Hints & Tips

How to Create a Custom Weldment Profile in SOLIDWORKS

Within SOLIDWORKS you have the ability to create your own custom weldment profiles, which can then be used to create structural members and later a cut list. This video shows how to create the library feature part, where to store it and how to then use it to create your model. Additional weldment profiles are […]

 

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Understanding Multibody Sheet Metal Thickness, Derived Mirror Part Thickness and the Thickness Global Variable

Before starting with the main issue of the article, let’s review how the sheet metal thickness works when dealing with multi body parts. When you create a sheet metal part, you have one Sheet-Metal feature (Part Thickness) and as many Sheet-Metal# (Body Thickness) features as sheet metal bodies. The “Thickness Global Variable” always reflects the […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Hints & Tips – Adding custom material properties to Toolbox Components

You can create a list custom property that is linked to the SOLIDWORKS Materials library. The video below will show how to achieve this. To create a material property: From Windows, click Start > All Programs > SOLIDWORKS version > SOLIDWORKS Tools > Toolbox Settings . Click 2 – Customize Your Hardware. On the Customize […]

 

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New Tab and Slot Feature Streamlines Manufacturing of Fabricated Designs

A costly part of manufacturing fabricated designs (designs made up of components that are welded, glued and even put together with fasteners) is creating the fixtures that are used to hold the parts in positioning during fabrication. Because of this, many designers and manufacturers have turned to designs that include “self-fixturing” features that allow the […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Modeling Challenge – Measuring Imported Fillets

* This is one of a series of modeling challenges you can use to test your SOLIDWORKS skills.  First, read the challenge and try to figure out a solution on your own.  Then, compare your solution with my good, better, and best recommendations.  As always, feel free to share even more tips and tricks in […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Surfacing Techniques Made Easy

Many high quality designs are created using Surfacing commands in SOLIDWORKS. These commands can seem daunting to use if you’re not too experienced, however many of them are a lot simpler than you may think! For example, many thin-walled bodies are created from just a couple features. Often times, Surface Bodies are created to be […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News – June 2017

Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. It’s SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base Month! OK, that’s not really true: Every month is SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base Month! Do you count yourself among the thousands of SOLIDWORKS professionals who search the Knowledge […]

 

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Understanding Sheet Metal and Transformed Sketches and How They Behave

Sheet metal parts can have sketches in the Folded and the Flat Pattern states (Fig. 1) Sketches created in the folded state can have an equivalent “transformed” sketch in the Flat Pattern state. All sheet metal parts have a fixed face. The fixed face is the one that remains in the same position when unsuppressing the […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Compare Documents Command

Often times parts vary slightly in design, which can result in different geometry. The Compare Documents command is used to compare the document properties, the features used, the geometry itself, or a bill of materials between two documents in SOLIDWORKS. Because the documents can be so closely compared, it helps identify areas that may cause […]

 

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SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: 3D Drawing View Mode

Creating and presenting drawings for parts and assemblies is an important step in any design process. In some cases, it may be made difficult to see specific areas of the model in that drawing view. This typically results from the model geometry getting in the way of seeing certain features based on the view angle. […]

 

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