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    Simplified Configurations and Working with Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS

    by Toby Schnaars on July 6, 2018

    Simplified ConfigurationsLarge assemblies in SOLIDWORKS can often be slow to open, slow to save, and slow to work with, and throughout this blog series, we’ve been exploring different options one can take to help with lag, locking up, and wait time. In this blog, we’re going to continue talking about large assemblies that are slow to work with and working with simplified configurations.

    I often like to say that there is no silver bullet when it comes to working with large assemblies, it’s really a combination of a lot of different settings, but if there was one silver bullet it would be to learn how to utilize working with simplified configurations. Overly detailed models in your top-level assembly will significantly slow down your assembly performance and overly detailed models in your top level assembly are the number one contributor to lag.

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      How to create Manual Configurations and Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

      by Madison Bryce on June 21, 2018

      manual configurationHave you ever needed to create a series of parts that were similar but slightly different in a few features, dimensions, colors, etc? In SOLIDWORKS, you can easily create a part then configure it to the exact specifications necessary for the other parts without the tedious recreation process. In this blog, we will use K’NEX pieces to demonstrate this process.

      This is the first in a series of two blogs based on configurations modeled by K’NEX. Today we will discuss how to manually configure K’NEX connectors and then how to use a design table in SOLIDWORKS to configure K’NEX rods. In part two, we will discuss how to configure a K’NEX assembly and how to use tools like DriveWorks to create configurations. Let’s get started.

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        SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Tutorial: Fluid Flow Problems

        by Drew Buchanan on June 15, 2018

        Flow Simulation tutorial

        Testing fluid flow problems used to be a fairly complicated and difficult process to execute. With the advent of technology, you can now run fluid flow problems virtually. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been around for the past 30 years, and it has become even more user-friendly and powerful than it was 30 years ago.

        One of the most common questions I hear from users new to CFD is how do I get started? In this SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation tutorial, I am laying out how to prepare a model for a fluid flow problem. Let's get started. 

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          Improve Your Archery Game with SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks

          by Peer Larson on June 8, 2018

          SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks If you’re like me, then you like archery. There’s a lot to like about it - the serenity of nature, the simplicity of a bow and arrow, and the cool morning breeze as you line up your shot. While there are many of you out there that are far better at it than I am, we can all agree that practice is the key item that makes good archery possible. Also, a great excuse to do it more.

          So how does SOLIDWORKS PDM play into this? As it turns out, there are a number of factors that can get in the way of our precious practice time. One of them being work; specifically tedious and repetitive work. We’ve all dreaded those late nights and weekends where we have to open hundreds or thousands of drawings, check a standard or property, and make a simple adjustment all before release day (or ISO inspection day) - usually Monday morning. If this is a nightmare you’ve experienced, are soon dreading, or simply don’t wish to encounter you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started.

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            SOLIDWORKS Tips for Large Assemblies That Are Slow to Work With

            by Toby Schnaars on June 1, 2018

            SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies In my SOLIDWORKS Large Assemblies blog series, I’ve talked about how large assemblies can be slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save. Earlier in the series, we opened the assembly with a bunch of older version files and I was opening it from a network and it took seven minutes and thirty seconds to open. I went through the assembly and moved all the files to a location where they were getting the fastest possible data connection, opened all the files in a resolved state and made sure we had read/write access, we looked for any files with an unusually large file size and shrank those files, we resolved any errors in the assembly, sub-assemblies, and part files, and then we saved the assembly and all parts in the current version of SOLIDWORKS. After that, we closed the assembly and we toggled on the option to load components lightweight. I ended up cutting the total time down to just about twenty seconds just by following the steps talked about in previous blogs.

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              How to Leverage Animation Data from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Within SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional

              by Matt Haywood on May 25, 2018

              SOLIDWORKS Visualize ProfessionalSOLIDWORKS Visualize, introduced to the SOLIDWORKS product suite in 2016, currently offers the option to export animation files from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional package. If you are running SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard, it will NOT be possible for you to render animation files. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional is a requirement.

              While it is possible to fully define your animation within the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional interface, you might save some time by exporting your existing animation from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. You might also find that you are most familiar with the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD commands for creating animations. In this blog, we will take a simple assembly from SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, create a simple animation, and export to SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional with just a few easy steps.

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                SOLIDWORKS CAM Tutorial: Customizing Tools and Tool Cribs

                by Amanda Osbun on May 18, 2018

                SOLIDWORKS CAM tutorialSOLIDWORKS CAM is a great tool that helps eliminate repetitive manual tasks, reduce errors, and avoid unwanted and unexpected costs that prolong time to market time. However, I often hear from SOLIDWORKS CAM users challenges they face regarding tools and tool cribs.

                In this blog, we’re going to look at customizing tools, creating and customizing tool cribs, as well as creating new tools using solid geometry. Let’s get started.

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                  Are you sure it's a SOLIDWORKS PDM Permission?

                  by Jodi Degenaer on April 27, 2018

                  PDM PermissionSOLIDWORKS PDM permissions can be tricky at times to the point where you don’t know for sure if the issue you are having is actually a permission issue at all. The best way to test if it’s permissions is to log in as the admin user and see if you can perform the action. If you can it’s a permission issue.

                  What permission could it be? In this blog, I’m covering a few tips where you might want to start looking. I also give a couple examples that demonstrate some common troubleshooting processes in looking for a permission.

