Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

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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 […]

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Using a Custom Sheet Format

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Do you want your SOLIDWORKS drawings to have a main title block on the first sheet, and a smaller title block on all additional sheets? This can easily be done in SolidWorks. Figure 1: A multiple sheet drawing with a smaller sheet format on sheet 2. Sheets, Formats, and Templates To help explain the process, we will start off reviewing some basic info about drawing sheets, sheet formats, and drawing templates. The sheet format has information about the drawing and […]

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Tips and Tricks for Using the SOLIDWORKS Loft Feature

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SOLIDWORKS Loft Feature Figure 1: Example of Loft created with 3 sketch profiles. There are several features in SOLIDWORKS that work well for creating smooth and organic shapes. One of these is the Loft feature. We are going to take a close look at the loft options and how to use them to control a loft feature’s behavior. While we will be using the Loft feature to create solid geometry, it can also be used to generate surface geometry. Figure […]

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Linear Patterning in SolidWorks

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SOLIDWORKS has many pattern features that can be used to replicate geometry in your part and assembly files. Taking advantages of these pattern options in SOLIDWORKS can save you valuable time in both modeling and every time the file rebuilds. In this article, we will take a look at some of the options found within the linear pattern feature used in part files. Most of this information can also be applied to the other types of pattern features inside SolidWorks. […]

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