SOLIDWORKS: Costing a Weldment (MultiBody)

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If there was a way for you to get a more accurate cost out of your weldments, you would like to hear about it, right? Well, SOLIDWORKS Costing is the way to go. Weldments include multi body and single body structural members, and the Costing tool will calculate the members as extruded parts. If a multi body template is used, weld bead and fillet bead cost information can be accounted for as well. Keep in mind that the Costing tool […]

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SOLIDWORKS: “My files keep printing when I try to open them from Windows File Explorer”

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Since the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2020, our Technical Support team has gotten multiple reports of a very strange-sounding behavior: After installing SOLIDWORKS 2020, double-clicking a part, drawing, or assembly file from File Explorer will not properly open the file, and instead it will send that file to a nearby printer. This is still an issue we are learning about, so we don’t yet know all of the causes, but we have at least found a couple fixes that can get […]

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?

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How do I complete a Fill study in SOLIDWORKS Plastics?  Utilizing the analysis capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Plastics early in the product development cycle enables users to optimize the plastic injection molding process, create high quality parts, and reduce manufacturing costs.  A Fill study is the first analysis that users perform with SOLIDWORKS Plastics.  How the molten plastic resin is injected into a mold cavity depends upon multiple factors, such as injection pressure and temperature, part wall thickness, mold wall temperature, […]

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SOLIDWORKS, where is my Help menu and Quick Access tools?

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With the arrival of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3, we have seen an increase of installations and questions come into Tech Support. Users are noticing a few subtle differences in the SOLIDWORKS user interface but DON’T WORRY, this is not like Icon color-gate from SW 2016! These changes are much easier to overlook. Vanishing Help Menu Let us start with the following screen of SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3. Notice anything missing? The traditional Help menu is removed from the Menu Bar in service pack […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Thick versus Thin Shell Elements.

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How often do you find yourself using SOLIDWORKS Simulation with shell elements and ask yourself, what in the world is the real difference between the Thin and Thick option in the Shell Definition property manager? Is it just simply saying to yourself, well the model I am running an analysis on looks pretty thin to me so let’s go with that or is there more to it? Hopefully, I got your attention now so let’s discuss what the Thick and […]

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How The “Direct Editing” Tab Can Help You in SOLIDWORKS

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Sometimes a person might need to open and edit files that are not native to SolidWorks, and that is okay. This might seem scary to SolidWorks users as creating changes without a FeatureManager Design Tree can be intimidating. However, with Direct Editing tools, you no longer have to feel this way. The SolidWorks Direct Editing tab includes many tools that allow you to make changes to parts without modifying the existing sketches and features. Adding the Direct Editing Tab To […]

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Creating Custom Displacement Maps for Natural & Organic Geometry in SOLIDWORKS

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In the last blog post we discussed the ability to apply and manipulate 3D textures in SOLIDWORKS to create more natural and organic shapes. In this continuation, we will discuss creating your own 3D textures to create more custom geometry. To get caught up on how to apply 3D textures check out the previous blog post in this series. The most important thing to keep in mind when creating 3D textures is that when SOLIDWORKS applies the texture, different heights […]

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

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Using PBR Materials in SOLIDWORKS Visualize PBR or Physically Based Rendering materials are a set of shading models that attempt to create a higher level of realism and rendering quality and provide a standard for materials across multiple rendering programs. Tech Tip: It is possible to create your own PBR Material by going to Add > New Appearance and choosing PBR Material as the Appearance Type. However, it is highly recommended to use one of the many available PBR Materials […]

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Designing Custom Packaging (Part 3)

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Today we are going to pick up where we left off in my last blog article; Designing Custom Packaging (Part 2). Here’s Part 1 if you’d like to start from the beginning. We had finished creating the negative space in the packaging material for the Rolling Crate and the Clam Shell. Rolling Crate Clam Shell Here are the two containers showing the negative space and the cross section showing the packaged items. It is impossible to carve the spaces out […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

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In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at Part Reviewer’s capabilities and benefits for familiarizing yourself with another’s design process. In Part 2 we will look at a useful tool to aid you in the editing process.   So, you inherit a file thinking you’re just going to make a small change to one component or delete a no longer needed feature. Suddenly, your FeatureManager Design Tree is riddled with error messages. To avoid these editing mishaps, a deeper knowledge of feature relations is incredibly helpful. By enabling Dynamic Reference Visualization, you can quickly view all the Parent/Child relationships in […]

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