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                    Slow SOLIDWORKS Load Time? Check This Setting

                    by Toby Schnaars on April 5, 2018

                    Slow SOLIDWORKSTrying to work effectively with a slow SOLIDWORKS large assembly that is slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save is frustrating and can cause unwanted setbacks. In this blog series, we’ve been covering different steps SOLIDWORKS users can take to avoid delays and make working with large assemblies a much smoother process.

                    In previous blogs, we’ve found that checking for errors and saving files on the most current version helped, as well as using the Automatically Load Components Lightweight option and checking your network for bottlenecks also made a significant impact. In this blog, I’m going to be showing you a certain setting that could be hurting load time and how to fix it so you’re no longer taking that lag.

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                      Resetting the PDM Admin Password in SOLIDWORKS

                      by Lindsay Early on March 30, 2018

                      PDM Admin passwordA question I often hear from new SOLIDWORKS administrators is “how do I change the PDM Admin password in SOLIDWORKS?” When I hear this question, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either, the administrator needs to change it to a more secure password, or the administrator has misplaced the password and needs to reset it.

                      In this blog, I demonstrate step-by-step instructions and tips on how to simply change the PDM Admin password. Let’s get started.

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                        Beginners Surfacing Breakout session at SOLIDWORKS World 2018

                        by Toby Schnaars on March 16, 2018

                        Beginners SurfacingIn February of 2018 I was honored to be selected by to present at the annual SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 user conference. This year the conference was held in Los Angeles, California. My breakout session was focused on SOLIDWORKS Surfacing and was called “Beginners Surfacing for Beginners” and took place on Tuesday, February 6th at 10:30 AM.  It was attended by 181 SOLIDWORKS users.

                        The goal of this presentation was to help users who have little or no experience with the SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools get a better understanding of how and when surfaces can and should be utilized.  SOLIDWORKS Surfacing tools are a great addition to any SOLIDWORKS user’s toolbox, and I wanted to take this, often avoided area of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, and make it more accessible to newer users.

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                          SOLIDWORKS Multibody Parts Using “Hybrid” Sketching

                          by Jay-Shan Jackson on March 14, 2018

                          SOLIDWORKS Multibody partOver the years I’ve had many opportunities to use SOLIDWORKS for different projects either for work, home, hobbies, teaching, and more. Working in the industry that I’m in you also tend to observe several habits for better or worse regarding design strategies. One habit that seems to be very consistent, is that people don’t seem to like 3D sketching.

                          Of course, saying people don’t “like” 3D sketching is one of the biggest understatements of all time. It’s kind of like saying that the Ford Pinto wasn’t an “ideal” racecar. No, the truth of the matter is that people seem to fear and loathe 3D sketching, to the point that they’d rather find any other way to get their design done. Let’s change that. In order to help spread the word, I presented this at my SOLIDWORKS World 2018 breakout session, so if you weren’t able to make it to the last event then you’re in luck. Let’s take a look at what you missed.

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                            Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools

                            by Chaz Stipkovic on March 9, 2018

                            SOLIDWORKS Mold ToolsAnother exciting SOLIDWORKS World event has come to a close, where over 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users attended and brought home new knowledge to incorporate into their everyday workflow. If you weren’t able to attend, or you’re new or unfamiliar with SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools, this blog is for you.

                            SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools are available in SOLIDWORKS Standard, SOLIDWORKS Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Premium and is offered for online and classroom training from our training team. The following blog was presented by our own Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert Chaz Stipkovic, adapted from his breakout session at SOLIDWORKS World 2018. Let’s take a look.

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                              Simplify Your SOLIDWORKS Custom Property Input with the Custom Properties Tab

                              by Rachael Buhl on March 8, 2018

                              SOLIDWORKS World 2018 offered many different breakout sessions on an array of interesting subjects. However, if you weren’t able to make it to the Los Angeles, California event this past February doesn’t mean you should miss out on informative presentations. This blog covers what Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert, Rachael Buhl, presented to users on how to simplify your custom property input with the custom properties tab.

                              Properties are simply details about a file which can be searched, and even referenced by other files. There are Windows-based properties and SOLIDWORKS based properties. Windows-based properties, such as file size, date created, and date last modified can be seen by right-clicking a file in Windows Explorer and clicking Properties. SOLIDWORKS properties, on the other hand, are very customizable. They may include anything you need. Common examples are Description, Part Number, Weight, or Material, just to name a few.

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                                What You Missed at SOLIDWORKS World: How to use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse and Templates to Create Assemblies Faster

                                by Heather Dawe on February 27, 2018

                                SOLIDWORKS TreehouseOne of the most highly anticipated events at a SOLIDWORKS World conference is being able to attend break-out sessions that are hosted by Certified SOLIDWORKS users on an array of different subjects. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s conference then you’re in luck. This blog covers what Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS Expert Heather Dawe presented to users to show how SOLIDWORKS Treehouse and templates can be used to create assemblies faster.

                                SOLIDWORKS Product Data Management (PDM) templates are one of the most commonly used automation processes in a PDM vault. They can be used for everything from creating new project folder sets, to writing ECO’s/ECR’s, to generating new SOLIDWORKS files. Many companies already use PDM Templates to create new project folder sets. These folders can be used to implement project-wide variables and can be populated with pre-designed template files to create a uniform, organized project folders. What a lot of users don’t know is that by using a little-known tool called SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, you can take your assembly to the next level and use you PDM templates to kick-start your project planning and create your assemblies quicker.

