SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Specifying the Thicken Direction

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This new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2020 is super straightforward. Thicken (for a surface) and Thicken-Cut features can now be thickened in a direction other than normal to face. All of the following can be used to specify the direction: Sketched Line Pair of vertices Sketched Points Cylindrical Faces Reference Planes Conical Faces Reference Axis Points in Reference Geometry Linear Model Edges Planar Faces I hope this part of the What’s New series gives you a better understanding of the new […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Creating Internal Volume – Delete Face Command

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In this blog, I will describe how to create an internal volume of a part using the delete face command as an alternative to the intersect command. An alternate method is sometimes needed in cases where the intersect method fails and there may not be time to troubleshoot, so a manual method is needed. Initially it may be difficult to understand why deleting faces can help create an internal volume, but it does one key thing for us: it separates […]

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SOLIDWORKS Surfacing Trick for Mold Design

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I discovered a cool feature last week while working on a customer’s mold design part that I think is worth making everyone aware of. One of the main goals/achievements when making a mold for a part is always trying to get the “parting surface or runoff surface” exactly how you want it.  Sometimes this means coming off at an exact angle at an exact location all the way around a rounded edge.  How can we do that in SOLIDWORKS? On […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Fix-A-Fillet

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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: […]

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The Ice Cream Spoon

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The hot weather of summer is squarely upon us.  With increasing temperatures comes the desire to enjoy a tasty treat – ice cream!  Now most people would go about their business of rapidly consuming ice cream and cooling down during the dog days of summer.  Most people.  Every now and again the desire to understand the how’s and why’s of a design will (barely) outweigh the desire consume a double-scoop of icy cold deliciousness!  Such was the case during one […]

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Repairing Imported Geometry Using SOLIDWORKS Surfacing

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SOLIDWORKS Surfacing When importing non-native SOLIDWORKS files, errors in the geometry may occur.  Surfacing techniques can be used to correct the file.  In this case, there is a fillet that did not get extended all the way around an edge. Our first step is to use the “Delete Face” command and delete the fillets and other areas of bad geometry.  Once we have done this we will create new surfaces using “Planar Surface” and “Extruded Surface”. Using the “Trim Surface” […]

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Saving out just a few faces/surfaces

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Have you ever had a “bad” area on a model that needs to be cleaned up or filled in, but there is too much other stuff going on around it to fix it ? OR, have you ever just wanted to save out a face or two from one model and use it in another model to trim with or swap out an area of that model ? OR How about just saving out a body or two from a […]

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