Thin Line Between Part and Assembly Modeling

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Over the past few years, SOLIDWORKS has made some major enhancements that I believe are going to have a massive effect on solid modeling workflows across the globe.  Just a few of these enhancements include: Multi-body sheet metal parts Multiple materials per part file Improved cut list organization Indented cut lists in BOMs Parametric move/copy bodies command Right click access to hide bodies in drawing views With these enhancements (and plenty more), SOLIDWORKS just converted the solid line between assemblies […]

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Need Replaced?

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You have a design change come in and you find out you need to replace one part in some assemblies. So how do you replace it? Do you delete the component, delete the mates and put in the new component in with new mates? WRONG…this takes way too long especially if you have multiples to replace in the assembly. You should be using the “Replace Components” tool. It’s easy and does a lot for you. Right click on the component […]

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Too Many Edges

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Working with tangent edges can cause the graphic area to get a little confusing. You have a bunch of edges on your model and maybe you don’t know what they are. You can always turn “Shaded with Edges” off but if you’re like me, I like to see the model edges. Well here’s an option that you might not know about; Part/Assembly tangent edge display. This option allows you to show, set as phantom, or remove tangent edges. This helps […]

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A Way to Stay in the Middle

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Oreo cookies, grilled cheese, and jelly donuts. What do these things have in common besides tasting great? They all have stuff in the middle. You may have some designs where you need geometry between 2 faces. SOLIDWORKS has a feature that you might not know about. It’s the Mid Surface feature. What it does is create a surface between 2 faces. The surface will move if the two faces move. It is located under Insert>Surface>Mid Surface. With the surface in […]

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eDrawings…3 Useful Tricks

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Here are some great tips when using eDrawings. 1. Open any SOLIDWORKS assembly inside of eDrawings and press the “E” key. The assembly explodes without an exploded configuration. You can rotate the assembly and measure it. Press the “E” key again and watch it collapse. 2. Something else you can do in eDrawings is hiding components in the assembly. If you Right Click on any component, you have the option to hide it. This will allow you to see inside […]

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Attention Greater Cincinnati

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Tuesday, April 20 is the Greater Cincinnati SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 and is hosted by Balluf Inc. For more information: Click Here for the link to the GCSWUG page. I hope to see you there.

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Want to be more Flexible?

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I know you’re all good SOLIDWORKS user and use sub-assemblies all the time…right?  Sub-assemblies improve performance because SOLIDWORKS doesn’t need to solve all the mates of the sub-assemblies.  The less top-level mates the better you will be. Well let’s say you need to show some motion of a sub-assembly but you get the message that it is fully defined. You can make the sub-assembly behave like a top level assembly.  You will need to RMB on the sub-assembly and choose […]

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SOLIDWORKS to Adobe Illustrator

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Have you ever noticed you can save a SOLIDWORKS file as an Adobe Illustrator file (.AI)?  Well, it works, but it’s not exactly as good as it sounds.  The entire purpose of Adobe Illustrator is to edit vector graphics.  However, when you save a SW file as an .AI file, it’s the same as saving it as a .JPG and then dragging that into an .AI file (i.e. it exports a raster image – no vectors).  It’s OK though because […]

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EZ SOLIDWORKS Watermark

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I’ve seen quite a few strategies for putting a watermark on SOLIDWORKS drawings….putting them on their own layer, embedding a Word document, special fonts, etc. However they all have the common weakness of requiring either API or a manual process of removing them. My favorite watermark method is to use file properties instead: Open your SOLIDWORKS drawing template and create a file property called “WATERMARK”. Assign the value “FOR REFERENCE ONLY” for the value of this property. In your sheet […]

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