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                                  2 SOLIDWORKS Tips For Working with Large Assemblies

                                  by Toby Schnaars on February 13, 2018

                                  SOLIDWORKS Large assembliesDo you often find that your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies are sluggish? Do you experience slow open time, lag, and a slow save time? If you do, you’re not alone, but there are several variables you may not have considered that could be causing this lackluster performance. In this blog series I’ve been covering each of those variables to help you get your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies opened, working, and saving faster.

                                  In my first blog, I showed several examples of a large assembly that was slow to open, slow to save, and slow to work with. We were able to remedy that by opening the assembly locally, we turned off shadows and shapes, real view, and changed the display to shaded. In part 2, I talked about network bottlenecks and the differences in hard drives and how those can affect how your large assembly performs. Part 3 introduced the “Automatically Load Components Lightweight” option in SOLIDWORKS and how to reduce the amount of data being opened. Continuing with that trend, today we’re going to talk about a couple of best practices for working with assemblies in general but especially with large assemblies.

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                                    Why You Should use the Automatically Load Components Lightweight Option in SOLIDWORKS

                                    by Toby Schnaars on January 26, 2018

                                    TAutomatic Load Components Lightweightoday we’re going to talk about what we can do to reduce the amount of data being opened by using the automatically load components lightweight option. In my first blog we talked about SOLIDWORKS large assemblies that are slow to open, slow to work with, and slow to save, and in my previous blog I had a specific focus on how the assembly was slow to open taking approximately seven minutes and thirty seconds to open.

                                    What happens when opening an assembly in SOLIDWORKS is that information is moved from your fixed disc into RAM and the things that can affect how long it takes to open an assembly during this process are the data transfer speeds, how quickly the data can move from fixed disc into RAM, and the amount of data being opened. The first step we can take, I think, is pretty straight forward and that is we can examine our directory for unusually large part files. Each part file is going to be opened from fixed disc into RAM when you open an assembly. Therefore, if you have any unusually large part file size that’s 5 MB or more, you really want to open that part file and do what you can to reduce the overall file size, which is going to reduce the amount of data being loaded into RAM and make your assembly open more quickly.

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                                      Help! My SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly is Slow to Open

                                      by Toby Schnaars on January 19, 2018

                                      SOLIDWORKS large assemblies slow to open Welcome to part two of my “Large Assemblies and How to Make Them Faster in SOLIDWORKS” blog series. In this blog, I’ll be discussing different actions you can take to make your assemblies easier and faster to work with.

                                      Just a quick disclaimer: There are a lot of variables when it comes to working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS and when it comes to slow computer performance in general, so you want to make sure you realize that there may be instances outside the scope of these examples that you can do to also speed up your computer. Try rebooting regularly to make sure your RAM cache is clear or maybe learning about the topic of Windows and GDI. These are a few things that are a little more nuance that can definitely help you with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, but during this series I’m going to be giving specific examples I have found that help almost every user when it comes to large assembly performance. Let’s get started.

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                                        Large Assemblies and How to Make Them Faster in SOLIDWORKS (Part 1)

                                        by Toby Schnaars on January 12, 2018

                                        SOLIDWORKS large assemblies The term large assembly is a bit subjective. I often ask my customers a handful of questions, such as does your assembly take a long time to open, save, or rebuild? Does your assembly take a long time to make a drawing or work with drawings, does it hang your computer when you rotate, insert components, edit parts, or when adding mates? If they’ve answered yes to some or all of these questions, then you’re probably working with large assemblies.

                                        In this blog series, I’m going to talk about large assemblies and how to make them faster. For more SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks, join my free monthly webinar. Let’s get started.

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                                          SOLIDWORKS Frequently Asked Questions: Top 10 Tips and Tricks of 2017

                                          by Angelle Erickson on January 4, 2018

                                          SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip-1“How do I do..?”, “What’s the difference between..?”, “Where do I find..?” These are all common phrases SOLIDWORKS and 3D Printing users start with when seeking answers to their questions. Often times, there is a question that is asked time and time again. In 2017, here at Fisher Unitech, we answered lots of questions and closed over 22,000 customer support cases. Some of the most popular questions we published on our blog. Here are the top ten SOLIDWORKS tech tips our readers searched for in 2017. Did you?

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                                            Forgotten SOLIDWORKS Tools and Reasons to Use Them

                                            by Jay-Shan Jackson on November 15, 2017

                                            Within SOLIDWORKS, there are some useful tools and features that many users overlook or simply forget about during their daily grind. In this blog, I’ll be discussing one of my favorite additions to the software that is often forgotten about: SOLIDWORKS Up to Reference Patterns.

                                            The SOLIDWORKS Up to Reference Patterns tool allow the user to create patterns that are driven by the geometry of their part. Conditions can be set for the spacing, number of instances, but references for where the instances are measured from as well as where they end. Up to Reference Patterns allow the user to create dynamic patterns that change with the size parameters of their part geometry. Keep reading to learn more about this useful tool and why you should start using it now.

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                                              Where is the SOLIDWORKS Command That Lets Me Do…

                                              by Paul Kutolowski on October 27, 2017

                                              where-is-the-command-that-lets-me-doA common lament among new SOLIDWORKS users, and especially of those coming to SOLIDWORKS from another 3D CAD platform, is “Where is the command that lets me do..." You know the action you want to perform but you can’t remember where the command icon is located to let that happen.

                                              SOLIDWORKS has a search tool for just such questions and coincidently it’s called “Search Commands”. In this blog, I’m going to give you a quick tip on where you can find this tool, how to use it, and how to keep it handy for further use.

