SOLIDWORKS: Copy With Mates To Get It Done FAST!

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Ever get a part (or multiple parts) mated into place all perfectly and then sit back and say, “Ok, now I just have to do that 24 more times”? Well, if the mates really ARE exact repeats for the rest of the copies, then capturing a Mate Reference is the way to go. BUT what if each mate (or some of them) are not literal “repeats” of the first? What if some face or plane or edge in a few […]

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Copy/Paste Sketch Based Features in SolidWorks

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Have you ever tried to save time by copying an existing sketched based cut extrude only to find out that when you pasted this new copy that the orientation was flipped around 180 degrees from the original?  If so, I have the background information on why this happens and how to keep this from happening in the future. Let’s start with a simple cut extrude feature and notice that this seed component has been sketched on this outside surface on […]

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