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SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the numbers in the squares.   Second, I used the sketches for split lines to split the faces instead of creating extruded cuts.   Third, I had an extrude that I

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB

Installation Guide Part 6 – PCB   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 installation (on this computer):’ option:     After clicking ‘Next’

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Repairing Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Files – #SW2017

Repairing Corrupt SOLIDWORKS Files   SOLIDWORKS 2017 has the ability to automatically detect corrupt files and attempt to repair them. If the software detects a file with corruption it will ask if you’d like to repair it. SOLIDWORKS will then attempt to repair a copy of the file (leaving the original untouched).   If the repair is successful, then it will notify you which segment(s) of the corrupt file were removed and what impact it has on the file. If this is acceptable, you will be able to save the file.   Assemblies and Drawings that reference corrupt files will open without these parts and you will need to open

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces – #SW2017

Creating Sketch Offsets on 3D Geometry Surfaces   SOLIDWORKS 2017 Now allows you to add offset sketches on 3D Geometry. You can select entire faces:     Or you can select individual edges:     This command can be found on Tools -> Sketch Tools -> Offset on Surface.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Please check back to the CATI Blog as the CATI and MCAD Support Teams will continue to break down many of the new items in SOLIDWORKS 2017. All of these articles will be stored in the category of “SOLIDWORKS What’s

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Controlling Sub-Assembly components in the Bill of Material

Sometimes when working with an assembly you have a desire for hiding or showing sub components in your Bill of Material. There are Configuration Properties that can control this for you. Take the following building block racecar for example: If your company is constantly designing new products using these pieces you will probably come up with some sub-assemblies. Possibly for the figure, axel assembly and steering wheel: Now imagine if your supplier has multiple wheels and tires that can be purchased and they sell them individually while they sell the figures as a whole. This can cause issues with your Bill of Material. If you do a Parts only BOM,

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