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SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks and Info on Professional 3D Printing with Stratasys from the Technical staff of CATI

SOLIDWORKS: Instances to Vary

Instances to Vary   You all have probably used Instance to Skip, but have you used Instances to Vary?   SOLIDWORKS has created this great tool to use when you want to create more complex patterns.   Let’s take a look at a simple linear pattern with the spacing of 40mm with 8 instances.     A design change has taken place and an equally spaced linear pattern is no longer needed. Rather than creating multiple linear patterns or some other crazy way of getting different spacing between the features, just use Instances to Vary.     The first thing I want to show you is the Direction 1 Spacing

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SOLIDWORKS: Saving Selection Sets

SAVING SELECTION SETS   Selecting geometry, as you model in SOLIDWORKS, can be time consuming. There are a few ways to speed up this process. You can box select, lasso select, control+click, or even use some of the advanced selection tools. Even with these options, It can still take a big chunk of your design time. If you must make the same selections frequently, it becomes both repetitive and painstaking.   To increase efficiency, you can save selection sets inside SOLIDWORKS. This will save a group of selections to be easily reused. This is very easy to do, and there is no limit on the amount of selections you can

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic

How to Manage Circuits in Part Definition with SOLIDWORKS Schematic   Having the right part definition is extremely important to round out components and complete a project.  In a past blog, I took a look at the way content (Content is King) can be added or created within the SOLIDWORKS Schematic tool.  More specifically, I want to take a look at how importing a list of part references and new functionality can help you round out your parts list.   Import from the Manufacturer parts manager allows you to import that customized list of references in order to integrate them into the catalogs.     On launching the command, the Import Wizard opens. You

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SOLIDWORKS: Revolving Open Sketches

Revolving Open Sketches in  SOLIDWORKS   What’s the craic, fellow SOLIDWORKS users?   Today, in honor of the upcoming Irish holiday, I have designed a hat that a leprechaun would wear. My leprechaun clothing line will be coming out later this year.     To create the hat, I did a simple revolved boss/base, starting with five lines, and a construction line to serve as the revolve axis. When I went into the revolve command, I got the pop up seen below:     What SOLIDWORKS was trying to ask me:   Yes – Do I want to change the original sketch by closing the profile so that I can

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SOLIDWORKS: How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?

How the Shell Can I Manage My SOLDIWORKS Simulation Shell Elements?   If you were enticed by the title of this blog, then you are probably already aware of what a shell is and why they are so valuable. For those who are not aware, they are, in this context, a 2D element used in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. I will not bore you with too many details about shell elements, but instead show you some nifty techniques to help you manage and create shells more efficiently. Shells are defined by manually inputting several properties each time a body is converted to a shell element from a solid element. Who would want

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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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SOLIDWORKS: Opening a Part/Assembly from the BOM

Opening a Part/Assembly in SOLIDWORKS from the BOM   One of the great advantages of using SOLIDWORKS is its ease of use. Just about everything you want to do is one or two clicks away. Often when you are in an assembly, you need to jump back forth between the drawing and the components in the assembly. One of our customers ran into an issue where they were trying to open a part from the BOM but could not. In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, they could just right click on the component or assembly and select open. However, the customer did not have that option available any longer. See illustration

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldment Document Properties

Weldment Document Properties   There are some weldment default behaviors that go unnoticed. This blog will explain them in detail.   There are a few Document Properties we are exploring. To get to these options, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties tab. Or, use the Options Icon located in the Menu Bar.   The properties are separated into 2 sections: Cut List options and Weldment options.     Let’s dig into the Cut list options first.   Nothing Checked:     This model has 1 weldment structure with 3 groups. When no cut list options are checked, the items are listed separately and not organized by size or

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SOLIDWORKS: Getting Sheet Metal Information and Unlocking Properties in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Parts

Getting Sheet Metal Information and Unlocking Properties in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Parts   If a sheet metal part was created in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and later versions, you get some new check boxes that pertain to specifically sheet metal features when using ‘Mirror Part’ feature in SOLIDWORKS. You get the check boxes shown below:   Sheet metal information Unlocked properties     And you can transfer the sheet metal and flat pattern information to the mirrored sheet metal part and all of its information. Saving you major time.   Sheet metal information: Includes 1) fixed face 2) grain direction 3) bend lines and 4) bounding box. All this information transfers the

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SOLIDWORKS: Demystifying Mass Moments of Inertia in SOLIDWORKS

Demystifying Mass Moments of Inertia in SOLIDWORKS   We have all referred to Mass Properties when working with solid models, especially when taking SOLIDWORKS certifications! For the most part, very useful information is available at a glance i.e., Density, Mass, Volume, Surface Area, etc. But how in blazes does someone interpret the rest of the information included in Mass Properties, particularly the numbers at the bottom? What exactly are they telling us?     It all gets back to Moments of Inertia which depends on an object’s mass, shape, and axis of rotation.   Every object has a Center of Mass that, if suspended in midair from this point, will be

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