SOLIDWORKS: Demystifying Mass Moments of Inertia in SOLIDWORKS

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What are Mass Moments of Inertia? 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 goes back to Moments of Inertia which depend […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Magic of SOLIDWORKS Equation Driven Curves

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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

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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

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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

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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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