3D ContentCentral: Get Those Models for Free

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Most companies I work with use purchased components and want to add them into their assemblies.  So how do you get the solid models?  You might contact the company for the model or just model it yourself.  Well you could download the models for free without contacting anyone by using 3DContent Central. 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) is a free service for users to download solid models.  How is this different than other similar sites?  This is a Dassault Systemes site and […]

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The Hidden Treasures of SOLIDWORKS Toolbox – Part 3

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Grooves In this issue we will be exploring the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Grooves capabilities.How do you create these features now? – If you are unaware that Toolbox has this capability, you probably do it the manual way that most of us do…Create a sketch profile, then create a circular cut feature. This works well, however why don't we let Toolbox do that for us. Let's start with a simple Groove. To access the feature, click Grooves on the Toolbox toolbar or […]

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Editing Toolbox settings slow?

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I should have written this before SOLIDWORKS 2012 because in the old days people were more affected by slow Toolbox editing than they are today… If it takes a long time to modify your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox settings, there could be something wrong with the Microsoft Access file that is used to store some of your settings. Microsoft Access has a tool, “Compact and Repair Database” that I’ve seen greatly increase the performance of your toolbox. Find your SWBrowser.mdb file (“\lang\english\SWBrowser.mdb” by default) […]

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EPDM users across the world love sldsetdocprop

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A few years ago Bill mentioned how you could use “sldsetdocprop” to take a Toolbox part and make it behave like a normal part. However you can use this tool to do the exact opposite – take a normal part and make it a Toolbox part. SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM users all across the land think this is cool -here is why: Checkout this screen shot from EPDM’s “Copy Tree” command: See the part cleverly named: “I want this part to work like […]

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Is it a Part… or a Toolbox Part?

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I was recently talking with one of our customer’s that designs fixtures and related equipment.  Fortunately, this customer is using SOLIDWORKS Professional and has SOLIDWORKS Toolbox for fasteners and hardware to make his life easier!  His dilemma was he no longer wanted to have the Toolbox components of his assembly identified as Toolbox components.  He wanted a group of fasteners that originated as Toolbox parts to be treated as normal parts. What I found interesting is that a Toolbox part […]

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Why are there so many Hex Bolts in Toolbox?

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The question that was asked the other day was “Why are there so many Hex Bolts in the Inch Standard of Toolbox and where doe the information come from. The answer to this is simply because there are many different standards, to go into a little more detail we need to look at where SOLIDWORKS gets their information from and where we can find out more about the different sizes in SolidWorks. To answer the question of where does SOLIDWORKS […]

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Tastes Great! Less Filling!

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Remember those “Tastes Great! Less Filling!” commercials from the 80’s? (Okay, you don’t have to remember, I just gave you a link.) One of those arguments seem to come out every time I talk with people about the two toolbox options: They both have their advantages…but which one should you choose? Today, after talking with several SOLIDWORKS Toolbox specialists (who wouldn’t officially vote one way or the other) I am going out on a limb and recommend “Create Configurations” to all SOLIDWORKS […]

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SOLIDWORKS looking good with Toolbox 2010

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So how good is the SOLIDWORKS 2010 toolbox integration? Is it possible that they finally have it right? Yeah, maybe…2010 has some huge improvements over old grandpa 2009. [For my Enterprise PDM friends, you’ve certainly heard from many people talking about we no longer the issue with remote locations trying to access the single Microsoft Access file. Fixing that issue is crazy huge. Replication of your toolbox to multiple sites is now possible.] We’ve all always had the issue of […]

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“Round Table” meeting with SOLIDWORKS Developers

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The Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group has called an “emergency meeting”! (the meeting on September 18th is still on) The HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT for TOOLBOX, a QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEER, and a TOOLBOX SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, from SOLIDWORKS is coming in next Thursday (Aug 28). They have agreed to have a round-table meeting with any of our users to discuss not only Toolbox questions/issues, but ANYTHING SOLIDWORKS related (enhancements, complaints, wishes, etc.).  SOLIDWORKS is currently finalizing their “list” of items for 2010, […]

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