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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

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. You must create using closed contour only.   When creating the Sketch Text, you have some options. You can select an edge, curve, sketch or a sketch segment as reference

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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 part file, you need to be in a sketch. Control Select the two entities used to create the sharp and then click the Point icon.     Click the green

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SOLIDWORKS: Instances to Vary

Instances to Vary   You all have probably used Instance to Skip, but have you used Instances to Vary?   SOLIDWORKS has created this great tool to use when you want to create more complex patterns.   Let’s take a look at a simple linear pattern with the spacing of 40mm with 8 instances.     A design change has taken place and an equally spaced linear pattern is no longer needed. Rather than creating multiple linear patterns or some other crazy way of getting different spacing between the features, just use Instances to Vary.     The first thing I want to show you is the Direction 1 Spacing

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SOLIDWORKS: Belt/Chain Assembly Feature

Belt/Chain Assembly Feature   Belt/Chain Assembly Feature simulates a belt, chain, pulley or sprocket. It has the ability to include more than two components. This feature adds appropriate mates and relations to give you that desired rotational results. It will also create a sketch containing arcs and lines describing the path of the belt.   SOLIDWORKS will calculate the length of the belt depending on the positions of the pulleys, chain or sprocket.   The other cool part about this feature is, you have the option to automatically create a new part containing the belt sketch.   To create the Belt/Chain Assembly Feature follow these steps:   Click Assembly tab,

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Sheet Metal Options – #SW2017

Sheet Metal Options   In previous SOLIDWORKS versions, there were no Sheet Metal Bodies options.     In SOLIDWORKS 2017, there is now a global setting that can control whether sheet metal bodies follow the parameters defined in the Sheet Metal folder in the FeatureTree.   You can find these new selects in Tools>Options>Document Properties>Sheet Metal. Notice the new selections under New Sheet Metal Bodies.   Override Default Parameter Override Bend Allowance Parameters Override Auto Relief Parameters     When all options are cleared, all individual body sheet metal parameters are driven by the settings in the Sheet Metal Folder.     When selected, these options override the Sheet Metal folder

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: System Options for Interoperability – #SW2017

System Options for Interoperability   When opening a neutral file (stp, parasolid, iges…) in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and older, you’re going to get this dialog box, notice the Option button.     After clicking the Options button, the Import Options dialog box will appear. Some neutral file options may look a little different.     When doing a “save as” or exporting a sheet metal part as a DXF file you’ll see this. Notice the Options button.     After clicking the Options button, the Export Options dialog box will appear. Again, some neutral file options may look a little different.     Now in SOLIDWORKS 2017, when opening a file, doing

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SOLIDWORKS: Display dimension flat to screen

When editing a sketch and the part is rotated in an unusual or awkward way, you might want those dimensions easier to read so you can make changes on the fly. Out of the box, SOLIDWORKS has an option unchecked that may help you when checked. Have you heard of Display dimension flat to screen? Many haven’t. Let’s take a look at this setting. See the image below, awkward rotation with the sketch shown. You can hardly read the dimension. That’s because Display dimension flat to screen is unchecked. Let’s compare what the view will look like when checked and unchecked from a top view UNCHECKED CHECKED Let’s take a look when

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SOLIDWORKS: Have you ever used Replace Component?

If your looking to save some time, let SOLIDWORKS do the work for you. Replace Component is an awesome command. Say there is a design change, the components are similar but not the same. For example these pins. Standard Pin (top) and Custom Pin (bottom) Rather than deleting the component and mating them all over again, just replace it. We want to replace the standard pin in the assembly below with the custom pin. Let me show you how easy it is. Right click the component from Design Feature Tree (you may have to expand your shortcut menu dialog box) click the two arrows at the bottom. Select Replace Component. The Replace

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SOLIDWORKS: Can’t rotate model 360 degrees.

In the last week or so, I have taken a few calls asking. "Why can't I rotate my model a full 360 degrees"? The solution is quite simple. Your 'Rotate About The Scene Floor' option is checked. It's actually a cool feature. When this is checked, it locks the vertical axis in relation to the front view during view rotation. This prevents the model from tipping and tilting about the horizontal plane and creates the impression that the model is on the floor. Your feedback cursor will look like this when rotating.  Normally your cursor looks like this.  Let's go ahead and turn this option off. Right click in the

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