SOLIDWORKS 3D Splines Occasionally, you may need to find the Arc Length of an equation-driven 3D spline. Easy enough you say, ‘Just use the measure tool under the Evaluate Tab’. But what if you need to find the length between two specific points on the spline? Smart Dimensions won’t help you here. To do this, we can utilize a nifty SOLIDWORKS command called “Split Entities.” This is a convenient tool sometimes used in SOLIDWORKS Surfacing to define extruding edges. It essentially splits a sketch into selectable sections much like a split line creates selectable faces. You can find it
Demystifying Mass Moments of Inertia in SOLIDWORKS We have all referred to Mass Properties when working with solid models, especially when taking SOLIDWORKS certifications! For the most part, very useful information is available at a glance i.e., Density, Mass, Volume, Surface Area, etc. But how in blazes does someone interpret the rest of the information included in Mass Properties, particularly the numbers at the bottom? What exactly are they telling us? It all gets back to Moments of Inertia which depends on an object’s mass, shape, and axis of rotation. Every object has a Center of Mass that, if suspended in midair from this point, will be
Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves Most SOLIDWORKS users are comfortable creating models with the familiar sketch commands (lines, rectangles, splines, arcs, etc.); however, there are occasions when a design is dependent on mathematical functions or equations to describe its geometry/topology. Examples of this might be the curvature of a lens, the design of a custom spring, wind-foil, or perhaps a roller-coaster path. To create these special kinds of curves, the best approach would be to utilize the Equation Driven Curves command. This should not be confused with the Equations table where Global Variables are dealt with. The first thing to keep in mind using this command is
Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 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 2017 as well as clarifications on Visualize 2016. Recall that SOLIDWORKS Visualize is offered in both Standard and Professional and can operate as a standalone program. A complimentary seat of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard is included with each SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium CAD license on active subscription.
Preventing Users From Changing System Options SOLIDWORKS is a versatile software allowing users quite a bit of latitude in making changes to system parameters. This is great because there is tremendous flexibility in adapting designs to meet specific outcomes, but what if it’s a bad idea for users to modify the system options as they see fit? Individuals making changes to suit their own workflow may end up reducing consistency and efficiency for the overall design process – especially for larger companies. In SOLIDWORKS 2017, administrators now have the ability to restrict and prevent users from making changes to SOLIDWORKS system options. This new tool however can only
Shaded Sketch Contours In this article we will be talking about a handy new option in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Shaded Sketch Contours. It is common for SOLIDWORKS users to sometimes unintentionally leave small gaps between endpoints when creating sketched profiles. If a gap is small enough, it can easily go undetected. If you tried to extrude this profile, you might get a rebuild error such as: A user wouldn’t know there was even a problem until they reached the extrusion command. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a new time-saving setting call Shaded Sketch Contours has been introduced which makes any closed contour, shaded. This is great
Have you ever been frustrated using SOLIDWORKS? Of course, right? Although bugs in the software are discovered from time to time, the vast majority of issues in SOLIDWORKS actually boil down to user error, network issues, or problems originating in MS Windows. When troubleshooting an issue, it is always important to recall that SOLIDWORKS is completely dependent on Windows architecture, and therefore changes or modifications that occur in Windows (minor updates to new releases), can have a direct impact on SOLIDWORKS performance. Often, users immediately assume their issue is because of a bug in the SOLIDWORKS program when it is actually rooted within the underlying Windows OS. As most of us