SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Silhouette Defeature Configurations

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Silhouette Defeature is a capability that was introduced into SOLIDWORKS in 2019. This capability creates a simplified part from the silhouette outlines of components and bodies. Silhouette Defeature can be used at the top assembly level to quickly simplify any top-level assembly. Two main reasons to use Silhouette Defeature: -Improve Assembly performance -Hide proprietary design data So why are we looking at a capability created in 2019?? Because now in 2021, the defeatured version of a part or assembly can […]

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The Anatomy of a Spline and How to Dimension

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A sketch spline will often get us out of a design pinch, whether it be capturing a sweep path, tracing curvature from an image, or even to generate a complex curved surface. As engineers and designers, it is in our nature to want to control everything in our sketch parametrically rather than leave it under-defined and to chance. Turns out that we can dimension the spline handles themselves! This will help us take back control of our sketch. There are […]

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How to Create Associative Parametric Notes in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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In SOLIDWORKS drawings, notes can be used to clarify an endless number of parameters. As good engineers and designers, we want to ensure these notes always stay accurate to the model. Before we see how to create Notes that are both associative AND parametric, it’s best to know what that even means in regards to SOLIDWORKS! Parametric: The dimension and relations used to capture the models design intent. Associativity: When changes in the model are automatically updated in associated files […]

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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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