SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: Customizing Your Graphics Area Context Toolbar

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SOLIDWORKS free tools can be commonly overlooked by users. I consider customizing your SOLIDWORKS environment to be one of these free tools. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to create different means for minimizing mouse movements.  From introducing the ‘S’ key for Keyboard Shortcuts or the ‘D’ key for Breadcrumbs or the Right Mouse Button (RMB) click for shortcut menus, just to mention a few. We are going to talk about one of the classics today. SOLIDWORKS 2015 introduced us to […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019: Master Modeling with Toolbox Hardware

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A very common question that is asked around the SOLIDWORKS customer base is “How do I modify a standard Toolbox component with extra features thus turning a purchased component into a manufactured one?” Well, it is actually quite easy and over the next few paragraphs, I will shed some light on this process. First, I start a brand new part file. Second, you activate your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in or open a downloaded library part from your supplier: In my case […]

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Control If and How Child Components Appear in a BOM

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Maybe you downloaded the SOLIDWORKS assembly files for something that you intend to purchase for your design. The component files are all there (which is nice in case you need them), but when documenting the bill of materials for the overall design’s top-level assembly, you want this purchased sub-assembly to show in the BOM as a single line item. The problem is that you want to use a ‘Parts Only’ BOM for the overall design’s top-level assembly. What to do? […]

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Insight – Advanced Software for FDM

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  Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) software has become quite simple to use with the introduction of GrabCAD Print. GrabCAD Print makes it easy with a few selections to produce an exceptional 3D model of your CAD drawing. GrabCAD Print settings are intentionally minimal and conservative for the novice user to achieve 100% success. But what if you need something special? For example, a sparse interior with a thick outer shell for strength? This is where the advanced Insight software […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Cosmetic Thread Improvements – #SW2019

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The Cosmetic Threads Command has seen some improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2019. There were many issues with how cosmetic threads were created, updated and displayed when there are child references in downstream features. This has been resolved. The cosmetic threads feature has a more robust architecture so that they behave more consistently. The improved behavior provides more stable references for edges and faces, along with correct parameters for assemblies, drawings, and graphics.   Some improvements that users asked for were to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Performance Improvements – #SW2019

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One of the biggest improvements to SOLIDWORKS 2019 is not something you will see when you fire it up for the first time. It isn’t a new feature or command. It’s not a new user interface upgrade. It is, however, something you will notice every day as you use SOLIDWORKS 2019: it’s fast. Every year we hear about certain features or UI enhancements that increase productivity, but for 2019, SOLIDWORKS has addressed performance at the core of the software. A […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Projected Curves – #SW2019

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In SOLIDWORKS 2019 projected curves now support multiple open or closed contours, can be projected onto multiple bodies, and a new bi-directional option is available to project in both directions. You can create multiple closed or open contour projected curves in a single sketch You can even use 3D sketches as the input in SOLIDWORKS 2019. In earlier releases, you would need to create a separate sketch for each entity and then use the Projected Curve tool separately on each […]

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“Edit All” System Option for File Locations in SOLIDWORKS

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Every new software version has so many new features that sometimes, very cool features get overlooked. The Edit All System Option for File Locations was one I missed and it’s SO handy. This function is when you need to change multiple File Locations to different locations. Instead of going through each and every folder, this tool will allow us to edit all the locations in 1 single screen. Pretty cool? Let’s check it out! Open a session of SOLIDWORKS 2017 […]

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SOLIDWORKS Threads

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From time to time designs will require threads. Threads can be fascinating to look out, but all threads are not created, nor behave, equally. Take the below: These are 5- 1”-8 threaded rods that are 12” long. These were all created in different methods. Starting with the top and going clockwise, they are 1 – Simple extrusion with cosmetic threads applied 2 – Extruded rod with a revolved thread cut and patterned 3 – Rod with the thread command cutting […]

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