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                                                Bringing Flat Files into SOLIDWORKS to Create Models (Part 2): Pictures

                                                by David Janicki on October 13, 2017

                                                This is the second part to a blog I wrote on how to bring flat files into SOLIDWORKS. In my first blog, I showed how to bring in drawings and DXF files. In this blog, I am going to show you how to bring in pictures.

                                                If you’re a conceptual designer, just mocking drawings up on a whiteboard or napkin sketch, you may be wondering if it is possible to bring those 2D sketches or pictures into SOLIDWORKS. With the ability to directly import and size a picture, we are able to bring in our sketch-up and move through the process of part creation. Let’s get started.

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                                                  The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

                                                  by James Reeher on September 29, 2017

                                                  The-Power-and-Value-of-the-SOLIDWORKS-Hole-Wizard-1I am often surprised to discover how many SOLIDWORKS users are not taking advantage of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard and all the capabilities that it brings to the table. The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.

                                                  What many people don’t realize is that by using the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard you can automatically bring in your hole callouts into drawings, have the toolbox match the appropriate fastener size to the hole, and even have SOLIDWORKS automatically populate your holes with the correct fastener. If you do not use the Hole Wizard then you are manually performing all of these actions, which is a lot of extra design work that could be better spent on other tasks.  It’s time to work smarter, not harder.  Keep reading to learn more about the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard.

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                                                    Bringing flat files into SOLIDWORKS to create Models: Drawings and DXF Files

                                                    by David Janicki on September 22, 2017

                                                    In the current state of CAD affairs, everyone is either using or has heard of 3D CAD. But for users who have been using a 2D system for many years and have an exorbitant amount of data, making the switch isn’t always as easy as deciding to.

                                                    Inside of SOLIDWORKS, there are a multitude of tools to help you take and convert your old 2D drawings, and begin to create 3D parametric models with them. In this blog, I’m going to take you through those steps to ensure none of your data gets left behind in this smooth and easy process.

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                                                      Removing Padlocks in the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Area

                                                      by Toby Schnaars on September 15, 2017

                                                      One of the most useful resources available to subscription service customers is the ability to access the SOLIDWORKS customer portal. From this section of SOLIDWORKS, users may access the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base, grab a copy of the full download of SOLIDWORKS, examine the API support, and get some great tips and tricks from the SOLIDWORKS community.

                                                      However, when first creating a SOLIDWORKS customer portal account, users may find themselves in a situation where many of these terrific resources are “padlocked” and the user is unable to access these sections of the customer portal. In this blog, we will explore how to properly register your software and remove these padlocks.

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                                                        How to Link Variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to a Newly Created Drawing

                                                        by Jodi Degenaer on September 8, 2017

                                                        Often times, linking the variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) to newly created drawings can seem like a puzzle with a piece or two missing. Fortunately, this can be mitigated by arming yourself with a step-by-step system that I’ve found to be very useful.

                                                        In this blog, I’ll take you through the steps to easily link variables in SOLIDWORKS PDM to newly created files. Let’s get started.

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                                                          SOLIDWORKS Network Licensing: Installing/Upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Manager on the Server

                                                          by Jon Sauerbrey on September 1, 2017

                                                          SOLIDWORKS-Network-Licensing-Installing-Upgrading-the-SOLIDWORKS-SolidNetWork-License-Manager-on the-Server-1Our technical support department often gets questions from customers regarding installing and upgrading processes. Depending on the situation, this can be an extensive support case. This blog is going to take you through the entire process and instructions for installing/upgrading the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork license manager on the server.

                                                          Before installing, upgrading, or reinstalling the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetWork License Server, you must first check the system requirements and review the “SOLIDWORKS Network License Server section. Now let’s get started.

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                                                            How to Create a Custom OCR Dictionary in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

                                                            by Nady Osmat on August 25, 2017

                                                            How-to-Create-a-Custom-OCR-Dictionary-in-SOLIDWORKS-Inspection-1Inspection software aids tremendously with the creation of quality control and planning documentation. If you are using the standalone version of SOLIDWORKS Inspection to balloon PDF or Tiff files and create inspection reports, you may run into a situation where the drawing you received has a non-standard font. This may result in inaccurate extraction of dimensions and/or notes.

                                                            Keep reading to learn how to avoid this issue and gain a quick tip on how to fix the problem.

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                                                              A Quick Lesson on SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

                                                              by Ken LaVictor on August 2, 2017

                                                              Often when I teach SOLIDWORKS training classes, my students will ask me what the best way is to copy an assembly in order to ‘reuse’ the design. Though there are a few ways to easily copy existing assemblies, I find that the best method is through a tool that was introduced a couple of years ago called SOLIDWORKS Treehouse.

                                                              In this blog, I’ll give a quick lesson on what SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is, and how it can save you time when creating a design.

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                                                                Tech Tip: The difference between a sheet format and a drawing template in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                by Matt Haywood on July 7, 2017

                                                                Almost every SOLIDWORKS user has the need to insert a unique company title block into the SOLIDWORKS drawing template. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few handy strategies that will streamline your process. Understanding the terms “Sheet Format” and “Drawing Template” in SOLIDWORKS terminology will be central to your success. Although they might look the same on the screen, they have distinctly different jobs within the SOLIDWORKS file infrastructure.

                                                                In general drawing templates are used to start a new drawing. A sheet format is an overlay or title block that we might see on the initial drawing template, but it can be hidden. Also, sheet formats are useful on multi-page drawings as you might want a different looking title block on subsequent pages in a multi-page drawing. Before we get to saving anything, let’s make sure we cover some background information. Here’s an outline of the topics we will cover.

