SOLIDWORKS: Design Study without using Simulation

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Have you ever asked yourself, while designing your parts or assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, what would be the most optimal design to minimize the weight or find where the volume is the least in your designs without the use of simulation? Maybe you are even looking for a way to gain insight into finding the relation between your dependent and independent design variables of your designs without using simulation. Well, guess what, SOLIDWORKS can help with that using a tool called […]

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Using Alternate Symbols in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Laying out symbols and wire connections is a snap with SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  There are several ways you can get repeating steps set up for speed in your drawing. One of my tricks is to go to the old standby being “Execute last command”. I have set up 2 keystroke combinations that allow me to quickly redo the last function I had selected. When laying out my wire styles, it is a snap to lay out several paths. Adding symbols can […]

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Why SolidWorks Is Crashing While Trying To Open Files

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It is a very frustrating time when you want to open a file in SolidWorks and the program crashes. Luckily, I believe to have pinpointed why this issue occurs and how to prevent it. It seems to be exclusive to non-native SolidWorks files such as STEP files but could happen to native SolidWorks files as well. The crash seems to occur when files are dragged straight out of Outlook or other programs directly into Window’s Explorer. The reasoning for this […]

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How Do I Complete a Nonlinear Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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How do I complete a nonlinear study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium? Every study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation follows the same six general steps. You can read more about these steps here:  Six Steps To Your Simulation Study. Nonlinear studies are no different, there are just a few extra bells and whistles to watch out for. Let’s cover the basics. Nonlinear studies are appropriate whenever the structural stiffness of the model or the model’s boundary conditions change throughout the simulation. Some common reasons to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Make informed decisions, shorten the cycle, share your vision.

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For a designer making products in any CAD system, it can sometimes be a challenge to share your vision of what an object should look like before it’s finished. You might have even heard the old adage: You can have anything you want: Good, Fast, or Cheap – Pick any two. There is always a tradeoff. You could get it cheap and fast, but at the cost of quality; good and fast, and you’ll likely be paying for it in […]

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Suppressing Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS

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Suppressing Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS A few months ago, I ran across a discussion at a SOLIDWORKS user group meeting where someone asked me if it were possible to create part configurations where the same sketch segment could have two different sketch relations. I wasn’t sure if this was possible so I did some investigating. Much to my surprise, this is in fact possible! Here are some screen shots of this process in action. To begin with, launch a new […]

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Stratasys J55 Solution Guide

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­­­­­­The J55 is the latest in a long line of Polyjet printers in the Stratasys family. With a revolving printing platform, this printer marks a change that promises to revolutionize the industry. To get a sense for how, looking at the similarities and differences helps to comprehend the capabilities of the J55. For an overview of the printer, check out one of our previous blog posts. Circular Build Platform The most defining characteristic of the J55 is the circular build […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is out!

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It’s here! SOLIDWORKS 2021 Beta 1 is now available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2021 for a test drive, check out the new enhancements and participate in the Beta program. What is the Beta Program? Participating in the Beta program is more than just taking the next release of SOLIDWORKS for a test drive. It’s about connecting with the BETA community, interacting with the SOLIDWORKS R&D team to provide your feedback on the new functionality and flexing your SOLIDWORKS skills […]

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A Real-World Example of Re-engineering and Customization

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I recently purchased a cross-over toolbox for my small truck. I was very careful to check with the vendors to make sure that the toolbox would fit into my year/make/model of truck and that I was getting the best price. Well, my toolbox arrived and guess what? It does not fit properly in the bed of my truck. I made the foolish mistake of not getting the critical measurement from my truck bed and comparing them to the manufacturer’s specifications […]

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