3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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Available Tables in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

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I get asked about the different tables in SOLIDWORKS drawings.  I’ll go over some of these as a high level overview.  This will cover BOM, Hole Table, Revision Tables, Weldment Cut List Tables, General Table, Weld Table, Bend Table, and Punch Tables. BOM The Bill of Materials is a list of the components and the quantities of each needed to manufacture the end product.  This can be customized a lot to be able to show different properties, different fonts, etc. […]

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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 […]

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How Much Does it Cost?

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When you create a new design, you need to know how much it costs.  Are you going to be over budget or under?  How do you find the cost of your sheet metal or machined parts?  I would guess that you have an elaborate spreadsheet that you use to “guess” the price or you just compare it to a similar design.  Well if you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium, you could use SOLIDWORKS Costing. SOLIDWORKS Costing is a cost estimation […]

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Jordan’s SOLIDWORKS Setup Package

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 has just been released, and it’s time for a fresh start.  With each new release, I usually tweak my interface layout and my settings just a bit.  This year, I think I’ve finally got it perfected, so it’s time to share these customization’s with the world.  Click the image below to access a 9-page package including all kinds of user interface modifications and helpful template files.  This is a great resource for someone new to SOLIDWORKS looking to […]

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Where should I put my SOLIDWORKS file properties?

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I hope you are storing your meta data inside of your SOLIDWORKS files. Material, manufacturer, part number, treatments, description, etc. should be stored in the file properties rather than just typing the information inside of your titleblock. There are too many advantages and not a single disadvantage. If you disagree, call me. -All calls will remain anonymous….at least ’till I blog about it and make fun of you. A fair question is: “Where should the information be stored in the file […]

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Assembly Visualization – the search for the missing file properties

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Releasing your drawings to the machine shop with missing information makes a machinist angrier than a baby boomer looking at a teenager that doesn’t have his pants pulled up all the way. As we all know, looking through a large assembly, checking file properties can be a tedious task. (At least that is the excuse I always use.) I’ve found Assembly Visualization can be a great tool to quickly skim through your assembly’s components looking for missing information. Here’s how I […]

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Property Tab Builder

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File properties. I’ve been singing their praises ever since I was a little Engineering Data Specialist Man. A few days ago when I was visiting a customer I noticed they were still using this interface to populate their file properties: I asked if they were still rubbing two sticks together to make fire. That interface is so last year, yet after taking an informal survey I learned many are still using it! Do yourself a favor and look up the  […]

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eDrawings is getting smarter

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[…or should that be “eDrawings are getting smarter”?] You can think of a SOLIDWORKS file as having two parts. The video data – what the file looked like the last time it was saved, and the mathematical data. Basically eDrawings reads the video data only. This is great on one hand because it is cheap and fast, but on the other hand your users need to be aware that the file they are looking at may not be the “latest-and-greatest”. […]

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