SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS: What is “Title Block Fields”

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Title Block Fields in SOLIDWORKS is another way to create and add custom properties to a drawing and part. This tool allows you to define notes in the title block that can easily be edited by the user. The notes can be linked to properties or can be a static text. The Title Block Fields tool can only be accessed when editing the Sheet Format. Let’s get started. Click Edit Sheet Format from the Sheet Format command manager tab. And […]

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Managing and Customizing Materials in SOLIDWORKS

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Managing your SOLIDWORKS Favorites SOLIDWORKS has a variety of tools that help identify product mass, simulate fatigue, or apply appearances. Product material choice has a direct impact in all of these. While it’s probably not surprising that SOLIDWORKS has an expansive material library to select from, it might be more surprising that you can manage and customize materials with great ease. Let me show you how! Let’s walk through the basics of choosing materials, before talking about managing material favorites […]

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SOLIDWORKS Performance and Fasteners

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Inserting fasteners into your assemblies is a common part of completing a design. It helps show how components will be connected for assembly and allows you to obtain an accurate count of the number and type of fasteners required. This blog will discuss several options for fasteners and how they can impact the performance of SOLIDWORKS. One key thing to consider that can greatly impact performance is the number of graphics triangles. Triangles are used by SOLIDWORKS to generate the […]

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Resetting the SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks Command Manager Icons and Tabs

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Sometimes when reinstalling or upgrading your SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks software, you may notice that you have some missing command icons and even worse, you may even find yourself missing entire tabs of commands on your command manager. Before trying an uninstall or reinstall, or even a factory reset of your toolbars, try running the SOLIDWORKS CAM/CAMWorks command manager cleanup utility first. This tool allows you to reset just the CAM tabs and command icons without resetting everything else. The […]

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Creating Revisions with 3DEXPERIENCE PLM

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There are several ways to generate new revisions with the 3DEXPERIENCE Data Management tools. Some manual and some fully automated. This is great because it gives each company the ability to be as simple or as complex as they want with their formal change process. Keep in mind that these capabilities could be limited to just certain users or groups of users, or could be opened up to anyone, all depending on how things are set by the platform administrator […]

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How To Create a Table Driven Pattern

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Don’t let the Table Driven Patterning tool intimidate or trick you into thinking you need a big fancy excel table. From my experience, users tend to shy away from certain tools because they believe it’s too challenging to use. The Table Drive Pattern is fairly simple to set up and in certain situations could be the faster alternative to other patterning or design methods. I’ll outline the steps so you can successfully create a Table Driven Pattern. 1.) You’ll need […]

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Gear Creation Using the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox

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Hi Everyone! I recently had someone ask me how to use the gears that are supplied in the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox. This is a great question because gears have a lot of different parameters that are required to be created. The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox has these parameters already set up and just requires you to choose the input values for those parameters to create the gear that you need. These gears function similarly to the other Toolbox hardware and are in fact […]

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SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

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We just recently had the shortest day of the year. Yep, the winter solstice has come and gone. Now, each day is going to be a little longer than the previous for us in northern hemisphere. This thought of darkness has encouraged me to remind all our SOLIDWORKS users to explore “Dark Mode” color settings in SOLIDWORKS. It is a simple setting that changes the appearance of your SOLIDWORKS interface. In the system options, select COLORS settings and you will […]

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SmartMates in SOLIDWORKS, without the ALT key

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I am a huge fan of Shortcut Toolbars, Mouse Gestures, Quick Mates… anything to help with increasing user’s day to day proficiency. SmartMates is another good one – it creates one or more mates with the fewest mouse clicks. In SOLIDWORKS Essentials class we teach to hold down the ALT key and drag faces/edges onto other faces/edges. That works great if the 2 partnering items are both visible on the screen. If not, you cannot reorient the model mid-command, making […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Convert Entities – It Remembers!

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I have had quite my fair share of tech cases where a configuration would fail unexpectedly. I’ve also been part of cases where moving or changing something simple created quite a lot of unexpected errors. One of the reasons was the simple fact that SOLIDWORKS Remembers what you picked when using the Convert Entities tool in the sketch. In this example we picked the Edges, convert entities worked just fine. Let us finish the other side with a boss. Next […]

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