Where to Learn SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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There are multiple places to get help with Simulation. Whether you have years of FEA experience or none at all, it pays to start slowly when learning a new program and then tackle more complex problems later. SolidWorks Simulation has one of the nicest simulation interfaces I have ever used, but it still takes some adjustment for new users. There are multiple places to get help in different ways; I’ll go into them in some detail. Tutorials Knowledge Base Context-Sensitive […]

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SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Image Quality Properties When Saving as JPG/TIFF

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When you save as a JPG/TIFF with default settings from SolidWorks, the image quality may not appear to be very good. Why is that?This has to do with your display resolution. Per SolidWorks KB article: “The image resolution of a JPEG/TIFF image saved from SolidWorks is dependent on the screen resolution (within Windows Display Properties or the graphics card settings). Thus minimizing the SolidWorks screen or maximizing it will give a different display resolution, although the DPI settings will remain […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2014: Sketch Features (Part 1/4)

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These are a few of my favorite things… in SolidWorks 2014(Part 1 of 4: Sketch Tool Improvements) I hope you were able to attend Fisher Unitech’s Design Excellence Forum, which included an introduction to many of the new features SolidWorks 2014 has to offer; but if not (or if you just want a refresher), I would like to welcome you to Part 1 of my favorite SolidWorks 2014 features. I hope you find something that catches your eye and gets […]

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How to Convert View to Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

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I’ve been asked a couple of times if there was an easy way to tweak, change, or ‘fudge’ a drawing view. Some people want to change a line style, some may want to change a thickness, and some may just want to hide a line or two to clean up a drawing view. Well, to change a style, a thickness, or hide an edge in a drawing, it’s as simple as selecting the line with the left mouse button. Here […]

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Creating Multiple Leaders in SOLIDWORKS Help

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Recently someone saw me Ctrl+drag a leader attachment point to create a second leader for the same note and said, “Hey, wait! How did you do that?”  I explained. Later I wondered if this was a well-documented feature or a super-secret trick that’s been passed along over the years.  I decided to do a quick search in SolidWorks Help for ‘multiple leaders‘ and was happy to see that the first result was exactly what we’d want: an article called ‘Multiple […]

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Simulation Tip: SolidWorks Simulation Verification Problems

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Have you ever wondered, after running a SolidWorks Simulation study, whether or not your results are correct? A few people I have talked to have questioned the validity of their results and sometimes wonder if the software is reporting what they actually see in the field or in a ‘test.’Well, I typically find that the problem is not with the results, but in the set-up of the analysis. For example, loads may not be accurate, or may be applied incorrectly; […]

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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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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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Manage & Customize SolidWorks Materials

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SolidWorks Materials | Manage &  Customize Managing SolidWorks Favorite Materials |Add, remove or rearrange your favorite list You can add materials you often use to your favorite list for faster access. This option is oftentimes overlooked, even though it resides in a window you probably use frequently. To access the window, just right-click on material in the feature manager tree, shown below. Customizing your list will make adding material to every 3D CAD model you have much simpler.   To […]

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