SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Headaches and How to Avoid Them

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What do these things have in common? Answer: They tend to occur right after upgrading, and these aren’t the only things that can occur after an upgrade. The first one can occur when creating a hole or hole callout because the system can’t find the hole callout information. The second one happens when SOLIDWORKS can’t find the symbol library file. The reasons for this are due to the way that SOLIDWORKS stores information and upgrades. SOLIDWORKS has 2 main file […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Structure Systems – Point and Length Members

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One of the new features of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is the Structure System Point and Length Members. This allows you to create weldments using points. I’m going to create a Structure System/Weldment using the following sketches: The first step is to go to Insert -> Structure System -> Structure System. Then you will go to Insert -> Structure System -> Primary Member. In the Primary Member property manager go to the Profile tab and select the profile that you’d like to […]

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Spring Ends in SOLIDWORKS

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In my last blog article, I went over a fun little topic regarding custom shaped springs. While not always necessary, you usually always have to do something with the end of the spring. SOLIDWORKS doesn’t usually like to fillet to a helix which makes things hard. You can use a bunch of entities for a sweep path and get solid edges, or you can use a fit spline which can work for some transitions: Going back to my last blog […]

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SOLIDWORKS Helical Parts Don’t Have to Be Round

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There are a few different ways to make helical parts in SOLIDWORKS. Most of these will leave you with cylindrical parts. Sweeping along a Helix, or sweeping along a path using ‘Twist along Path’. Using a touch of surfacing and the ‘Intersection Curve’, it’s possible to make helical parts that aren’t cylindrical. Let’s start with the shape we want to make a helix from: With this shape, the first thing to do is create a Surface-Extrude the length of your […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldment Profiles

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When using SOLIDWORKS for designing Weldments you can have your profile stored two different ways. The default/most common way is to have individual weldment profiles for each size of each type of each standard. The second way is to have a configured sketch saved as a Weldment profile. Let’s take a look at how these are set up. First, let’s look at where our Weldment profiles are saved: We can find this in Tools -> Options -> System Options -> […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB

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SOLIDWORKS PCB has 3 parts. SOLIDWORKS PCB is the Application used to design PCBs. SOLIDWORKS PCB Services is the ‘bridge’ that connects PCB to SOLIDWORKS and allows users to be set up. SOLIDWORKS PCB Add-in is the SOLIDWORKS Add-in that allows you to work with the data within SOLIDWORKS. This is automatically installed in SOLIDWORKS provided you’re running 2016 SP3 or newer. If Installing a new instance, you can choose the Individual option: If adding SOLIDWORKS PCB to an existing installation you will choose the ‘Modify the individual […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – More Tools for Preparing Meshes – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 gives more options when working with mesh bodies. We can import a graphics body mesh file as seen here: We used to be extremely limited in what we could do with graphics bodies. Now the Mesh Modeling tab on the CommandManager gives us additional options: The Scale/Cut With Surface commands will not create a feature history, and instead will directly modify the imported mesh. I created a planar surface at the origin and then moved it to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Exploded Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 provides additional control over Exploded Views within assemblies. There is now a tree that works like the FeatureManager Design Tree. You can roll back & forward through steps in your exploded view, drag & drop to reorder, add steps in different locations. You can even suppress explode steps. Follow along with the assembly below to see the new features in action. As you can see, the assembly below contains an exploded view. We can roll back to earlier […]

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SOLIDWORKS Threads

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From time to time designs will require threads. Threads can be fascinating to look out, but all threads are not created, nor behave, equally. Take the below: These are 5- 1”-8 threaded rods that are 12” long. These were all created in different methods. Starting with the top and going clockwise, they are 1 – Simple extrusion with cosmetic threads applied 2 – Extruded rod with a revolved thread cut and patterned 3 – Rod with the thread command cutting […]

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What is Marketplace Make in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

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One of the tools on the 3DExperience platform is Marketplace Make. Marketplace Make is a utility for sourcing out 3D Manufacturing for your models, or for getting your name out there as a service provider to make models for someone else. This can be 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Injection Molding, Sheet Metal, Laser Cutting, or more. To start with getting a part made, you’ll select the files that you want made (stl, obj, stp, step, 3dxml, catpart, or sldprt). You […]

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