Basics of SOLIDWORKS Reference Geometry: Planes

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Reference Geometry includes reference planes, axes, coordinate systems, and points. In this blog, we will discuss the many ways of creating and defining Reference Planes if you need to use planes other than the default Top, Right, and Front Planes. The Reference Geometry command lives on the Features toolbar, but you can also access it from Insert > Reference Geometry. When the Reference Plane PropertyManager comes up, you will notice that there is a lot of freedom for defining references […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Up Axis for View Orientation

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 includes a new button that will further allow you to customize your View Orientations in SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies. This new Up Axis button allows you to specify the Y-axis or the Z-axis as the default Up View Orientation. To find this new button, open a file in SOLIDWORKS 2020, go to your Heads-Up Toolbar and select the View Orientation button followed by the double arrows for More Options. You can also bring up More Options by hitting […]

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS Assembly FeatureManager Design Tree

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The FeatureManager Design Tree is the list of instructions that tells SOLIDWORKS how to build your Parts and Assemblies. In Parts, the FeatureManager includes all the features that make up your part and are history-based and order-dependent. The FeatureManager Design Tree in Assemblies includes the following items: This blog is going to focus on the Assembly Components section. You can see from the screenshot above that Assembly Components in the FeatureManager Design Tree include other fluff besides just the part […]

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Adding Custom Details to Balloons in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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The more detailed we can make our drawings, the less likely we are to have incorrect parts or assemblies created. In this blog, we will discuss how to: 1) Easily add the Quantity of each ballooned part to its respective balloon 2) Override this “Quantity” to type any text we wish next to the balloon. 3) Grouping other custom properties of the part with the balloon. Adding Quantity to SOLIDWORKS Balloon: To add the quantity of a part to a […]

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Rotate Slot in Hole Wizard

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A common question I have received on support is, “How do I rotate my Hole Wizard slot to be vertical or to be at a specified angle?”. To place a Counterbore Slot, Countersink Slot, or Slot, you must first select Hole Wizard and choose the Hole Type on the “Type” tab of the Hole Wizard command. After specifying the appropriate Standard, Type, Size, Length, and End Condition as you would for any other Hole Wizard hole, select the Positions tab […]

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Bypassing Warning “Encountered Invalid Record Index” During STEP Import

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Have you ever received a STEP file from a vendor and tried to open it in SOLIDWORKS, only for it to yield the warning: “Encountered Invalid Record Index”? If you have received this frustrating warning, you clicked on the right blog because I am about to show you how to bypass this warning to get that STEP file open! First, you are going to need to make sure 3D Interconnect is NOT turned on by going to SOLIDWORKS System Options […]

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Exploring SOLIDWORKS Explorer

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SOLIDWORKS Explorer is a free tool that is similar to Windows File Explorer but allows you to manage file references for SOLIDWORKS parts, drawings, and assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Explorer can be launched from the Tools drop-down inside SOLIDWORKS or from the Windows Start Menu under the SOLIDWORKS Tools folder. The most commonly used features of SOLIDWORKS Explorer are found by navigating to a SOLIDWORKS file within SOLIDWORKS Explorer and clicking the file name to expose the flyout shortcut toolbar. On this […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Evaluation – #SW2019

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 improves the use of Performance Evaluation in assemblies. Performance Evaluation is used in assembly files to analyze and suggest improvements to the performance. You can find Performance Evaluation in Tools > Evaluate > Performance Evaluation. The Performance Evaluation Report in SOLIDWORKS 2019 now allows you to click the “Open” icon to open a file in a new window from the “Details of the Open Document File” and “Graphics Triangles” sections. This offers you the ability to quickly access […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Comparing Geometry in Upgrade Assistant #SW2019

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Have you ever been really excited to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of SOLIDWORKS but were hesitant because of the possibility of differences in the rebuild of your models? Well, you do not have to worry any longer! NEW in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is an update to the Upgrade Assistant where SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler 2019 will report if the center of mass or volume of the model has changed. Prior to SOLIDWORKS 2019, the upgrade assistant would only report […]

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Quick and Easy Ways to Customize Your SOLIDWORKS User Interface

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SOLIDWORKS gives us the ability to customize our user interface in virtually anyway we like. However, we always recommend keeping your User Interface with the default settings until you are comfortable with the SOLIDWORKS User Interface. Once you get the hang of things, there are many ways to customize your SOLIDWORKS User Interface to increase efficiency and productivity. In this blog we will cover Customizing Menus, Creating & Editing Custom CommandManager Tabs, and Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse Gestures. 1. […]

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