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SOLIDWORKS: Revolving Open Sketches

Revolving Open Sketches in  SOLIDWORKS   What’s the craic, fellow SOLIDWORKS users?   Today, in honor of the upcoming Irish holiday, I have designed a hat that a leprechaun would wear. My leprechaun clothing line will be coming out later this year.     To create the hat, I did a simple revolved boss/base, starting with five lines, and a construction line to serve as the revolve axis. When I went into the revolve command, I got the pop up seen below:     What SOLIDWORKS was trying to ask me:   Yes – Do I want to change the original sketch by closing the profile so that I can

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SOLIDWORKS: Replace Components Options

Replace Components Options   Welcome to the new year, SOLIDWORKS users. I always like to say, new year, new me. And this new me is curious as to what the heck the options for Replace Components do.   I know what Replace Component does; it’s a good way to update a component in an assembly that has gone through a revision or change. But what in tarnation does matching the name or manually selecting a configuration mean?     Well, the new, more knowledgeable me found out:   -If you choose the “match name” option, SOLIDWORKS will try to match the configuration name of the old component with a configuration

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SOLIDWORKS: Curve Driven Pattern

Curve Driven Pattern     Ho ho ho-ld up a second and take a look at the under-used, yet over-awesome Curve Driven Pattern.   Curve driven pattern does what no mere linear pattern can do. It allows the user to pattern a feature, face, or body following a curve. The curve can be generated from all types of features: a split line, a projected curve, a composite curve, a curve through reference points/XYZ, a helix/spiral, or even a 3D sketch.   In my case, I used two helices to wrap around my tree.     Similar to the linear pattern, the first prompt is for a pattern direction, but unlike

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Dimensions – #SW2017

Dimensions   I’m here today to discuss dimensions, and basically let you know the future is now.   Here’s what I got for you:   -Arc Extension Line or Opposite Side:   With the arc extension line or opposite side selected you can attach the leader to an extended radius. If it is not possible, the leader will attach to the opposite side of the arc.     Option Unchecked:     Option Checked:     -DIN Ordinate Origin Circle Sizing:   For those of you DIN ordinate dimensioners, you asked and SOLIDWORKS delivered. Now the origin circle size can be changed, just a quick click inside the leader tab can make

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Mate Controller Enhancements – #SW2017

Mate Controller Enhancements   Hello, and welcome, good readers, to the new and improved mate controller.   Mate controller has always been ballin’, but it just got better. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2017, when you add different positions, you can create configurations at the same dang time.   Let me lay it out for you.   I’ve got my vise, holding a watermelon, like most vises do. And I want to move the clamp so that it grips tightly to my watermelon. I can do so by using the mate controller and changing the distance mate between the sliding jaw and the base.       So what, you say, SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS-USING TWIST DURING A SWEPT BOSS/BASE

SOLIDWORKS-USING TWIST DURING A SWEPT BOSS/BASE Welcome to the conclusion of my flower-based summer series. Summer is over, it’s time to let go of colorful petals and beautiful smells. But as one last parting gift, I’m going to show you how to make a cool stem to go with all the flowers you designed this summer by utilizing twist. Most of the time when using the Swept Boss/Base feature, the orientation of the profile I am extruding is set to follow the path without twist. But there are many cool things you can do using twist, as seen in my stem’s shape. In order to create the stem, I used

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Solidworks-Using Macros to Import Points

SOLIDWORKS-Using Macros to Import Points Hey guys, Another day, another flower. Sunflowers are beautiful and have delicious seeds, who wouldn’t want to model them? The only bad part is they have hundreds of seeds in an atypical pattern, and I do not want to spend the rest of my life placing points in a sketch. Good thing Solidworks has my back, and I can use a macro to insert a text file with coordinates for my seed’s placements, and then I will use a sketch driven pattern to do the rest. First things first, I have to put the Cartesian coordinates (x,y,z) into a text file. NOTE: These points will

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SOLIDWORKS SHARED SKETCHES

SOLIDWORKS Shared Sketches It's still summer, I'm still thinking about the outdoors, but now all the tulips I love are dead. I've decided to create a different flower, a better flower, one that won't disappoint me by dying after a week. See below for Super Flower TM. Damn Madeline, back at it again with the flower parts. To make the flower petals, I used a lofted surface with a top and bottom profile, and two guide curves. While playing around with profiles/guide curves, a weird cupped hand appeared in some of my sketches: What gives? The cupped hand symbol indicates that the sketch I was working with was shared. Editing

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SOLIDWORKS Configuration Specific Color

SOLIDWORKS Configuration Specific Color Summer is upon us, and if you're anything like me, you will spend most of your time outdoors or thinking about being outdoors. If you are really like me, you will also reapply sunscreen every two hours or risk turning your skin lobster red. This line of thinking led me to try and design my favorite flower, the tulip (see awesome oddly colored flower below). To achieve my fantasy flower coloring, I first used display states, a handy tool for manipulating the appearance of a part. Display states can be used to change the visual properties of a model, such as transparency, and in my case,

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