SOLIDWORKS 2020 What’s New – Weldment Structural System Member and Corner Trim

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With each new release of SOLIDWORKS, we are focused on providing tools to make your job easier when it comes to designing. If you work with weldments, then make sure you have checked out the new weldment structure system that was added in 2019. This allows a user to define the structure with some simple geometry extrusions and reference planes instead of all the 2D and 3D sketches we previously needed. Sometimes some of the best enhancements are the small […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters

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Weldments – Creating Curved and Nonstandard Miters   Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments is a huge time saver when it comes to creating welded structures, frames, and structural members, but if you’ve used Weldments long enough, you’ve probably found out that the End Miter Corner Treatment only applies a 45-degree miter.   This is great for right angled beams using the same Weldment Profile but not so great for multiple profiles of different sizes and nonstandard edge angles.   Let’s look at […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Weldment Document Properties

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Weldment Document Properties   There are some weldment default behaviors that go unnoticed. This blog will explain them in detail.   There are a few Document Properties we are exploring. To get to these options, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties tab. Or, use the Options Icon located in the Menu Bar.   The properties are separated into 2 sections: Cut List options and Weldment options.     Let’s dig into the Cut list options first.   Nothing […]

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Streamline the Design and Manufacture of Structures & Frames Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments

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In the latest version of our “How To Solve It” webinars (every Wed at 10am) I covered the topic of “Streamlining the Design & Manufacture of Structures & Frames Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments” The webinar covered building at welded structure with just a minimal “skeleton” sketch, how to manage the automated cutlist, and how to manage and customize the weldment profiles to fit your needs.   I also took some time to show how weldments can be used to do many “other” […]

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Get Rid of Your BOM Weldment Woes for a Nickel

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If I had a nickel for every SOLIDWORKS user that told me they think Weldments are an awesome feature but they can’t use it because they need a detailed BOM listing with each individual weldment member at their top level assembly drawing I’d have enough money to go see a movie!  If you do the math, ticket + popcorn + drink is going to be around $20 – $25, so at a nickel a piece that’s like 400-500 people.  That’s […]

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Bounding Boxes are not for Weldments alone!!

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 introduced the “Bounding Box” feature in Weldments.  A bounding box is a 3D sketch that defines the smallest box in which the part fits. The truth is, you can use the bounding box for ANY kind of part! With this feature, you no longer have to manually find the stock size for parts. There are only a few easy steps to create the Bounding Box feature. When the part is modeled (or imported), turn the part into a […]

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SOLIDWORKS Weldments from Profiles to Cut Lists – Part1

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This month we are going to take a deep dive into SolidWorks Weldments. We are going to discuss the profiles, feature manager options, modification tools such as Trim/Extend, and drawings including views, Cut Lists, and Custom Properties. Let's start by defining a Weldment, a Weldment can be defined as a unit formed by welding an assembly of parts together. Inside of SOLIDWORKS we handle this in a multibody part file. This way we manage one single file instead of tens […]

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SOLIDWORKS Sub-Weldments Functionality

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I want to clear something up that is very confusing about making SUB-WELDMENTS. I personally had swayed people away from the Sub-Weldment functionality for quite a while, because after you went to all the trouble to get all the properties you wanted in your Cut-List Items, you would lose it all when you made a sub-welment, NO LONGER THE CASE AS OF SW2012 !! Trust me, it DOES work, BUT it is somewhat confusing HOW to do this the CORRECT […]

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Multi-Body Design Library Features

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New for SOLIDWORKS 2013 is the capability to store library features as multi-body files.  This works great for adding plates and mounting feet to weldment part files.  The process for making one of these library features couldn’t be easier.  I’m going to walk you through the steps for making a foot plate to insert inside of a rectangular structural profile. First you want to make a base extruded feature in a new part to simulate the type of placement you […]

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