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

SOLIDWORKS: Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines

Automatic Break in SOLIDWORKS Dimension Lines   The other day I was on the phone with a customer that was looking for a setting to create automatic break lines in his dimensions. Well we unfortunately found that there is not system or document settings that will control this. There is an enhancement request in process for this functionality. SPR 627519 – Automatic creation of break lines when drawing dimension leaders cross each other (document property setting).     So what is the easiest way to achieve this? Of course you can select each dimension separately and select to break the dimension.     However, this would take some time to

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Posted in CAD Administration, Daily Dose.....of SolidWorks Support, SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Hightlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Highlights – 2018 Sketch Enhancements   Many of you got out to LA for SOLIDWORKS World 2017. For those who didn’t, we are glad to bring you some of the highlights. Here are a couple of things that they previewed coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 for sketching. Yes, sketching…I know, right?   Mirror 3D sketch: For many of us, this ability has been long awaited. Using planes as the symmetrical reference, we will soon be able to mirror 3D sketches like seen below.     Thus making these shapes easier to create.     Freehand images and sketching really had not crossed my mind as a productivity booster. The

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SOLIDWORKS: Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!

Spline Tangency – Who’s Driving?!   Have you needed to modify a spline in SOLIDWORKS and found that even after relaxing the spline and resetting all handles that some handles are still constrained to something? Today I want to talk about an option in splines called “tangent driving” and how this option could help or hurt you depending on the way you need to control your spline.   First, lets recap splines. There are 4 simple rules you should always live by:   Keep it SIMPLE! Too many points will make manipulating the spline difficult to keep smooth. Use Curvature Combs tool to see how smooth the spline is. Use

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SOLIDWORKS 2017: Making a Decal Transparent

Making a Decal Transparent   This blog article will walk you through how to make your Decals transparent.   We start by placing our decal on our part model.   Below is an image of the property manager and decal placement (prior to making any changes).   In the property manager, you will see a section called “Mask Image”.   In this section, there are four mask options; No mask, Image mask file, Selective color mask, and Use decal image alpha channel.   The default setting is No mask, however for our transparency we will want to select the option “Selective color mask”. As shown in the image below.  

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SOLIDWORKS: Make Independent Context References

Make Independent Context References   In my previous blog article, I wrote about Assembly Propagation and how it gave us some in context references. Though this automatic update is fine for our initial designs, some customers need to break these references for release and production.   Here’s the link to my previous article >>   In our bracket part, we made a hole. That hole is connected to our assembly and now we need to delete the in-context reference.         By Right-Clicking on Cut-Extrude2-> we get the option to “Make Independent”         This Breaks the references, and the feature is now editable at the

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation Beam Elements with Non-Planar Bonds

Simulation Beam Elements with Non-Planar Bonds   Recently I came across an issue bonding beam elements to non-planar faces on a body meshed as solid. It seemed like good information to share. Below is a simplified model of the model that was being simulated using SOLIDWORKS Simulation:         The red shaft was being treated as a beam element and loaded axially. The bottom of the shaft was fixed and the outside ring of the green body or “ring” as I will refer to it is fixed as well. The two parts in the assembly are bonded where the outer face of the shaft meets the inner face

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

SOLIDWORKS – Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in

Introducing CircuitWorks Add-in   As an Applications Engineer for Computer Aided Technologies, I assist our customers with any questions they might have about the operation, methods, techniques, best practices, and challenges to reaching their modeling objectives with SOLIDWORKS. Quite often, I have a chance to introduce our customers to features or add-ins that are off the beaten path. Today I would like to introduce you to an add-in called CircuitWorks. The best description of this add-in can be found here.   The purpose of the CircuitWorks add-in is to create solid models from ECAD files of types like PADS ACSII (.asc), or Intermediate Data Format (.emn) and then be able

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SOLIDWORKS: Belt/Chain Assembly Feature

Belt/Chain Assembly Feature   Belt/Chain Assembly Feature simulates a belt, chain, pulley or sprocket. It has the ability to include more than two components. This feature adds appropriate mates and relations to give you that desired rotational results. It will also create a sketch containing arcs and lines describing the path of the belt.   SOLIDWORKS will calculate the length of the belt depending on the positions of the pulleys, chain or sprocket.   The other cool part about this feature is, you have the option to automatically create a new part containing the belt sketch.   To create the Belt/Chain Assembly Feature follow these steps:   Click Assembly tab,

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SOLIDWORKS: Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary

SOLIDWORKS Inspection – Creating Custom OCR Dictionary     SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a very powerful tool used to speed up the inspection process. SOLIDWORKS Inspection exists in two different versions. There is a standalone version and a version that functions as an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS. The standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection can open drawings in either PDF or TIFF file formats. Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection, you can balloon characteristics such as notes and dimensions. The program attempts to recognize the text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR).   The OCR functionality works great, for the most part. Unfortunately, you may run into scenarios where the text is not correctly identified. This may

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SOLIDWORKS: Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings

Display States in Your SOLIDWORKS Drawings   This topic comes up from time to time on tech support where a customer would like to show a drawing view with some components shaded and some in hidden lines. A good way to accomplish this is to use Display States. Display States are created added through the Configuration Manager tab, by right clicking, and choosing Add Display State.     Upon creation, this new Display State is active and any visual change or added appearance is automatically saved. In this example, let’s make the canopy wireframe so we can see the internals of the frame. Expand the Display Pane by clicking the

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