Taking Advantage of the Command Manager: Forgotten Tools and The Reasons to Use Them Part 3

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Good day, and welcome to the third and final installment of the “Forgotten Tools and Reasons to Use Them” series. Today we’re going to look at the user interface, and see how we can configure it to maximize efficiency when using SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS provides a myriad of ways to customize the interface. As a matter of fact, you can even save your custom settings in a matter of seconds. For right now we’ll focus on the command manager, and shortcut […]

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Forgotten Tools and The Reasons to Use Them: PART 2

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Hello again, this week we’ll be looking at design tables, and how we can use them for simple feature suppression. We’ll make variations of a house key to explore how design tables can help us efficiently create configurations of a part. Every day in manufacturing and design we deal with variation. Multiple formats for multiple applications. Having a way to move back and forth between those designs efficiently saves a lot of time and complication. SolidWorks gives us the ability […]

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Forgotten Tools and The Reasons to Use Them

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Welcome back! I’m A.S.E. Jay-Shan Jackson, ready to make better, faster, smarter. Today’s going to work a little different. This blog will be the start of a 3-part series on tools and features that I feel a lot of users overlook or simply forget about in their daily grind using SOLIDWORKS. In today’s entry, we’ll be discussing one of my favorite additions to the software, “Up to Reference Patterns”. Up to Reference Patterns allow the user to create patterns that […]

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Design Your Halloween Costume Props in SOLIDWORKS

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Well, it looks like Halloween is coming, so what better time to get in the spirit of things and start making some props for the little minions (aka kids) to use with their costume? My man-cub has been exploring the idea of being a pirate, so in pure engineering fashion I started to wonder how I could incorporate some Pirate sword designs in SOLIDWORKS. This sword design is going to incorporate multibody surfaces that we’ll eventually convert to solids. In […]

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Everything in Its Right Place…The Mystery of Weldment Profile File Structure

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Let’s have a little talk about structure. Every day, we deal with structure through hierarchy, process, organization, and much more. We deal with structure every minute and hour of our waking lives. As confining or depressing as that might sound, there are benefits to structure. In some environments, structure provides familiarity and ease, two things we tend to embrace in the digital world of file management. SOLIDWORKS offers a wide gamut of control and flexibility across the many software functions […]

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