SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Applying Torsional Continuity Relations

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If anyone has used surface modeling before they know that creating a seamless transition between a spline and a sketch entity is the key for a good surface. In SOLIDWORKS 2019 and earlier, there were two relations that could be used to transition from a spline to a sketch entity or model edge, ‘Tangent’ and ‘Equal Curvature’. In SOLIDWORKS 2020, a sketch relation has been added to help with smoothing out these transitions called, ‘Torsion Continuity’. To explain what this […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Converting Between Baseline and Chain Dimensions

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In SOLIDWORKS 2020, you can easily modify Baseline Dimensions into Chain Dimensions or vice versa. To convert a chain dimension to a baseline dimension: Right-click any dimension in the set and click Convert to Base.   To convert a baseline dimension to a chain dimension, right-click any dimension in the set and click Convert to Chain.   I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new features and functions of SOLIDWORKS 2020. Please […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Blog Series – #SW2020

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The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2020 is just a month away and here at Computer Aided Technology, the Tech Team is excited for this release. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2020 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Starting this week on September 18th, the CATI Tech Team will be starting our 6th annual What’s New Blog Series. The Tech Team is planning […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Copy With Mates To Get It Done FAST!

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Ever get a part (or multiple parts) mated into place all perfectly and then sit back and say, “Ok, now I just have to do that 24 more times”? Well, if the mates really ARE exact repeats for the rest of the copies, then capturing a Mate Reference is the way to go. BUT what if each mate (or some of them) are not literal “repeats” of the first? What if some face or plane or edge in a few […]

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Why Isn’t My Weldment Profile Working!?

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This is going to be a real quick post on something I ran across while on Tech Support recently. A user was creating custom Weldment profiles and one was not working. This user was experienced at creating custom profiles, has successfully created several and knew all the details of doing so. The profile was saved correctly as a Library Feature Part (.sldlfp) file. The profile was stored in a folder that contained other custom profiles that work. This folder was […]

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Understanding SOLIDWORKS Assembly FeatureManager Design Tree

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The FeatureManager Design Tree is the list of instructions that tells SOLIDWORKS how to build your Parts and Assemblies. In Parts, the FeatureManager includes all the features that make up your part and are history-based and order-dependent. The FeatureManager Design Tree in Assemblies includes the following items: This blog is going to focus on the Assembly Components section. You can see from the screenshot above that Assembly Components in the FeatureManager Design Tree include other fluff besides just the part […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Additional Sheet Formats and Templates

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After putting the effort to customize your Sheet Format and Drawing Template, including your logo, updated Title Block, etc., it’s not difficult to update that Sheet Format to create a new size, while maintaining your customizations. Here is how you can do that: 1.  After customizing a Sheet Format, such as an A-Size Landscape paper, start a brand-new drawing with that selected Sheet Format 2.  Right-click Sheet1 and select on Properties… 3.  Within the Sheet Format/Size section, select on Custom […]

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Customized Parts for a Subaru Dashboard

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Making 3rd party parts and items for the car market can be very challenging. This is because every year, every car and truck model change their geometry. Sometimes not a lot, but just enough so that you will need to design new geometries to fit the new models. The hard part about this is there are a lot of curved surfaces and organic shapes in cars nowadays and especially in the dashboard area. To accurately get those dimensions without the […]

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Spring Ends in SOLIDWORKS

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In my last blog article, I went over a fun little topic regarding custom shaped springs. While not always necessary, you usually always have to do something with the end of the spring. SOLIDWORKS doesn’t usually like to fillet to a helix which makes things hard. You can use a bunch of entities for a sweep path and get solid edges, or you can use a fit spline which can work for some transitions: Going back to my last blog […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: HVAC Module Part 1 – Tracer Study

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Predicting the way that fluids behave and mix inside a closed space can be a difficult undertaking. Every day we are at the mercy of the HVAC systems that not only expel or filter harmful air but maintain comfortable temperatures. There is a lot to consider in these types of problems, and without some sort of assistance, it can be little more than guesswork. SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation does a great job of calculating the types of parameters we are used […]

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