Multiple Mate References in One SOLIDWORKS Part

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Recently a customer asked if they could create multiple mate references on a part, so that it would position itself as desired when dropped into an assembly. That is to say that a mate would be created for not only the primary mate reference, but the secondary and tertiary as well.  The answer is yes – and here’s how you do it. The trick is that you have to (also) have a Mate Reference in the part you are mating […]

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Modify Sketch Tool in SolidWorks

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Ever want to move, flip, rotate, or scale an entire sketch? If so, you will want to check out the Modify Sketch command. Found under Tools > Sketch Tools > Modify… , you can use the command while editing a sketch or not. If editing a sketch, you have the full functionality of the command – Translate (move) using a typed-in value or just click and drag in the graphics window Flip (move) by hovering your cursor over one of […]

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Dissection – Quickly Reuse SOLIDWORKS Design Data

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I love to find things that help me keep from having to do something over again. Calculators. Assembly instructions. Programmable lawn mowers. A great SOLIDWORKS tool in this area is Dissection – SOLIDWORKS dissects files to make their components available for reuse. When SOLIDWORKS files are dissected: Parts are dissected into features (extrudes and cuts) Features are dissected into sketches Drawings are dissected into general tables and blocks DWG/DXF files are dissected into tables, blocks and views To use this […]

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