SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS


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    Programming Threaded Holes in SOLIDWORKS CAM

    Amanda Osbun by Amanda Osbun on December 18, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS CAM TutorialSOLIDWORKS CAM is an add-on to SOLIDWORKS CAD that is packed with a variety of features from 2.5 axis milling to 2 axis turning. A frequent question I receive from CAM users is “how do I create a toolpath for a threaded hole in SOLIDWORKS CAM?” There are two methods to accomplish the programming of a threaded hole in SOLIDWORKS CAM: starting with the hold wizard or starting with a simple extrude cut. In this blog, I’ll cover both of those methods. Let’s take a look.

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      The Difference Between Auto-Recover and Backup Functions in SOLIDWORKS

      Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on December 6, 2019

      SOLIDWORKS auto recover vs solidworks backupA good practice when working in SOLIDWORKS is to save your work regularly and to save it often. SOLIDWORKS provides two functions to help prevent data loss in case the software unexpectedly terminates: auto-recover and backup. See side-by-side comparisons and the difference between the auto-recover function and backup function here.  

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        Upgrading to a New Version of SOLIDWORKS | How-To Guide

        Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 21, 2019

        upgrade new version of solidworks The release of a new version of SOLIDWORKS is always exciting, but making the upgrade on your own can seem like a daunting task. To make sure you have a successful upgrade, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to get you up and running and back to designing in no time. 

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          Setting Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Viewer

          Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on October 3, 2019

          TPDM Viewer errorhe SOLIDWORKS PDM eDrawings viewer is used in multiple places in the SOLIDWORKS PDM user interface. It can be used to view previous versions in the history, in the preview, and can be used to view a part or drawing in eDrawings without needing to open the file in SOLIDWORKS. However, sometimes when you attempt to open the viewer, you are greeted with an error message like the one shown to the left. 

          This message indicates that the viewer needs to be set in either the user or group settings. (Note: While the group settings allow the viewer to be set for more users, oftentimes different users have different file locations, so it may be necessary to set up the viewer for each user.) Let’s get started. 

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            Edit the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Component to Show a Vendor’s Item Number in the BOM

            Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on September 27, 2019

            edit the SOLIDWORKS ToolboxLet’s set the scene. The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard features have defined your holes and you use Smart Fasteners to quickly assemble the corresponding Toolbox Component into your Hole Wizard features in the assembly. You’ve sourced the appropriate fastener in an online catalog for the purchasing department and even wrote a post-it note to remember to add the vendor and item number to the BOM. 

            Wouldn’t it be great to add the vendor information and item number to the toolbox component so that it will show in the BOM? That would ensure the purchasing department orders the correct items. There is a way to add any type of information, not just vendor and item number, as the Description and Comment to Toolbox Components. In this blog, I’ll use vendor information and item number as an example.

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              How to Relocate SOLIDWORKS PDM to a New Server

              Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on August 13, 2019

              Move SOLIDWORKS PDM to a New ServerHaving to move SOLIDWORKS PDM to a new server is something that will probably come up at some point. It’s especially poignant now that several server operating systems are becoming unsupported. Since SOLIDWORKS PDM uses server names for all of its connections, those names will need to be updated on the Archive, Database, and Clients. In this blog, we’ll assume that the Archive and Database server names are changing. Keep in mind that some changes can be omitted if changing only one or the other. 

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                Speed up Selections with these SOLIDWORKS Selection Tools

                Laura Nickerson by Laura Nickerson on August 4, 2019

                solidworks selection filter blogAre you having selection issues in SOLIDWORKS? No matter what you try, you cannot select a model edge or vertex? Do you spend a lot of time selecting many items over and over again? Sound familiar? There is an easy way. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, we’ll take a look at a couple of examples to speed this up including the SOLIDWORKS selection filters and box selection. Let’s take a look.

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                  How to Copy a Sketch in SOLIDWORKS

                  Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on July 22, 2019

                  how to copy a sketch in solidworksAtoms. Atoms are the building blocks of matter. We’ve been hearing this since about the third grade. Sketches? Sketches are some of the most basic building blocks of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD files. We use them to define boundaries for adding and removing material in all sorts of ways – boss features, revolve features, loft features, and more. 

                  During the course of your SOLIDWORKS career, you will come across occurrences when it will seem advantageous to copy a sketch you’ve already created to a new destination location. Using SOLIDWORKS, there are several ways to do so. In this article, I’ll reveal a couple of ways we can do this. Each way has a different end result – and for good reason. Using my own experiences, I’ll be sure to talk through each method (the ‘what’ and the ‘why’) of copying sketches in your designs. Let’s get started. 

