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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips – #SW2017

Routing, Distinct Routes Through Clips   SOLIDWORKS Routing is all about automation. As fast as you can click the mouse, you’re placing components in your assembly and directing the route through your assembly. If there’s a downside to this level of automation, it’s that sometimes you don’t have as many choices as you’d like.   One of those scenarios is when multiple routes are passing through the same clip. This screenshot shows what this looks like in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and previous versions. You’ll see the two routes pass though the clip center axis and therefore pass though one another. While this does control the route position, meaning if you move the

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Mate Controller Enhancements – #SW2017

Mate Controller Enhancements   Hello, and welcome, good readers, to the new and improved mate controller.   Mate controller has always been ballin’, but it just got better. Now, with SOLIDWORKS 2017, when you add different positions, you can create configurations at the same dang time.   Let me lay it out for you.   I’ve got my vise, holding a watermelon, like most vises do. And I want to move the clamp so that it grips tightly to my watermelon. I can do so by using the mate controller and changing the distance mate between the sliding jaw and the base.       So what, you say, SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Shaded Sketch Contours – #SW2017

Shaded Sketch Contours   In this article we will be talking about a handy new option in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Shaded Sketch Contours. It is common for SOLIDWORKS users to sometimes unintentionally leave small gaps between endpoints when creating sketched profiles. If a gap is small enough, it can easily go undetected.     If you tried to extrude this profile, you might get a rebuild error such as:     A user wouldn’t know there was even a problem until they reached the extrusion command.   In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a new time-saving setting call Shaded Sketch Contours has been introduced which makes any closed contour, shaded. This is great

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Window Selection for Instances to Skip – #SW2017

Window Selection for Instances to Skip   One of the biggest complaints about Patterns in SOLIDWORKS is not having the ability to skip multiple instances. So, say that you are creating a large linear pattern and you need to skip maybe 100 or 1000 instances. Up to now, you had to manually pick every instance one by one. Although this accomplishes what you are trying to do, it wastes a lot of time and is a very tedious process. SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduces Window Selection to Pattern features. You now have the ability to use box and lasso selection to add or remove instances to skip in patterns. Note that this

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Wrap Feature Enhancement – #SW2017

Wrap Feature Enhancement   Wrap Feature Enhancement: New in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to WRAP a text over COMPLEX SURFACES with a preview that displays a dot guide to show where the WRAP will start, also a redesign Property Manager with a logical order and large icons.   Included is the LEGACY WRAP functionally from SOLIDWORKS 2016 to continue WRAPPING SKETCHES over Cylindrical and Conical shapes, with 2017, SOLIDWORKS continues to roll out shiny new functionally to speed up conception to production for our users.   Wrap Feature: Scribe Emboss Deboss Wrap Method: Free Form Wrap / Legacy Wrap Sketch Profile Face to Wrap on Dot Guide Preview    

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Customizing Configuration Sort Order – #SW2017

Customizing Configuration Sort Order   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to specify the order in which configurations are listed in the ConfigurationManager.   To customize configuration sort order:   1. In the ConfigurationManager, right-click the top-level configuration and click Tree Order.   2. Select one of the following:   Numeric – Sorts by ascending alpha or numeric value. Literal – Sorts by alphabetical order. Manual (Drag and Drop) – Let’s you drag and drop configurations in the configuration tree. As you drag up or down the tree, each configuration that you drag over is highlighted. The configuration that you are moving drops immediately below the currently highlighted item when

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Stratasys 3D Printing: How to Setup a Multi Body Print Job – Polyjet

Setting up a Multi Body Print with a Stratasys 3D Printer – Polyjet Some of the Objet Polyjet line of Stratasys machines can print in multiple materials at the same time. You can get parts that have a hard plastic surface, clear/see through sections, and soft rubber over molding all in one print job. But how does the printer know where to apply the specific materials? The user interface in the Objet Studio software is very simple and easy to use. All you have to do is assign a specific material to an entire STL model. Let’s take a look at a pair of glasses that will need rigid material for

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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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Fixing balloons that aren’t attached in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing

What do you do when the Balloons in your SOLIDWORKS drawing are not attached to your models? Chances are you give us a call in Tech Support, because if you’re like me, you’ve not seen anything like this before. This question came into support a few months ago and I thought it was an isolated incident. It’s come up several times since so I thought I’d share it. If you look at the following image of a SOLIDWORKS drawing, you’ll see that something isn’t right with the balloons. These balloons were created with the Auto-Balloon command some of which I’ve removed and repositioned. No amount of dragging the arrows to

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SOLIDWORKS-USING TWIST DURING A SWEPT BOSS/BASE

SOLIDWORKS-USING TWIST DURING A SWEPT BOSS/BASE Welcome to the conclusion of my flower-based summer series. Summer is over, it’s time to let go of colorful petals and beautiful smells. But as one last parting gift, I’m going to show you how to make a cool stem to go with all the flowers you designed this summer by utilizing twist. Most of the time when using the Swept Boss/Base feature, the orientation of the profile I am extruding is set to follow the path without twist. But there are many cool things you can do using twist, as seen in my stem’s shape. In order to create the stem, I used

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