What is the Vary Sketch Option in a Pattern?

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I have an option that you might have overlooked or just didn’t know what it does.  It’s the Vary Sketch option. The definition from the Help File says, “Select the Vary Sketch option to let the pattern instances change dimensions as they repeat.”  Let’s take a look at what you have to do and how it might help you. So what I’m going to do is create a triangular part first. Now we need to have a feature added to […]

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DimXpert Tips

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With SOLIDWORKS MBD being released, you might be trying out DimXpert for the first time.  If you want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, check out my previous blog entry.  Here are some quick tips that might help. Change Annotation Plane When you have an annotation, you might need it to be placed on a different plane.  An example would be the dimension is on the TOP plane and you need it on the FRONT plane.  If you select the […]

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DimXpert Tips

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With SOLIDWORKS MBD being released, you might be trying out DimXpert for the first time.  If you want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, check out my previous blog entry.  Here are some quick tips that might help. Change Annotation Plane When you have an annotation, you might need it to be placed on a different plane.  An example would be the dimension is on the TOP plane and you need it on the FRONT plane.  If you select the […]

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You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards. You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information […]

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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards. You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered! 1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system? The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file. The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling FAQ’s

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, invented by Stratasys, builds professional-quality models, prototypes and parts in a range of production-grade thermoplastics. It is easy to use, reliable, clean and office friendly. Learn more with some of the most frequently asked questions answered! 1. What file format do I need to process a part for my Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) system? The Short Answer — FDM requires the use of an STL file. The Extended Version — The process of 3D printing begins […]

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Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool. SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need..   Every license of Inspection […]

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