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

SOLIDWORKS: Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References

Assemblies Slow to Open – Searching for References   There are a few reasons why your SOLIDWORKS assembly file might take longer to open than you expect. It could be due to hardware, file management, or even some system option settings. One easy thing to check is the file reference setting in the SOLIDWORKS system options.   When SOLIDWORKS is opening an assembly file, there is a very specific order that the software is following as it searches for all of the referenced part and sub assembly files. This search order is:   RAM referenced document paths last path used last path used by the system last path when the

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SOLIDWORKS: Bend Note Formatting

Bend Note Formatting     Bend notes, in your sheet metal part drawings, are a clear way to provide the required information for manufacturing. They can be automatically inserted into the flat pattern drawing view. These bend notes will describe the bend direction, bend angle, and bend radius for each bend, within SOLIDWORKS.     In many cases, the manufacturer will have to determine the exact bend radius based on their tooling options. If this is your scenario, you may desire to have this bend radius information omitted from the bend note. The brute force method is to edit each note individually and remove this portion of the text. Another

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside SOLIDWORKS. This will save a group of selections to be easily reused. This is very easy to do, and there is no limit on the amount of selections you can

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SOLIDWORKS: Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary

SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary     SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a very powerful tool used to speed up the inspection process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection exists in two different versions. There is a standalone version and a version that functions as an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS. The standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection can open drawings in either PDF or TIFF file formats. Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can balloon characteristics such as notes and dimensions. The program attempts to recognize the text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR).   The OCR functionality works great, for the most part. Unfortunately, you may run into scenarios where the text is not correctly identified. This may

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication

Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication   We recently had a customer contact us looking for an easier way to fabricate some of their weldment components. The weldment contained some complex joints where three different pieces of steel tubing met at a corner. These joints also contained a mixture of square and rectangular profiles.   Specifically, this customer wanted to create paper templates to help him fabricate these complex joints. They would wrap these paper templates around the steel, trace the outline, and hand cut the steel components in the shop. Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS does have some tools to help accomplish this task.   One method of doing this in SOLIDWORKS is

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Updating Toolbox Components in Assemblies – #SW2017

Updating Toolbox Components in Assemblies   You can save a lot of time by using Toolbox components in your assemblies. These parts usually contain hundreds of configurations to represent the many sizes of available parts. It is common to modify Toolbox parts by changing properties or dimensions. SOLIDWORKS 2017 makes it easier than ever to update toolbox components, if these type of changes require it.   Updating Toolbox components, in previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, would often require opening the sub-assemblies or editing the Toolbox definition of the component. SOLIDWORKS 2017 adds the ability to update all Toolbox components with a single command. This action is found by right-clicking on the

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Notes and Balloons – #SW2017

Notes and Balloons   For most SOLIDWORKS users, creating 2D prints is still a necessity. SOLIDWORKS 2017 has some new functionality that gives more power and flexibility to the notes and balloons in drawings. These enhancements are sure to save time during the detailing process.     In addition to lots of dimensions, most drawings will contain a bill of materials or other table type. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, we can now link drawing notes to the information found in these tables. The note can point to a specific cell in the table and becomes fully associative. If this table cell is modified, the note will update. In the past, this

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Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional features. Despite the extra steps, the result is a robust model. In our example below, we have a part file that contains two intersecting surface bodies. We would like to

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