SOLIDWORKS: Creating and Saving Custom Sheet Metal Forming Tools

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Ever wondered how to create and save your own custom sheet metal forming tools in SOLIDWORKS? I am about to walk you through just that!! First, let’s define what a forming tool is in SOLIDWORKS. Forming tools are used to create sheet metal features that would be produced using a punch or stamp. Refer to the indentations as seen in the image below. Before creating a custom forming tool, determining how it is going to be saved and stored is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Turntable Outputs

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize gives you more than the standard image or animation output. Alternative outputs include Turntables, Interactive Images, Panorama Views, and 360-degree Images. Today the focus will be on Turntables and the different options offered. Turntables allow you to dynamically rotate your model as if it was on an actual turntable creating many fascinating views and videos. There are two types of Turntables; one that allows for view creation and another that allows for video creation. Turntables that allow for […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Importing Assembly Envelopes Option and PMI DATA in SOLIDWORKS Composer – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 is the ability to finally choose whether or not to import assembly envelopes. In prior releases, SOLIDWORKS Composer automatically imported the assembly envelopes forcing you to hide them manually. When you open an assembly in Composer, the option to import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes is automatically checked. If you want to turn this off, refer to the image below. Below are examples of what the import looks like with and without the “Import SOLIDWORKS assembly envelopes” […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Drawing Open Progress Indicator – #SW2019

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the Drawing Open Progress Indicator. The drawing open progress indicator will pop up when opening any drawing in SOLIDWORKS 2019 and remain open if the drawing takes longer than 60 seconds. The indicator shows you different types of information and gives you the ability to visually watch as it completes the process of opening a drawing document. Being able to visually see a document open instead of watching a wheel spin is a great thing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling: No External References Command

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Assembly modeling in SOLIDWORKS is straightforward. There are two different methods used in SOLIDWORKS when building an assembly; bottom-up and top-down. Bottom-up is the most common methodology used and requires a component to be inserted into the graphics area that acts as an anchor. After the first component is placed, every other component inserted into the graphics area is mated to the first component restricting the appropriate degrees of freedom. Top-down is a method that allows you to build parts […]

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Getting Started Creating Animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a powerful standalone application that allows you to quickly create photo-quality images and animations. There are two versions of Visualize; Standard and Professional. Please refer to the picture below for differences. Today I will briefly run through the creation of animations within SOLIDWORKS Visualize. Please note: animations can only be created if you have SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. Below is a 1969 Camaro I have opened in Visualize. For this example I want to show an animation of […]

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018 Do you use the Advanced Hole tool in SOLIDWORKS? If you do, you know how time consuming it is to call it out in a drawing. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018, SOLIDWORKS can now create hole callouts for holes created with the Advanced Hole Tool utilizing the Hole Callout command. Refer to the image below. The result: You can also reverse the callout order. You will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temporarily Hiding Faces when Selecting Mates – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temporarily Hiding Faces when Selecting Mates – #SW2018 Having a hard time mating different components together when the faces you need to select are being obscured by existing geometry?  SOLIDWORKS has your back. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018 is a great new feature that allows you to temporarily hide faces while mating. This is a keyboard shortcut that you utilize while in the mate command. To use this shortcut, you need to hover over the face […]

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Wondering how to copy a surface in SOLIDWORKS?

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If you are new or inexperienced with SOLIDWORKS Surface functionality and are looking for some simple tricks to help enhance your skills, knowing how to copy a surface is critical. The actual commands are quite simple but can be a bit difficult if you don’t understand how to use them. The first way to copy a surface is to use the offset surface command and set the offset distance to 0. When you click the command offset surface, the property […]

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