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                    Creating a new Thread Profile in SOLIDWORKS

                    Cami L. Florence by Cami L. Florence on June 30, 2019

                    thread profileSOLIDWORKS users have been able to enjoy the ease of making threads ever since the release of Thread Profiles in SOLIDWORKS 2017. There are several pre-made types and sizes of thread profiles available, including Die, Tap, and Bottle Threads, as well as multiple different sizes available in each selection. However, there may come a time when you would like to add custom shapes and sizes. In this SOLIDWORKS tutorial, I’ll show you an example of using an existing Bottle Thread Profile to create a Custom Thread based on a 4mm pitch as well as how to configure for additional sizes. Let’s get started.

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                      Beginner’s Guide to Using SOLIDWORKS PDM

                      Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on June 17, 2019

                      what is pdm part 2SOLIDWORKS PDM is a comprehensive Product Data Management solution housed inside of Windows Explorer. In part one of this two-part blog series, we answered “what is PDM?” and explored the SOLIDWORKS PDM interface including the preview tab, data card tab, PDM Workflows, and more. This blog will focus on the core functions all users must know to get started in PDM.

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                        SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tutorial: Applying Non-Uniform Pressure

                        Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on April 30, 2019

                        SOLIDWORKS Simulation TutorialWhen creating a simulation, it’s sometimes necessary to apply a pressure non-uniformly. This is most commonly found when dealing with liquid in a tank, however, other reasons may occur. Sometimes, (like in my example today) an accurate simulation can be made using modeled geometry such as modeling a solid in the shape of water in the tank, but this can add unnecessary complexity to a model and slow down a designer or analyst. Since this isn’t an everyday type of simulation for most of us, in this SOLIDWORKS Simulation tutorial I’m going to demonstrate a quick example to make it a little easier.

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                          How to Create a Plane in SOLIDWORKS

                          Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on April 9, 2019

                          How to create a plane in solidworks When speaking to beginner SOLIDWORKS users, I always recommend taking a course like SOLIDWORKS Essentials in order to get started on the right track with their SOLIDWORKS-using experience. On the topic of planes: the word “plane” is used 337 times in the 2019 edition of the SOLIDWORKS Essentials course booklet. That’s a lot.

                          In this article, I’ll discuss when/why you’d look to make new reference planes for your SOLIDWORKS geometry, as well as several methods of making them. Let’s get started.

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                            Distributing SOLIDWORKS PDM Add-In Settings

                            Todd Barr by Todd Barr on April 2, 2019

                            SOLIDWORKS PDM add-inWhen working in SOLIDWORKS PDM, it may be desirable to have all of your users working with the same client settings. Having the same client settings can enable better collaboration by having all PDM users see the same columns, icons, variable information, etc. Note: If there is a setting outside of what is described below, this is probably a setting controlled via the PDM Admin Tool and you will need to have your PDM Admin adjust these. Let’s take a look.

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                              How to Make a Cube in SOLIDWORKS

                              Sean O'Neill by Sean O'Neill on March 18, 2019

                              how to make a cube in solidworks blogAh, the cube. It’s such a fundamental geometric shape that SOLIDWORKS decided to incorporate it as part of its own logo. It might not be the most exciting shape to create, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? And besides, it doesn’t have to be boring, right? ‘Right’ - on both counts! In this blog post, we’ll go through the most straightforward way of making a cube in SOLIDWORKS. Then, I’ll show you some other ways to make and manipulate cubes. One or two of these ways might seem silly, and that’s OK. The goal is to expose you to different ways of doing the same thing, in an ultimate effort to expand your SOLIDWORKS toolkit. Let’s get started. 

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                                Effective Usage of the SOLIDWORKS PDM File Version Upgrade Tool

                                Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on March 13, 2019

                                Upgrade ToolSo you’ve recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS PDM but now all of your assemblies are taking forever to open. Why? Isn’t a new version supposed to be better and faster? Well, you’ve upgraded the software version, but not the SOLIDWORKS files. Every time you open models in SOLIDWORKS they will need to be converted to the newest version. This can be especially frustrating if they’re released files, so you can’t just check them out, update, and check them back in. Now every time you open the same file, it’s upgrading and therefore taking much longer.  Fear not! There is a solution called the File Version Upgrade tool. It is important to plan and run the tool responsibly. That’s where this blog comes in. Let’s get started.

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