Creating a slot in a SOLIDWORKS sheet metal cylinder

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Every year, SOLIDWORKS makes several enhancements to its software. In particular, they have made creating complex sheet metal parts even easier. Today we are going to look at creating a slot in a sheet metal cylinder. As you would expect, there are several ways to accomplish this in SOLIDWORKS. I will show you a couple common ways to accomplish this task. The first way is very simple, I am just going to create a slot on a plane and cut […]

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Modifying a Section Line in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

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A few years ago, SOLIDWORKS revamped the way you create section views in SOLIDWORKS. Now I think it's easier than ever to create section and detail views. Even though it is easy to create a section view, what do you do if you need to make a change to one? That is actually pretty simple as well. Here we have a Section A-A in a drawing that is straight and not going through the center of the model. If you […]

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How to see external references in a SOLIDWORKS sketch

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In SOLIDWORKS, there are times when you are modifying an existing part and that part has external references. External references can be created when you add relations from one part to another. For instance, you have a box or housing and you want to create a cover that will match the size of the housing and be connected to it. So if the housing changes, the cover will automatically be changed to match it. By adding these relationships it creates […]

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SOLIDWORKS Swept Flange Pattern Options

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Over the years, SOLIDWORKS has really improved the ability to create complex sheet metal parts. With this ability in the past, you would be somewhat limited with the flat pattern that was produced. It may give you a flat pattern that is in an orientation that you may not have chosen. (see below) You will notice in the second screenshot that the flat pattern fixed face is the angled face. This puts the flat pattern on a weird angle as […]

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Replacing a part in a drawing in SOLIDWORKS

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You may run into a situation when you have a part and a drawing but you want the drawing to use a different part. In this scenario, you don't have to create a whole new drawing or do a file save as. You can simply have the drawing point to a different file. Here you see the drawing of a part called arm. To change the part that is in the drawing, all you have to do is right click […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

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Register now for the meeting this month, and sign up for your friends.Don't forget to bring your bright ideas or SW trouble spots to share with others. Date: Thursday, October 23rd Location:  IMMI and CAPE Testing Facility  1919 E 191 St. Westfield IN 46074 Parking and entrance at South of the CAPE Building Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking.  Meeting starts at 5:00pm Meeting Agenda: General Meeting- Peter IMMI and CAPE presentation – Nick Awabdy " Live, Vehicle Crash DEMO"  (Vehicle donated by Adecco)The […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Gusset enhancements #sw2015

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In SOLIDWORKS 2015 there are several great new enhancements to gussets. You can now create gussets between disjointed planar surface bodies that are separated by a structural member, body radius or a gap. Here is an example. Another great gusset enhancement is the ability place a gusset between rectangular or planar surface bodies and cylindrical or round surface bodies. You can also create gussets between cylinders or tubes. When adding a gusset to a cylinder or tube, you have the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – eDrawings now supports annotation views #sw2015

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 now gives you the ability to use 3D annotations such as DimXpert dimensions. In fact, the entire user interface has been enhanced. When opening a file that has annotations, you now have a command in the lower right corner that allows you to toggle through the different views. When you click on the annotations icon in the lower right corner, you get an Annotations View pane Once selected, you get a couple of options that you can perform. […]

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Register now for the meeting this month, and sign up for your friends.Don’t forget to bring your bright ideas or SW trouble spots to share with others. Date: Wednesday August 20th. Location:   SMC Corporation of America. 10100 SMC Blvd. Noblesville, Indiana Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking.  Meeting starts at 5:00pm   Meeting Agenda:   General Meeting 1st Technical Presentation:Phil Whitaker, CATI: “SOLIDWORKS MECHANICAL CONCEPTUAL” Dinner (Sponsored by SWUGN) 2nd Technical Presentation: Avelino Rochino, DS SOILDWORKS “Certification Program” “Bright Ideas” […]

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Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group

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Greeting all SOLIDWORKS User Group Members and to all those who would like to participate in networking, learning, teaching and plain old having fun. Register Now for the November meeting, and sign up for your friends.Don’t forget to bring your bright ideas and SW trouble spots to share with others. Date: Wednesday, November 20th . Location:   HURCO. One Technology Way, Indianapolis IN 46268 Meeting Agenda:Time: 4:30pm Registration and networking.  Meeting starts at 5:00pm Opening remarks and introductions- Peter General […]

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