SOLIDWORKS: Thin Features

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Thin features can be useful for creating complex cuts and shapes or even simplifying multiple steps into a single step. In order to understand how to utilize thin features, a good understanding of the difference between an “Open contour” and “Closed Contour” is needed. Referencing the above image, the sketches on the blue half are ‘Open Contours’ whereas the sketches on the orange half are ‘Closed Contours’. For a group of sketch entities to be considered a closed contour it […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 What’s New – Creating Partial Chamfers and Fillets – #SW2019

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When using a fillet or chamfer in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you will find there is a new section in the Property Manager called “Partial Edge Parameters”. Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can now specify an offset to the start or end of your fillets and chamfers to create a partial fillet or a partial chamfer. To do this, check the box for the new section called “Partial Edge Parameters” that is in the property manager. For a Fillet, the Partial Edge […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Pictures on Models and in Drawings

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At times it's effective to use images or pictures on models to add a realism factor with minimal effort. Here I'll show two methods of getting images in or on your parts and also to their drawings. The first method will use a "Sketch Picture", the second will use a "Decal". The picture above shows a "Sketch Picture" of a Danger Label. Starting a 2D Sketch one can use Tools, Sketch Tools, Sketch Picture to add an image/picture to a […]

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SolidWorks’ Power Hide Tool

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The Tab+Mouse Hover in SolidWorks is an extremely fast* way to hide parts in an assembly that is often overlooked. Give it a try; (1) Open an assembly, (2) Put the cursor over a part, (3) Press the TAB key on your keyboard. Viola! That part is hidden!   If you'd like a "Full Auto Mode"; Keep the Tab key held down as you move the mouse around. – Parts will disappear one right after the other!   *Full Auto […]

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Mechanical Software There Is Now Mechanical Software Available

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Many Types Of Mechanical Software Available Mechanical software in the form of a CAD program is used as a product development tool to build tools as required for any job. A supplier of these types of programs is MCAD. They specialize in supplying 3d design programs to the engineering industry for just this reason. A good software tool allows the engineers to plan and build each specialized individual part of the finished tool. The program also contains a large database […]

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SOLIDWORKS Part

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SOLIDWORKS Part Sheet Metal Fabrication using SolidWorks® Designers and engineers have several computer-aided design (CAD) software programs at their disposal. One of those CAD choices is SolidWorks®, which can be used in mechanical engineering, aerospace and defense, consumer products, construction and architectural, other fields of engineering, and many other applications such as in the fields of medicine, energy, electronics, manufacturing and industry. It offers the ability to design in three dimensions instead of two. It is a parasolid-based systemwhere solid […]

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