Cheating My Way to Par Using SOLIDWORKS Motion and a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer

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I am what is known in golf as a “hacker”. If you are familiar with golf lingo, this means that I rarely play golf and I am quite bad at it. I’ll admit it! Those of you who have spent the time perfecting your strokes might relate when playing the first round of your season. But what if I could change the negative connotations behind “hacker”, and replace it with someone who can literally hack their way through a game […]

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Import your Company Logo Directly into Sketches!

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Tired of using sketch pictures and splines to map out your company logo? Can’t find the right font to match? If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are in the right place. The process of importing a company logo – or any image, for that matter – is simple and quick. By the end of this article, you will see a process workflow on how to import a picture into a SOLIDWORKS sketch as sketch […]

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Cost Optimizing Through SOLIDWORKS Costing

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I recently moved to a small town outside the suburban metro/Minneapolis area. Thrilled by the offering of more space and a chance for a wood shop, I got to dreaming about what could be in the new space I call “home”. The first order of business – a custom desk for the new office space. My design intent was relatively simple. I wanted to 1) spend as little as possible, 2) fit both my office workstation and my personal workstation […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Model Display: 3MF Enhancements and Color Picker

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SOLIDWORKS introduced more enhancements that include display, import, and export of 3D models in SOLIDWORKS 2021. 3MF files – which are quickly becoming an industry-standard for additive manufacturing – can now import and export more colors and textures than ever! Additionally, selecting colors with the eye dropper when applying appearances now works with external applications. In this article, I will go into detail with the 3MF enhancements, explain why 3MF is becoming an industry-standard, and finish with additional appearance functionality […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Searching for Commands in Shortcut Bar Customization

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Since shortcut bars were introduced in 2013, SOLIDWORKS users finally see a much-anticipated enhancement in the shortcut customization menu. The shortcut bar customization menu now offers a search function to find commands more easily. If you are not using shortcut bars, mouse gestures, or similar proficiency tools, I strongly recommend the customization of one or both to make a more seamless, rapid way of feature generation. The shortcut bar is a customizable toolbar that allows the user to create a […]

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Dual Dimensions in a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Cut List

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Have you ever needed to represent both English Standard and Metric measurements in a cut list in SOLIDWORKS? Do you have multiple vendors, with multiple different unit preferences? Everywhere you look, you see forums suggesting “this can’t be done”, or that SOLIDWORKS has yet to make this an option. In fact, you can find (and vote on) an enhancement request for SOLIDWORKS to do exactly this (SPR 585270, SPR 722498). The purpose of this blog is to show you otherwise. […]

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SOLIDWORKS Costing Template Editor

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  I recently joined a project to learn more about SOLIDWORKS Costing. I was surprised that there was not much information available for costing templates. This blog is a summary of the template editor used with SOLIDWORKS Costing. SOLIDWORKS Costing is a SOLIDWORKS Professional/Premium feature that allows users to create product estimates and quotes. It allows you to make design decisions including how the part will be manufactured to reduce part costs and has many more added benefits like automatic […]

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Design Intent: Part II

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This is a continuation of Design Intent: Part I, which you can read by clicking this link here: The order in which these can be read does not particularly matter. In Part I, we used the geometry of a STEP file to create weldment bodies to match our design intent and communicate meaningful information downstream. In Part II, we will look at SOLIDWORKS Automatic Feature Recognition (AFR) tool. SOLIDWORKS possesses the ability to translate neutral file formats, or “dumb” solids […]

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Design Intent: Part 1

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Part I I am working with a client who sees the power and value from SOLIDWORKS over AutoCAD Inventor. How to deal with legacy data is always a massive pain point for customers, however. They soon will no longer be able to access data that is still in the native Inventor file format (.iam, .ipt) that their previous CAD software utilized and must find other methods of retaining their intellectual property. Where possible, I suggest converting the files into Parasolid […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Creating Alternate Position Views for Parts

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019, the designer would need to create multiple model items or sheets to depict different configurations of a part. As SOLIDWORKS continues to improve, our goal is to also improve how effectively we can communicate designs in a collaborative environment. With SOLIDWORKS 2020, drawings get an important upgrade. You are now able to overlay an additional configuration in the same model view. These modifications can give others a clear indication of different stages throughout the manufacturing process of […]

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