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

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

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?

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: 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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