SOLIDWORKS 2022 What’s New – UI Enhancements

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SOLIDWORKS has done a great job over the years improving the User Interface and 2022 is no exception. SOLIDWORKS has made it even easier to navigate the User Interface, provide more information, and quickly search for tools and more. Let’s take a look. Dismissed Messages The first thing they have done is make it easier to find the Dismissed Messages. It now has its own tab. You will see the full information about dismissed messages. To view dismissed messages, click: […]

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SOLIDWORKS: SDK Template Files Missing

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I took a SOLIDWORKS support call the other day and the customer said, “I’m missing my SOLIDWORKS SDK Template files”. My response was, “I can help with that. Do you have a SOLIDWORKS Student Version”? He responded “No”. The reason I asked if he had a student version is the student license uses Student Design Kit (SDK) download files. The customer told me “I’m trying to use Visual Studio. After I installed SOLIDWORKS and the SOLIDWORKS API SDK files, my […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Interference Detection

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If there was a way to build a top-level assembly where every component and sub-assembly went together perfectly you would want to know about that, right? Well, the tool to use is Interference Detection. I think this is the most underused SOLIDWORKS tool. So, what is SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection? Interference Detection identifies interferences between components, sub-assemblies, and even multibody parts. This tool will help you to examine and evaluate those interferences. Interference Detection is useful in complex assemblies, where it can be difficult to […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating GD&T it’s easy

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What is SOLIDWORKS Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)? GD&T is the process of assigning dimensions and tolerances to features of a part in a way that makes it possible to manufacture, inspect, and assemble. It is used to add geometric tolerances using feature control frames to parts and drawings. SolidWorks drawing’s geometric tolerancing tools support the ASME Y14.5-2009 tolerancing guidelines. Back in the day when I was using AutoCAD, we were required to add GD&T to our drawings. GD&T was […]

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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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