SOLIDWORKS: How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol

How to Create a Jog in a SOLIDWORKS Weld Symbol   Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when you have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task, but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his […]

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How to create a jog in a SOLIDWORKS weld symbol

Drawings can often get cluttered and very busy. This can particularly happen when have a large weldment drawing. Sometimes, you just want to complete the simplest task but just can’t figure out how to accomplish it. We recently had a customer who had a very large drawing with several dimensions, balloons, and symbols. The customer just needed to adjust some of his weld symbols to fit them on his drawing but could not figure out how to create a jog […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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