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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Direct Editing on Imported Geometry

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Imported data can become parametric with direct editing tools inside of SolidWorks.  If you are moving from a different CAD system or if you work with many different file types, you may need to modify them.  This modification can be moving a hole or changing the depth of a cut or virtually anything else. SOLIDWORKS has a feature called “Move Face” which does the direct editing.  You can offset faces, move faces linearly, or rotate faces.  It can be found […]

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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks? #2

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RC Hovercraft #2 – SolidWorks To review, I had 4 main design criteria for the Remote Control Hover Craft. Utilize the SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite of software to develop and optimize the hovercraft design. The RC Hovercraft’s main components will be 3D Printed using the Stratasys UPrint. Easy to Assemble. I want to make the assembly as easy and as straight forward as possible with concise instructions. For purchases components, use low cost, off the shelf components including the […]

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What Can’t You Design In SolidWorks?

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RC Hovercraft #1 For this blog series I wanted to design something from scratch.  Not necessarily a new idea but something fun and cool.  My intention is to design a Remote Control Hovercraft from the ground up. I want to give you a brief description and history of a Hovercraft: A hovercraft or air-cushion vehicle is a vehicle capable of travelling over variable surfaces, such as land and water.  The hovercraft operates by forcing a high pressure of air between the bottom of […]

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Don’t Get Filled Up

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Here’s a feature that you might not use too much or even know about.  The “Fill Pattern” patterns a feature or a predefined cut shape in a defined area.  This is great for weight reduction or ventilation. In the image below, you can see that you can pattern selected features or create a seed cut.  The seed cut has the 4 predefined shapes that are created on the fly.  You just need to specify the size of the seed and […]

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How to Hide & Show Components Fast

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Here’s a cool shortcut, added in SOLIDWORKS 2012, to hide and show components in an assembly; “Tab” key. If you move your mouse over a component and press the “Tab” key, the component gets hidden.  If you hold “Shift“+”Tab“, it will bring the component back.  Try holding the “Tab” key down and moving your mouse over the assembly and see what happens. You can learn some other good tips in regards to assemblies in the Assembly Training Class.  We will […]

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Pattern Via Dimension

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Here’s a cool trick that we teach in the Advanced Parts Class.  You want to create a linear pattern but there isn’t a good edge to choose.  Maybe that’s because there isn’t an edge going in the correct direction .  Well if you have a dimension that is going the right way, you can choose that. This is just one of the cool things you will learn in the Advanced Parts Class.  Here is a link to our training page […]

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CSWE Prep: Sheet Metal

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If you haven’t heard yet, the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) event has been officially retired this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2012. Over 800 CSWP’s attended this year’s event on the USS Midway in San Diego, CA.  Not sure if there’s an exact limit to the quantity of attendees for an event to still be considered “exclusive”, but I’m guessing 800 would exceed that number.  Starting at SWW 2013, the exclusive celebration of extraordinary SOLIDWORKS certification achievements will now be limited to Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE). […]

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