Desktop Metal Dimensional Accuracy & Surface Finish

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The Desktop Metal process is designed to provide “near net shape” parts that achieve tolerances comparable to casting. When tight tolerances or smooth surface finishes are required, users should expect to employ secondary operations (milling, grinding, polishing, etc.). Studio System parts are currently achieving tolerances of +/- 0.5 mm for parts less than 60 mm. (+/- 0.02 in for parts less than 2.3 inches), or between 0.8% and 2%. This means that a 1” part should be 1″ +/- 0.02”, and a […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS MBD – Importing 3D PMI – #SW2018 With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 come some great enhancements to MBD. SOLIDWORKS MBD now supports the import of 3D PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) with your STEP AP242, NX and Creo files. To import your PMI information, go to File > Open and filter out one of the supported file types for PMI import. In this Open dialog, you will now see a checkbox that says “Include […]

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SOLIDWORKS DRAWINGS – Hiding and Showing Annotations and Dimensions

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So, you’ve hidden a dimension on your drawing but now you want to bring it back. Wait, where’d it go? To bring back any hidden dimension or annotation in your drawing, you’ll need to activate the Hide/Show Annotation command found under View > Hide/Show > Annotations. First, let’s hide some dimensions. If you select one or more dimensions, you can Right Click on a dimension and select Hide. Tech Tip: If you hold down the Ctrl key while you select […]

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How to Eliminate 2D Drawings with SOLIDWORKS MBD – Part 1

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The fun and excitement of SOLIDWORKS World has come and gone, but it is the many messages conveyed to the SOLIDWORKS community and the 5500 attendees of this years conference that keeps us motivated for the next year. This year we heard from Dr. Michio Kaku (Professor of Theoretical Physics) who made many predictions of the future as it relates to engineering and science. One of his main messages was 3D is the future. I would like to take that […]

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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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