellipse, partial ellipse and conics.     Here’s the “Rules of the Road” when using the enhanced Segment tool:   Equidistance relations are created in a single Segment operation. If you delete the equidistant relation after creating a single Segment operation, the equidistant relation […]

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