Rolled Edge Flanges

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A common feature in the sheet metal industry are rolled edge flanges on a cylindrical parts.  With all the great sheet metal tools that SOLIDWORKS has to offer, that is one area the software has strugggled in the past.  SOLIDWORKS has never had the capabilitys to create a part as such and still be able to create a flat pattern from it.  With the introduction of SOLIDWORKS 2012, that has all changed.  SOLIDWORKS now has a new feature available in […]

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Custom Broken-out Section Views

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Sometimes you may want to show a broken out section view in a drawing to see the inside of an assembly.  The broken-out section view tool that you have in the view layout tab can be difficult to control and doesn’t show well in an isometric orientation.  This can easily be done by creating an assembly feature cut. I this case, I want to see the inside of the grill… First create a sketch where you would like the cutout: […]

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How to enter points with x, y and z coordinates?

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Sometimes you may receive files from vendors or get information from a CCM where you need to plot out reference points using x, y and z coordinates.  There are not many tools in SOLIDWORKS that will allow you to enter in x, y, z coordinates regardless of the feature type.  One trick is using a 3D sketch… In a 3D sketch: 1  -  Create however many points you need.  (Doesn't matter the location.) 2  -  Select a point.  Using the […]

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Swept Thin workaround.

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A couple months ago I posted a blog on the differences between a solid sweep and a swept thin (http://blog.cati.com/2011/05/sweep-solid-vs-sweep-thin.html). There is a work around to create a swept thin.  Surface sweep is the answer. Note: For all these examples, the “pink” sketch will be used as the path, the “green” as the profile. So, just as before, this is the shape we are after.  The sketches will be set up as so…   Instead of using a solid sweep […]

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Rendering Settings – DPI vs. pixels

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Had a question today on how to set the DPI settings for PhotoView 360… Good question – not really sure… Off to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base… Bottom line?  There is no way to set the DPI in PhotoView 360 (or PhotoWorks for that matter).  The concept of DPI is only relevant to printing, not on-screen images.   Here is the SOLIDWORKS solution that explains it all…   Solution Id: S-02581   Question: Regarding the PhotoWorks/PhotoView 360 image resolution, rendered output is […]

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Bent Spring

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Problem:  You need to create a spring that is bent.  You need it to follow a path, something like so…  Helix will not because it only works in a straight line.   Solution:  Create a Sweep… Yes, a Sweep. You will need to use the option to twist along path under the Orientation/twist type.      When you have a high number of turns, as I do in this particular part, it can flatten the profile.   This is not exactly […]

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Sweep Solid vs. Sweep Thin.

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Thin sweep features can be a little deceiving.  A swept thin does not behave the same as an extruded thin. With an extruded thin, you can have open contours in the sketch. With a swept thin, the profile must remain closed.  Note: For all these examples, the “pink” sketch will be used as the path, the “green” as the profile. This first example might be what you would expect a swept thin to be used for.   With the sketches set […]

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BOMs and Assembly Drawings

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2010, SOLIDWORKS added some neat features when working with assembly drawings and BOMs.  First off, you will notice that when you select the BOM it now has a big, move icon that is now much easier to grab and move the BOM around.  The best of the bunch is the ability to move the BOM to a second sheet.  They have also added some nice visual cues to it… When you select a component out […]

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SOLIDWORKS won’t Save!?!

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There has been a hand full of cases where SOLIDWORKS will not save files.  No hourglass.  No spinning circle.  No crashing.  No warning.  No nothing.  It just flat out will not save.  Most of the time, you will see these symptoms soon after an upgrade to a newer version.  And most of the time, the problem occurs trying to save an older version file to the current version.  Your first clue should be the save icon itself.  Should look like […]

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Hiding bodies in a drawing view.

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I ran into a call today that I haven’t seen in a while.  So, I’d thought I’d share… Most people know how to hide a body in a multi-bodied part to focus or work on certain aspects of their design.  But, what about a drawing?  How do you hide a body in a drawing view?  The answer is quite simple:  Right-click on the drawing view and select properties.  A dialog box will open up like you see below.  Select the […]

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