SOLIDWORKS: Shining Some Light on Silhouette Entities

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Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Started with Mold Tools

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SOLIDWORKS has thousands of tools and features that cater to all sorts of major industries. Sheet metal, machined parts, structural fabrication, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, medical…the list goes on. Another very important industry that we’ll get into is mold tooling. In this blog post, we are going to introduce the Mold Tool commands. We also have an upcoming webcast that will demonstrate how these tools can be used to accomplish the tasks required for mold tooling design. Accessing the mold […]

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SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Time!

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With the new year approaching, this is a great time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS software to the newest release. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with some important files being thrown out with the wrapping paper. If Santa left you a shiny new computer, this information can also be helpful for getting it setup to match your old one. Browse installation location folders Sift through your SOLIDWORKS installation folder. This directory will be removed […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding Reference Axes and Reference Planes to Mesh Bodies

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As 3D scanning and printing technology continues to become more available, design workflows can be adjusted to take advantage of it. These exciting tools utilize their own software that will ultimately produce files that represent the 3D part geometry. We will look at new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2020 that allows us to create reference geometry based on this imported scanned data. Scanned geometry can be brought into SOLIDWORKS as a “Mesh Body”. The model is broken down into tens or […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Markups for Drawings

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 added the ability to create markups on part and assembly files. This makes design reviews and collaboration as easy as grabbing a touch device and drawing on the screen with your finger. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, this markup functionality has been extended to drawings files. As an extra bonus, you can now use your mouse and keyboard to do the marking up in SOLIDWORKS 2020. Adding a markup to a drawing is very simple. On the Tools pull-down menu, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Twisted Wires

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SOLIDWORKS has some exceptional tools for technical communication. We have photo-rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, product documentation with SOLIDWORKS Composer, and even eDrawings to generate and share an easily viewable file. With these tools, your ability to communicate is dependent on how accurately your parts were modeled. If you want very realistic results, you may consider modeling the finer details in your designs. This would include features like threads, decals, and individual wires. Here, we will look at an easy way […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Viewports and Multiple Windows

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS gives you double vision? You can even have quadruple vision, if that’s what you’re into. It is very easy to spin, zoom, and rotate your 3D models to focus on the specific areas you are working on. After modifying your part, you probably zoom out and look at the geometry from various angles. Maybe, you have custom views created to make this even easier. Another approach is to use additional display windows, shown at the […]

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Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Multiple Parts In a Single Drawing

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The standard method for documenting your design is to create a drawing file for the assembly, and several other drawing files for each individual component. Alternatively, it may be ideal to have the component information contained as separate sheets in a single drawing file. This method is more common with smaller assemblies but could also be scaled up and applied to larger ones. With this approach, you might have the assembly shown on the first sheet and the various components […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – eDrawings Enhanced Views – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings is a great multi-tool for viewing and interacting with 3D models. The program was first released in 1999 and has been enhanced every year since. eDrawings is much more than just a viewer. Its functionality includes configurations, playing animations, exploded views, section views, and we can even take measurements from the model. Despite being much more than a viewer, eDrawings received some cool viewing enhancements in this 2019 release. You can now view your model more realistically with […]

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