SOLIDWORKS – Working with Circuit Board Files

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Large assembly performance issues are a topic that frequently comes across my plate while working support calls. Even though every assembly is different, and a company’s hardware and environments are all very different, there are some common patterns that can be seen whenever we work on large assemblies. Number of components, number of top-level mates, flexible subassemblies, number of appearances, level of image quality are just some of the most common factors that we look at. Engineering designs require us […]

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Custom Packaging Design (Part 1 of 2)

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Recently I was asked to deliver onsite customized classroom training to one of our customers. This meant transporting our entire training lab, containing 10 ea BOXX workstations, 22” Dell LCD monitors, keyboards, and mice, from our office, 181 miles to the customer site. Since we didn’t have the individual packaging for the workstations and monitors, and the cost of commercial custom packaging was prohibitive, I needed to create custom packaging. This meant acquiring crates that could hold all the equipment […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Modeling Twisted Wires

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SOLIDWORKS has some exceptional tools for technical communication. We have photo-rendering with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, product documentation with SOLIDWORKS Composer, and even eDrawings to generate and share an easily viewable file. With these tools, your ability to communicate is dependent on how accurately your parts were modeled. If you want very realistic results, you may consider modeling the finer details in your designs. This would include features like threads, decals, and individual wires. Here, we will look at an easy way […]

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Mate References With and Without Names

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Today we are going to look at the difference between Mate References with a name and Mate References without a name. It turns out that the Mate Reference acts totally different if it has a name. Just as a quick reminder, a Mate Reference allows you to realize the benefits of drag & drop mating (SmartMates) without the requirement of having the part open. You can pre-identify and store in the part model the faces, edges, or vertices that you […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Advanced Component Selection Tool

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When working in large assemblies, sometimes it is useful to be able to select all instances of a specific type of component. This is a scenario where the ‘Advanced Component Selection’ tool can come in handy. Before diving into the advanced component selection tool, you will find there are some useful predefined selection groups. These are located right under the cursor menu at the top toolbar of SOLIDWORKS. Simply click the drop-down arrow on the cursor icon as seen in […]

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SOLIDWORKS SOLIDPractices Documents Now Available

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Everyone who uses SOLIDWORKS wants to know that they are modeling in the best manner to get the best performance out of their system. We are constantly asked what are the best practices that we should be following. This can be a very loaded question because there are so many moving components that often come into play for each company. The best practices for one company may not always be the best practices for another company. With that being said, […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Viewports and Multiple Windows

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Did you know that SOLIDWORKS gives you double vision? You can even have quadruple vision, if that’s what you’re into. It is very easy to spin, zoom, and rotate your 3D models to focus on the specific areas you are working on. After modifying your part, you probably zoom out and look at the geometry from various angles. Maybe, you have custom views created to make this even easier. Another approach is to use additional display windows, shown at the […]

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Reinstalling .Net Framework – Troubleshooting SOLIDWORKS Instability

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A common troubleshooting step when attempting to resolve instability in SOLIDWORKS is to reinstall the .Net Framework. The .Net Framework is an important prerequisite to SOLIDWORKS and all its core products. If a .Net Framework installation is faulty, missing or out of date, it could lead to crashing or being unable to start SOLIDWORKS. There are two .Net Framework versions that can be installed: 3.5 and 4.7. For SOLIDWORKS and all its core products, .Net Framework 4.7 is the only […]

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Promoting Components In a SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

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When inserting a Bill of Materials in our SOLIDWORKS drawings, we have three main options for how parts and subassemblies will be shown in the table. The BOM Type can be Top-level only, Parts only, or Indented. Top-Level only will show all the items listed in the collapsed feature manager of your assembly. This includes parts and the subassemblies, but not the components that these subassemblies contain. Parts only will show every part file in the assembly. This includes top-level […]

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How to Modify your SOLIDWORKS Installation

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Modifying a SOLIDWORKS install is a procedure that is commonly used when certain changes are needed. The two primary examples are: When your serial number changes and when you need to install an additional product or add-in. In order to modify your installation, you will need admin privileges to your machine. You start by navigating to your ‘Programs and Features’ in windows. You can access this from your control panel and going to ‘Uninstall a program’ (For Windows 10 you […]

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