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SOLIDWORKS: Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text

Perils of SOLIDWORKS Extruded Text   At times a file has a need of text. There are many ways of adding text to parts and a few things to consider. I created a simple Bingo card:     I created this file in a couple of different ways:   First, I extruded a base sheet (.006 thick), created a grid and cut extruded the squares (.001 deep). I then extrude cut the letters across the top and then extruded the numbers in the squares.   Second, I used the sketches for split lines to split the faces instead of creating extruded cuts.   Third, I had an extrude that I

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SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes

SOLIDWORKS- Linking Assembly Balloons to Notes SOLDWORKS offers many annotation enhancements to your drawings, one of them being the ability to relate the BOM to different drawing views by using balloons. SOLIDWORKS even goes a step further by automating the ballooning process with the Auto Balloon feature. But there are many other dynamic uses for balloons than the traditional part numbering. On occasion, when working with drawing assemblies, it would be nice to link the itemized balloons to a note. This comes in handy when working with multiple configurations of an assembly or listing out specific instructions on a drawing. Take the following Camping Flashlight for example: Adding in manufacturing

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How Do I Download and Print the SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

I love my smartphone and my tablet, but I still feel that I work faster on my desktop computer because of keyboard shortcuts. There are many different ways to bring up commands in SOLIDWORKS, but the use of keyboard shortcuts help me tremendously. While I was browsing our new Computer Aided Technology (CATI) blog webpage, I noticed something for the first time. We offer a downloadable SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet. I was excited to compare what shortcuts I know with the cheat sheet. I picked up a couple that I didn’t know about or that I had forgot about. For example, if you want to open up a file

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 What’s New – 3D Printing – #SW2016

3D printers are everywhere you look. You can buy these on the internet, in Home Depot, or in your local Sam's club. SOLIDWORKS recognizes this and has provided us with some new functionality so we better understand what our printed parts are going to look like. New in 2016 is the ability to run a preview analysis and identify the faces that require support and show striation lines (or grove layer lines) of the print. This is using the 3D Printer driver function available in Windows 8. You can use Print3D to print 3D prototypes of your models when you have a 3D printer installed locally With your model open, click

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SOLIDWORKS 2015 – The What’s New You Didn’t Hear About (Part 04 – Identify Last Saved in File Version)

One thing we overlook many times as designers in SOLIDWORKS is, "Are my files on the current version of SOLIDWORKS?" Most of the time our answer is yes they are!!! But many times we are completely wrong. So who cares? Well, as a SOLIDWORKS designer professional, "I DO!" If your SOLIDWORKS models are not on the current version of the software the files perform slow on open and on close. This is because the software will convert the files to a flavor that SOLIDWORKS likes for the version you are using every time you hit the open dialog. It is also slower on close because a bit of code has

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SOLIDWORKS Model Items

One of the coolest features of SOLIDWORKS has to be its ability to re-use sketch and feature dimensions in the drawing or detailing environment of the software.  But if you are like most who tried this function out many years ago, you were not too impressed with all of the clean-up that had to be done after inserting all of those dimensions.  The command I am speaking about is called Model Items, and can be found on the Annotation toolbar in the Command Manager in SOLIDWORKS. Create your drawing views, navigate to the annotation toolbar, press Model Items, and simply select the items from the Part Model that you wish

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How to make only your company’s drawing sizes available in Solidworks

There are many companies that make several drawing templates that have the file extention *.drwdot.  The other option can also be to create a bunch of different title blocks and let the user decide which sheet size he or she wants and Solidworks will choose the title block for you based on what is available.  Both options depend on how many templates you will have.  If you have a lot templates, then it is easier to make just the title blocks (sheet formats) and let SolidWorks assign a sheet size to them.   Basically, when you open up a new drawing and Solidworks asks you for a sheet size, the number

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Mesh Control – A Double Edged Sword

When running simulations, mesh density is important.  Coarser meshes solve faster but are less accurate; while finer meshes are the opposite, slow but accurate.  While one way to reach the middle ground is to have the density right in the middle, a more accurate way would be to use mesh control.  Stress concentrations most commonly occur along edges, especially sharp edges.  On edges and other areas where accuracy is important, mesh control is a great way to keep that accuracy while keeping time down as well.  To demonstrate this, a tensile test was simulated with a notch cut into it.   Simulations were then completed in mesh densities of coarse, in

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SolidWorks User Group – Kansas City

Kansas City SolidWorks User Group On June 27th, I attended and presented at the KCSWUG meeting hosted by MRI Global.  My topic was presenting some of our findings with regards to making SolidWorks perform with hardware sized for your SolidWorks models.  Also at this meeting we saw a presentation from SolidWorks employee, Richard Allen.  Richard is a Product Portfolio Manager for SolidWorks Corporation.  His role consists of “acting as the voice for the customer” which means he tries to do the following: Work with product enhancements Increase performance and quality Innovate new products Richard also spoke of a new 3D Dimensioning standard on part models to reduce printed or 2D

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