Why are my views backwards!

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Have you ever wondered why when you create a projected view off of another view it seems backwards? Meaning, it should be a right view and it is the left view. What causes this is the type of projection is set to “First Angle”. First Angle is a European standard which sets the views opposite to what you would think they would be. It is a simple, quick fix to change the document you are working on. Simply right click […]

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Modifying Sketches

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When moving, scaling, rotating, or flipping sketches people get into the habit of doing it the old AutoCad way: highlighting everything in the sketch and right mouse button clicking the sketch to move, rotate, scale, and copy. An easier way of doing this is to use the Modify Sketch tool. This tool is under Tools>Sketch Tools>Modify Sketch.  For instance, to  flip a sketch about an axis, just place the black origin where you like to flip about and hover over […]

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It’s the Little Things that Matter Most: Shortcut Bars

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It’s the little things that matter most. I have heard that saying many times, and I am really starting to believe that it is true; especially when it comes to SolidWorks. When SOLIDWORKS puts out a new release, there are always many powerful new tools that get added. However, there are also lots of smaller, not as highly recognized, functionality that gets added too. In my experience with SOLIDWORKS and SolidWorks users, these are the items that excite users (including […]

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PC on a stick

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What’s better than free? …yeah I can’t think of anything either. For the past few days I have been playing with a fun little application named Mojopac. Think of it as a way to have SOLIDWORKS on a stick but now you have an entire OS too! PC on a stick! …or even PC on a iPod! (I am using a portable hard drive) It feels a lot like Virtual PC except you do not have to buy an additional […]

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Drawing Views of Individual Bodies

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I have recently had a few Technical Support questions regarding how to create drawing views of individual bodies from within a weldment. This is actually very simple and can be completed by using the little known command Relative View.? While in a drawing, go to ??Insert, Drawing View, Relative to Model? Select the face of a body in your drawing view. SOLIDWORKS will then switch you to the model where you have the option to choose the ??Scope and select […]

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Backup your work!

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There is nothing more frustrating than doing a significant amount of work only to have the computer crash and lose everything.  Now, the old adage of "Save Early, Save Often" still applies but there are a few settings in SOLIDWORKS that can make sure that you don’t lose all of that work if something unexpected does happen.  In SOLIDWORKS, go to Tools, Options, System Options from the pull down menu and select Backup/Recover.  Auto-Recover saves information about the active document […]

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CSWP – EXAM Free-Ninety-Free – Win a Trek Fuel EX 5.5 bike

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For those of you that did know and I didn’t until today. You can take your Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional exam and be entered to win an amazing Trek Fuel EX 5.5 bike. I have a link to a video on how to get the free exam along with the link to the contest. Check out both and win yourself a dirt flinging piece of steel and rubber. How to get the free examContest Details  

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Sweeney Smackdown

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As my loyal fans know, every [randomly chosen time interval] morning I post my gripes about CAD, or the engineering world in general. In hopes that someone out there will see these problems and fix them for me. I figure I spend all day fixing other people’s problems -someone out there owes me. Why does my optical mouse suddenly decide it wants to be on the other side of the screen? I hate acronyms. They should be illegal. ECN, ECO, […]

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Choice of Pressure Boundary Condition in FloWorks

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At SOLIDWORKS World 2008, Seth and I had the privilege of getting into a discussion with Bill Dziedzic, FloWorks Technical Specialist at SOLIDWORKS Corp. and Arvind Krishnan, Product manager of FloWorks, about the correct usage of the pressure boundary condition in COSMOS FloWorks. It is to be kept in mind that FloWorks gives a user three choices when assigning a pressure boundary condition – static pressure, total pressure or environmental pressure. The formal definitions of Static and Total Pressure are […]

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