Using “Select All” in SOLIDWORKS

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I like to post information about things I see people struggle with, or questions that I get from people I’m trying to help. One such struggle involved someone who was trying to select all (or most of) the part files in his assembly. He would use the Ctrl key to select them individually, or the Shift key to select the components in groups.  So naturally, I told him how he could ‘Select All‘ and then deselect the couple of items […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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How to Isolate Simulation Results in an Assembly

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Recently, I have been asked on a couple of occasions how to ‘isolate’ the Simulation results in an assembly. After running an analysis, we can certainly visualize the results on the entire assembly, but what if we wanted to localize those results on a single component for reporting purposes? The first thing people try to use is the Isolate command. The problem is that once you isolate the component, as soon as you select the study tab at the bottom, Isolate […]

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How to Handle Symmetry Fixtures on Shell Elements in SOLIDWORKS

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If you have ever used symmetry on a surface body or solid body on which shell elements are defined, you would have had to use a special technique using an advanced fixture. The Symmetry Fixture would not work, as it required you to select a face for the symmetry definition. If you had tried to apply a Symmetry restraint on the cut face of a component defined with shells, you would have received the following warning message. Therefore, in order […]

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Simulation Tip: SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems

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Have you ever wondered, after running a SolidWorks Simulation study, whether or not your results are correct? A few people I have talked to have questioned the validity of their results and sometimes wonder if the software is reporting what they actually see in the field or in a ‘test.’Well, I typically find that the problem is not with the results, but in the set-up of the analysis. For example, loads may not be accurate, or may be applied incorrectly; […]

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Factor of Safety Plots on Selected Bodies in SolidWorks Simulation

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can now view your factor of safety information on any given part/body in your assembly. Prior to 2013, you had to view the factor of safety information on the entire assembly.In the Factor of Safety Property-Manager, click Selected Bodies (as shown below). Select one or multiple bodies to view plots of factor of safety distribution, or regions below the factor of safety. Results are shown only for the selected bodies. Selected Body = Arm Selected […]

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SolidWorks 2013: Materials in Design Studies

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In the past, many people have asked me if you could optimize a part by using material as a variable.  Well, in SolidWorks 2013, you can. With SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can use the material of a part or body component in a Design Study using the new Design Study Materials parameter. This functionality allows you to evaluate a wide range of design choices or optimize a current design by defining a parameter that sets bodies to use different materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2013: Defining Non-uniform Load Distributions on Beams

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you will find some great options for defining a non-uniform load distribution across a beam. These include the Total Load Distribution, Centered Load Distribution, and Table Driven Load Distribution options, and for the Total and Centered load options we also have some pre-set distribution “shapes.” Here in this post, I’ve included descriptions of all of these great Non-Uniform Load Distribution options, and a couple of examples. Total Load Distribution Distributes the total force or moment along […]

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Quick Tip: What’s New with Beams in SolidWorks 2013

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Did you ever feel that there was something missing from the results of your beam analysis? In SolidWorks 2013, users can now list the reaction forces and reaction moments at beam joints that have fixed translations or rotations. In the Result Force PropertyManager, under Selection, select the beam joint to list the reaction forces. It’s as simple as that! For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, register […]

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PhotoView360 in SolidWorks 2013 Supports Luxology Appearance Files

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In SolidWorks 2013, users now have access to hundreds of new rendering appearances. SolidWorks Subscription Customers can now access the Luxology asset sharing site through the Customer Portal. Here, they can download all sorts of new appearances to be used with their PhotoView 360 renderings. To download these new appearances, you do have to be on subscription/maintenance. Simply log in to the SolidWorks Customer Portal and look for the “PhotoView 360 Appearances” link located under the Download section of the […]

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