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                                                                  How to Insert a Printed Circuit Board in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                  by Ken Reinert on June 14, 2017

                                                                  As I was walking around town recently, I noticed a woman pushing a baby stroller that had USB ports. Her phone was plugged into one and a travel mug was plugged into another. It occurred to me that so many things today are designed with a printed circuit board, even something like a baby stroller.

                                                                  Designers today have to consider not only the aesthetics of products, but how to integrate all the electronics that go with it. Trying to document that integration can be challenging without the proper tools. When you select the “Insert Printed Circuit Board” icon in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, you are given four options. Keep reading to find out what each of those options mean.

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                                                                    What's New in SP3.0: Import SOLIDWORKS BOMs Into SOLIDWORKS Composer

                                                                    by Sean O’Neill on May 26, 2017

                                                                    A few weeks ago, I was teaching a rather large SOLIDWORKS Composer class. It was comprised of ten students, all hailing from one of our larger customers. With each passing lesson on how to make their product assembly instructions more decipherable and their product exploded views much quicker/lighter, I couldn't help but notice them giving those "where have you been all my life" eyes.

                                                                    While discussing bill of materials (BOM) tables, one of our more actively-involved students asked a very intuitive question: "Can we import our bill of materials from our SOLIDWORKS files into SOLIDWORKS Composer?" My answer then was different than my answer today because of a great timesaving enhancement to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2017 SP3.0.

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                                                                      How to Use the ‘Pack and Go’ File Management Feature in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                      by Matt Haywood on May 15, 2017

                                                                      In my opinion, one of the better file management features in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is Pack and Go, which was introduced around 2007. Included in every release of SOLIDWORKS since then, this feature is still very useful today.  I’ve been providing SOLIDWORKS tech support for nearly 14 years and it’s fun to show unsuspecting users Pack and Go.

                                                                      In this blog, I’ll take you through two scenarios:

                                                                      1. Duplication of a data set for sharing or repurposing
                                                                      2. Organizing a data set by renaming multiple files simultaneously

                                                                      It’s true that these tasks can be done outside of Pack and Go, but I think you’ll find that through the use of Pack and Go, these processes will be completed faster and you will have fewer problems with mixed up file references.

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                                                                        Using Custom Search Columns to Create Simple Reports from PDM Searches

                                                                        by Peer Larson on May 10, 2017

                                                                        It can often be very useful to collect information about your files from a high level, such as if you were interested to learn the internal PDM Document ID or who in your department approved what when.

                                                                        You can use custom search columns to change how a search card displays information and then export your search results to Microsoft Excel. This can also be useful when tracking project management documents, as you can have all of your relevant fields show in the PDM search card and then export those results to Microsoft Excel for easy portability and communication.

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                                                                          How to Deal with Fixture Warnings in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                                                                          by Drew Buchanan on May 3, 2017

                                                                          How-to-Deal-with-Fixture-Warnings-in-SOLIDWORKS-Simulation-00You sit down at your desk to finalize the design for a new product you are working on. You want to verify that the product does not fail under loading, and expect the finite element model to be fairly easy to set up and run.  However, much to your chagrin you run the model and a warning pops up.

                                                                          If you have been working with SOLIDWORKS Simulation for a long time, you most likely have seen this warning box before. In today’s blog I will show a handy tool which can remedy this issue very quickly. It should be noted that all tips in today’s blog pertain to a traditional Linear Static Analysis, which is available in SOLIDWORKS Premium,  SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional, and SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium.

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                                                                            How to Utilize the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal

                                                                            by Toby Schnaars on April 26, 2017

                                                                            Did you know that SOLIDWORKS has a customer portal? Whether you’re a new user, an existing user, or just need a little help, the SOLIDWORKS customer portal is an excellent resource available to all SOLIDWORKS subscription customers.

                                                                            This blog will take you through how to use the portal, along with a step-by-step guide on how to get your questions answered before calling technical support.

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                                                                              Setting Parts Colored and Opaque when Editing in SOLIDWORKS

                                                                              by Toby Schnaars on April 7, 2017

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                                                                              When editing a component in the context of an assembly, SOLIDWORKS automatically makes all of the other components transparent. This makes it easy to see through everything else, to get at what you need, but can bring on its own challenges.

                                                                              This blog will demonstrate step-by-step instructions on how to override this default behavior to get assemblies looking just the way you need.

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                                                                                How to Handle Multi-Part Components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

                                                                                by David Hofer on March 31, 2017

                                                                                I was recently working with a SOLIDWORKS Electrical project that a customer had developed, and I ran across a situation that I see quite often. Users that develop components that are made up of multiple parts, often run into issues when associating symbols to them in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic.

                                                                                Often the problem goes unnoticed until the project is moved to SOLIDWORKS CAD using the Electrical 3D add-in and the wires and cables are routed. Generally, the routing analysis will display an error having to do with the connection points.

                                                                                In this blog I’m going to show an example where this can easily happen and a way to spot the issue and fix it before entering the CAD environment.

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                                                                                  Best Practices when Installing SOLIDWORKS 2017

                                                                                  by Toby Schnaars on March 29, 2017

                                                                                  When the time comes to install or update your SOLIDWORKS software to a newer version, the process can feel a bit overwhelming.  Below is a guide to help you through this process.  Following these steps should ensure a clean and successful installation.  

                                                                                  I have broken down the sections into “RECOMMENDED” and “OPTIONAL”.  Each step in “RECOMMENDED” should be followed and thought of as required.  The sections marked “OPTIONAL” can be skipped, but might give you some good tricks for ensuring that everything goes smoothly on the user end.

