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 […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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Sketch Option: Add Dimension

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Here's a quick tip for adding dimensions to your sketches. When inserting a sketch you have these options by default. If you go to tools, options, sketches, you will find another setting that can expand these options. Checking this box gives you these options for sketching: This option allows you to type a dimension on the fly or it will tie a dimention to the sketch entity so you don't have to do it later. Some of you may already […]

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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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Rapidly dimension multiple radial dimensions in sketches

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2012 has added many shortcuts that allow us to get our jobs done faster and more efficiently.  Here is a new function that you may find useful if you create a lot of revolved features.   2012 now gives us the function to add multiple radial or diametric dimensions at one time without having to select the centerline every time.   There is nothing special to activiate this function.  Dimenison between a centerline and a line or point.  Place your […]

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Pattern Via Dimension

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Here’s a cool trick that we teach in the Advanced Parts Class.  You want to create a linear pattern but there isn’t a good edge to choose.  Maybe that’s because there isn’t an edge going in the correct direction .  Well if you have a dimension that is going the right way, you can choose that. This is just one of the cool things you will learn in the Advanced Parts Class.  Here is a link to our training page […]

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Successful Flight of Unmanned Aircraft System

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3DVision customer SelectTech GeoSpatial is doing some AMAZING things that I just had to share with you. Just a few weeks ago SelectTech GeoSpatial’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility Technical Team in Springfield, Ohio launched a successful test flight of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The UAS was designed and built with SOLIDWORKS and a Dimension 1200 3D printer. This is the first non-government built aircraft of its kind. The aircraft has a wingspan exceeding 4 feet and weighs 5.3 pounds. Best […]

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Instant3D…do you use it?

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Instant3D has been a feature of SOLIDWORKS for years but are you using it?  Maybe the right questions to ask are “what is Instant3D and why would you want to use it?” Let’s start with the first part of that, “What is Instant3D”.  It lets you quickly create and modify geometry by using drag handles and scales.  You can use Instant3D in parts and assemblies.  To turn it on, select the “Features” toolbar and select “Instant3D” which is on the […]

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Search for Dimensions in EPDM

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Great Aunt Eleanor can do many amazing things. She can name and describe all RAID configurations, she can rewire an HDMI connection so her old black and white movies will be black and white again (she curses Ted Turner the entire time) and apparently she is the lead elf in her WOW guild…but she can’t cook. The lady can [and has] burnt water. Thus apparently it would be logical for her to buy an Indian restaurant. The nice thing about Indian […]

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