SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Performance Evaluation with SOLIDWORKS Assembly

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As Application Engineers we are constantly asked for “best practices” and usually it’s around the topic of SOLIDWORKS Assembly performance.  Most of the time when people ask what they can do differently or are they following best practices, my answer is extremely robust….[Insert Shoulder Shrug]. Don’t get me wrong there are certainly some best practices that can be followed like don’t work with errors in the Design Tree or mating to common surfaces, but honestly a fair number of users […]

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Rotate About Scene Floor, AKA “Why does my Rotate cursor look different in SOLIDWORKS?”

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I had unknowingly struggled with this SOLIDWORKS command for several months. I use “unknowingly” here not because I wasn’t aware that I was struggling (I very much was) but because I wasn’t aware that this command was the cause. I write this article in hopes that there are others out there in my former position—knowing the what but not the why. Essentially, it seemed like SOLIDWORKS suddenly stopped letting me perform certain rotations. The model would get “stuck” in its […]

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Do You Utilize Multiple Mate Mode in SOLIDWORKS?

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Oftentimes, when users work with assemblies, common geometry must be utilized for piecing components together. There are several shortcuts and tools available in the SOLIDWORKS software to make this mating process easier. But a shortcut I feel is underutilized is Multiple mate mode. Multiple mate mode is a shortcut located in the Mate PropertyManager. It is initiated by clicking the icon depicted below: In the following example, the assembly’s components have been added, but have yet to be mated together. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Use Design Tables for Assemblies

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Utilizing Design Tables is very handy and certainly saves time with designing as well as modifying. While using Design Tables to assist with the creation of multiple Configurations at the Part Level is common, what about at the Assembly Level? Currently, the same technique doesn’t apply but there is a way in which we can still accomplish this task. Here is a simple Assembly in which we intend for a Design Table to create a few additional Configurations. In each […]

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Why can I not not modify SOLIDWORKS Sheet Properties?

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One topic that seems to frequently come up in SOLIDWORKS is the Drawing Template, the Sheet Format and how they work together to create a Drawing. This is an area of SOLIDWORKS functionality that causes a bit of confusion for newer, and experienced, SOLIDWORKS users. This held true recently while helping one of our customers who was trying to modify the Sheet Properties and select a new Sheet Format in an existing drawing. It was not the typical issue where […]

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Making Linear Patterns Work in SOLIDWORKS

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Today my challenge is to create a fixture to hold a part that has been machined using the lathe. It will be held in a tombstone mounting fixture for adding additional machined features. The tombstone feature needs to be able to hold 4 of the turned items. Here is the part that will be held in place. Here I have created the cavity for the fixture. When I look at this cavity in hidden lines visible style from the Top […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Basic Editing of Imported Parts

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Have you ever imported a part into SOLIDWORKS and wanted to simply change the type, size, or location of a hole? Let’s take a look at this imported mounting bracket. Pro Tip: Use Import Diagnostics to help identify and repair problem areas in the imported model before doing any editing. Even though this is an imported body and there are no features present in the FeatureManager Design Tree. The type, size, or location of the holes can be changed by […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Check Out These Check Boxes

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In a recent SOLIDWORKS User Group discussion, we were talking about cool new functionality enhancements that were added over the last several years. We then took the conversation in another direction. What are some little, but still awesome, enhancements that can be easily overlooked? Here are two little SOLIDWORKS sketch enhancements that are worth the reminder. They both happen to be “newer” options of long existing features that can be enabled with…… check boxes. Convert Entities -> Inner loops Convert […]

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Import your Company Logo Directly into Sketches!

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Tired of using sketch pictures and splines to map out your company logo? Can’t find the right font to match? If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are in the right place. The process of importing a company logo – or any image, for that matter – is simple and quick. By the end of this article, you will see a process workflow on how to import a picture into a SOLIDWORKS sketch as sketch […]

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Using the Selection Manager to Select PART of a Sketch/Curve in SOLIDWORKS

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I always think it’s amazing what you learn just by watching someone else “do something” in SOLIDWORKS. Last week during 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2021 I caught on to an “undocumented” (at least in my book) feature in the SelectionManager tool while watching someone else’s presentation. In SOLIDWORKS training classes (Advanced Part Modeling & Surfacing) we use that SelectionManager to either use many selections and treat them as one thing, or to “split up” a more complex sketch and only use part […]

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