SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Touch-Based Interactions – #SW2018 Over the last few years we have seen the launch of a lot of brand new touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface Book, Lenovo ThinkPad YogaP40s, and devices like the Wacom Cintiq. The result is more and more users are wanting to design in SOLIDWORKS using the natural feel that touch screens provide. Believe it or not, touch based gestures were actually added into SOLIDWORKS way back in 2010! But, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Zeroes – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 now gives you more flexibility for displaying trailing zeroes in your dimensions. This delivers greater control of the precision of our dimension values. In SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can now independently control the behavior of the trailing zeroes for dimensions, tolerances, and property values. These new options exist under the file’s document properties settings. In the previous releases of SOLIDWORKS you can set the behavior of trailing zeroes. This is a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Creating a Tab and Slot – #SW2018 A bunch of SOLIDWORKS users work in the sheet metal industry. Some use slots and tabs to help locate sheet metal parts. Several years ago, I saw a request for a SOLIDWORKS feature that allows you to easily create a tab and slot. Currently, you can manually create a tab and slot. There are several techniques that work, like library features and the Combine feature. But for such […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks – Recognize SW Features – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – CircuitWorks – Recognize SW Features – #SW2018 In SOLIDWORKS 2018 we introduce the ability to export SOLIDWORKS board files into CircuitWorks. This wizard import supports: Fillets, chamfers, holes as well as the hole wizards, patterns (linear, sketch, curve, and circular), and blocks in sketches. Let’s take a look at the CircuitWorks Wizard: With the board model above, we can see the development process of the board with SOLIDWORKS part model features. We’ll select “Export to […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Mesh Files – #SW2018 SOLIDWORKS 2018 comes with several new features and enhancements that give the user more power over imported mesh (*.stl, *.obj, *.off, *.ply or *.ply2 filetypes) models. Whether you are reverse engineering 3D scan data or simply looking to change the visual properties of meshes, SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers the tools you need to get the job done. Meshes Imported as Graphics Bodies In SOLIDWORKS 2018, mesh files that are imported as graphics […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves

Connecting the Dots – Inserting SOLIDWORKS XYZ Curves Most of us know how to create sketches in SOLIDWORKS, but what if we’re given a set of data-point coordinates that need to be connected by a curve path?  One common example of this is the importing of 2D coordinates for an airfoil profile – here’s how we do it. We’ll start at the UIUC Airfoil Coordinates Database, and select an NACA 4418 airfoil (see gif below). This database supplies X,Y coordinates […]

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SOLIDWORKS: What Is A Fit Spline?

Fit Spline…What Is The Difference?   What is the purpose for a fit spline? Well there are a few different reasons that you would choose to use this. The main reason people use a fit spline is to connect a number of sketch segments together to form 1 entity. This can become useful when using things such as path mates, etc.     Above is a simple sketch with a few entities. Below is the same sketch that I have […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Improving Performance in Large Assemblies

Improving Performance in Large Assemblies     We all know how frustrating it can be when you have a project that has a deadline approaching and you need to get it done in a timely manner – but then there are hurdles to jump over. One of those hurdles can be dealing with performance issues while working with a large Solidworks assembly. Waiting around while your computer struggles can be unfortunate as well as very unproductive.     In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Gears for Assemblies

Modeling Gears for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies     The next component I want to take a look at in our discussion of files that slow down SOLIWORKS assembly performance is the gear. Gears are used in a lot of mechanical designs, and are often parts that are downloaded from the web and inserted directly into our assemblies.         There is a time and a place for detail. Having highly detailed parts for piece part manufacturing is perfectly acceptable […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do You Use Selected Contours?

Do You Use Selected Contours in SOLIDWORKS?   Even though many SOLIDWORKS users take advantage of Selected Contours when creating different geometry, I often see Selected contours not being utilized and overlooked. Maybe this is due to being unaware of the functionality or just not fully understanding how to use it.   When creating sketches in SOLIDWORKS, most users create multiple closed contours within the sketch and don’t realize it. What does a closed contour entail? Closed contours are any boundary […]

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