2012: Mouse Gestures that Save Time

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I must confess, ever since mouse gestures were introduced a couple of years ago, I haven’t been using them.  The truth is that I’m too hooked on keyboard shortcuts.  Why try to do everything with your right hand when your right (on the mouse) and left hand (on the keyboard) can work together in perfect harmony?  Not only that, but you also had to memorize exactly where each mouse gesture command resided in each of the modeling states (Part, Assembly, […]

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Simplified (McMaster-Carr) Parts in Assemblies

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The following golden rule applies to 99% of you out there… Never include fasteners with modeled threads in your assemblies. This is the reason the SOLIDWORKS toolbox comes with three options for thread display when inserting fasteners into your assemblies: Simplified, Cosmetic, and Schematic.  The popular and recommended choice is ‘Cosmetic‘ – a healthy combination of detail and efficiency. There are quite a few factors that can contribute to clunky and inefficient assembly models, but two very obvious culprits are […]

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Modeling an iPhone Case in SolidWorks

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[youtube width=”630″ height=”380″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnUnA3WtE9E[/youtube] This is a really quick video demonstrating a basic workflow to create one part that closely references another part utilizing multi-body modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS 2011.  I created this video for a customer and figured I’d share it with the rest.  Some tips to pay attention to… Don’t judge me on the design, I wanted to keep it simple.  : ) Ignore my non-use of the RMB (right mouse button) to exit commands.  I try not to […]

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NEOSWUG Meeting March 21st

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If you’re intrigued by all that’s new in PhotoView 360 2011 and you want to learn everything there is to know about it, then RSVP to the next NorthEast Ohio SolidWorks User Group (NEOSWUG) meeting scheduled for March 21st.  I’ll personally walk you through the new interface and some pretty cool rendering tips and tricks.  There will also be a nice presentation given by my friend Tonia Lauer about Weldments/Sheet Metal.  Plus, it’s always a great time just socializing with […]

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PhotoView 360 Rocks in 2011

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From 1997 to 2008 SOLIDWORKS had a photo rendering product called PhotoWorks that was a very capable application, but way too hard to use. From 2009 to 2010, SOLIDWORKS introduced PhotoView 360 which could help you whip up a great looking rendering in a couple of minutes, but it was a bit too simplistic. Now, in 2011, PhotoView rocks! It’s officially replaced PhotoWorks. By doing so, it’s maintained its simple work flow while giving users the ability to control every […]

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3DVision’s SWW Presentations

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Didn’t get to make the trip to San Antonio to see our SOLIDWORKS World presentations live?  Or maybe you did, but you loved them so much you want to watch them over and over again like Cosby episodes?  Well, either way, you’re in luck because all the presentations have been posted along with the file sets that went with them right here: http://www.3dvision.com/swwpresentations Enjoy!

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Lumber (Wood) Weldment Profiles

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Looking to design your new deck during your lunch break at work?  There’s no better way to do it than in a SOLIDWORKS weldment part file.  The one critical thing you’ll need is a library of all the stock lumber profiles, so here it is: Lumber Weldment Profile Library Just download the ZIP file listed above and extract it into the directory you’ve specified for your weldment profiles (Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Weldment Profiles). […]

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Default SOLIDWORKS System Options Reviewed

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Around every major release of SOLIDWORKS, I sit back and take a thorough look through all of the system settings to make sure I have everything set up just the way I want it.  I figured I’d pass along the list of changes I made this year (Tools > Options > System Options)… General: [Uncheck] Show errors every rebuild – If you pay attention to the icon at the top of your feature tree, you shouldn’t need these obnoxious pop […]

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Speak Now, or Forever Hold Your Peace

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Do you ever catch yourself grumbling while using SolidWorks?  Well, I know of a few from my recent Essentials classes that do!  Whenever you find yourself saying, “That’s stupid, it should work THIS way!”, do this: Freeze Grab a pen and a pad Write your thoughts down, so you don’t forget them Log into the customer portal and submit an Enhancement Request (located under ‘My Support’). But for the next month or so, you’ll also be able to post your […]

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2011 Video

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As we’ve been doing for the last few years, we’ve posted a video presenting all of what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2011.  Whether you weren’t able to make it to one of the local live events or you’d like to pass it on to your colleagues so they’ll be able to review all the new details as well, it’s available by clicking the link below.

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