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

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

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

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

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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SOLIDWORKS: Raiders of the Lost Arc-Length for 3D Splines

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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Demystifying Mass Moments of Inertia in SOLIDWORKS

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 […]

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SOLDIWORKS: Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves

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 […]

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Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017 Visualize Products

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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New – Preventing Users From Changing System Options – #SW2017

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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Shaded Sketch Contours – #SW2017

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 […]

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