How to Insert and Scale a Sketch Picture

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When designing something in SOLIDWORKS, it’s often useful to import a rough idea of a project in the form of a 2D image and then trace over it instead of trying to guess the outline yourself. But how do you know the 2D image is in the correct place and more importantly is the correct scale? This post will walk through how to Insert a Sketch Picture and how to use the built-in Scale Tool to make sure your picture […]

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DriveWorks for Sheet Scales

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If the overall size of your models change significantly, there is a good chance you will need DriveWorks to change your drawing sheet scales to keep your model looking nice on the sheet. Imagine this is my drawing. Let’s say the height of my part does not change much, but my length (which is currently 100 in the model master) can change significantly.   DriveWorks (Pro and Solo) gives us two sheet properties that we can use to drive the […]

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Correctly Scaling Models for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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In many instances, physical testing, especially in the field of aerodynamics, must be done on a scale model instead of the full size, not everyone can have NASA’s wind tunnel. The “Scale” command in SolidWorks allows a body to be scaled down(or up) to similarly recreate the physical scale model.  However, it is very important how you adjust the forces in a Simulation to correctly pattern the actual forces experienced by the scale model.  In my example I will use […]

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Why is it not possible to scale certain parts

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Some typical reasons a part cannot be successfully scaled.  #1. The part contains a rebuild error. Ctrl+Q the part with 'Verification on rebuild' enabled. If a feature failure is presented, this could well be the cause of the scale failure.    #2. The part fails a geometry check. If the part can be regenerated with 'Verification on rebuild' enabled and no failures are presented, Goto a Tools > Check dialog. This will show you any geometric faults, ( bad geometry). If […]

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