How to Change Orientation of an Existing SOLIDWORKS Part

Yesterday I covered how to change the orientation of an imported part (http://blog.cati.com/2011/02/how-to-change-the-orientation-of-an-imported-solidworks-part.html) so today I thought I would cover how to change the orientation of a model created in SolidWorks. There are 2 ways to do this on a feature based model and both have their pitfalls. The first method is probably the one with the most potential for failure of other features in the part and that is changing the Sketch plane that the base feature is created on. […]

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Why is there an (SS) in my SOLIDWORKS Material?

The Support call that I found interesting yesterday was the customer who called in andasked, "Why is there an (SS) at the end of my material name? This is causing confusion on the shop floor especially when the material is Aluminum."   Asking around the Support group no one seemed to have the answer to the question so weasked SOLIDWORKS why this was and below is the reply we received from them. “Please note that some materials in the SOLIDWORKS Materials […]

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Why are there so many Hex Bolts in Toolbox?

The question that was asked the other day was “Why are there so many Hex Bolts in the Inch Standard of Toolbox and where doe the information come from. The answer to this is simply because there are many different standards, to go into a little more detail we need to look at where SOLIDWORKS gets their information from and where we can find out more about the different sizes in SolidWorks. To answer the question of where does SOLIDWORKS […]

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Error Saving Sketches to Neutral File Formats

In working support calls yesterday I ran into a issue that could easily get anyone stumped, a customer had a file open that had a 3D Sketch in it and when they tried to save it out as a STEP, IGES or and other format they got an error that the data could not be exported. The answer to this was actually pretty simple and the file that had the 3D Sketch in it was an Assembly file so I had the […]

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Maximizing SOLIDWORKS Performance

Well it's that time of year again and my team and I are preparing for SOLIDWORKS World 2011.  My team is doing several presentations this year but the one closest to my heart of course is the one Josh Altergott and I are doing together called Maximizing SolidWorks' Performance.  This is the sequel to a presentation that we did last year that was very well recieved. The premise is this; we got a very nice brand new Dell Workstation to […]

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Retirement Announcement – SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor

To better align with Dassault Systèmes new 2D product – DraftSight™, DS SOLIDWORKS Corp. plans to retire SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor (formally DWG Editor). To allow an adequate transition period, the SOLIDWORKS 2D Editor download will continue to be available through the Service Pack cycle of SOLIDWORKS 2011, after which time the download link on the customer portal will be removed. To get started with DraftSight visit www.draftsight.com and follow download instructions. To access the DraftSight community, visit swym.3ds.com and create […]

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Save as Exterior Faces…….

There are certain times that you just do not want all the information shown. Only certain people need to see certain things at certain times. For instance: You have a customer or vendor that has requested a footprint of a specific machine, assembly or what have you. They need this in a 3D environment to use in a layout or some other application. Your company has invested countless hours developing this product or products and there is proprietary information contained […]

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Dim Palette, get out of the way!

Go ahead, you can admit it.  At first, you didn't like the new dimension palette (and maybe still don't).  You know what I'm talking about.  You click on a dimension and the dimension palette dialog box pops up and you end up clicking in it.  The complaint we get the most is "It is just in the way".  I didn't like it at first either, but it is a good feature that really reduces the amount of mouse travel.  The […]

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When good things go bad…

As with any new release, sometimes good things go bad.  Something that is new in SOLIDWORKS 2010 that has some people quite flustered, myself included, is the convert entities command.  In previous releases, when you pre-selected a face and then selected the convert entities tool, the dialog box would automatically close after converting the entities.  In 2010, the dialog box remains open.   There was a subtle change to the functionality of most sketch tools with this 2010 release.  If you […]

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Customizing SOLIDWORKS Toolbox-V2.0

I had posted a blog article on customizing SW Toolbox a while back and shortly after doing so SOLIDWORKS went and changed the interface on me so after some digging here is V2.0   I recently had a customer who called into support and was looking for a way to add some custom features to Toolbox. In particular they were looking for: “On  a number of Hex bolts that I use, I need to have 3 different styles of same […]

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