SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Hole Wizard Options to Match Size or Preserve Options – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – New Hole Wizard Options to Match Size or Preserve Options – #SW2018 With every release of SOLIDWORKS there always seem to be a few enhancements that go under the radar. I’d like to talk about a new option for SOLIDWORKS 2018 that will help control the sizing options you’ll see when using the Hole Wizard. These new options are located at: Tools, Options, System Options, Hole Wizard/Toolbox, Hole Wizard settings. Preserve settings for each Hole […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mirroring Sketch entities across Planes – #SW2018 If you’ve used SOLIDWORKS since the early days, you’ve seen some of the core commands change over the years. One of those commands is at the “center” of sketch productivity and that’s Sketch Mirror. In the early days, your sketch needed to contain a Centerline for the reference to mirror the sketch entities across. A few years back, Mirror Entities was enhanced to allow solid lines and linear […]

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A quick tip in SOLIDWORKS Composer

This post came to light from a SOLIDWORKS Composer support call I was on recently. The customer needed to move several geometry actors the same direction and distance as existing geometry actor. Based on the surrounding geometry actors, it was difficult to CTRL-select all the geometry actors and move them together. As an alternative I suggested translating one and use Copy Transformation on the rest. Let’s take a look at how we can use this. In this example I’ve translated […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Links in Composer

Creating Links in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great tool to generate technical deliverables from your SOLIDWORKS files. Users are aware of the standard capabilities of exploding assemblies, adding the necessary annotations and creating the views. I want to talk about some lesser utilized functionality, which is the ability to create links within your SOLIDWORKS Composer document.   These links are properties like everything else in SOLIDWORKS Composer and can be applied to several types of collaborative and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Speeding up selections in Composer

Speeding up selections in SOLIDWORKS Composer   There are many functions that can help speed up your workflow in SOLIDWORKS Composer, I want to talk about one called Selections Sets. Selection Sets have been in Composer since day one but I don’t come across many users taking advantage of them. They allow you to repeatedly select a defined group of actors with one click of the mouse. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Selection Sets were added […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer

Creating Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer   Creating Views is core functionality of successfully using SOLIDWORKS Composer. These “Normal” Views capture all properties of nearly everything in the Viewport. Actor position, color, visibility, render mode, camera position, and the list continues. What do you do when you don’t want or need to capture everything in the Viewport? The answer is the Custom, or Intelligent View, accessed through the Views Workshop.     The View Workshop gives the user complete control […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings   This topic comes up from time to time on tech support where a customer would like to show a drawing view with some components shaded and some in hidden lines. A good way to accomplish this is to use Display States. Display States are created added through the Configuration Manager tab, by right clicking, and choosing Add Display State.     Upon creation, this new Display State is active and any visual change […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Transform Tips in Composer

Transform Tips in SOLIDWORKS Composer   SOLIDWORKS Composer has some very easy to use tools to create exploded views; the Translate and Rotate tools on the Transform tab come to mind. There are others, but those two are the main ones used and what I’d like to talk about.     In this example, I’m beginning to capture views to document the disassembly of the rotor head of this RC helicopter. You can see that when I select an actor […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Running FeatureWorks on Imported Parts After Adding References – #SW2017

Running FeatureWorks on Imported Parts After Adding References   In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, running FeatureWorks on an imported part that was used in a drawing or assembly would cause those references to be lost. You’d have dangling dimensions and missing mate references to repair. How are things different in SOLIDWORKS 2017?   In the following example, we have an assembly created from imported parts. You’ll see that each component is fully mated within the assembly.     We’ve now […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips – #SW2017

Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips   SOLIDWORKS Routing is all about automation. As fast as you can click the mouse, you’re placing components in your assembly and directing the route through your assembly. If there’s a downside to this level of automation, it’s that sometimes you don’t have as many choices as you’d like.   One of those scenarios is when multiple routes are passing through the same clip. This screenshot shows what this looks like in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and […]

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