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A common question that often comes into technical support is about not being able to see dimensions, decals, sketch relations, or other graphics display items when working with a SOLIDWORKS model. This can be frustrating especially if under time constraints to get a design finished. The first place I always check for these kinds of issues is the display filter- the eyeball at the top of the graphics window. Clicking on the down-arrow to the right of the eye will […]

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Simulation Walkthrough: Trebuchet cross beam analysis

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Introduction: So, you’re designing a trebuchet and you need to know if the main loading cross beam is strong enough. Where would you begin? What type of study should you use? These questions and others will be answered in this blog. The main objective is to start from an unaltered CAD file and describe the process to set up an appropriate analysis. Now, I do realize that this design is incomplete. Let’s start an analysis anyway. The ability to create […]

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What’s (hopefully) New in SOLIDWORKS 2020 & Top 10 Enhancements Voting Results

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Anyone who has attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past knows that one of the most exciting times for a SOLIDWORKS user is when they preview what will be coming in the NEXT release of the software, and when they announce the results of the Top 10 Enhancements voting. Last week at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2019 in Dallas, TX they did the What’s New in 2019 on Day 3. Here is what we saw… WHAT’S (hopefully) NEW IN SOLIDWORKS 2020: G3/C3 Continuity […]

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Achieving Extreme SOLIDWORKS Performance

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SOLIDWORKS World 2019 has come and gone. By now most of us have returned to work and the daily grind. Now it is time to take that new trick or skill that you learn or take another look at the many products or partners we discovered. Yes, the platform may be changing, but the core tools we have grown to love are still the foundation on which we continue to expand. Over the last week, dozens of presentations were given […]

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Creating a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account the Correct Way

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Follow along to learn how to create a customer portal account the CORRECT way: Step 1: Go to solidworks.com and click on the person icon in the top right corner of the screen. Step 2: Click on SW Customer Portal from the drop down that expands. Step 3: Click “Create a SOLIDWORKS ID” Step 4: Input your email address, and then your serial number. If you do not know your serial number, it can be found inside of SOLIDWORKS if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool: Creating an Over-mold

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Today I’d like to show you how to use the SOLIDWORKS Deform Tool to create and over-mold on an existing tool handle. We’ll start with the Ratchet Handle that was created in Lesson 4 of SOLIDWORKS Essentials: Parts and Assemblies. Let’s start by creating a basic ellipsoid shape that encompasses the handle. Only half of the solid is created, so that symmetry can be applied later. Now a sketch is created to be used to modify the solid. In this […]

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Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-on Module Benefits – HVAC Part 2

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This is part 2 of a SOLIDWORKS Flow blog series. If you would like to read part 1 first, which I recommend, here is the link: SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Add-on Module Benefits – HVAC Part 1. The HVAC part 1 blog focused on solar absorption in transparent materials. Let’s focus on human comfort parameters for part 2. The Setup We use the same model from the part 1 blog with the addition of a simple desk and the figure of […]

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SOLIDWORKS Home Use License (HUL) FAQ

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Do you own a Network license of SOLIDWORKS? Is your license actively on subscription? Do you use SOLIDWORKS at home? If you answered “yes” to all three of these questions, you should probably be using a HUL! A HUL, or Home Use License, is a type of SOLIDWORKS license that enables you to use SOLIDWORKS on a machine that is not typically connected to your office network. This blog post is your guide for any and all questions HUL-related. If […]

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SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019 comes the great new feature allowing you to run Physics Simulations on your models which includes having your models fall and collide with each other just as they would in the real world. Tech Tip: To be able to access the functionality of the new Physics Simulation, you will need a license of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. The first step in running your Physics Simulations will be to set up how each model or solid […]

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