SOLIDWORKS – WHAT IS FACE CURVE?

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

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

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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SOLIDWORKS: Using Section View From Your Heads-Up Toolbar

Within SOLIDWORKS, you can find the Section View in your Heads-up Toolbar. Section View displays a cutaway of a part or assembly using one or more cross section planes or faces, to show the internal construction of the model. What's important here is "using MORE than one section plane or face." Some people don't realize you can cutaway using more than one plane or face. Let's take a look. Click Section View from the Heads-up Toolbar. My Right Plane was pre-selected […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What are Inference Lines? And did you know you can change the color of one?

Inference lines are dotted lines that appear as you sketch. When your pointer approaches highlighted cue such as midpoints, the inference lines guide you relative to existing sketch entities. Take a look at the image below. (The image below, I have already changed the line "A" to red. SOLIDWORKS defaults the color to yellow.) The lines labeled “A” are red(line color can be changed), and if the sketch line snaps to them, a tangent or perpendicular relationship will be captured. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Mate to Center Rectangular and Cylindrical Profiles #SW2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 has made it easy to mate two components at there centers. Mate to Center automatically center aligns common component types such as rectangular and circular profiles to each other and fully defines the components. Let's open profile_center.sldasm in SOLIDWORKS 2015, using the following path from your computer: install_dir\samples\whatsnew\assemblies\profile_center_mate\profile_center.sldasm  Follow these simple steps: 1. Click Mate   (Assembly toolbar) or Insert > Mate. 2. In the PropertyManager; under Advanced Mates, click Profile Center  . 3. For Entities to Mate, select the faces […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 What’s New – Grouping Features in Favorite Folders#sw2015

SOLIDWORKS 2015 has made it easy to access features such as cuts, holes, fillets/chamfers…etc. Placing them in a subfolder in the Favorites folder is the way to go. The way about doing this is moving the specific features to the Favorites folder and then grouping them into a subfolder and giving that subfolder a specific name. First, let's make our Favorites folder visible. Do the following steps to achive this. 1. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click the part and […]

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SOLIDWORKS: USING HOLE WIZARD AND HOLE TABLE TOGETHER

I received a call from a customer the other day asking the question, "why doesn't my Hole Wizard properties show up on my Hole Table in SOLIDWORKS"? After looking at his part, I noticed he added a Chamfer after the Hole Wizard. The chamfer properties showed up in place of the Hole Wizard properties on the Hole Table. Let's take a look at a simple plate with four holes using Hole Wizard. Now let's create a drawing and insert a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Detached Drawings

Did you ever want to work in a drawing file without affecting the model? Well you can! Detached Drawings are designed so you can open and work in drawing files without the model files being loaded into memory. The drawing is detached from the references.  With a drawing file open and fully updated (crtl +Q). Save it and open the assembly.    Let's make sure the assembly is fully updated as well (Crtl+Q). Close assembly. Working in the drawing file.Click […]

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DFMXpress. Have you heard of it?

Have you ever wondered if SolidWorks has some sort of automated checking tool? Well, the answer is yes. SOLIDWORKS DFMXpress analysis tool validates the manufacturability of parts designed with SolidWorks. Use DFMXpress to identify design areas that might cause problems during fabrication or increase production costs, and quickly review parts with mill, drill, turning, sheet metal, and injection molding requirements. You can launch DFMXpress by clicking Tools>DFMXpress(3rd from the top). Once it is launched, click Settings… At this point you […]

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