SOLIDWORKS: Design Intentionally with Non-Analytic Geometry

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There are many ways to accomplish a desired outcome when designing with SOLIDWORKS. Be that as it may, Design Intent is just that; Intentional. In order for us to reach our end goal as efficiently as possible, we must be intentional with our chosen process. While simple extrudes or cuts may be less cumbersome to mentally map out, non-analytic geometry, commonly achieved by Sweeps, can be a loftier goal. Speaking of Lofts, in this blog, I’ll use a rather specific […]

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS File Tips

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Corrupted SOLIDWORKS Files Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re dealing with a possible corrupted SOLIDWORKS file and you’re wondering why this happened and what you can do to fix it. First off, lets cover some of the reasons files get corrupted and how you can avoid these in the future. Power Outage While uncommon, a power outage or even power surge can cause all sorts of issues with all software and hardware. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, if you […]

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Viewing (and MORE) with 3DPlay in 3DEXPERIENCE

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One of the great, easy to use tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is 3DPlay. 3DPlay is used to view data on the platform but it can also do a lot more! Everyone who has the role of Collaborative Business Innovator, the base role that you need to gain access to the platform, has access to the 3DPlay app. It is accessed through the compass (like all apps) and can be added as a widget to any tab on your dashboard.  […]

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Can I modify the Hole Callout in SOLIDWORKS?

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You sure can! It is easy. Understanding the symbol code (<MOD-DIA> = Ø) and Variables (<hw-diam> = Diameter, is the hard part. First, what is a Hole Callout? Hole Callout is information from the Hole Wizard or circular extrude cut. Such as description, diameter size, depth, quantity. You get the gist. I always use the Hole Wizard, even if it is just a hole. That way you do not have to manually enter the quantity. The default format file for […]

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Multibody Design in SOLIDWORKS – Assembly Applications

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If you are familiar with multibody design, then you know the advantages and disadvantages of using multi-bodies versus assemblies. Whether it be for improved performance or representing multiple components as a stock part, multibody parts give you almost all the same capabilities as assemblies. Let us look at some great shared assets between multi-bodies and assemblies. The first is the ability to piece individual elements using mates. Inherently, there is no mate command while working with part files. However, there […]

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Why SolidWorks Is Crashing While Trying To Open Files

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It is a very frustrating time when you want to open a file in SolidWorks and the program crashes. Luckily, I believe to have pinpointed why this issue occurs and how to prevent it. It seems to be exclusive to non-native SolidWorks files such as STEP files but could happen to native SolidWorks files as well. The crash seems to occur when files are dragged straight out of Outlook or other programs directly into Window’s Explorer. The reasoning for this […]

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Is Your Borrowed SOLIDWORKS License Freezing?

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A freezing issue like no other. When borrowing a network license to work remotely, some users have reported a specific performance issue during their SOLIDWORKS sessions that can slow productivity. In this particular scenario, it is stated that every so often, the session will freeze for about 10-15 seconds regardless of features, commands, or specific clicks. Testing the waters for a recent support issue, an early suggestion was disconnecting the internet altogether to discover that the freezing had stopped. Drawing […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is out!

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It’s here! SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is now available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2021 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Shining Some Light on Silhouette Entities

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Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]

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Harnessing the power of topology studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Part 1

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Topology studies, available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium, are a highly effective way for design engineers to create lightweight, optimized parts. Topology studies can be used to explore a variety of design iterations to satisfy an optimization goal, subject to a set of geometric constraints. Topology studies start with a maximum design space which represents the maximum allowable size for the component. The topology optimization then seeks a new distribution of material, within the boundaries of the maximum […]

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