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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

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.     Here is a further result after hiding the body and applying some weldment profiles.     I hope this makes you a more efficient with SOLIDWORKS!   Don Glaske CATI

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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 open.   Right click on the grey header to get to ‘Customize’.     Click on the Keyboard tab, under the Show pull down, select ‘Commands with Keyboard Shortcuts’, find

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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 is replaced by a coincident relation.   We hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 WHAT’S NEW: JAGGED OUTLINES – #SW2017

Jagged Outline   In SOLIDWORKS 2017, detailed drawing views now have the option for “Jagged Outline” view.   You can now have your Detailed Views to have Jagged Outlines, such as:   Crop View Detail View Break View   Crop View with Jagged Outline:     Detail View with Jagged Outline:     Break View with Jagged Outline:     Setting the Line Font for Emphasized Outlines:   To set the line font for emphasized outlines:   In a drawing, click Tools > Options > Document Properties > Line Font   In the dialog box, in Type of Edge, select Emphasized Section Outline   Set your options.   Click OK

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SOLIDWORKS Dynamic Highlighting In Graphics View

SOLIDWORKS Dynamic Highlighting In Graphics View Dynamic Highlighting in SOLIDWORKS…Okay what is it?  And how do I turn it off when I want to? Dynamic Highlighting is under your SOLIDWORKS System Options. How to turn off “Dynamic highlight from graphics view” from your SOLIDWORKS System Options.  See screenshots below: Once you have unchecked or turned off the “Dynamic highlight from graphics view” and click OK. Then if you select the sketch line, the midpoint selection does not highlight.  See screenshot below: I hope this helps make you more efficient! Check you later, Don Glaske – Sr. Application Engineer Computer Aided Technology

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Fast, Easy Measurements in SOLIDWORKS

There’s a way to get fast, easy measurements without invoking the Measurement Tool Well…how? By selecting certain attributes of the model, you will get information in your Status Bar at the bottom right of your SOLIDWORKS session.   Select a single Edge to gets in length: see below   Select a single Vertex to get your 3 coordinates: see below   Ctrl + Select two parallel edges to get the Normal Distance and Total Combined Length: see below   Ctrl + Select two parallel faces to get the Normal Distance: see below Ctrl + Select two vertices to get distance and X. Y, Z location: see below   Ctrl +

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Purge Your SOLIDWORKS Features

Have you ever opened up a SOLIDWORKS part file with a bunch of unnecessary but suppressed features in the Feature Tree?  So you do a little more investigation to see if this is a configured part which the features are suppressed because they are being used in another configuration.  Nope, its just the default configuration in this part file.  Well how do I quickly eliminate all these suppressed features in my Feature Tree? As far as PARTS : you can PURGE features, reference geometry and sketches if they are suppressed in your current part or any other configurations that are not currently active. NOTE:  Be careful with this Purge feature

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Certification Offers for Subscription Service Customers

How take advantage of your SOLIDWORKS subscription services to get yourself certified! Step 1. Log in your solidworks.com account Step 2. Click on CERTIFICATIONS link Step 3. Click on the "Certification Offers for Subscription Service Customers" This is where you will find your certification codes based on your annual SOLIDWORKS subscription service I hope this helps show you another benefit of being up to date with your annual SOLIDWORKS subscription services. Check you later!  Don Glaske Sr. Application Engineer Computer Aided Technology

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How To Open and Save A Multibody Step File As An Assembly with Individual Parts in SOLIDWORKS

I came across this question working support the other week. How do you import a multibody step file part and save it as an assembly and into individual parts? Note: Turn on your SOLIDWORKS FeatureWorks add-in      Now, in SOLIDWORKS 2016 – FeatureWorks is now a part of the SOLIDWORKS Standard package Open the stp file part while in SOLIDWORKS.  Select the file type to be .stp (By doing this, you get the OPTIONS tab)    Click the OPTIONS tab    Under the OPTIONS tab, select IMPORT MULTIPLE BODIES AS PARTS, click OK     Then click Open    SOLIDWORKS will create an assembly and create an individual part file for each

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Adding A Watermark To Your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Have you ever wanted to add a note to a drawing but you didn’t want to cover up the geometry?  Well this is where using a watermark in your drawing will allow you to do that. Right click on drawing sheet, select “Edit Sheet Format" Right click on sheet and select Annotations, then select Note Create any note and any font and color you want.  I will create PRELIMINARY note for my example. After your note is created, we need to do one more IMPORTANT step so the note will display behind geometry of any views we create. Click on the note and in the note display manager under Text

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