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SOLIDWORKS Smart Components

One of the great benefits of SOLIDWORKS is the way you can capture work and re-use it many times over. There’s no better way of capturing work then by creating and using Smart Components. You’re probably asking yourself what’s a Smart Component? Is it something new recently added to SOLIDWORKS? Nope. Smart components have been […]

 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Trim Entities Enhancement

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can convert trimmed entities into construction geometry or ignore construction geometry when trimming. This improves the handling of construction geometry for 2D and 3D sketches. Previously, the Trim Entities tool trimmed all entities, which often caused sketches to become under defined. Click Tools > Sketch Tools > Trim to open the […]

 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Saving Assembly As a Part

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, when saving an assembly as a part, you can include or remove components based on specified criteria to simplify the saved part. You can use the following criteria to save an assembly as a simplified part: Visibility of the component from outside the model. Size (volume) of the component. If the component […]

 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Exploded View Enhancements

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can go through an exploded view step-by-step. You can also roll back an exploded view to see the results of each step. To open the Explode PropertyManager for an existing exploded view: On the ConfigurationManager tab, expand the configuration. Right-click Exploded View and click Edit Feature . You can use the […]

 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Tables to Excel and Default Saving Locations

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, You can include a thumbnail of each component when you export a table-based BOM to Microsoft® Excel® in the .xls or .xlsx format. Also you can specify the default folder where new documents are saved. If you do not specify this path, the default save folder varies based on the last used […]

 

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 – Creating Partial Chamfers and Fillets

In SOLIDWORKS 2019,You can create partial chamfers and fillets with specified lengths along model edges. The Manual tab of the Fillet PropertyManager and the Chamfer PropertyManager contains a group box where you can specify Partial Edge Parameter. When you select an edge in Items To Fillet or Items To Chamfer , expand Partial Edge Parameters […]

 

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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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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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