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                                                                                    Two Great Tools Every SOLIDWORKS User Should Know (But Many Don’t)

                                                                                    by Toby Schnaars on January 3, 2017

                                                                                    As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been a user of SOLIDWORKS for 18 two-great-tools-every-solidworks-user-should-know-but-many-dont-1years and began teaching new and experienced users since 2001. Today we are going to examine two great tools in SOLIDWORKS that every user should know how to use, but many don’t:

                                                                                    1. CTRL+Q = Force Regen
                                                                                    2.  V.O.R. = Verification on Rebuild

                                                                                    These two tools share the same theme: They both generate a rebuild, which is more thorough and elaborate, but takes a longer time to complete.

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                                                                                      Tips for New SOLIDWORKS Users Part 2: Keep Your Sketches Simple

                                                                                      by Toby Schnaars on October 12, 2016

                                                                                      Welcome back to our series of tips for new SOLIDWORKS users. As I mentioned in my last blog, I started teaching SOLIDWORKS CAD software to both new and experienced students in 2001.  This blog series covers three great tips I’ve learned over the years to help new SOLIDWORKS users get started off on the right foot:

                                                                                      1. Always start your sketches the same way – and know when you are in sketch mode
                                                                                      2. Keep your sketches simple
                                                                                      3. Fully define, every time

                                                                                      My last blog covered the first tip. Today, we will move into the second: Keep your sketches simple.

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                                                                                        The Right Tool for the Job Part 3: Getting Your Fix with Fixtures

                                                                                        by David Roccaforte on September 20, 2016

                                                                                        In the first blog in this series, I introduced SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, our entry level but high value analysis package. In my second blog, I discussed the single body limitations in Sim Xpress and compared that with the extended capabilities in our more full featured tools. In this post, I will discuss the fixed constraint option in Sim Xpress and compare this to the capabilities of Simulation Standard.  

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                                                                                          The Right Tool for the Job Part 2: The Single Body Limitation in Sim Xpress

                                                                                          by David Roccaforte on September 8, 2016

                                                                                          In my last blog, I introduced SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard and how it is a lot of analysis power for the money. One point that I made is that there are many times when SOLIDWORKS users might be trying to do too much with the free Xpress tools or might not realize what they are missing in a more complete solution like Simulation Standard Professional or Premium. In this blog, I will discuss the single body limitation imposed by Sim Xpress.

                                                                                          Sim Xpress allows only a single body and "fixed" constraints that stop motion on the chosen face in the X, Y, Z directions. The main reason for this limitation is that it prevents users from creating an unstable model by accident. Fix any face in X, Y, Z directions on a single body and you are going to have a stable model. In other words it's a slam dunk that the solver will able to solve for equilibrium and we can find a solution. This limitation guarantees a solution but limits the areas we can accurately extract stresses from and limits the types of situations we can accurately reproduce.

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                                                                                            Simulation Tech Tip: How to Load Results Faster and Reduce File Size for Nonlinear and Transient Studies (Results Options)

                                                                                            by David Roccaforte on January 8, 2016

                                                                                            Here's a quick and simple tip for all multi step simulations , dynamic, non linear, drop  etc... You don't have to keep ALL the data for EVERY solution step the solver takes.  The solvers will take smaller steps for convergence purposes and a solution may have hundreds of steps. For a large model this means large files and computational overhead (aka lag switching between studies. The good news is we may not need every piece of data for post processing and we can control the data that is retained under "Result Options".

                                                                                            For example:

                                                                                            I had a nonlinear dynamic study that was about 200K degrees of freedom in size and it took 50 steps to solve.  The time to switch studies varied quite a bit depending on how much data I chose to retain.

                                                                                            Save data for all steps  = over a minute
                                                                                            Save every 2 steps load time = 7 seconds
                                                                                            Save every 5 steps = 2 seconds

                                                                                            Who wants to wait to review a study ?  When you look at the size of the results file it start to become understandable why there is a lag.

                                                                                            If you have nonlinear or dynamic runs that take forever to load and you don't need to review every time step at every location you can modify the "Result Options".

                                                                                            1. Right mouse button on "Result Options"  and choose Define/Edit:

                                                                                            2. Decide if stresses are important, for example in a dynamic simulation we might only want to compare displacements and accelerations. If they are not needed for the study un-check the box.

                                                                                            3. Check "Solution Steps":  Then define how often to save data.  In the above dialog if the solver takes 1000 steps to complete the problem we will save every tenth step.  You can also specify multiple "Sets" saving multiple increment values during different parts of the simulation (see the video).

                                                                                            4. Lastly, choose how to handle sensor specific data.  Do we want to retain  all, none or specific sensors.  If you are not familiar with sensors check them out they are quite useful to define specific simulation quantities or locations to save data.
                                                                                            After you click "ok" , this setting will apply to the next time you run the study.  You will benefit by using up less disk space and being able to move between studies faster.
                                                                                            For a video example on a nonlinear seat spring model take a look here: Narrated Results
                                                                                            Cheers,
                                                                                            -Dave

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                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Metadata Connection - SolidWorks, Toolbox, and Composer

                                                                                            by Luke Luff on November 9, 2015
                                                                                            Metadata Connection:  SolidWorks, Toolbox, and Composer

                                                                                            While the geometry of our designs is the
                                                                                            essential core of digital manufacturing these days, the communication of
                                                                                            metadata attached to that geometry is imperative. How else would we fill out our title blocks,
                                                                                            BOM, cut lists, and ultimately enrich our deliverable in SolidWorks Composer? Today I’d like to
                                                                                            show the metadata connection between SolidWorks parts, toolbox parts, and
                                                                                            SolidWorks Composer.  Watch the short
                                                                                            video for a click by click detail.
                                                                                            Composer and imported metadata:
                                                                                            ·  Composer
                                                                                            automatically imports all custom properties from parts and assemblies in
                                                                                            SolidWorks mapping them to the appropriate geometry actors in your project.
                                                                                            ·  By
                                                                                            Clicking on an actor all meta data properties imported from SolidWorks are
                                                                                            listed under the “User Properties”
                                                                                            ·  Any
                                                                                            “User Properties” can be leveraged in BOM, or any other annotation in Composer.

