Silhouette Entities is a powerful new sketch tool that was added in SOLIDWORKS 2020 and has not yet received the full credit it deserves. I expect plenty of seasoned designers might not be aware of it. Hopefully, this post will help change that and develop up some appreciation for Silhouette Entities. We will explore this command by comparing it to some other sketch tools we have more familiarity with. Silhouette Entities creates sketch geometry by projecting the outline of bodies […]
Fix-A-Fillet with SOLIDWORKS If you are creating models with smooth surfaces and elegant rounded edges in SOLIDWORKS, you will have trouble creating fillets where sharp edges merge into smoother surfaces. For example, we have this part here: We need to place a .25 inch fillet, which blends smoothly into the adjacent surfaces. If we use the symmetric fillet with a curvature continuous profile, in the preview I see this: […]
Step by Step instructions for Installing SolidNetWork License Manager 2012.
With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2012 service pack 3 many are just now ready to upgrade to 2012. One way to keep up on all the new features is to turn on the interactive what’s new guide inside of SolidWorks.
Last week I posted links to tips for using Microsoft® Excel and SolidWorks. Here is a link to an additional 6 videos to help you use Excel with SolidWorks. Watch Videos – SOLIDWORKS Tips for Microsoft Excel Part 2 Microsoft® Office Excel helps designers and engineers organize their design data, manage design information, and communicate statistics and ideas. Excel can also help solve difficult design problems. It can accelerate calculations as well as control all aspects of a SOLIDWORKS model. […]
One of the most popular, yet under-utilized, engineering tools is Microsoft® Office Excel. Excel is far more robust than most people think. Are you missing a chance to improve your design productivity? Excel can accelerate calculations as well as control all aspects of a SolidWorks® model. SOLIDWORKS has put together a set of tips, in the form a few short videos, to help you use Excel to automate some of your daily engineering tasks. Watch the Videos. Video Highlights: input […]
The basics behind surface modeling is that you must create each face or surface of the model individually. For very simple models like the cylinder shown below that
Ironically, you probably will not find how to do this from the SOLIDWORKS help files, so I will provide it for you here. Note: I was able to discover the answer to this by posting this issue to the SOLIDWORKS forums*. It took a few days for someone who knew the answer to generously provide it. But it saved me hours of manual note editing.
7 Easy Ways to Speed Up Sketching. 1. Customizing the S-Key and the mouse gestures