SOLIDWORKS – Exploded View into Visualize

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So you went through a lot of effort to get your exploded view perfect in SOLIDWORKS, but what could be the next big thing that sets your project apart from others? For starters, you could make a high-quality video of it in Visualize with very little work. The 1st step is to convert your exploded view into a motion study. So navigate to the motion study Tab on the bottom left of the feature manager. The motion study has a […]

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Rotate Slot in Hole Wizard

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A common question I have received on support is, “How do I rotate my Hole Wizard slot to be vertical or to be at a specified angle?”. To place a Counterbore Slot, Countersink Slot, or Slot, you must first select Hole Wizard and choose the Hole Type on the “Type” tab of the Hole Wizard command. After specifying the appropriate Standard, Type, Size, Length, and End Condition as you would for any other Hole Wizard hole, select the Positions tab […]

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Bypassing Warning “Encountered Invalid Record Index” During STEP Import

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Have you ever received a STEP file from a vendor and tried to open it in SOLIDWORKS, only for it to yield the warning: “Encountered Invalid Record Index”? If you have received this frustrating warning, you clicked on the right blog because I am about to show you how to bypass this warning to get that STEP file open! First, you are going to need to make sure 3D Interconnect is NOT turned on by going to SOLIDWORKS System Options […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How to Display Notes for X & Y Coordinate Points in a Drawing

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Drawings………can’t live without them. For drawings that need a lot of dimensions, this can clutter the entire document making it hard to read. The standard dimensioning schemes are: To avoid dimensions clutter, here’s an alternative method for you. How about adding a note that will show the X & Y coordinates instead of placing Model Items, a Horizontal or Vertical dimension on the drawing like this? Let me show you how you can create a note and link it to […]

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Hide All Types: No Hype

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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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Schematic Drawing & Viewing: Two Tricks to Improving Readability

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For a while now, Nodal Indicators have been an option to use in SOLIDWORKS Schematic.  I initially thought they were a nice feature, but never really used them at all.  In fact, most of the time in my classes that I taught or in consulting engagements I overlooked using or completely dismissed it.  That all changed when I start working on a project that really had me working with my routing and connections from the schematic.  I found myself flipping […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Free Tools: DFMXpress

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A powerful yet FREE tool in all SOLIDWORKS versions is a utility called DFMXpress. DFMXpress is a great rules-based utility that keeps your engineers and designers in check with creating manufacturable part files in SOLIDWORKS. This utility can be found on the Evaluate Toolbar in your Command Manager and under the Tools Pulldown menu in the Xpress Products category. You must have a part model open in order to run this command. To launch our command, I will access the […]

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Softening Butter with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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When it comes to the Warren household, cookies are the dessert of choice (mine anyway), specifically Snickerdoodles. Nothing compares to the soft and buttery, cinnamon-sugar coated discs of deliciousness. I make these from scratch, and usually on a whim. This leaves me with one problem every time I make the cookies; the cold hard butter. I always forget to take the butter out of the fridge and give it time to soften. Then I must wait even longer to enjoy […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Display A Decal On A 2D Drawing With Style

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I recently came across a customer who had a unique problem.  He had added a decal to his model, but when it came time to document the part on a drawing, he could not get it to show up.  This may seem like a simple solution: change the display style to Shaded with Edges and you are done! That would work great on the Isometric view in the drawing, but for the regular views, they still wanted to see it […]

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