Don’t Close Yourself Off: Close Sketch to Model in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS users, after enough time learning the program, tend to get into habits. They use generally the same commands from one day to the next, browsing through the same toolbars and tabs or creating shortcuts to locate what they need. Aside from occasionally having to find an atypical command for a one-off kind of feature, our emphasis on efficiency and productivity makes it so that most users don’t spend much time exploring the program’s menus. As a result, there are […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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Share Same Technology Database For SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks

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I recently had a customer who asked me a few questions about the Technology Database when using SOLIDWORKS CAM and CAMWorks. Customer Question #1: Can they could use, or share, the same TechDB when they were either using SOLIDWORKS CAM or CAMWorks? Customer Question #2: If question #1 is yes, then how can this be accomplished? Customer Question #3: Can the TechDB be located on their network? My answers to all 3 of their questions… Answer #1: Yes Answer #2: […]

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SOLIDWORKS CAM – Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutting

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With SOLIDWORKS CAM, all active subscription users get access to 2.5 axis part machining directly inside of SOLIDWORKS. This includes the ability to customize your SOLIDWORKS CAM to work with your Waterjet, Plasma and Laser Cutters. Some things to consider when using SOLIDWORKS CAM for Waterjet/Plasma/Laser Cutting: Tool Setup Stock Material Machining Features Operation Plans Toolpaths Post Processor Tech Tip: Consider this a quick setup guide and not a replacement for training and/or support. If you need help or get […]

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Use Case for the SOLIDWORKS Dissection Feature

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I was looking through some of our older blog articles and I ran across a feature the I had never seen or used before. As far as I can tell it has not been included in any of our training material either. Basically, the Dissection feature allows you to reuse features from other parts by first dissecting the part, then dragging the feature (Extrudes and Cuts) onto your model. Here is the link to the old blog that explains it: […]

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SOLIDWORKS Crashing with Dual Graphics Cards

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When SOLIDWORKS crashes, it is often hard to diagnose exactly what is upsetting the application. A very common reason is due to the graphics card and driver. It is well known that there are certain cards and drivers that work best with SOLIDWORKS based on the computer, SOLIDWORKS version, and other characteristics. This information can be found using the following site: https://www.solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification. Out-of-date drivers and unsupported graphics cards are common reasons for SOLIDWORKS to become unstable. Another cause for crashing […]

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How to Copy/Paste Toolpaths with the Use of Library Files

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When it comes to OEM manufacturers that make a lot of the same parts, keeping features catalogued in SOLIDWORKS for quick application is a very handy tool. You can do the same for toolpaths in SOLIDWORKS CAM too, with the use of Library files. Saving toolpaths allows the user to implement a CNC operation without having to use a SOLIDWORKS feature, sketch, or model entity to calculate from. You can easily recreate any series of toolpaths by inserting a library […]

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Creating Multiple Drawings with Ease in SOLIDWORKS 2021 Release

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There may be projects that are small and start with just a couple of pages.  Then later on in the process, the project grows in scope and additional pages need to be added.  If that number of pages is large, those steps can be a bit boringly repetitive. With the 2021 release of SOLIDWORKS Schematic, you can now add multiple folders and all the styles of pages at once.  Now you can also get this functionality with a project macro.  […]

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Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

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