SOLIDWORKS Technical Communication: Inspection Reports

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Traditional workflows for creating an inspection report consisted of having a 3D model and its appropriate drawing before starting the report. First, you need to manually balloon the necessary dimensions on the drawing and then manually start an Excel sheet containing the list of those dimensions. From there you still need to manually type in the nominal values in their cells and then calculate the upper and lower tolerance limits for each of the values. Depending on the complexity of […]

Read More

Can’t eDrawings and DimXpert just DO MBD for FREE?!?!?!

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Whoa there champ. A bit aggressive with the all caps and exclamation marks don’t you think? But to answer the question, no DimXpert and eDrawings can’t do model based definition. SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition or MBD is a separate piece of software that does incorporate DimXpert and eDrawings, but SOLIDWORKS MBD is not really all about DimXpert OR eDrawings. Clear as mud, right? MBD is really about organization (unlike this blog I think). At its core, what SOLIDWORKS MBD really […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Turntable Outputs

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

SOLIDWORKS Visualize gives you more than the standard image or animation output. Alternative outputs include Turntables, Interactive Images, Panorama Views, and 360-degree Images. Today the focus will be on Turntables and the different options offered. Turntables allow you to dynamically rotate your model as if it was on an actual turntable creating many fascinating views and videos. There are two types of Turntables; one that allows for view creation and another that allows for video creation. Turntables that allow for […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS MBD: Attaching a file to a 3D PDF

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

When publishing a 3D PDF for external collaboration, it may be necessary to send further documentation such as native CAD models, STEP files, 2D drawings and so on. One way of bundling said documentation is to attach these extra files to the 3D PDF you intend on sending out. (This is only possible with SOLIDWORKS 2017 and newer) To attach files to a 3D PDF: Select “Publish 3D PDF” in your 3D Views tab Under the “Attachments” option, select “Attach […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional: Using Physics Simulation

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

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 […]

Read More

Reordering your SOLIDWORKS Inspection Project

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

The idea for this post is the result of a recent SOLIDWORKS Inspection tech support call. It’s a very simple question, “how do I change the order of my ballooned characteristics in my SOLIDWORKS Inspection project?” Maybe before we discuss how to change the order of the characteristics, we should talk about how they’re added in the first place. In these examples, I’ll be setting up a SOLIDWORKS Inspection project using the SOLIDWORKS Add-In. Automatic Extraction The order of the […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS COMPOSER: Import Custom Properties from Autodesk Inventor, PTC® Creo, Solid Edge®, STEP, and UG NX using 3D Interconnect

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Over the years I’ve spent time with some of our SOLIDWORKS Composer customers that don’t use SOLIDWORKS as their primary CAD tool, and a prevailing question kept coming up. “Where are the custom properties? We don’t want to manually type in all this information if the designers have already done so in CAD, whatever it may be.” I don’t like to shy away from a challenge, so I rolled up my sleeves and went to work, and please forgive my […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Composer Toolbox

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Every once and a while I find out about functionality in software that I had no idea was there for an embarrassing amount of time, even when I’m supposed to have some level of “expertise” in that software. Today, you get to read about one of those wonderful experiences. If you already knew this was in SOLIDWORKS Composer then, by all means, you are better than I. But if you didn’t, just remember, there was […]

Read More

Why are my BOM ID’s changing?

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Not long ago I was helping a customer with a SOLIDWORKS Composer support question.  The customer was working on creating a Bill of Materials and various items were changing from view to view. This type of issue is something I hear about regularly so let’s look at this behavior with the following example, “why are my callouts changing or simply blank?” In this first view, you can see that the callout shows item 6.  Also, notice the selected component is […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS Visualize: Video Decals

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

One of my favorite new features in SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional 2019 is the ability to create decals using video images. We can now apply decals using *.mp4 and *.avi files, just as we would with static image files in the past. This functionality makes simulating screens in animations, like the video below, incredibly easy. Notice that in this video, the animated decal actually emits light into the scene. Just like standard decals, we can control appearances, mapping, and more with […]

Read More