Use Case for the SOLIDWORKS Dissection Feature

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I was looking through some of our older blog articles and I ran across a feature the I had never seen or used before. As far as I can tell it has not been included in any of our training material either. Basically, the Dissection feature allows you to reuse features from other parts by first dissecting the part, then dragging the feature (Extrudes and Cuts) onto your model. Here is the link to the old blog that explains it: […]

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow results and create my first cut plot?

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How do I view SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Results and Create My First Cut Plot? SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis software. Flow Simulation provides an understanding of fluid motion around or through your design. For an understanding of how to create and solve a Flow Simulation study please see the accompanying blog “How do I create a Flow Simulation analysis project?”. Once your study is created and run the next step is to interrogate the results. […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Custom View Orientation

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Sometimes Standard View Orientation, Projected Views or Auxiliary Views will not get you the view results your trying to accomplish. There are other techniques for creating custom view orientation. New View Relative View 3D Drawing View Let’s take a look how to create these other custom views. The first custom view is New View. The New View command can be found in the Orientation dialog or in the Heads-up under View Orientation. The New View can be saved and used […]

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Improving SOLIDWORKS Assembly Mating with Component Preview Window

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Mating your components into place is an important step in creating your SOLIDWORKS assemblies. This can be a simple process, but it can also get tough and be time consuming, as your assemblies get larger. Being able to efficiently add mates can really help you save time when creating your assemblies, and SOLIDWORKS has many tools to help do just that. In this blog, we are going to look at one of those tools: Component Preview Window. Let us look […]

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SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder – Advanced

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The Property Tab Builder is a stand-alone utility for creating a customized interface for adding properties to SOLIDWORKS Parts, Drawings, and Assemblies. Why should I use it? It will make data entry for custom properties easier and more consistent, by removing redundancy, reducing data entry errors and by providing guided form for documentation. Using the Tab Builder will allow better and more consistent processes for design workflow. Starting the Property Tab Builder For a primer on the SOLIDWORKS Tab Builder […]

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Reactivating Your SolidNetwork License Manager

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Whether you have recently added seats to your SolidNetwork License, renewed your subscription, or have had any trouble with your activation, it is sometimes necessary to reactivate your SolidNetwork Licenses in the License Manager Server application. Regardless of the reason, reactivating your network license can be done by following these easy steps: In order to reactivate the license, first go to the Start Menu on the server computer and open the SolidNetwork License Manager Server application. Within the application, go […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Combine (Subtract)

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Previously there have been a few CATI blogs written regarding the process of finding the internal volume of a part. Such methods include the commonly known Intersect command to achieve this task as well as the Delete Face command. This blog will touch on one more approach to that end goal which might prove useful to your circumstance. An alternative approach to identifying the internal volume of a part in SOLIDWORKS is by use of the Combine feature, specifically Combine […]

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Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 2

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Note: If you missed Importing .DWG files into SOLIDWORKS: Part 1, we looked at the beginning process of importing .dwg files into SOLIDWORKS. I covered how to choose only the layers that included the information that we needed and looked at how to center, position, and scale our imported sketch entities into a drawing file. Working with an imported .dwg file can create some unique obstacles. We no longer have drawings views to manipulate or a part model to reference. […]

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Common Workflows for Getting SOLIDWORKS Geometry INTO the 3DEXPERIENCE “xApps”

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In the 3DExperience Platform, when we speak of an “xApp” we are referring to the xDesign, xShape, xSheetmetal apps (and more coming all the time) that run in a browser and are available anywhere, anytime, on any device. Today I am going to discuss some different workflows of getting CAD data into the 3DExperience “xApps”. Which method is the “best” all depends on what you need to do with it. Sometimes you may just be wanting to “build around” an […]

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Back to the basics: Hunting and Gathering on the 3D Experience Platform

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Imagine the most primitive state of humankind. Most will probably come up with the hunter-gatherers prevalent before the advent of cities and agriculture. I’m no anthropologist by any means, but I feel like the people we refer to as “hunter gatherers” behaved as they did because they were unaware of many of the mechanics of how the world around them worked. To them it was easier to just grab what they could directly consume and move on. Now, for the […]

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