Tips & Tricks

SOLIDWORKS Visualize – Add Realistic Depth of Field

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In the photography world, all lens and cameras produce photographs with some amount of depth of field. For landscape photos, the desire might be to have as much of the scene in focus as possible. Whereas in portrait photography, the goal might be to only have the subject in focus and blur anything in the background or foreground. Using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you COULD create images with zero depth of field, making everything perfectly (unrealistic) in focus. If you want to […]

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Slow Your Roll, Slow Rotating Regions in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation.

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If you have used SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, you will likely know that one of the best enhancements in recent years is the “Sliding Mesh” rotating region feature. This boundary condition is geared towards turbo machinery design, allowing the impeller/ rotating geometry to drive fluid flow. This technology is an advanced option for designing impellers, volutes, propellers or anything else you want to rotate in a fluid. As you might have noticed these applications rotate at a fast rate usually 100’s […]

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Patterns: Changing Instance size with the Vary Sketch Option in SOLIDWORKS

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SOLIDWORKS has always had many ways to create dynamic, powerful pattern features. Buried in the options since almost the beginning of time, and sometimes forgotten, has been a “Vary Sketch” option. Let’s explore this option a bit to show you some interesting ways to use it. For a little bit of background, for the Vary Sketch to work it does require that the Pattern feature use a dimension from the seed feature sketch as a direction reference. That dimension is […]

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How Big of a Strut? Motion Has Us Covered.

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One of the benefits of being the engineer in a group of friends is that you get to help with all your friends’ projects. The same friend who I helped design a Trebuchet found in this 4 part blog series asked me to help create a concealment flag. A concealment flag is basically a lock box that looks like wall art. These are used to hide several things including candy from kids. The box will have an RFID lock on the […]

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Import your Company Logo Directly into Sketches!

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Tired of using sketch pictures and splines to map out your company logo? Can’t find the right font to match? If you have answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you are in the right place. The process of importing a company logo – or any image, for that matter – is simple and quick. By the end of this article, you will see a process workflow on how to import a picture into a SOLIDWORKS sketch as sketch […]

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Why you should add Cosmetic Threads to your downloaded fasteners

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One of the benefits of working in 3D has always been the ability to verify that your assemblies will actually fit together when the parts hit the manufacturing floor. SOLIDWORKS has always had a great interference detection for parts that don’t move and even a collision detection for parts that do move. The issue with fasteners is that they are always designed to interfere. A bolt or a screw is modeled to the major diameter of the thread and the […]

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Cost Optimizing Through SOLIDWORKS Costing

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I recently moved to a small town outside the suburban metro/Minneapolis area. Thrilled by the offering of more space and a chance for a wood shop, I got to dreaming about what could be in the new space I call “home”. The first order of business – a custom desk for the new office space. My design intent was relatively simple. I wanted to 1) spend as little as possible, 2) fit both my office workstation and my personal workstation […]

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Why are you not using Mouse Gestures in SOLIDWORKS?

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One of the greatest aspects of the SOLIDWORKS software is its user-friendly interface. Furthermore, the customization of the interface is perfect for users who want to make their workflow as straightforward and concise as possible. But one aspect I see a lot of users underutilizing is mouse gestures. Mouse gestures in SOLIDWORKS function similarly to the shortcut toolbar. The key difference is in how we initiate the gesture and how we select a command. To initiate a gesture, hold down […]

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Torsion vs Curvature vs Tangent vs Contact Continuity in SOLIDWORKS

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With the release of SOLIDWORKS 2020, a new continuity type became available for spline geometry in sketches, torsion continuity. Torsion (or G3 or C3) continuity provides a higher level of curvature control when transitioning between two entities. Most examples and explanations I’ve seen of torsion continuity when compared to curvature continuity are confusing at best. To start, most examples of continuity start with an image similar to the image below. Certainly, understanding C0 continuity is fairly straight forward. Any edge […]

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How to Use Selection Sets

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If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

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