DFMXpress. Have you heard of it?

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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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How often do you use SolidWorks’ Recognize Feature?

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Whenever you get a file from a customer and they use software other than SolidWorks they may send you IGES or STEP files. When you open it, SOLIDWORKS will ask you, Do you wish to run Import Diagnostics on this part and Do you want to proceed with feature recognition?   If you select No for both, you will get an Import1 body. You say to yourself, "How can I work with this?" SOLIDWORKS makes it easy for you. Rather than […]

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Did you know you can modify the SOLIDWORKS Heads-up View Toolbar?

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Did you know you can modify the Heads-up View Toolbar? Well you can. After loading and launching SolidWorks for the first time, your Heads-up View Toolbar will look like this.   It is located at the top, in the middle of your graphics area. To modify your Heads-up view. Expand your options button by clicking the arrow. click Customize, then click Commands.   In the Categories field, scroll to standard view(for example). All the view standard icons will appear in the buttons […]

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Have You Ever Used Part Reviewer In SolidWorks?

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SolidWorks Part Reviewer can be used to review how parts are created feature by feature. Very similar to roll back, but easier. You can find Part Reviewer on the Evaluate tab. Click on Part Reviewer and notice it opens in the Task Pane area. You can use the arrows to guide you through the features and sketches of the model. Arrows from left to right (Jump to Begining, Step Back, Step Forward and Jump to End). When you activate Show Sketch Details in […]

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When adding dimensions to a diameter or an arc

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When adding dimensions to a diameter or an arc, don't limit yourself. It seems that when people dimension to a diameter or an arc, they click the center point. You are limiting yourself from selecting minimum and maximum arc conditions. Let me show you.   1. When I add a Smart dimension from the edge to the center point of the diameter/arcs,       you will notice there are NO arc conditions (usually where the RED arrow is).   2) Now take a […]

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