                                                                                            SolidWorks metadata assignment best practices:
                                                                                            ·  Custom
                                                                                            Properties – Go to File>Properties for any part or assembly and add custom
                                                                                            properties (use the “configuration specific” tab)
                                                                                            ·  Utilize
                                                                                            the “Custom Properties” dialog in the task pane.  This is my favorite because you can
                                                                                            consistently assign the same metadata to new and legacy documents (very
                                                                                            composer friendly).
                                                                                            ·  Utilized
                                                                                            either of these methods for parts and assemblies.

                                                                                            What about the toolbox?
                                                                                            ·  Quickly
                                                                                            add part numbers and sizes to the vast library of hardware.
                                                                                            ·  Do not
                                                                                            add part numbers to the “User Specified” configuration property field!  Composer cannot automatically import this as
                                                                                            metadata.

                                                                                            Take a look at the video!

                                                                                             

                                                                                             


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                                                                                            Plastics Tech Tip: Is the Plastics Solver Able to Use Multiple Cores?

                                                                                            by David Roccaforte on October 19, 2015
                                                                                            I often get asked for hardware recommendations for our simulation products and if  the solvers are able to utilize multiple cores.  One great value with our solvers like Plastics and Flow is that you do not get charged for using multiple cores and both solvers show great scalability when adding cores.  I wanted to quantify that scalability with a quick test today.My general recommendation and rule of thumb is that clock speed/number of cores affect solve times and memory affects the size of the model we can handle.  As we saw in our Flow benchmark you can have all the cores in the world but if you start to choke the problem without enough memory all the cores and clockspeed in the world won't help.

                                                                                            Plastics simulation is no different with respect to memory needs so I chose a modest sized model to insure memory would not be an issue. For the Plastics simulation benchmark I ran a solid mesh model through fill, pack and warp using a tool cooling profile already run ahead of time. This particular machine is using SOLIDWORKS v2015 sp2 on Windows 7.

                                                                                            Model Used for Benchmark

                                                                                            This model had 1.9M elements and during solve I did not see more than 6 Gb of system memory being used. The machine I used for comparison is a 6 core xeon with 32Gb of memory and hyperthreading left on.  I ran studies with 1 , 2, 4, 6, 8 and 12 threads by setting the solver process affinity in the task manager. Taking a look at the results we can see substantial speed improvements at 4  and incremental improvements all the way up to 12.

                                                                                             

                                                                                            If we look at the raw data we can see most of the speed improvements come from the fill and pack phases.  The warp solution is much less computationally intensive and did not benefit from the added cores. I'm assuming this is because the warp phase is not computing fluid dynamics it's basically a thermal stress/deflection problem.

                                                                                            In summary as a Plastics end user I would make sure I have at least a quad core machine and 32Gb of RAM to start with and if I'm running large models (2M or more elements) on a regular basis it would make sense to have a dual quad or 6 core processor.  It's worth keeping an eye on the memory usage during the solve to make sure we aren't maxing out.

                                                                                            I hope this sheds some light on how well the Plastics solver uses multiple threads.

                                                                                            Cheers,

                                                                                            -Dave


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                                                                                            SIMULATION TECH TIP: Transferring Flow Loads to Shell Elements

                                                                                            by Corey Gulley on May 26, 2015
                                                                                            In SOLIDWORKS, we have the ability to take advantage of an integrated interface where we can use multiple simulation tools. If you are using Flow Simulation and Simulation (FEA), you can export Flow Simulation loads to FEA studies. In the following example, I ran flow over a truck body and exported the pressure loads to SOLIDWORKS Simulation. The goal of this particular problem is to identify the displacement of a truck cap as a function of the aerodynamic pressures.

                                                                                            In this example, there is 90mph airflow over the truck body. To start this problem, I ran through the Flow Simulation Wizard tool and set the problem as an external flow analysis. I gave the moving fluid (air) an initial velocity of 90 mph normal to the truck body and ran the study. If I want to see how aerodynamic my model is, I can view flow trajectories over my model. Figure 1 shows a cut plot of the velocities over the body with flow trajectories modeled as streamlines.

                                                                                            Figure 1: Velocity Cut Plot with Streamlines
                                                                                            Due to pressure being derived as an output variable in Flow Simulation, I can export that information over to a Finite Element Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. If you are using SOLIDWORKS 2015, you do this by going to the toolbar: Tools > Flow Simulation > Tools > Export Results to Simulation. Once in Simulation, I need to import the flow loads into my study. I do this by going to Study Properties > Flow/Thermal Effects > Fluid Pressure Option > Include fluid pressure effects from SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (Browse to .fld file).

