SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – Cosmetic Threads

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Cosmetic threads have improved in both appearance and usability within SOLIDWORKS 2022. First, let us start with appearance. When applying the cosmetic thread to a part, any appearance or texture that you applied to that same part, will also appear between the cosmetic threads themselves. See the before and after images below to see the improvement to the thread’s appearance. And, to take it a step further, these Cosmetic Threads are also now supported in SOLIDWORKS Visualize. The behavior of […]

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Using Sketch Colors to Improve Design Intent Visibility in SOLIDWORKS

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One of the best tools you can use to learn the design intent behind someone’s designs, is the SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer. The Part Reviewer tool can be used to review how parts are created feature by feature. This tool works similar to how you would use the Rollback Bar in the Feature Manager Design Tree, but makes it a little easier. If you are interested in learning more about this tool, you can find more information in this blog post […]

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Using Mate Controller, SolidWorks Configurations, and Composer to Create Easy Animations for Your Technical Publications

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Using the SolidWorks Mate Controller, and the new functionality in Composer 2021, I am able to create quick and easy animations for my downstream technical publications. As I assemble my design, I continue to work with the mates I know and understand. I also use mates like Distance, Angle, LimitDistance, LimitAngle, Pathmate, Slot, and Width to help control the locations of my movable components. These same mates mentioned above are also used by SolidWorks’ Mate Controller. The Mate Controller tool […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 8 – Final)

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Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is the final part in this series. Here, I […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 6)

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Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is part 6 in the series and will look […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 3)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting.This is part […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 2)

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Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh. And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 1)

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Part 2 – Part 2 – Part 3 Since I am always being asked “what makes a good mesh?” I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for, in creating a mesh.  And knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Visualizing Results on Full Model of Analysis Using Symmetry (Sim 2014)

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SolidWorks Simulation 2014 will let you visualize results on the full model of an analysis using symmetry. In an analysis, you can use symmetry to create a portion of the model instead of using the full model. You just need to cut the model in half and apply Symmetry restraints on all the cut faces. Also, when appropriate, taking advantage of symmetry can help you reduce the size of the problem and obtain more accurate results. Up until now, results […]

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SIMULATION TECH TIP: Contact Visualization Plot (Sim 2014)

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If you haven’t already heard, SolidWorks Simulation 2014 helps you visualize the applied contacts within your assembly analysis. With the new contact visualization plot, you can view how bodies are connected in multibody parts and assemblies. Before you run the analysis, you can detect the areas of contact applied by the global contact settings and any local contact sets. Not only does this ensure that you have created all the contacts that you need, but also confirms that you have […]

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