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Direct Editing on Imported Geometry

Imported data can become parametric with direct editing tools inside of SolidWorks.  If you are moving from a different CAD system or if you work with many different file types, you may need to modify them.  This modification can be moving a hole or changing the depth of a cut or virtually anything else. SOLIDWORKS has a feature called “Move Face” which does the direct editing.  You can offset faces, move faces linearly, or rotate faces.  It can be found […]

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What More can DriveWorks do for You and Your Company? Here’s the Answer:

Using DriveWorksXpress, but you’re wondering what more DriveWorks can do for you and your company? Here’s the answer: In addition to automating repetitive design engineering tasks, DriveWorks Solo has the capability of generating the outputs and documentation you need to manufacture and sell variations of your products automatically. • 3D models • 2D drawings • Template documents (sales quotes, cover letters, etc.) This is all accomplished with the same time saving, quality control you experienced in DriveWorksXpress, with the additional […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#19)

(Modeling Methodology – Save As Part) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is Save As Part. The ability to save an assembly as a part file gives us three different options; Exterior Faces, Exterior Components and All Components. Each of these options produces a different result so we chose to test each option and see which one gave us the greatest performance gain. For our […]

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DriveWorks Solo- For a Limited time, get 3 seats for the price of 2!

For a limited time only, you can get 3 seats of DriveWorks Solo for the price of 2. With this offer you not only get 1 seat of DriveWorks Solo entirely free, subscription support is included on all 3 seats for the first year! DriveWorks also offers FREE online training at the end of every month held by a Certified DriveWorks Solo Applications Engineer, so you can learn how easy it is to become a DriveWorks Solo expert. For more […]

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Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Conference Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe just over a month ago I was in attendance at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) in Jacksonville,Florida.  Once again the executive board put a great conference together.  For those of you that do not know, the AMUG started out as the North AmericanStereolithography Users Group.  After twenty five years the group has morphed into AMUG, comprised of users of additive manufacturing technology.  The conference kicks off on Sunday evening with a welcoming session combined with […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#18)

(Modeling Methodology – SpeedPak) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is SpeedPak. The SpeedPak utility allows you to create a simplified configuration of an assembly without losing references. A SpeedPak configuration reduces your large or complex subassemblies into a subset of parts and faces of an assembly that you can use to mate into your top level assembly or reference with dimensions in a drawing. […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints (FSWPC-13-#17)

(Modeling Methodology – Large Design Review) The next tool that we are going to look at for reducing the level of detail in our parts and subassemblies is Large Design Review. Large Design Review lets you open very large assemblies quickly, while still retaining capabilities that are useful when conducting design reviews of assemblies. When you open an assembly in Large Design Review mode, you can: Navigate the FeatureManager design tree Measure distances Create cross sections Hide and show components […]

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Exploded view alternate directions

When creating an exploded view in SolidWorks it is simple to move your parts in the local coordinate system along X, Y, and Z. What if you want to move a part in a different direction? In order to accomplish this we need to reorient the coordinate system. You will first select the component you want to move, then click in the box called z@(name of your assembly) You will then select a new reference. In this example I am […]

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How do I download just the service pack updates from SolidWorks?

Upgrading software can be a daunting task. I say daunting because the majority of the time that you put into upgrading is set aside for downloading the upgrade.  When time is short and you just need to get SOLIDWORKS up and running with the newest service pack, the download shouldn't take more than a few minutes.  The upgrade files should only be a few hundred megabytes, just for the core installation of SOLIDWORKS, so you don't need to download a […]

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Isometric Center Mark

Ever wanted to put a Center Mark on an Isometric view in a drawing ? You can’t do it with the regular “Center Mark” tool, but the video below shows a pretty good solution… VIDEO —  ISO CENTER MARK .mp4   And here is the .sldblk file I created…      ISO CENTER MARK .sldblk

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