SOLIDWORKS: Leveraging Configurations in Simulation Products

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Leveraging Configurations in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Products   If you use any of the SOLIDWORKS products related to simulation, i.e., Simulation (Finite Element Analysis-FEA), Flow (Computational Fluid Dynamics-CFD) or Plastics (Injection Molding) and haven’t been taking advantage of configurations, then this information is for you!   The SOLIDWORKS configuration functionality allows for multiple “What-if?” design ideas managed in the same file, and the simulation products can take advantage of this great feature, giving you the ability to analyze each design separately […]

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SOLIDWORKS Modify Tool Explained

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The Modify tool in SOLIDWORKS appears when users create or edit a dimension (parameter). This tool has several options available to the user. Here are the available options: Save the current value and exit the Modify Tool dialog box Restore the original value and exit the Modify Tool dialog box Rebuild the model with the current value Reverse the sense of the dimension Change the thumbwheel increment value. (The default is set to 10mm unless otherwise specified in the Tools > Options > Document Properties […]

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“Configured” Weldment Profiles for SolidWorks2014

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the ability to have Weldment Profiles with CONFIGURATIONS in them. This is a significant improvement as far as file management goes. Just for example if you had downloaded the 2013 ANSI Inch profiles from the SOLIDWORKS content area of your Design Library (you knew you could do that right ??), the Rectangular Tube folder alone had 233 files to manage ! One for EACH different size. If you wanted to add a property to your […]

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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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