Hockey puck key chain

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You may have heard the local hockey team has advanced to the finals. As a tribute I decided to print out a keychain using a Stratasys Objet30. I modeled the hockey puck in SolidWorks. The final dimensions used were 1.5inch diameter by .33inch height. I started with a cylindrical extrusion with some fillets on the top and bottom. The next challenge was the knurl pattern around the side. I created a helix feature between the fillets to use as a […]

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Exploded view alternate directions

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When creating an exploded view in SolidWorks it is simple to move your parts in the local coordinate system along X, Y, and Z. What if you want to move a part in a different direction? In order to accomplish this we need to reorient the coordinate system. You will first select the component you want to move, then click in the box called z@(name of your assembly) You will then select a new reference. In this example I am […]

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Batch process title block change

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At my previous employer, we went through a very minor title block change on our SolidWorks drawings. I spent close to a month on the task of opening each file and modifying it. I now know a much faster and hands free way of accomplishing this. The design checker will allow you to check what the current sheet format of a drawing is. If the sheet format is different from the check it will change it to be correct. Fortunately […]

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What’s Wrong?

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Any SolidWorks user will tell you that they have found or created errors in a part file. What they may not know is the best way to go about fixing them. There are two errors possible in SOLIDWORKS, an error that can not create geometry and one that can. I will briefly go over them and give tips on how to correct them. An Error is an issue that was not able to create geometry. This could be related to […]

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Loss of SolidWorks’ Functionality

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Every so often I get a support call because a SolidWorks user is experiencing a loss of functionality. This behavior is mostly attributed to being in a mode that doesn't support those functions. For example a feature that was released in 2012 was the ability to create an exploded view in a multibody part file. However, when you are looking at the part exploded you can't edit sketches or create new features. To turn off an exploded view in this […]

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Rotate about scene floor

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A brand new feature for SolidWorks 2013 is the option to rotate your model about a scene floor. This will lock the Y axis of your model vertically and keep your part file from flipping over. To access this feature right click anywhere in the view window and select rotate about scene floor. Right button menu option turned on. This image depicts four views of the same part file with the Y axis oriented up and down in each view. […]

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Materials in Design Studies 2013

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A brand new feature for SolidWorks 2013 is the ability to create a design study that changes the material of the part file. This will allow you run multiple simulation studies on the same part with different materials. The process is as follows. Begin a new design study. Insert a new design study parameter. Name the parameter, change the category to material, and make sure the body you want included is checked at the bottom. In the design study select […]

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Overlapping patterns with filets.

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When creating a circular patterns in SolidWorks there is a limitation that the resulting pattern of extrusions and filets cannot overlap on to itself. However there is a trick we can use to get around this. Instead of patterning the feature we can pattern the body. This will give us a set of individual solid bodies that can overlap. Then the combine command can be used to turn that set into a single solid model. Thanks, Jordan Nardick, CSWETechnical AnalystComputer […]

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Advanced assembly cut

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When working with parts in an assembly you are limited to extruded cuts and revolved cuts through multiple pieces. If you would like to create a more advanced assembly cut (Cut Sweep, Cut Loft) we need to get creative. One way of accomplishing this is to create a new part in your assembly model. Design your cut feature as a solid part. Edit the first part that needs to be cut and use the cavity command. This will remove material […]

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Configuration and hole patterns

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One of the more advanced SOLIDWORKS modeling techniques is using equations to drive sketch dimensions. For example you can create a linear hole pattern that derives the spacing and number of holes from the overall length. Let's assume we want .5" spacing from either end, and roughly 6" spacing between holes on a part. To do this create a hole wizard feature on your part. Place the first hole on the part and use a linear sketch pattern on the point. The […]

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