SIMULATION: Resolve Contact Set for Bodies That Overlap

Have you ever seen bodies pass through each other in SOLIDWORKS Simulation? You cannot always easily observe overlapping behavior. This depends on if deformed result display is used and, if so, which deformation scale is selected. In the example below I created a multi-body part, fixed the 2 rectangular parts in place, and added a horizontal load at the end of the L-shaped part. I bonded the smaller rectangle body which acts as the support for the L-shaped body. To […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Matrix

SOLIDWORKS CAM is another manufacturing staple of SOLIDWORKS Value Added Products, rebranded CAMWORKS a Gold-level solution partner since 1997 is the next step in completing the CONCEPT TO MANUFACTURING process. CAMWORKS built from ground up on WINDOWS using the same kernel as SOLIDWORKS, industry leader since 1980. SOLIDWORKS CAM leverages the rich content in the 3D CAD model to speed up product development and reduce error prone, time consuming, repetitive manual steps in the current development process, like programming CNC machines. SOLIDWORKS Cam software comes in 2 packages Standard and Professional, below is a […]

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Reclaim Control of Your Routes

Reclaim Control of Your Routes SOLIDWORKS Routing makes it extremely easy to generate complex routes of rigid pipes, flexible tubing or electrical cables in your assemblies. One of the many tools that makes the process so fast is Auto Route. In this simple electronics enclosure all I need to do is select the beginning and end points of the connectors and Auto Route takes care of the rest. While this technique is fast, it’s not perfect and a just a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Which Solver should I use?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation provides users with several options when selecting a solver, they include: Direct Sparse, Intel Direct Sparse, Large Problem Direct Sparse, Intel Network Sparse, and FFEPlus. With all these options how does a user know which one is correct for their simulation study? Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS has a procedure to automatically select solvers. Automatic Solver Selection SOLIDWORKS uses the FFEPlus iterative solver by default unless certain conditions are present. Under these “certain conditions” the Direct Sparse solver will be chosen […]

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SOLIDWORKS Xpress Tools Product Codes

SOLIDWORKS Xpress Tools Product Codes Would you like to use an Xpress product, such as SimulationXpress, FloXpress, DFMXpress, or DriveworksXpress? Of course you do, you clicked on this article. Here’s the express way of getting to your Xpress Tools: Click on whichever product you want to use under the Tools menu. Once you select the product, SOLIDWORKS will guide you to the website: My.solidworks.com/xpress where you will log in or create an account. Once you have logged in, you will […]

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade?

SOLIDWORKS: What happened to my toolbox during upgrade? It is that time of year where many of us are upgrading to SOLIDWORKS 2018. With service pack 1.0 now released, the wave of upgraders just increased. If you overlook the installation options for hole wizard and toolbox, you might encounter an unwelcome surprise. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms, how to repair the issue, and how we could have avoided this situation. After the upgrade, you might see an […]

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Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

Why is my Assembly invisible in SOLIDWORKS Composer? If there is one thing I’ve noticed over my years of supporting SOLIDWORKS is that products are becoming more complex.  Assemblies are continuing to increase in component number and the parts themselves are becoming more and more detailed. You may be wondering why I’m talking about SOLIDWORKS model size in detail when the blog title is Why is my assembly invisible? These larger assembly files can cause some strange behaviors in Composer, […]

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16 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2018 #SWW18

16 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2018 #SWW18 With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology and InFlow are giving you 16 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI and InFlow have 16 different presentations this year. If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World it is SOLIDWORKS annual 3 day […]

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Configurations Part 1: Basics and Creating Configurations SOLIDWORKS configurations allow users to maintain multiple versions of a part or an assembly in a single file. The differences between configurations are established by changing dimension values, suppressing features, and changing other parameters. (For a full list of configurable items, see the SOLIDWORKS Help article, “Configurable Items for Parts”). This blog is the first part in a series about configurations. In this article, we will examine the best cases for using […]

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