Scaling a SOLIDWORKS Part

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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 […]

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How to turn on/off arc centerpoints in SOLIDWORKS

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I never really have had the need to turn off the arc centerpoints in SOLIDWORKS. The centerpoints are usually on by default. With the sketch centerpoints on, your circles and arcs will have the marks as seen in the picture below. One of our customers had an issue where they could not see their centerpoints in the sketch and they were not sure how to turn them back on. This is what their circles looked like. I knew there is […]

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Adding a Surface Finish Appearance to a SOLIDWORKS Part

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We recently received a support call where a customer had added a surface finish appearance but it did not appear on his model. SOLIDWORKS has a lot of great options for adding surface finish appearances to give your models a more realistic feel. Today I am going to show you how to add an appearance and how to adjust it so it looks just like you want it to. First, I am going to start out with a blank sheet […]

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Selecting an Edge of a Part in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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Have you ever tried to select the edge of your part in a drawing and not be able to select it? We have had a couple of customers call in with this issue. At first I thought maybe that they had a filter turned on. To check to see if a filter is turned on just select the (F5) key. This turns on the filter toolbar to allow you to see what's on. In this case, it wasn't a filter. […]

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Installing a new font to be used in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS comes with numerous font types that you can use but there are times when you want and need to use other fonts. SOLIDWORKS supports Only True Type font. OpenType fonts resemble TrueType fonts but they can contain either TrueType or PostScript Type 1 font data. OpenType fonts containing TrueType outlines use the same .TTF filename extension as TrueType fonts, these fonts will work in SOLIDWORKS where as PostScript OpenType file names use .OTF as extension that will not work […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

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   Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now November 18th. Meeting. Date: Wednesday, November 18th.Time: Registration & Networking 4:30.p.m.           Program: 5:00 p.m.Place: Teppanyaki Grill. 9701 East Washington St, IndidnaploisOur Presenters:   Gemma Walsh, Business Development Manager, DriveWorks Ltd. UK   Phil Whitaker, Technical Service Manager, CATI LLC  Agenda: General Meeting- Bob 1st Presentation Gemma Walsh. "Discover More About Drive Works"  Dinner (Sponsored by SWUGN) 2nd Technical Presentation Phil Whitaker, "SOLIDWORKS 2016 Rollout" Door Prizes. Group Photo-shoot    Premium Door Prize: Quad-Rotor 4-Chanel Drone.  Door Prize Sponsor Our Support Sponsors LinkedIn CISUG Your CISUG […]

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Creating a Slot on a Cylindrical SOLIDWORKS Part

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We received a support call from a customer the other day and they were trying to create an angled slot on a cylinder in SOLIDWORKS. There is a catch, they need to create the slot so that the edges of the slot, are perpendicular to the inside and outside diameter of the cylinder. That way, if the part were to be flattened, the flat cut would lay out correctly. One simple way to accomplish this task is to use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Part & Assembly Watermarks – #SW2016

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In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you will have the ability to set notes in an annotation view and have them represent watermarks. You have the option to display the note on top of the model or behind it, with the ability to adjust the transparency. Expand the FeatureManager tree and then expand Annotations. Right-click Notes Area and click Activate. Click Insert, Annotation, Note. Create the note for the watermark. Right-click the note and click Watermark. In the PropertyManager, under Watermark. Under Ordering, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – Plastics Overview – #SW2016

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There are some really great enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Plastics in 2016! One of which is a new category for Runner Domain. You can assign runner domain to solid components as well as a mesh with solid elements. The Warp and Flow Solver performance is also improved. A new solver CICSAM (compressive interface capturing scheme for arbitrary meshes) is a method for flow front tracking. It is the default flow solver for plastic injection molding analysis. The report section has been […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

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  MEETING NEXT MONTH Celebrating CISUG 10th Anniversary      Central Indiana  SOLIDWORKS User Group Make Your Reservation Now September 15th . Meeting. Date: Tuesday, September 15th. Time: Registration & Networking 4:30.p.m.            Program: 5:00 p.m. Place: SMC Corporation of America 10100 SMC Blvd. Noblesville, Indiana 46060Join us for this very special event: Richard Doyle, will be recognizing our 10th Anniversary. Avelino Rochino will be giving away FREE Certification test vouchers     Richard Doyle, DS SOLIDWORKS. Senior User Advocacy & SOLIDWORKS User Groups – AKA "The User Group […]

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