SOLIDWORKS:Design Checker

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SOLIDWORKS Design Checker is a tool that verifies settings in a part, assembly, and drawing. It checks for consistency in categories such as dimensioning standards, fonts, materials, and sketches to ensure that SOLIDWORKS documents meet pre-defined design criteria. The checker will produce a list of failed checks. A few years back some of my colleagues wrote a four-part series on Design Checker. They broke it down discussing the different area of the tool. I am going to check and make […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Great Routing Enhancements Part 1

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Here are a few great Electrical Routing enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Route Multiple Wires Through a Clip This is what SOLIDWORKS 2020 had to offer. You could select the axis of the clip, but could only select one wire at a time. Which means you would have to repeat the step and have multiple features. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2021, you can Route Multiple Wires through a clip. It is very easy to do. Click and then click . Notice, you […]

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Can I modify the Hole Callout in SOLIDWORKS?

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You sure can! It is easy. Understanding the symbol code (<MOD-DIA> = Ø) and Variables (<hw-diam> = Diameter, is the hard part. First, what is a Hole Callout? Hole Callout is information from the Hole Wizard or circular extrude cut. Such as description, diameter size, depth, quantity. You get the gist. I always use the Hole Wizard, even if it is just a hole. That way you do not have to manually enter the quantity. The default format file for […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Costing a Weldment (MultiBody)

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If there was a way for you to get a more accurate cost out of your weldments, you would like to hear about it, right? Well, SOLIDWORKS Costing is the way to go. Weldments include multi body and single body structural members, and the Costing tool will calculate the members as extruded parts. If a multi body template is used, weld bead and fillet bead cost information can be accounted for as well. Keep in mind that the Costing tool […]

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Convert a DWG file to a SOLIDWORKS part file

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I have this customer that has thousands of DWG files. They don’t want to redraw all of these. They’d rather take the profile view in the DWG file and convert to SOLIDWORKS part file. Luckily this can be done very easily. Open a DWG file in SOLIDWORKS and you will get this dialog box. Select Import to a new part and 2D sketch, then click next. This dialog box gives you the options to change units, add constraints, and import […]

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Favorite SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal feature: Tab and Slot

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One of my favorite features in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal is Tab and Slot. When it was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2018 (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/10/solidworks-2018-whats-new-creating-a-tab-and-slot-sw2018/). I was like man, I could have used this back in the day. It reminds me when my mom and dad would buy me model cars for Christmas. You may remember the cement glue that you had to use, and it would get all over the carpet. Well, mom and dad didn’t appreciate that. So, they started buying the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Create Multiple Connection Points

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can now create multiple connection points in a part. It’s really easy to do. Let’s get started. Click Tools>Routing>Routing Tools and click Create Connection Point. To create multiple connection points, select the following parameters. A sketch that has sketch points. The number of connection points is equal to the number of sketch points in a sketch. Multiple circular edges. Multiple circular and cylindrical faces. You can also assign a port ID or pin information to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Installation Summary

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, there are many enhancements dedicated to Performance, focused on getting your tasks done quickly and easily. The Installation Manager downloader has improved performance in the following areas. Downloads are faster than ever before The Installation Manager uses parallel threading for downloading and extraction process. The greatest benefit will be seen for users downloading more than one product. SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager also makes it easier to install the SOLIDWORKS PCB Viewer You can install the viewer concurrently with […]

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Breaking the link to a custom Toolbox Library part

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I wanted to create a custom part from the Toolbox Library. Specifically, a Structural Member (W Section). Which is in an assembly. I created the custom part, thinking it would be separate from the original toolbox Structural Member. I saved the assembly and the custom part. Since it was originally a read-only part, I needed to rename it. I renamed it, W14x426x60 TEST. Notice the new part has the toolbox icon symbol. We don’t want that. We want the link […]

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