What happened to sketch dimensions in SOLIDWORKS 2016?

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After teaching the Essentials course a couple times in SOLIDWORKS 2016 I have noticed some quirks that are causing issues. The good news is most of it can be fixed by turning off one feature. And that one feature is Instant 2D. Instant 2D is a way for you to directly manipulate your sketch dimension with a simple mouse cursor drag. Here is why you will want to turn it off for now. First: Some uses have reported that when Instant […]

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SOLIDWORKS Weldments: angle 1 vs angle 2?

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I had a support call recently asking what the difference was between angle 1 and angle 2 on a weldment structural member. For those of you who don't know there are custom property values given to all structural members called angle1 and angle2. These can be listed in a weldment cut list. Which leads us to the question, how do you know which side is which? Through some testing, I found that angle 1 is the end face closest to […]

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Quick sketch relations with dynamic hot keys in SOLIDWORKS

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It was recently pointed out to me by a student that when you create relations in SOLIDWORKS there is an underline for certain letters. After a little bit of research we discovered that these are dynamic hot keys that activate when holding alt and pressing the corresponding letter key. By selecting these two lines and pressing Alt+U they become perpendicular to each other. Here is a list of the most commonly used relations that have hot keys. H – Horizontal, V […]

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SOLIDWORKS Feature Scope: Auto-select

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Welcome to another edition of "What does that check box do?" Today we will be looking at the auto-select check box that is part of feature scope. You will find this option when you are creating features for multi-body part files. It allows you to apply a feature to the only the visible bodies. Let's take a closer look. In this example we are looking at a part file with 3 bodies. I will apply a cut that passes through […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Sweep – #SW2016

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Good afternoon, today I will be discussing changes to the sweep commands in SOLIDWORKS 2016. These updates affect swept boss base, swept cut, and swept surface. The first major change is the ability to create a sweep from the center of a path instead of being limited to profiles at the end of the path. When your profile is at the center there are three options. Either direction one, direction two, or both directions at once.  When you choose both […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Flatten Surface – #SW2016

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In SOLIDWORKS 2015, the flatten surface command was introduced to the software. This enhancement allowed the user to turn a complex surface into a flat to help the manufacturing process of soft goods and composites such as carbon fiber. However, it was limited to surfaces that did not have internal holes. Brand new for 2016 is the ability to flatten a surface with internal holes as well as curve data. You can also export this flat surface directly to a DXF […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Editing Parts in Context and Transparency

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Context modeling in SOLIDWORKS is a powerful way to create components that share a relative size and shape of other parts. By changing the size of shape of a part that is being referenced all referenced parts will also change. When editing a component in context the default transparency is to have all components except for the part being edited to be see through. This is called force transparency. Sometimes while working on an assembly in context you may want […]

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SOLIDWORKS envelope vs. exclude from BOM

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I was recently asked "What's the difference between Exclude from BOM and envelope in SOLIDWORKS?" More importantly why would you choose to use one over the other if they have a very similar function. The envelope feature in an assembly was updated in 2013. It requires more setup but gives you more functionality. The example in the help notes is really useful. They create a large cylinder to give you an idea of the space required for a human to operate […]

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Counting the Number of Holes in an Irregular Part Using SOLIDWORKS

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I recently had a customer ask me if SOLIDWORKS has a way to count the number of holes in a part. His holes were created on a curvy design. There is no way to use a hole table on a part like this for automatic counting. They were an inconsistent pattern so instance counts and automatic fill counts were not going to work. We came up with an interesting work around to calculate the number of holes in the part. […]

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Creating global variables for all of your parts in SOLIDWORKS

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When creating a global variable for a part file it has limited use to the file it was created in. It is however possible to create a text file containing global variables and link that text file to multiple parts. Let's start by creating a text file. An easy way to make a text file is by right clicking the desktop or inside of windows explorer. Then we will create some global variables to be used across multiple part files. In […]

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