How to Flip Bend Note Direction in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal

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When creating a part in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal, the main goal in mind is to create your geometry, then use the automatically created flat pattern. However, the flat pattern’s bend notes may be exactly opposite to what is expected. The bend note’s direction is based off which face the flat pattern considers the “Fixed Face”. Automatically, SOLIDWORKS will choose a face for you. Here is how to choose a different face so that the bend note’s directions may be changed: […]

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Using the Biad: How to Place Angled Dimensions with Only One Reference Entity

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The scene: You’re about to wrap up a SOLIDWORKS sketch with one angled dimension; but there is a problem… You need to place the angled dimension on a line relative to absolutely horizontal and there are no lines that are horizontal that you can reference. The solution: The biad! To use the biad: Select a line and a colinear vertex Notice the “biad Crosshair” Select one of the biad references to place a dimension relative to absolutely vertical or horizontal. […]

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How to Measure the Minimum Distance Between Two Cylinders.

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  Users will often get frustrated when trying to take measurements with the SOLIDWORKS measure tool, especially when taking measurements between two cylindrical faces. It turns out, we can use the measure tool to measure the minimum and maximum distance. To use this functionality, launch the measure tool from the evaluate toolbar, then select your two cylindrical faces. Once the faces are selected, the measurement tool will give you the “center to center” distance. However, you can also use the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Measure the Minimum Distance Between Two Cylinders

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Users will often get frustrated when trying to take measurements with the SOLIDWORKS measure tool, especially when taking measurements between two cylindrical faces. It turns out, we can use the measure tool to measure the minimum and maximum distance. To use this functionality, launch the measure tool from the evaluate toolbar, then select your two cylindrical faces. Once the faces are selected, the measurement tool will give you the “center to center” distance. However, you can also use the “Arc/Circle […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Adding a Selection to a Selection Set

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New to SOLIDWORKS 2020 you can add to an existing selection set. To add a selection to a selection set: Open a model and select multiple items in the FeatureManager design tree or graphic area. Right-click the selections and click “Save Selection“ then “New Selection Set” To add an item to an existing set, click Selection-Set#(##) NOTE: (# indicates the order of creation and ## indicates the number of items in the set.) Expand Selection Sets from the feature tree […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

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Originally introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, 3D Interconnect replaces SOLIDWORKS’ current translation capabilities with new technology and workflows for working with third-party native CAD data. You can: Insert proprietary CAD data directly into a SOLIDWORKS assembly without converting it to a SOLIDWORKS file. Open the proprietary 3D CAD format in the SOLIDWORKS software with its associative link to the original part. Update changes in the SOLIDWORKS file if you update the proprietary CAD data in its authoring application by maintaining all […]

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Free Xpress Product Training

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Xpress Products are free and meant to give you a taste of the products and solutions available to you as a SOLIDWORKS user. After trying the Xpress version, you may want to explore what the full versions may have to offer. Just as any SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium license come with free Xpress products, my.solidworks.com comes with FREE Xpress products training! To Access your free Xpress products training: Go to https://my.solidworks.com/training   Search for whatever Xpress product you want […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Part Templates to Give You a Head Start

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Suppose you are a designer with a product or line of products that all have the same initial features. It is easy to waste time creating the same features repeatedly or copying parts, doing a “save as”, then deleting unneeded features. Instead, you can create a template with all your initial base features: First, create a part with all the initial features you want. Next, edit all the Document Properties in Tools -> Options to be consistent with your company’s […]

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SOLIDWORKS MBD: Attaching a file to a 3D PDF

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When publishing a 3D PDF for external collaboration, it may be necessary to send further documentation such as native CAD models, STEP files, 2D drawings and so on. One way of bundling said documentation is to attach these extra files to the 3D PDF you intend on sending out. (This is only possible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 and newer) To attach files to a 3D PDF: Select “Publish 3D PDF” in your 3D Views tab Under the “Attachments” option, select “Attach […]

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Limit Distance with Two Faces

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It is a known limitation in SOLIDWORKS assemblies that you cannot make a piston phobic to the end of its path. Below is a piston attached to a shaft with two square stoppers on either end. The red piston can slide back and forth on the shaft. Unfortunately, we cannot just tell SOLIDWORKS “avoid the two stoppers” or “do not touch the stoppers” We can, however, use two “limit distance mates” limiting how far either side of the piston can […]

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