Create Custom Appearances in SOLIDWORKS

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Save yourself time and avoid unnecessary modeling by creating or adding custom appearances to your SOLIDWORKS models. Trying to 3D model something as complex as netting, knurling, or mesh can be very time-consuming to design. These designs also take a lot of SOLIDWORKS computing power and greatly impact rebuild time and performance. So, if netting is something you’re not manufacturing in-house, I strongly recommend using SOLIDWORKS appearances. How To Search Appearances To quickly locate an appearance, I suggest doing a […]

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Using Selection Filters in Assemblies

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I recently came across a question in a SOLIDWORKS forum and I’ve gotten many similar questions while providing tech support or during training classes. So I’d like to address this question, “Is there a way to select all my surface bodies or solid bodies in an assembly?”. I realized this question comes up often because there isn’t a specific option for this under the select tools that are commonly used for assemblies. There is a fast and easy way to […]

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How to Quickly Create a 3D Sketch From a Solid Body in SOLIDWORKS

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3D sketching can be very challenging to do quickly. Whether you struggle with dimensioning, over-defining, or not sketching on the correct plane, I have a simple trick for you to try. I am going to show you a way to speed up the 3D sketching process and still work with-in the comfortable realm of 2D sketching. Here is how I took a single sketch entity and quickly made a 3D sketch of a decahedron. First, I placed a single line […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Transferring Materials for Inserted Parts

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SOLIDWORKS has introduced some extra flexibility when it comes to transferring material properties of inserted parts into another part file. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS offered one option: Insert > Part > Transfer> Material. In SOLIDWORKS 2021 this option has been updated to specify Body Material and Part material. This may seem like a minimal change but it packs a powerful punch when used correctly. So, what is the difference between Body Material and Part Material? Part Material is defined by […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1

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Importing DWG files into SOLIDWORKS can be time-consuming and a bit tedious. This blog will offer you some basic pointers to help ease the importing and editing process. Before importing your .dwg file, look at how many layers your file contains. Try to limit yourself to only the necessary layers. By limiting the layers imported into SOLIDWORKS you’re also simplifying the drawing file you’ll be creating and improving performance speed. You can use eDrawings to navigate through the different layers […]

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How To Extract Custom Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you received a Solidworks Part File where someone has applied custom materials that you don’t possess? Would you like to share the custom material that you’ve created? There is a way to extract custom material properties from files sent to you, in just a few steps, without having to recreate it in your own materials library. Step 1. Activate your Simulation Add-in. After you activate your Add-in then you will see the Simulation tab added to the Command Manager. Step […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at Part Reviewer’s capabilities and benefits for familiarizing yourself with another’s design process. In Part 2 we will look at a useful tool to aid you in the editing process.   So, you inherit a file thinking you’re just going to make a small change to one component or delete a no longer needed feature. Suddenly, your FeatureManager Design Tree is riddled with error messages. To avoid these editing mishaps, a deeper knowledge of feature relations is incredibly helpful. By enabling Dynamic Reference Visualization, you can quickly view all the Parent/Child relationships in […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Stop Collaborate and Listen

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Considering how few of us actually get to start from scratch when it comes to designing, it’s imperative that you’re able to navigate through someone else’s design. If you’ve recently inherited another engineer’s design files or would like to be able to collaborate on designs more easily then this series will help you hit the ground running. Decoding another’s design files can eat up a lot of time and often lead to design errors in the editing process. I will […]

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