3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables. BOM The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc. […]

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Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables. BOM The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc. […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Pictures on Models and in Drawings

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At times it's effective to use images or pictures on models to add a realism factor with minimal effort. Here I'll show two methods of getting images in or on your parts and also to their drawings. The first method will use a "Sketch Picture", the second will use a "Decal". The picture above shows a "Sketch Picture" of a Danger Label. Starting a 2D Sketch one can use Tools, Sketch Tools, Sketch Picture to add an image/picture to a […]

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SolidWorks’ Power Hide Tool

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The Tab+Mouse Hover in SolidWorks is an extremely fast* way to hide parts in an assembly that is often overlooked. Give it a try; (1) Open an assembly, (2) Put the cursor over a part, (3) Press the TAB key on your keyboard. Viola! That part is hidden!   If you'd like a "Full Auto Mode"; Keep the Tab key held down as you move the mouse around. – Parts will disappear one right after the other!   *Full Auto […]

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Exploded view alternate directions

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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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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #2

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RC Hovercraft #2 – SolidWorks To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft. Utilize the SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design. The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint. Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions. For purchases components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the […]

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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks?

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RC Hovercraft #1 For this blog series I wanted to design something from scratch.  Not necessarily a new idea but something fun and cool.  My intention is to design a Remote Control Hovercraft from the ground up. I want to give you a brief description and history of a Hovercraft: A hovercraft or air-cushion vehicle is a vehicle capable of travelling over variable surfaces, such as land and water.  The hovercraft operates by forcing a high pressure of air between the bottom of […]

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Configurations VS Display States in Assemblies

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Configurations and display states are very powerful tools to control how your SOLIDWORKS assemblies look. It is important to understand the differences of what you can control with each of them. Configurations control assembly feature, part, and sub assembly suppression. Dimensional changes for mates and reference geometry, alternate part translation and rotation, and the current configuration of existing parts and sub assemblies. In this example I am showing a configuration change for an assembly. The second image has one part […]

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