SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

Troubleshooting Methods for Import Diagnostic Failures

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We’ve all been there before. You receive a neutral file from a customer and – upon opening it – several surfaces have failed to translate. No worries, you say, I can use the Import Diagnostics tool. You run Import Diagnostics, but there are still several surfaces or gaps that fail to be healed by the automatic patching tool. Now, you’re stuck! Some designers avoid this situation at all costs. They are parametric design modelers, not surfacing experts. They want practical […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Interference Detection

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If there was a way to build a top-level assembly where every component and sub-assembly went together perfectly you would want to know about that, right? Well, the tool to use is Interference Detection. I think this is the most underused SOLIDWORKS tool. So, what is SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection? Interference Detection identifies interferences between components, sub-assemblies, and even multibody parts. This tool will help you to examine and evaluate those interferences. Interference Detection is useful in complex assemblies, where it can be difficult to […]

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How to Modify Section Hatching in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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When you create a section view in a SOLIDWORKS drawing, the faces through which you are cutting will be displayed differently than the faces beyond the section plane. This is often achieved through hatching. The hatching is usually a series of inclined lines running across the cut faces, though the style depends on the material being cut. Drafting standards dictate what pattern to use for a particular class of material, so from the hatching you can identify the type of […]

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SOLDIWORKS 2022 Beta is coming!

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SOLIDWORKS just announced that the Beta version of SOLIDWORKS 2022 is scheduled to go live near the end of June. Like in previous years, SOLIDWORKS will have a Beta program that will allow users to test the new software. What is the SOLIDWORKS Beta Program? Participating in the in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It is about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R & […]

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Split and Combine Magic in SOLIDWORKS

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Below is an example of a design that took ‘a lot’ of work to get these ridge features. There are nine features that go into making the ridges just the way I want. And now I’m at a point in the design where I want to replicate those ridges on the other side of the part, but quite frankly I don’t want to mirror all those features and/or faces. In fact, I CAN’T mirror all those features! No matter what […]

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Save Time Creating Common Starting Features with Templates in SOLIDWORKS

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I was recently working on a project in SOLIDWORKS where I needed to keep creating a new part over and over. Every time, I would select the part template I wanted, extrude a block, then add a hole in it. I could then get to the main task at hand. From there, things were different, but the first few features created were always the same. Repeating those first few steps every time was time consuming (although I did become quite […]

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Docking Stations and SOLIDWORKS

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Docking stations are great. They let us take all the advantages of having a desktop PC (multiple monitors, nice peripherals, etc.) while having a portable laptop that we can take on the road if we need to. This article will hopefully help provide guidance for IT buyers who are trying to outfit their engineers, draftsmen, and so on with an adequate office setup. What goes into buying a docking station for SOLIDWORKS? Are they all created equal? Unfortunately, the process […]

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Diagnosing Assembly Errors with MateXpert in SOLIDWORKS

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Have you ever opened a small or large SOLIDWORKS assembly that you or someone else created and to your surprise you see red and yellow all over the Feature Manager Design Tree? From there you’re probably asking yourself where you do you even start to address the issue(s) the assembly seems to be having. Well, hopefully after reading this blog you learn another great diagnostic tool on how to trouble shoot errors in your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. If we focus mainly […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Incorrect Graphical Display Colors

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A particular graphical error has presented itself in the form of improperly displayed graphical analysis colors. Expected color analysis appears incorrect in the graphics display in several situations: Draft Analysis, Simulation mesh/result plots, and more. Red, yellow, green, blue, and variations of these colors used for graphical analysis can appear as the wrong color in some areas of the model. The problem can occur for one of two known reasons; the Background Appearance is set to Gradient and/or Enhanced Graphics […]

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Jump-starting Custom Features with Library Mindset

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The Design Library in SOLIDWORKS is a great way to save time and standardize, but what may not be explicitly obvious is the possibility to use similar library features to jumpstart the design of custom features. Say your customer requests an undercut using tooling that your shop doesn’t typically use. Well, your library feature was developed with the standard tooling in mind so there is a discrepancy. At first glance it looks like you might need to manually develop all […]

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