SOLIDWORKS – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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How to Display Multiple Units of Mass on a Drawing

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Let’s say I want to display Kg. and Lbs. in my drawing title block but SOLIDWORKS only allows the default units to be displayed. To work around this issue, you will need to start in the part file. This can be built into your part template. STEP 1. Create a Test Part and add a material to it. (could be a random block) STEP 2. Create a Global Variable in the part file that converts the default units to the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation: Radiation! A Follow-up Blog

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A few weeks ago, I published a blog that discusses the basics of radiation in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. The link to the blog can be found here. In that blog, we used a very simple example of a one square meter plate to demonstrate the accuracy of SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation compared to well-established hand calculations. In short, a 1 square meter plate with an emissivity of 1 at 300 Kelvin should have a radiative heat transfer rate of 459.29 [W], […]

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Free Xpress Product Training

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Xpress Products are free and meant to give you a taste of the products and solutions available to you as a SOLIDWORKS user. After trying the Xpress version, you may want to explore what the full versions may have to offer. Just as any SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional, and Premium license come with free Xpress products, my.solidworks.com comes with FREE Xpress products training! To Access your free Xpress products training: Go to https://my.solidworks.com/training   Search for whatever Xpress product you want […]

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How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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Clear Up Your Drawings in SOLIDWORKS with Break Lines

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Drawings can range from very simple, with just a few dimensions, to extremely complex, with multiple views and sheets and too many dimensions to count.  If yours fall into the first category, you might not have to do too much to display everything you need clearly.  However, if you are in the second camp, or somewhere in between, that can be a challenge.  Luckily, SOLIDWORKS drawings offer some great tools for this. One issue is when displaying dimensions that are […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Assembly Patterns Using Pattern Driven Components

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In SOLIDWORKS, we always suggest reusing your data and one way we can do that is by using patterns. In part documents, it’s widely accepted to use them whenever possible to keep our part a little more simplified and thus increase the performance of our file sets. Patterns are also a quick way to duplicate a lot of data in very few steps. What many people forget or don’t know about, is that SOLIDWORKS can make use of these patterns […]

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Toolbox Default Search Location

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What Happened to my Toolbox parts?! When SOLIDWORKS introduced a feature to help users open models with missing Toolbox references in 2011, there was much confusion on what the option does. Even today, this question still comes up, so this is the topic for today’s blog. According to the help file here’s what this option does: Facilitates opening models whose Toolbox components do not reference your Toolbox folder. If you clear the system option, SOLIDWORKS does not automatically search the […]

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How to get your SOLIDWORKS models ready for a quad patch mesh export

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When it comes to design software SOLIDWORKS is great and so is its rendering and animation capabilities. But sometimes we must outsource rendering, animations, and or surface sculpting to other departments and firms. When this happens, they either ask for an OBJ/STL/VRML format and maybe STEP / IGES if they are a little more advanced with file conversion. Typically, when they receive a mesh formatted file from SOLIDWORKS they are not very happy with the default export from the meshing […]

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SOLIDWORKS Schematic: Connectors and Components

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When designing our systems in SOLIDWORKS Schematic we are sometimes faced with a component that has a connector associated with it. Another design situation is that we have components that we are designing the harness to connect them all together with. One solution would be to graphically document each portion with a symbol. That may work for some, but prove cluttered or busy to others. It also has the unwanted distinction that they have not connected the symbol to symbol. A […]

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