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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

SOLIDWORKS: Opening a Part/Assembly from the BOM

Opening a Part/Assembly in SOLIDWORKS from the BOM   One of the great advantages of using SOLIDWORKS is its ease of use. Just about everything you want to do is one or two clicks away. Often when you are in an assembly, you need to jump back forth between the drawing and the components in the assembly. One of our customers ran into an issue where they were trying to open a part from the BOM but could not. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, they could just right click on the component or assembly and select open. However, the customer did not have that option available any longer. See illustration

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SOLIDWORKS: Thread Profiles

Thread Profiles in SOLIDWORKS   Sometimes when you upgrade or install the latest version of SOLIDWORKS, you lose or can’t find your custom features. In this case, I have created some custom threads that I used in 2016. When I installed 2017, everything installed fine. I went use the thread feature and noticed that the custom threads that I had created were missing. I am looking for a thread profile named Feed Screw Profile.     Notice in the above picture that Feed Screw Profile is not available. What happened to it? I spent a fair amount of time putting it together and now it’s missing. Where did it go?

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SOLIDWORKS: Measure Center Distances

Measure Center Distances in SOLIDWORKS   We had a customer call in support recently that was having trouble measuring center distances in SOLIDWORKS using the measure command. The trouble was that the command was not available and greyed out. Has that ever happened to you before? It was odd because it is a simple measure tool and should be available. So of course, I am thinking something difficult like graphics related. Maybe they need to reboot, update the drivers or something like that. So, we did a web conference so I could see it before we took those drastic steps and here is what I saw.     You can

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Prevention of Accidental Micro Lines – #SW2017

Prevention of Accidental Micro Lines   A great new feature in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS is something that you probably will never even notice. This will minimize the unintentional sketched lines that occur when you create sketches. Have you ever created a sketch and when you are finished, you can’t complete the feature? You get an error message that looks like this:     This typically occurs when you have a tiny little line somewhere in your sketch that you can’t see. So, you go to Tools, Sketch Tools, Check sketch for feature to see what the problem is.       With the new Micro Line Prevention, there

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect – #SW2017

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect   SOLIDWORKS has a great new tool in 2017 that will allow you to work directly with third-party native CAD files!  What exactly does that mean?   Insert CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS ASSEMBLY without having to convert it to a SOLIDWORKS file. No translation Leverage legacy 3D data Work directly with Suppliers and Vendors     When you open the 3D CAD part in SOLIDWORKS, it keeps the link with the original part. All Edge and Face ID’s are maintained     By maintaining the link to the original 3D CAD part, changes made to the CAD data from the other CAD system will update

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

Register now for a Joint Meeting in Lafayette with the PSUG (Purdue SOLIDWORKS User Group) lead by Hailey Turner. View this email in your browser  Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now Date: Thursday September 22nd. Registration and Networking: 4:30pm Program: 5:00 p.m.Place: ENGINEERING Innovation Inc. 3601 Sagamore Parkway North. Suite EII. Lafayette, Indiana 47904   Agenda: General Meeting and something about SOLIDWORKS 2017- Peter 1st Technical Presentation. Brandon Nelms. “Comparing PhotoView 360with the new SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard “ Dinner (Sponsored by SWUGN) 2nd. Technical Presentation. Phil Whitaker. “Tips and Tricks in Setting up Toolbox so it works for everybody” Door Prizes. Group Photo-shoot ENGINEERING Innovation facility tour – Jason Hoag Door Prize Sponsor Our Support Sponsors

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You can do what with SOLIDWORKS Equations?!

When you are talking about equations in SOLIDWORKS, you usually think about the obvious stuff. Like, 2 x 2 or something like that. Perhaps you want the width to be half of the height (height dim/2). Did you know that you can do if/then statements with SOLIDWORKS equations? Let’s look at a simple example of a radius on a block. I want to control the radius so that if the part falls below a certain dimensional value, the fillet will be suppressed. In the figure below, you can see a cube with a radius on it and the cube is 5 in. The symbol next to the dimension value is

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Creating a decal in SOLIDWORKS

At some point in your modeling career, you will probably need to add a logo or decal to your product. I will show you how easy it is to add a decal to your part in SOLIDWORKS. With your part open, go to the DisplayManager at the top of your feature tree. Select Decal, and then below, right click and select Add Decal. Then just browse to the image you want to use as your decal. If you select Save Decal, you can save the decal in your decal library to use at a later date. The file is saved as a .p2d file After you have located the file

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Mirroring Parts in SOLIDWORKS with Features and Sketches

I want to create a mirrored part in SOLIDWORKS but I want to have the flexibility to make changes to the mirrored part when needed. When you mirror a part in an assembly for instance, you are first given the option to select the components you want to mirror. After selecting the components, you hit the blue next arrow in the upper right corner and you are able to select the part orientation. Also, you can select to make the part an opposite hand version if you want. After selecting the create opposite hand version, hit next and you are given the option on how to save the opposite hand

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Scaling a SOLIDWORKS Part

Scaling a part in SOLIDWORKS is an easy thing to do. However, did you know that when you scale a part, you are actually only scaling the part and not the sketch and constraining dimensions. Let's take a look. Notice the 245 mm dimension at the bottom of the picture. This is the sketch dimension before anything has been scaled. To actually scale the part, you go to Insert, Features, Scale. Once you select scale, you have a few different options on how to scale your part. In this case, we will scale our part via the Centroid. You can see by the screen shots below that the part on

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