Chamfering Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

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If you do a lot of surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS, you may have gone bonkers looking for the chamfer command. Don’t worry, a conniving coworker did not modify your toolbar layout. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the software. You cannot use the chamfer feature on surface bodies. The chamfer command is not even visible if your part consists of only surface bodies. Let’s explore two different methods of working around this limitation. These methods do require a few additional […]

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SOLIDWORKS Weldments from Profiles to Cut Lists – Part1

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This month we are going to take a deep dive into SolidWorks Weldments. We are going to discuss the profiles, feature manager options, modification tools such as Trim/Extend, and drawings including views, Cut Lists, and Custom Properties. Let's start by defining a Weldment, a Weldment can be defined as a unit formed by welding an assembly of parts together. Inside of SOLIDWORKS we handle this in a multibody part file. This way we manage one single file instead of tens […]

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Access To More SOLIDWORKS Materials Than Ever

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SolidWorks users know that the material database is by no means complete.  One of the enhancements of 2014 is access to the SOLIDWORKS Materials Web Portal at www.matereality.com.  To access this, the material database needs to be opened as shown below. Once this link has been opened a message will pop up as shown. By hitting “OK,” matereality.com will open which appears as shown below. In this example we will be looking for a steel alloy to be used in […]

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Creating a ‘New View’ and ‘Saved View’ in SolidWorks

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When creating drawings from part or assembly files, often users need alternative view other than the standard views: Front, Right, Left, Back, Top, Bottom, Isometric and More Views: Dimetric, Trimetric. When creating a drawing with a file already open, the Current Model View checkbox is an available option.            One option is to position the model in the part file and use Current Model View for a drawing view. This is a snapshot of the graphic […]

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Design Binder – What is it? Why use it?

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During CATI’s recent Design Summits, I did a presentation about File Management. During those presentations, I found that not many SolidWorks users knew about the Design Binder feature that SOLIDWORKS provides with each file. This is mostly because visibility of the Design Binder in the Feature Tree is off as a default. This blog will show you where it’s located and how it works. If you haven’t seen the Design Binder in your Feature Tree, it probably is set on […]

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3DVIA Composer is Becoming SOLIDWORKS Composer

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It's official, 3DVIA Composer is being re-branded as SolidWorks Composer. “What does this mean to me and why the need for such a change?“ is a very logical question. Well for starters, moving forward, there will be one annual release, followed by multiple service packages consistent with the SOLIDWORKS release schedule. This means that you will now be able to upgrade your CAD and technical publication tool simultaneously. So, the next major release will be SolidWorks Composer 2014 launched with […]

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