Particle Separation using SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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Particle separators are important devices used to clean industrial process air. One such device that uses inertial and gravitational forces as the separation mechanism is shown in simplified form below. The top view shows that the inlet introduces the flow in a direction that is tangent to the separator wall. In principle, as the flow is introduced, the inertia of the entrained particles makes them collect near the separator walls. Clean air collects in a vortex near the center of […]

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Customer Story: Nexxt Spine

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For over 10 years, Nexxt Spine, headquartered in Noblesville, IN, has been designing and manufacturing customized implants and medical devices for spinal fusion surgeries. Few products demand the level of precision and customization as these medical devices implanted in the human body. Nexxt Spine’s engineering and manufacturing team relies on SOLIDWORKS to get the job done. With the help of SOLIDWORKS, Nexxt Spine can keep all their design and manufacturing onsite, which is rare for their industry. With SOLIDWORKS as […]

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Taking Advantage of SOLIDWORKS API in SOLIDWORKS CAM

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How Do I Make My Feature Manager Design Tree When Using SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Add-In? After engineering is completed on the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD side of things your part needs to be programmed for manufacturing by using the seamless integration of SOLIDWORKS CAM and/CAMWorks. With SOLIDWORKS CAM activated inside SOLIDWORKS you may not be able to see all your CAM buttons. Taking the time to manually drag the edge of your SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree every time to make it wider can […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Make Sketching a Snap with Snapping Tools

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Everyone who designs parts in SOLIDWORKS likely spends most of their time in the sketching environment. Sketching is the basis for most of the common features in SOLIDWORKS, so being a good sketcher is essential to becoming a good modeler. SOLIDWORKS fortunately provides plenty of resources to both simplify and expedite the sketching process. Appropriately defining dimensions and relations in sketches can be a time-consuming challenge, especially for users still familiarizing themselves with SOLIDWORKS. These tasks can be made easier […]

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Introducing innovate3D

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  We’re sure many of you were excited to attend AMUG, Rapid, and various other industry trade shows this spring, and so were we. That is why starting on March 31st we’re presenting a web series called innovate3D: bring your ideas to life. We will be making all of our trade show presentations and demos, as well as some of our more popular 3DEXPERIENCE World presentations, available to you for free through this virtual series. You won’t even have to […]

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Part Appearances and Display States

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Appearances in part files are a great way to give “life” to your design; life meaning how the part will look after it has been machined, polished, painted, etc. Using appearances in conjunction with display states in a part file gives users the freedom to convey similar designs with differing appearances all within the same part file. However, when working with these SOLIDWORKS functions, it is important to verify the changes to the part file are propagated correctly when used […]

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How Do I Find Out What SOLIDWORKS Version a File was Last Saved In?

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When you see this symbol in an open SOLIDWORKS file, you know that it is from an older version. Maybe it is something you created long ago, or maybe you got it from a vendor or customer who is on a version older than the one you are using. Either way, that is all that tells you. But what if you want to know what version the file was last saved in? Here, we will look at a couple of […]

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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 Do I Complete a Steady State Thermal Study?

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How do I complete a thermal FEA study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same 6 general steps. You can read more about these steps here: Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Thermal studies are no different. If you have found your way to this blog, chances are that you are interested in the thermal performance of your design. In today’s world, many of our designs can be subject to heat loads. Electrical components, radiant heat, […]

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Being Transparent with SOLIDWORKS

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Have you ever been working in SOLIDWORKS and had a face go transparent with no idea how to get it back? How about an entire part? Occasionally, it may seem SOLIDWORKS has a mind of it’s own in terms of making elements transparent. This blog will go over all the ways that elements can become transparent within SOLIDWORKS and the best way to make these elements visible again. Transparency within SOLIDWORKS can be a very powerful tool. Having the ability […]

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