DimXpert Tips

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With SOLIDWORKS MBD being released, you might be trying out DimXpert for the first time.  If you want to learn more about SOLIDWORKS MBD, check out my previous blog entry.  Here are some quick tips that might help. Change Annotation Plane When you have an annotation, you might need it to be placed on a different plane.  An example would be the dimension is on the TOP plane and you need it on the FRONT plane.  If you select the […]

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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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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards. You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information […]

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SOLIDWORKS Model-Based Definition (MBD) Has Been Released

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With SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP2, MBD was released at the same time.  Well what is MBD?  It is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution.  Instead of creating a typical 2D drawing, all of the needed information is placed on the 3D model.  This helps reduce errors, increases production efficiency, and support industry standards. You might wonder how this increases production efficiency.  It will make your process more efficient because there is not a need for 2D drawing files.  All of the information […]

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Have you “Inspected” SOLIDWORKS Inspection yet?

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SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Inspection just over a month ago, so have you looked at it?  If you need to do any type of manufacturing validation and create inspection sheets for First Article Inspection then you should be using this tool.         SOLIDWORKS Inspection has 2 versions: Standard and Professional.  If you want the ability to import CMM data or manually enter measured values to keep everything in one project then Professional is the version you need. Every […]

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How to Design a Garage in SolidWorks

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If you’re into home improvements like I am, it’s that time of the year to start designing your summer projects.  It’s going to be another eventful year at the Tadic household as I plan to have my dream garage/studio built.  This is all possible due to a local vocational school that has offered to build it for only $500 (I will have to pay for all materials).  Normally, I’d be pretty skeptical about a service like this, but fortunately I […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 Sketch Auto Scale

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One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2014 is the sketch auto scale.  It’s on of my top 10 enhancement because it saves so much time and frustration.  Here’s how it helps you. When you create a sketch, you most likely don’t add dimensions right away.  You will get the rough shape on the screen and then come back and add the dimensions.  In 2013 and pervious, once you would add these dimensions, the sketch would possibly move all over […]

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GrabCAD: A Learning Resource for All

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If you’re a SOLIDWORKS user, and you’re not familiar with GrabCAD, you’re missing out on a great free learning resource.  Already with one million registered users, GrabCAD is becoming the standard for sharing 3D models online.  Run by the users and for the users, there is no limit to what you might be able to find and download from the site. SOLIDWORKS users, specifically, can reap some of the biggest benefits from GrabCAD.  SOLIDWORKS (with its own user base greater […]

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How Much Does it Cost?

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When you create a new design, you need to know how much it costs.  Are you going to be over budget or under?  How do you find the cost of your sheet metal or machined parts?  I would guess that you have an elaborate spreadsheet that you use to “guess” the price or you just compare it to a similar design.  Well if you have SOLIDWORKS Professional or Premium, you could use SOLIDWORKS Costing. SOLIDWORKS Costing is a cost estimation […]

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