How to Link Excel and Word Documents to EPDM Datacards

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There are a few methods you can use to link Word and Excel to datacards in EPDM. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss the best methods I have come across that do not require you to save a document with a macro embedded in it.Setting up the EPDM Variables In order for EPDM datacards to link into file properties, you must add attributes to the variables in the EPDM Administration Tool. Below is an example for the variable […]

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: How to see shared mates between assembly components

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Once you start creating mates between assembly components, it can be easy to get lost in trying to remember what mates you shared between two components.Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to easily distinguish what mates were shared? Well, you can. Let me show you how. Take the image of two blocks below. As you can see, the blocks share two Coincident mates. The Top block (indicated with yellow top) also has its OWN additional mate to a separate […]

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Factor of Safety Plots on Selected Bodies in SolidWorks Simulation

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can now view your factor of safety information on any given part/body in your assembly. Prior to 2013, you had to view the factor of safety information on the entire assembly.In the Factor of Safety Property-Manager, click Selected Bodies (as shown below). Select one or multiple bodies to view plots of factor of safety distribution, or regions below the factor of safety. Results are shown only for the selected bodies. Selected Body = Arm Selected […]

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Thermal Loads for Other Purposes: Solid Bolt Models and Shrink Fits

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There are simulation cases that come up where one can use a thermal load to manipulate the model. I have even known of simulations where thermal shrinkage and expansion has been used to drive complex non-linear models to emulate muscle-like behavior. However, I have two specific non-exotic use cases in mind. First is for creating a bolt pre-load when you actually want to analyze the whole bolt and not use an idealized beam element representation that is used in the […]

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SolidWorks 2013: Materials in Design Studies

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In the past, many people have asked me if you could optimize a part by using material as a variable.  Well, in SolidWorks 2013, you can. With SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you can use the material of a part or body component in a Design Study using the new Design Study Materials parameter. This functionality allows you to evaluate a wide range of design choices or optimize a current design by defining a parameter that sets bodies to use different materials […]

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2013: Defining Non-uniform Load Distributions on Beams

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In SolidWorks Simulation 2013, you will find some great options for defining a non-uniform load distribution across a beam. These include the Total Load Distribution, Centered Load Distribution, and Table Driven Load Distribution options, and for the Total and Centered load options we also have some pre-set distribution “shapes.” Here in this post, I’ve included descriptions of all of these great Non-Uniform Load Distribution options, and a couple of examples. Total Load Distribution Distributes the total force or moment along […]

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Quick Tip: How to Create DimXpert Geometric Tolerance in a section view

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Have you ever created a Geometric Tolerance in a part using the “DimXpert?” Have you then created a drawing and wanted to get the Geometric Tolerance Dimension into a SECTION VIEW? How can you do this? You cannot use the standard move/copy (Ctrl + drag or Shift + drag) method. There is not a “perfect” way to do this, but there is a trick you can use to get close. What you do is use INSERT > ANNOTATIONS > NOTE […]

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Quick Tip: What’s New with Beams in SolidWorks 2013

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Did you ever feel that there was something missing from the results of your beam analysis? In SolidWorks 2013, users can now list the reaction forces and reaction moments at beam joints that have fixed translations or rotations. In the Result Force PropertyManager, under Selection, select the beam joint to list the reaction forces. It’s as simple as that! For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SolidWorks family of products and add-ons, register […]

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PhotoView360 in SolidWorks 2013 Supports Luxology Appearance Files

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In SolidWorks 2013, users now have access to hundreds of new rendering appearances. SolidWorks Subscription Customers can now access the Luxology asset sharing site through the Customer Portal. Here, they can download all sorts of new appearances to be used with their PhotoView 360 renderings. To download these new appearances, you do have to be on subscription/maintenance. Simply log in to the SolidWorks Customer Portal and look for the “PhotoView 360 Appearances” link located under the Download section of the […]

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Quick Tip: Motion Studies Tutorials within SolidWorks

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For those who are unaware, SolidWorks has some great tutorials for learning the Solidworks Motion tool set.  These won’t show everything that you would learn in a training class, but they are a good start to getting some practice in using SolidWorks Motion.  As a matter of fact, there are two new Motion Study tutorials in SolidWorks 2013: Motion Analysis Redundancies and Motion Along a Path.  Please check these out to gain some additional insight as to what Redundancies are, and Path […]

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