SOLIDWORKS: Improving Performance in Large Assemblies

Improving Performance in Large Assemblies     We all know how frustrating it can be when you have a project that has a deadline approaching and you need to get it done in a timely manner – but then there are hurdles to jump over. One of those hurdles can be dealing with performance issues while working with a large Solidworks assembly. Waiting around while your computer struggles can be unfortunate as well as very unproductive.     In this […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Gears for Assemblies

Modeling Gears for SOLIDWORKS Assemblies     The next component I want to take a look at in our discussion of files that slow down SOLIWORKS assembly performance is the gear. Gears are used in a lot of mechanical designs, and are often parts that are downloaded from the web and inserted directly into our assemblies.         There is a time and a place for detail. Having highly detailed parts for piece part manufacturing is perfectly acceptable […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Power Select!

Power Select     Have you ever needed to select all entities that have a certain face color? What about all extrusions that have edge angles less than 45deg? Or how about all red faces that have convex edges that are part of a cut feature? Well, Power Select allows you to do all this and more!     Power Select is just ONE of many tools included in SOLIDWORKS Utilities which since 2016 comes standard in SOLIDWORKS!     […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Opening a 2017 Version File in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Opening a 2017 Version File in SOLIDWORKS 2016     With each new release of SOLIDWORKS we typically get the question of “Can I open a 2017 file in 2016?” One of my counterparts at CATI graciously posted this very topic a few months ago with great details on what you CAN and CANNOT do with this backward compatibility. You can read this article here.         What I am adding to this post is a scenario where […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!

Simulation – Use Those SOLIDWORKS Functions!   SOLIDWORKS functionality can make life easier when working with Simulation.  You probably know them well, so why not use those familiar functions to your advantage?  Let’s look at a few. Simulation-specific configurations Interference detection check for simulation-ready geometry Split lines for boundary condition application   Configurations   Editing the geometry before setting up a simulation is usually necessary. By setting up a new configuration for the analysis, changes made there won’t affect the original design. This allows […]

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SOLIDWORKS: eDrawings Markups

eDrawings Markups   This Blog article will walk you through adding markups to a drawing, saving those markups, inserting them into SOLIDWORKS, and then removing them from SOLIDWORKS.   Publishing a Drawing to eDrawings   You will find this option in the FILE pulldown menu of your open SOLIDWORKS document, it will say “Publish to eDrawings”.     Once it is published to eDrawings, we can add markups with the option to add a comment. When directing someone to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

Renderer Selection in SOLIDWORKS Visualize   Selecting the best rendering method for the job at hand is one of the most important decisions a user of SOLIDWORKS Visualize can make. The renderers and options that Visualize offers are best suited to different points in a typical workflow and can help the user greatly increase her or his efficiency. This article/case study discusses those renderers and the best times to use them.   Because Visualize leverages both CPU and GPU hardware, the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do You Use Selected Contours?

Do You Use Selected Contours in SOLIDWORKS?   Even though many SOLIDWORKS users take advantage of Selected Contours when creating different geometry, I often see Selected contours not being utilized and overlooked. Maybe this is due to being unaware of the functionality or just not fully understanding how to use it.   When creating sketches in SOLIDWORKS, most users create multiple closed contours within the sketch and don’t realize it. What does a closed contour entail? Closed contours are any boundary […]

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Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS

Reverse Engineering with Creaform and SOLIDWORKS   The hand held Creaform scanners are a great addition to your Inspection lab to speed up bottle necks and get more info quicker on your parts, but they can also be used for quick and effective reverse engineering. Once we have all of this scanned data acquired, we can use the VXElements software to extract all of the useful information we might need to build up a new part or a variation of […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Time to FLEX Your Modeling Skills

Time to FLEX Your SOLIDWORKS Modeling Skills I wanted to take the time to introduce to you a rarely used but incredibly powerful weapon in the SOLIDWORKS arsenal. With the FLEX feature at your disposal you will be able to transform your solids into fantastic shapes, only limited by your imagination. I will walk through the basics of the FLEX command and show you how it will deform even complex solids in an intuitive manner. There are four types of […]

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