“Normal To” Orientation.

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Sometimes, when rotating “Normal To” a face, the orientation can be rotated at some obscure angle.  This can be especially true on imported parts or parts that have a lot of funky angles to them.  Take a look at this part.  When you rotate the selected face Normal To, you get the following results…   If you want to rotate the part with respect to a specific face, simply ctrl + select the two faces before selecting Normal To.  The […]

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Shortcut Bar AKA the “S” key

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SOLIDWORKS has really put in a lot of effort in the past couple of releases to minimize mouse travel and increase productivity.  One of the tools that they have added to help do this is the shortcut bar.  This shortcut bar is basically a tool bar that can be pulled up by hitting the “s” key on the keyboard.  It opens up right beside your curser eliminating the need to drag your mouse to the top command manager.  The best […]

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When good things go bad…

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As with any new release, sometimes good things go bad.  Something that is new in SOLIDWORKS 2010 that has some people quite flustered, myself included, is the convert entities command.  In previous releases, when you pre-selected a face and then selected the convert entities tool, the dialog box would automatically close after converting the entities.  In 2010, the dialog box remains open.   There was a subtle change to the functionality of most sketch tools with this 2010 release.  If you […]

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Blank RX

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With everyone moving to 64 bit operating systems, we are starting to see a different range of issues.  One of these is with the SOLIDWORKS RX tool.  We often refer to this to check the system when customers call in with problems.  On some 64 bit systems, the RX tool will only show icons with a few lines.  When you drag your cursor across the window, you will notice that the cursor changes when you get to a link or […]

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