How to Create a SOLIDWORKS Piping Route

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Let me show you how easy it is to create a simple Piping Route First off. What is a Piping Route? SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. SOLIDWORKS Routing is a package that is available with all Premium Licenses. First thing we need to do is drag and drop a slip on flange from the design library […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Configuring Routing Components – #SW2019

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If you haven’t used Configure Component, I would have to say now is the time. Configure Component is a user-defined PropertyManager for parts and assemblies that have more than one configuration. It enables you to select the configuration of a component when you place it in an assembly. You define Configure Component PropertyManagers in the Configuration Publisher dialog box. So, you ask. What is Configuration Publisher? It is a tool that can help define and navigate you thru picking specific configurations at the assembly level or when downloading a model from 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Mates – Automatically Lock Rotation/Disabling Automatic Mate Updates in Toolbox – #SW2019

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The next couple of enhancements are awesome. It’s all about less clicks. Let me rewind before I get started. When I was a designer creating assemblies, we would add hardware from the Toolbox. I wanted all the components in my assembly to be fully defined. I would create a concentric, coincident and a parallel mate. The parallel mate was created so the hardware would not spin. Back in SOLIDWORKS 2014 they introduced Lock Rotation. This eliminated me from adding the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modifying SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone Report Templates

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In some cases the standard SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report templates do not meet your specific needs. To modify existing report templates the Template Editor is used. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to modify a SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone report template. Start by opening an existing project and clicking File, Template Editor. Click AS9102.xlt and click open. Microsoft Excel template opens and the SOLIDWORKS Inspection Template Editor dialogue box appears. This is the template we will modify. The […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: How to Create Custom Form Tools

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Creating a custom forming tool for SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal should start by taking advantage of the Forming Tool feature. The Forming Tool feature is used to define the stopping face, the faces to remove, and the insertion points. It is also recommended to save the custom tool as a form tool file type (*.sldftp), this will provide more flexibility on where the file is stored. Let’s get started by using an existing part file that contains a boss, fillet features and a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Inspection Standalone 2018 introduces some fantastic new productivity enhancements. The user interface is improved for added clarity. Menus, dialogs, and buttons are updated, more consistent, and resize properly. You can now work directly with native 2D drawings formats, without having to convert them to TIFF or PDF first. The following formats are supported. AutoCAD (dwg/dxf) PTC drawing files CATIA V5 drawing files. Characteristic information can now be extracted instantly […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 Add-in can now create complete Inspection Reports from a part (.sldprt) or assembly (.sldasm) model file. Let’s take a look at the difference. SOLIDWORKS 2017 on the left and 2018 on the right. Notice in 2017. SOLIDWORKS Inspection Add-in is on, but no CommandManager Tab. However in 2018, add-in is on and CommandManager Tab is available. When you open a SOLIDWORKS part or assembly that contains 3D […]

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SOLIDWORKS – WHAT IS FACE CURVE?

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Face Curve is a mesh that lays out the underlying U-V curves of a face. The mesh density can be increased or decreased. You can specify a mesh of evenly spaced curves or a position that creates two orthogonal curves. When using the mesh selection, it creates a series of 3D sketches forming a mesh on that face. Let’s get started. You can find this command under Tools, Sketch Tools, Face Curves. Let’s take a look at the mesh part […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do you WRAP? Not like JAY-Z or Lil Wayne

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Do you WRAP? Not like JAY-Z or Lil Wayne   The Wrap feature in SOLIDWORKS is great if you are trying to project a sketch without any distortion around a surface and cut or add material to that part. It supports any face which is planar, cylindrical, conical, extruded, or revolved.   Let’s go thru the step to create a Wrap feature.   First, let’s create a new sketch and add some text. You cannot create a Wrap feature from an open contour sketch. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Virtual Sharps

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Virtual Sharps   A common task for us is dimensioning to a point that exists where two edges, lines, arcs, and/or curves would intersect if those entities were extended. This is called a “virtual sharp” in SOLIDWORKS and is a useful reference in drawings and sketches. Some people may call it a Theoretical Sharp.   Let’s take a look at how we can create them in a part and drawing file.   When creating Virtual Sharps in the […]

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