SOLIDWORKS: Surface Area of a Cross Section – The EASY Way

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Over the years I’ve had users ask me this question enough times that I thought it would be worth telling everyone about. It concerns measuring/calculating the SURFACE AREA of any give Cross-Section view of a model in SOLIDWORKS. I know there are other methods of getting this value, including physically cutting the part in half, and others, but… HERE is the EASY way!! Do a SECTION VIEW using the regular command for this. You can’t just use the MEASURE command […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Applying Layers and Colors to Hatches – #SW2018 Section views are a convenient method of communicating additional information regarding the shape of complex parts. When applying a section view to multiple bodies, it can be difficult to differentiate between multiple components. A new feature that SOLIDWORKS 2018 adds to section view hatching, is the ability to apply layers to each section view hatch. These layers will apply the show/hide, print on/off, and color properties to […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer – How to create a Section View

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If anyone has taken a SOLIDWORKS Composer class, you’ve run across an exercise of this Solenoid Assembly in Lesson 5. If you look at the Built Parts folder, there is a view of a section view. How did they do that??  I have the answer……Cutting planes Cutting planes are located in the Author Ribbon Bar. To make a cutting plane, go to Create and select Create from the drop down.  Your cursor will now display a large Red arrow.   […]

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