MOLD SPLIT BOUNDING BOX

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The first things that always get asked from the mold designer are. What are the steel sizes that I need so I can get stuff on order? When are you going to be done? And not necessarily in that order….. With the addition of the bounding box feature for multi-bodies in 2013 I was kind of curious as to if this would work for a non planar mold situation. So I turned my Split into a weldment and sure enough […]

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Windows 8 & SOLIDWORKS 2012 Test Drive

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     I just had to. With the Release to Manufacturing of Windows 8 already here I had to take it for a test drive. It is available as an evaluation copy from the MS website. It was a 2.5gb downloaded .iso file which when put onto a bootable USB stick, (because really who uses a DVD player anymore?) installed with out any issues on an older Dell M6300 in less than 10 minutes. The thing that is striking about the […]

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Multibody BOM With Cutlist

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    So you’ve built this awesome set of cavity and core blocks with the Mold Tools in Solidworks.  You did everything in the right order. Imported your neutral file from your customer. Fixed up the missing geometry for molding (because there is always some thing not quite right) Added shrink. Parting line Etc.   Multibody Cavity Build       Check, were all good. You get to the end of your workflow and you would like to show your “Multibody  Exploded view” new […]

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Autodimension via the Smart Dimenion

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There is a little known "driven" dimension shortcut that in my opinion dosen't gett used enough. It's been around for quite some time, works well and is pretty underutilized in my book. Lets start a drawing. and dimension a block with a myriad of features on it, holes, a pocket and 2 slots.   Hit the smart dimension shortcut, mouse gesture, from the command manager, "S" Key, what ever your preferred method is. The "Smart" dimension tab actually has  2 […]

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3DVia Composer V62013 SP0 LIVE

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FYI…3DVia Composer V62013 SP0 is live for all current subscription customers and SOLIDWORKS SP4.0 is right around the corner. Here are the highlights for the new release of Composer. Image Library Quick Magnetic Line Alignment Prevent Actor Deletion New Advanced Application Settings Disable Document Property and Application Preference Modifications DisableMatchingProperties Precedence Change And a PDF for a complete list of all of the enhancements and data facts..   Todd Werginz CATI

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