You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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You Need to Use SOLIDWORKS Shortcuts

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Life is full of shortcuts but those typically don’t work out well for anyone.  Well that’s not the case with SOLIDWORKS shortcuts.  There are many places to use shortcuts in parts and sketches. Think about how you create a model in SOLIDWORKS.  You choose a sketch plane, start a sketch, find a sketch entity to use, add some dimensions, then extrude that sketch into a feature. You do this over and over again until the model is created.  But during […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

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New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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Flow Simulation ‘Replicate Condition’

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New for 2014 a user has the ability to apply a single Boundary Condition to multiple instances of the same part.  This is a great time saving tip.  No more manually adding the same Boundary Condition to instances of the a part. With your setup you can assign Boundary Conditions such as an “Inlet”, “Outlet”, and “Heat Source” to  “Part1 “(face/volume) for example. Simply Right Mouse Button the Boundary Condition and select “Copy to Component Instance”. The Boundary Condition auto […]

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SOLIDWORKS Settings for DriveWorks

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I don’t know if this is new or not, but it is the first time I’ve seen it documented anywhere… The DriveWorks help file now has a list of recommended SOLIDWORKS settings for use when DriveWorks is generating your new CAD files: http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/InfoSolidWorksSystemOptions I’m always teased by my friends because I don’t read the “classics”. Crazy. I love snuggling up to a good help file on a cold wintry evening.

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SOLIDWORKS Settings for DriveWorks

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I don’t know if this is new or not, but it is the first time I’ve seen it documented anywhere… The DriveWorks help file now has a list of recommended SOLIDWORKS settings for use when DriveWorks is generating your new CAD files: http://docs.driveworkspro.com/Topic/InfoSolidWorksSystemOptions I’m always teased by my friends because I don’t read the “classics”. Crazy. I love snuggling up to a good help file on a cold wintry evening.

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Mesh Improvements For Simulation Flow

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SOLIDWORKS Flow 2014 has been released and there are several updates.  I want to talk about the Mesh Improvements inside of Flow Simulation. Two Main Changes: Mesh Parallelization Local Initial Mesh Regions now Adaptive   Lets discuss the Mesh Parallelization first.  There are three stages during mesh generation in Flow Simulation  Geometry Evaluation, Mesh Capture, and Mesh Saving. Flow Simulation in 2013 utilized one processor for all three mesh operations.  Flow Simulation 2014 utilizes multiple cores(user specified) for the Mesh […]

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Jordan’s SOLIDWORKS Setup Package

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 has just been released, and it’s time for a fresh start.  With each new release, I usually tweak my interface layout and my settings just a bit.  This year, I think I’ve finally got it perfected, so it’s time to share these customization’s with the world.  Click the image below to access a 9-page package including all kinds of user interface modifications and helpful template files.  This is a great resource for someone new to SOLIDWORKS looking to […]

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Save Your Settings Before You Upgrade

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It’s about that time for upgrading SOLIDWORKS to the newest version.  You are looking forward to all the new features and tools in SolidWorks.  But then you think of all the work you are going to have to redo like pointing SOLIDWORKS to the custom files and setting up your toolbars again.  Well there is nothing to worry about because SOLIDWORKS has that area covered.  There is a tool in SOLIDWORKS that has been there for many releases that will […]

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