SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Making Contact Interactions

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Which contact interaction should I choose? SOLIDWORKS Simulation is fun and easy to use. But there are times when you may find that it can get confusing on what path to take when setting up the pre-processing stage of an analysis. One area that tends to stand out with SOLIDWORKS Simulation users is when you are setting up contact interactions with either multibody part files or assemblies for linear or non-linear static analysis. Contact interactions can get confusing on what […]

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Flipped Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS

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There has been a time or two in SOLIDWORKS when I have inserted an angle dimension in a sketch and found myself instinctively subtracting the initial numerical value from 360 degrees in my head.  Sound familiar? Then let’s talk about some right-click options that will easily correct this issue for us. Assuming the sketch is the desired shape and the two lines to be dimensioned have been selected, accept the on-screen dimension. We can change it after adjusting its Display […]

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SOLIDWORKS Large Design Review

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Are you looking for a way to open those large assemblies faster? Everyone should be familiar with Resolved and Lightweight modes and the Large Assembly settings but have you ever used Large Design Review? Large Design Review (LDR) was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2012 and was useful in opening large assemblies for viewing purposes. Below is a screenshot from 2012 showing the functionality available in LDR. With the recent Edit Assembly enhancements, LDR mode is now more than just a tool […]

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Create Custom Appearances in SOLIDWORKS

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Save yourself time and avoid unnecessary modeling by creating or adding custom appearances to your SOLIDWORKS models. Trying to 3D model something as complex as netting, knurling, or mesh can be very time-consuming to design. These designs also take a lot of SOLIDWORKS computing power and greatly impact rebuild time and performance. So, if netting is something you’re not manufacturing in-house, I strongly recommend using SOLIDWORKS appearances. How To Search Appearances To quickly locate an appearance, I suggest doing a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Dimensioning Arcs and Circles

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Here is a quick trick for dimensioning arcs and circles in SOLIDWORKS. When creating Smart Dimension and clicking on the circles, SOLIDWORKS will attach the dimension to their center points. The SOLIDWORKS setting that controls how the dimension is attached to arcs and circles is called “Arc Condition.” Selecting the dimension, and viewing the property manager, we can easily see our options. By default, the arc conditions will be placed with the “Center” condition. The “First Arc Condition” corresponds to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2022 Beta 1 is Out!

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It’s here! SOLIDWORKS 2022 Beta 1 is now available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2022 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 for […]

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Mesh Controls in SOLIDWORKS: Not just for Faces and Edges

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When it comes to mesh controls, people often ask if they can be applied to an entire part instead of to edges, faces and vertices. The answer is of course “Yes”, but the method is slightly different than it is for edges, faces, and vertices. Outside of the mesh failure diagnostic window, there are two workflows/methods for applying mesh controls to parts and one of them is a little less obvious than the other. Let’s dive in and start with […]

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Custom SOLIDWORKS Display Options

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Engineers can have a weird sense of humor… I was recently working with one of my colleagues in SOLIDWORKS when he opened up a new drawing template. What I saw was both hilarious and intriguing to me. His drawing didn’t look like a regular old drawing… it had a different background that looked something like this: This made me realize that us engineer’s have an appreciation for the small things, the details, the inside jokes, that lay people might not […]

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How to Request a License for the SOLIDWORKS Document Manager API

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If you are unfamiliar, the Document Manager API’s will provide many useful functions for accessing SOLIDWORKS files without having to open them in SOLIDWORKS. This makes running your applications very fast. In addition, it will not use up a license of SOLIDWORKS. It is especially useful for manipulating custom properties, file relationships, or accessing 2D file previews. License keys for the Document Manager are provided directly by SOLIDWORKS. To get one, you must login to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal. If […]

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Why am I asked to “Convert C2 data …” when I open a file in SOLIDWORKS 2021?

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As I was deciding what topic I should use for my new blog, I started opening up some old files from What’s New presentations in the hopes that inspiration would strike. What actually struck me was multiple instances of this question that SOLIDWORKS prompted of me I was surprised at the 2007 reference as even though this part was created way back in 2007, it had been saved in SOLIDWORKS 2020. After reading it, I first decided to answer No. […]

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