Fatigue Check Plot

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Should you be concerned about fatigue? Not the kind of fatigue that affects Air Traffic Controllers, but the kind that causes a product to fail after repeated use. If you have the luxury of designing products that are only used once, you can stop reading now! For the rest of us, we need to be aware of the expected service life of our designs. If you knew your product would last “forever”, would you run around the office high-fiving your […]

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Borders around portions of a note in a TABLE ?

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2010 was the ability to place a border (box, diamond, triangle, etc.) around a PORTION of a note. (we could previously only place a border around the entire note) If you need to know how to do this, just do a search in the SOLIDWORKS HELP file for “NOTES”, and then scroll down almost to the bottom and look for “To apply borders to entire notes or portions of notes:” The “problem” that I want to address […]

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Turning Parts into Assemblies, Assemblies into Parts (Part 2 & 3)

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This is a series of blogs from me about turning Parts into Assemblies, and Assemblies into Parts in SolidWorks. To see Part 1, go here: http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2011/08/15/turning-parts-into-assemblies-assemblies-into-parts-part-1/ This blog (Part 2 & 3) will show you TWO ways to turn an ASSEMBLY INTO A PART. Why would you ever want to do this ? How about if you download an assembly from the internet or your customer or colleague gives you an assembly and all you care about having is a […]

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Model Aircraft Control Surface Spacing and SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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June 2011 AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) Model Aviation magazine had an interesting article Titled “Two of the Big Five model misadjustments” written by Dean Pappas. The two misadjustments were Hinge Gap, and Lateral Balance. The article caught my attention specifically due to the “flow” diagrams drawn in the article explaining airflow over the wing section and aileron control surface. In the below diagram, taken from the article, Dean explains three cases of air flow relative to a control surface. Clean […]

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Turning Parts into Assemblies, Assemblies into Parts (Part 1)

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This next series of blogs from me will be about turning Parts into Assemblies and Assemblies into Parts in SolidWokrs. In this (Part 1) of the series, we will look at TURNING A PART INTO AN ASSEMBLY. There are many reasons you might want to do this, the MAIN reason being something called the “Master Model” approach to modeling. Many consumer product designers do this. It is much easier to build a cell phone, or remote control, etc., as a […]

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Copy Settings Wizard For Simulation? Almost.

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Have you ever wanted to copy your system settings for Simultaion? Unfortunatly the copy settings wizard just does not cut it when it comes to Simulation settings. Here is what you need to do. You will need to have registry permissions and knowledge of registry editor. • Edit your registry – Select the ‘Start’ menu and then activate the ‘Run’ application. Type “regedit” and click ‘OK’. • Navigate to- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\srac\cosmos/works • Copy Key – Right Mouse Button on the “cosmos/works” […]

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Training in CAD

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Discover How Training In CAD Can Increase Design Capabilities Individuals having interest an robotics will soon learn that training in CAD is exceptionally worthwhile. In actual fact, professional designers of every kind become excited after they use MCAD for that original time. It is for the reason that the software is among the most sophisticated available. Gross impact areas of the economy, including the Aerospace or Defense Industry, install this sort of software all the time. Conversely, its job is […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training

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Discover How To Choose SOLIDWORKS Training For Your Staff Among the many ways to obtain SOLIDWORKS training, MCAD, which is a top reseller of the program, offers user support and comprehensive instruction. There are also a variety of free tutorials that can be accessed on the internet. It is important to take the time to ensure that individuals who will use the software are properly trained to use its features to their fullest potential. Globally used by millions of businesses, […]

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“Save As” vs “Save As Copy” PART 2 (get a drawing for “free”??)

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In my last blog I discussed the IMPORTANT difference between Save As and Save As Copy in SolidWorks. http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2011/06/09/save-as-vs-save-as-copy/ Now I am going to help you with what to do if you have screwed this up in the past !! Once you understand how this works, you can FIX any references that you have messed up, AND even be able to get a Drawing of a part “FOR FREE” ! Using the FILE–OPEN window, browse to an assembly or a […]

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“Save As” vs. “Save As COPY”

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I know this may be “Basic Knowledge” to a lot of you, but I still see people struggling with this and screwing up their assemblies and drawings all the time because they don’t understand it. The only IMPORTANT thing to know about this in SOLIDWORKS is that if you have an OPEN assembly or an OPEN drawing and you do a SAVE AS on one of the files that the assembly or drawing is referencing, it will make the assembly […]

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