Holes In Your Model? No Worries with SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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When dealing with different customers or vendors you will inevitably run into a situation where you need to import a model from another CAD software. With advancements in import technology, models open better than ever. But there are times when you get a hole in your model. This can be troublesome as SOLIDWORKS Plastics requires the Mold Cavity to be watertight. This can be fixed by using the SOLIDWORKS modeling tools but may require some surfacing techniques. Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS Plastics […]

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A Beginner’s Look at SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress. Part Two

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Welcome back! For a refresher on SOLIDWORKS SimulationXpress and setting up a simulation study, click here. Today we’re going to cover running a simulation study, reading the results and optimizing the design. 4. Run the Study After applying fixtures, loads and materials you are now ready to run a study! Without getting too in depth, SimulationXpress takes your part file and divides the whole component into simple triangular volumes, also known as elements, that are connected at common points, or […]

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SOLIDWORKS PCB now natively integrates with PDM!

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SOLIDWORKS PCB has been a big hit with customers, enabling an easy, seamless collaboration between ECAD and MCAD designers. However, one thing has been missing: PDM integration. We could store the board assembly files in PDM just as easily as any other SOLIDWORKS Assembly, but the ECAD files had to be manually placed in PDM and managed, similar to any other non-SOLIDWORKS file. In the last couple of weeks, SOLIDWORKS has released the PCB-PDM Connector. Installing it will give you […]

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Flow Simulation: Computational Domain Editing Part 2 – Periodicity

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In Part 1 of this blog series, I covered the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation computational domain symmetry condition setting to reduce the size of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problem to be solved. The result is a decreased solution time and required computer memory. This blog will show how another computational domain condition, periodicity, can be used in those situations where you have a pattern of identical components in the flow field. I’ll continue to use the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta 1 is Out!

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Today is the day, SOLIDWORKS 2020 Beta is available. It’s time to take SOLIDWORKS 2020 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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SOLIDWORKS Submenu is missing!

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If you are working on a computer that has SOLIDWORKS installed and you right-click on a SOLIDWORKS file (*.sldprt, *.slddrw, *.sldasm) in File Explorer/Windows Explorer you should see a SOLIDWORKS “submenu” appear in the dropdown list. (shown in the screenshot below) Sometimes after a SOLIDWORKS upgrade or a change on a computer, that right-click SOLIDWORKS submenu will go missing. Here are the steps you can take on your computer to fix this issue and get the SOLIDWORKS submenu to reappear within […]

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Extended Reality in SOLIDWORKS

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A little while ago, I was looking to update a seat of SOLIDWORKS on one of my machines. Navigating through the customer portal and scrolling through the “Downloads and Updates” page; something caught my eye. SOLIDWORKS Extended Reality. Immediately, I thought of thousands of possibilities. Can I build a rollercoaster in SOLIDWORKS and virtually ride it? Can I build an “Ironman” suit with holograms instead of a monitor? I quickly learned that the answers to those questions are a resounding […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Hole Callout Quantities

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I just had a customer ask me why the hole callout quantities were wrong on a Part Drawing. The hole callout quantity did not match with the physical part. Often, we hear…” Something is wrong with SOLIDWORKS” or “Must be a bug”. Here’s the scenario…. The part model was a tray like the picture below. The part features were simply: 1 extrusion Feature, 1 Hole Wizard Feature, and 1 Cut – Extrude Feature. When the drawing was created, the Hole […]

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What’s New: DraftSight 2019 – 3D Editing, Modeling, and Mesh Tools

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In addition to the many updates we’ve covered so far, DraftSight now has the capability to edit and create 3D models within this year’s release. In this case, these are the 3D modeling tools: You can create primitive shapes with single tools such as the following: Box: Creates a three-dimensional solid box. Cone: Creates a three-dimensional solid cone. Cylinder: Creates a three-dimensional solid cylinder. Pyramid: Creates a three-dimensional solid pyramid. Planar surface: Creates a rectangular planar surface. Sphere: Creates a […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Component Selection Tool

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When working in large assemblies, sometimes it is useful to be able to select all instances of a specific type of component. This is a scenario where the ‘Advanced Component Selection’ tool can come in handy. Before diving into the advanced component selection tool, you will find there are some useful predefined selection groups. These are located right under the cursor menu at the top toolbar of SOLIDWORKS. Simply click the drop-down arrow on the cursor icon as seen in […]

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