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SOLIDWORKS: One Click Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing

One Click SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material (BOM) Resizing   SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials row heights can quickly be changed with a click of a button. I was teaching a SOLIDWORKS Assembly class a few weeks back and I was giving some SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material Tips and Tricks and this next tip received many comments, like “What the…” and “I wish I would’ve know that 2 years ago.”  And my favorite, “That SOLIDWORKS BOM tip was worth the cost of the class alone.”   So, what is this awesome SOLIDWORKS Bill of Material tip for rapidly changing all the BOM Table row heights?   First, adjust one row to your desired

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Still Time to Register for the St. Louis and Kansas City Product Development Forum Events

Are you in the Kansas City or St. Louis area? If so, don’t miss our Product Development Forum. We are down to the last two dates of the series. Our Product Development Forum is a unique event showcasing the tools you need to help take your product from concept to reality and improve your product development process. This year, to show our appreciation and say thank you to our clients, we have shifted the focus of the agenda to a set of lecture style training courses. June 13th – Kansas City, MO 8:30am – 3:00pm >>Register For This Event June 14th – St. Louis, MO 8:30am – 3:00pm >>Register For

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Posted in 3D Scanning, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Redneck Workarounds

SOLIDWORKS: Using Construction Lines as Spline Scaffolding in 3D Sketches

Using SOLIDWORKS Construction Lines as Spline Scaffolding in 3D Sketches   Let’s talk about splines.   Not only is spline a fun word to say (try saying it ten times fast), but splines in SOLIDWORKS can be useful for creating curved geometry that cannot be easily described analytically. However, splines can sometimes be difficult to wrangle, especially in 3D sketches.  Start adding relations, and they can become downright terrifying. Not so fun anymore.   But there is a solution! You can use construction lines to set up a framework for the general shape of the spline, and to add relations without turning your splines into a can of worms (see what

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Springs for Assemblies

Modeling Springs for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies   Why is my assembly so slow!   This is a topic that comes up a lot. No your SOLIDWORKS is not broken. Yes, maybe it was the latest Microsoft Security patch that they forced on us, but it is not always the fault of the software. More often than not, it comes down to modeling methodology and the amount of detail we are trying to cram into our models.   There is a time and a place for detail. Having highly detailed parts for piece part manufacturing is perfectly acceptable and necessary. Placing highly detailed parts into large assemblies can cause severe performance issues.  

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Fix-A-Fillet

Fix-A-Fillet with SOLIDWORKS     If you are creating models with smooth surfaces and elegant rounded edges in SOLIDWORKS, you will have trouble creating fillets where sharp edges merge into smoother surfaces.     For example, we have this part here:           We need to place a .25 inch fillet, which blends smoothly into the adjacent surfaces.     If we use the symmetric fillet with a curvature continuous profile, in the preview I see this:         Let’s look at the result with curvature analysis:         Notice that the blending looks good at the top but gets quite odd at

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Posted in Maximizing SolidWorks Performance, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds

SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters   Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments is a huge time saver when it comes to creating welded structures, frames, and structural members, but if you’ve used Weldments long enough, you’ve probably found out that the End Miter Corner Treatment only applies a 45-degree miter.   This is great for right angled beams using the same Weldment Profile but not so great for multiple profiles of different sizes and nonstandard edge angles.   Let’s look at the following example:     This will be our Weldment Path. Take note of the two circled edges. One is a standard 90-degree angle while the other is a nonstandard

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17

15 Reasons to Attend SOLIDWORKS World 2017 #SWW17   With SOLIDWORKS World just a few weeks away and if you are looking for a reason to justify to your company why you should attend SOLIDWORKS World this year, the team at Computer Aided Technology, MCAD Technologies, InFlow and our customers are giving you 14 quality reasons to attend. The Technical Teams from CATI, MCAD and InFlow have 11 different presentations and we have 3 customers who are presenting their own material.   If you are not familiar with SOLIDWORKS World, it is SOLIDWORKS‘ annual 3 day conference that you can join more than 5,000 of your peers and select from

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Data Management, Design Validation, Redneck Workarounds, Simulation, SolidWorks Electrical, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS: Use a 3D Model To Quickly Create a 3D Weldment Sketch

How to transfer 3D model to a 3D sketch   Create a 3D model to the desired shape of the weldment you are looking to create. Start a new 3D sketch, then select an edge of your 3D model. Use your ‘Select’ tool. Click on ‘All’ to select all edges. Click on ‘Convert Entities’ button. Click OK button to accept 3D sketch. Hide 3D body for clarity. Click Weldment button to apply weldment profiles to the desired sketch entities.     Here is a further result after hiding the body and applying some weldment profiles.     I hope this makes you a more efficient with SOLIDWORKS!   Don Glaske CATI

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SOLIDWORKS: Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication

Creating Templates for Weldment Fabrication   We recently had a customer contact us looking for an easier way to fabricate some of their weldment components. The weldment contained some complex joints where three different pieces of steel tubing met at a corner. These joints also contained a mixture of square and rectangular profiles.   Specifically, this customer wanted to create paper templates to help him fabricate these complex joints. They would wrap these paper templates around the steel, trace the outline, and hand cut the steel components in the shop. Thankfully, SOLIDWORKS does have some tools to help accomplish this task.   One method of doing this in SOLIDWORKS is

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, Drawings, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional features. Despite the extra steps, the result is a robust model. In our example below, we have a part file that contains two intersecting surface bodies. We would like to

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Posted in Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, General Info, Modeling, Redneck Workarounds, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

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