SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Copying DimXpert Schemes– #SW2019

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A shout out to all MBD users who are tired of having to recreate the same DimXpert scheme for different documents! – new in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to copy DimXpert schemes across documents, one to the other. Here’s how: Simply open the target document and select the configuration to which you want to copy the scheme. Be aware that copy scheme will not work if there is an existing DimXpert scheme in-place on the target configuration. Click Import […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – External References – #SW2019

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Working with external references in assemblies can be a challenge, especially for large assemblies. In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the external references interface has been changed to be much more intuitive and easier to use. The External References dialog box for parts, features, and assemblies are now combined into a single dialog box. Call the dialog box by simply right-clicking on top-level assembly or subassembly and selecting External References. In the new dialog box, references can be broken, locked or unlocked, etc. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Spring into Action – Creating Custom Springs

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Sometimes the mood strikes to dabble in custom spring design. In this article we’ll talk about SOLIDWORKS helical controls and how to use them to get the spring design we’re going for. First, let’s create a simple spring with no frills. Start by sketching a circle and then inserting a helix.     It is up to the user to decide which settings the basic helix will be defined by (e.g. pitch and revolution, height and revolution, etc.).   Create […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: Bending Basics

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Of all concepts in sheet metal design, bending and flattening are two of the most fundamental and important to understand. In this blog article, we will look at the basic theory behind sheet metal bends, particularly the Bend Allowance (BA), and how to apply this knowledge when utilizing SOLIDWORKS sheet metal tools. The main concept revolves around the idea of a “neutral axis”. When a piece of sheet metal is bent, the inside radius material at the bend region is […]

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VISUALIZING VERSATILITY

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So, you have to stay on SOLIDWORKS 2017 to remain compatible with your PDM software, yet you would really like to use VISUALIZE 2018 for the very latest in photo-realistic rendering. Is it possible then to utilize VISUALIZE 2018 on the same computer without upgrading the earlier version of SOLIDWORKS? The short answer is, “YES.” SOLIDWORKS and VISUALIZE are separate, freestanding products. This means SOLIDWORKS VISUALIZE can be installed and used on a machine that contains other versions of SOLIDWORKS. There […]

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2018 Visualize Products

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2018 Visualize Products In the world of photo-realistic rendering software, SOLIDWORKS Visualization Products are hard to beat. Introduced in 2016, SOLIDWORKS Visualize was a “quantum leap” addition to the existing SOLIDWORKS Photoview 360 in terms of rendering functionality and quality. In this article, we will be talking about some of the changes to look out for regarding licensing/installation aspects of Visualize 2018. SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hide and Seek: Design Tree Folders – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hide and Seek: Design Tree Folders – #SW2018 It is common to organize large SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies in the Design Tree by creating folders. This is a great method; however, it can be particularly challenging when items are hidden or suppressed within those folders – there is no way to determine the ‘state’ of a feature, component, etc., unless each folder is opened. Obviously, this can become time consuming if there are many folders […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Tolerances for DimXpert – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Customizing Tolerances for DimXpert – #SW2018 In this article, I’d like to share with you about new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2018 regarding the customization of tolerances for DimXpert and TolAnalyst. Now, it is possible to view and edit the general tolerance Excel file directly. Simply modify cells to the custom values desired. To access the table, go to the installation files location: C > Program Files > SOLIDWORKS Corp > SOLIDWORKS (X) > lang > […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves

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Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves Most of us know how to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS, but what if we’re given a set of data-point coordinates that need to be connected by a curve path?  One common example of this is the importing of 2D coordinates for an airfoil profile – here’s how we do it. We’ll start at the UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database, and select an NACA 4418 airfoil (see gif below). This database supplies X,Y coordinates […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Going For a Jog – Creating Jog Leader Lines

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Creating Jog Leader Lines in SOLIDWORKS   Creating a leader line jog in SOLIDWORKS can be a very useful tool when displaying certain features in a drawing. Fortunately, there is more than one way to accomplish this in SOLIDWORKS depending on the feature and the drawing view. Take the following simple part as an example:     Let’s say after creating a drawing file from this part, we want to add a dimension to the center cylinder; however, we prefer […]

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