SOLIDWORKS – Total Assembly Quantity, More than a BOM

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At times, it's important to know the total quantity of items for the complete(d) assembly – not just at each level. While there are several BOM types in SOLIDWORKS, not even the "indented" BOM type will total up the values from each sub assembly for the "grand total" of the entire assembly. Here we'll show how to go about this using "Assembly Visualization." The picture above shows a "Top Level" type of BOM. The item of focus will be the […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Pictures on Models and in Drawings

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At times it's effective to use images or pictures on models to add a realism factor with minimal effort. Here I'll show two methods of getting images in or on your parts and also to their drawings. The first method will use a "Sketch Picture", the second will use a "Decal". The picture above shows a "Sketch Picture" of a Danger Label. Starting a 2D Sketch one can use Tools, Sketch Tools, Sketch Picture to add an image/picture to a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Variable Pattern #SW2015

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the addition of a new pattern type, the "Variable Pattern". Previously we could Vary Instances by an increment. Now we can set and vary each instance independently to create even more flexible patterns! Above is the new Variable Pattern Feature Icon along with an example in SOLIDWORKS 2015. Above is a preview of the Variable Pattern Property Manager in 2015. Users can select dimensions from the patterned feature to add to the "Pattern Table". Each […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Weldment End Caps #SW2015

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the addition of an Internal End Cap option. Previously we could create two types of End Caps; "Outward" and "Inward". Now in SOLIDWORKS 2015 we can create an End Cap with a New "Internal" option which will build an End Cap to fit the inside of a tube and optionally offset the recess. Above is a preview of the End Cap Property Manager in 2014. Above is a preview of the End Cap Property Manager […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Grain Direction Note

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Yes, you can get a Grain direction note added to your drawings in SOLIDWORKS. Your part needs to have a Sheet Metal feature and Flat Pattern feature. Edit the Flat Pattern feature to set the Grain dirction/coil direction first. Then on the drawing, insert a Bend Table and the Grain direction note as well as the Fixed Face note will appear. Check out the video here:   Enjoy! – Jim Krivoshein Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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SOLIDWORKS: Bend Control of Translated Sheet Metal

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Often we translate models from other systems that are sheet metal parts but we don't always get all the controls we would like. If a part has an existing bend after translation for example, we're often stuck using that size bend. In this video, you'll see how we can import a sheet metal type part, remove the bend BEFORE Converting to Sheet Metal so that we end up with bend radius control.     Computer Aided Technology, Inc.

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SOLIDWORKS Filters

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SOLIDWORKS Filters: Users often turn on filters without intending to do so, why? This usually happens when we type new names for features in the Feature Manager Tree. The SolidWorks' graphics area can become active if you bumped the touch pad or mouse stick on your laptop. The letter "e" is a shortcut (in the graphics area) to filter for edges and this turns on the blue funnel on our cursor. It also makes it impossible to select a model […]

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SolidWorks’ Power Hide Tool

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The Tab+Mouse Hover in SolidWorks is an extremely fast* way to hide parts in an assembly that is often overlooked. Give it a try; (1) Open an assembly, (2) Put the cursor over a part, (3) Press the TAB key on your keyboard. Viola! That part is hidden!   If you'd like a "Full Auto Mode"; Keep the Tab key held down as you move the mouse around. – Parts will disappear one right after the other!   *Full Auto […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training Manuals: Now Available On-Line!

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For those taking SOLIDWORKS Training thru resellers, you'll now find a QR Code and/or Web link on the inside cover of SOLIDWORKS 2014 Training manuals. This QR Code/Link information will allow you to have on-line access to an electronic copy of that manual through your My.SolidWorks.Com account. Enjoy!

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How-to: SOLIDWORKS Chamfer Single Slot Edge

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By: Jim Krivoshein Goal: Chamfer one side of a slot. Understand why chamfers don't stop as expected. Background: Chamfers have an option (Tangent Propagation)similar to Fillets. Desired chamfer should only be on one edge of a slot, but achieving this result seems problematic. Turning off "Tangent Propagation" doesn't seem to help. Setup: A plate with a slotted hole.

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