Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool. SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need..   Every license of Inspection […]

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Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool.         SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need. Every […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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Weldments and Bill of Materials

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There are many different ways to create structural frames.  One method might be creating it as an assembly with many individual parts.  Another method, which is my preferred  way, would be as a single multibody part…as a Weldment. The Weldment way allows for easy design changes, automatic structural member trimming/extensions, and creation of cut lengths.  This however is typically just a portion of the overall design.  There might be many more pieces that go on the frame.  This is when […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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How Much Does it Cost?

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When you create a new design, you need to know how much it costs.  Are you going to be over budget or under?  How do you find the cost of your sheet metal or machined parts?  I would guess that you have an elaborate spreadsheet that you use to “guess” the price or you just compare it to a similar design.  Well if you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium, you could use SOLIDWORKS Costing. SOLIDWORKS Costing is a cost estimation […]

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Save Your Settings Before You Upgrade

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It’s about that time for upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the newest version.  You are looking forward to all the new features and tools in SolidWorks.  But then you think of all the work you are going to have to redo like pointing SOLIDWORKS to the custom files and setting up your toolbars again.  Well there is nothing to worry about because SOLIDWORKS has that area covered.  There is a tool in SOLIDWORKS that has been there for many releases that will […]

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It’s HERE…SOLIDWORKS 2014 Beta

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Beta has just been released.  This is a great time to experiment with the next version of software before everyone else.  You are able to test out the ~200+ enhancements in anticipation for the full version release. Historically, there has been 3 “Beta” versions and a “Pre-Release” before Service Pack 0.  During each “Beta” version, there are competitions.  They range from finding different bugs to the best high quality renderings.  The winners receive Amazon gift cards ranging from […]

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Direct Editing on Imported Geometry

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Imported data can become parametric with direct editing tools inside of SolidWorks.  If you are moving from a different CAD system or if you work with many different file types, you may need to modify them.  This modification can be moving a hole or changing the depth of a cut or virtually anything else. SOLIDWORKS has a feature called “Move Face” which does the direct editing.  You can offset faces, move faces linearly, or rotate faces.  It can be found […]

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