                                                                                            When this operation is completed, SOLIDWORKS Simulation will map the flow results over the mesh. It is CRITICAL that you mesh prior to importing the flow results. This is because Flow needs to identify the pressure loads at the node locations on the mesh. For the truck cap analysis, I used Shell Elements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation by right-clicking on the body and selecting "Define Shells by Selected Faces." After the shell has been defined, I can import my pressures, and run the study. Figure 2 shows the displacement plot as a function of the pressure loads in Flow.
                                                                                            Figure 2: Displacement Due to Aerodynamic Pressure
                                                                                             

                                                                                            Like this example, one main application where the combination of these tools is handy is flow over a body to identify lift. Lift is a force that acts on the body perpendicular to the direction of the airflow and is in contrast with drag. In this example, I was able to successfully run a fluid simulation over the truck and import those pressure gradients into Finite Element Analysis. The FEA gave me the displacements of the model as a function of the lift force on the model, as shown in Figure 2.

                                                                                            Being able to work with a diverse toolset in SOLIDWORKS gives me the ability to analyze multiple conditions in one single interface. If my model isn't as aerodynamic or as stiff as it needs to be, I have the ability in SOLIDWORKS to run analytical studies concurrent to my design process. If I were to use a third party program, I would be constantly importing and exporting between the software packages to ensure an optimum design. In SOLIDWORKS, I can do all of this in one easy interface.For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SOLIDWORKS family of products and add-ons, please feel free to look through our Webcast Archive, register for an upcoming webcast or event, or look into our 3DU SOLIDWORKS Training and Certification courses.


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                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Accounting for Coatings and Determining Pre-plate Dimensions

                                                                                            by Jay Pinheiro on May 15, 2015
                                                                                            For certain precision machining operations, the application of coatings will necessitate machining to a slightly different dimension than the one on the final print. While there is no direct feature in SOLIDWORKS to just remove the coating thickness, this type of operation can be completed in about three steps using a few of the lesser-known SOLIDWORKS features.
                                                                                            The basic idea is to create a model of the coating thickness and subtract it from the completed part. It's actually simpler than it sounds.
                                                                                            To start the process, we will make a copy of the body. To be perfectly clear, I am not introducing any new part files. This is a multibody technique where one part file will have two bodies (temporarily). The feature called Move/Copy body is how we'll do it. The duplicate body and the original will need to be in the exact same location, so we're not actually going to move it at all. To start we go to InsertFeaturesMove/Copy. There are two versions of this property manager and for this we will need this version.
                                                                                            If you are looking at what appears to be assembly Mates, click on the button at the bottom that says Translate/Rotate and you will get the property manager above. In this property manager, all you have to do is click on the body and select the Copy option. Leave all the other inputs as zero and hit OK. SOLIDWORKS will prompt you with this message, since it thinks you forgot to do something

                                                                                            Just click OK and you will end up with two solid bodies that occupy the same space. This will be apparent if you look at the top of the Feature tree and the Solid Bodies Folder.
                                                                                            For our purposes, you may wish to hide the original for a minute by clicking on it and then clicking on the glasses icon. Now we will create the coating thickness by shelling out the copied body. In the Shell feature, we can enter the coating thickness and select any faces that might be masked during the coating operation (so the machined value is the final value) or leave the Faces to Remove box empty if all faces are getting coated. If the faces to remove box is blank, don't forget to fill in the Solid Body box so SOLIDWORKS knows which body to apply the shell to.
                                                                                            Now that you have the shell that represents the coating, we have to subtract the coating from the original. We will accomplish that with a Combine feature with the Subtract option. The Combine feature is found in InsertFeatureCombine and the property manager will look like this:
                                                                                            The Main Body is the original part and the Bodies to Combine is the shelled version of the copied body. Once this step is completed, the part is now shown in its pre-plate condition. You will be able to create drawing views of the machine operation and any pre- or post-plate inspection reports by using configurations to suppress or unsuppress the Copy/Shell/Combine features.
                                                                                            Once you've run through this once, you will find it to be an easy process.For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SOLIDWORKS family of products and add-ons, please feel free to look through our Webcast Archive, register for an upcoming webcast or event, or look into our 3DU SOLIDWORKS Training and Certification courses.


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                                                                                            SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results (Part 8 - Final)

                                                                                            by Ken LaVictor on April 21, 2015
                                                                                            Since I am always being asked what makes a good mesh, I decided once again to blog about a list I put together a while ago. This was a general list, in no particular order, of things you can do, things you can use, and things you can look for in creating a mesh; knowing you have a good mesh, you can feel better about the results you are getting. This is the final part in this series. Here, I will talk about some final tips in meshing your parts and assemblies.
                                                                                            Geometry Preparation
                                                                                            CAD geometry contains all the features necessary to make a part, but many of those features can be considered insignificant for analysis and should, therefore, be suppressed. With every benchmark I do, or any support case I work on, the first thing I will typically do is create a SOLIDWORKS Configuration and call it "FOR FEA." In this configuration, I will suppress the features and the parts that I believe will be irrelevant to the analysis and to the results that are being sought. For imported geometry, or parts with "artifacts" (those small sliver faces created when applying our standard SOLIDWORKS features), I will use the Delete Face command (Insert, Face, Delete). With the Delete and Patch option, a lot of times I can remove these small faces/artifacts and quickly simplify the model for meshing.
                                                                                            Mesh Control

                                                                                            If you are meshing an assembly, and one of the parts fails to mesh, open the part in its own window. Once you are able to mesh the part here, apply these mesh settings as Mesh Control in the assembly. Another, simpler method than the one just described is to apply mesh control to the failed component. In the Mesh Control property manager, you will find an option called "Use Per Part Size." This option will apply an appropriate mesh size as if the part was opened in its own window and meshed.

                                                                                             

                                                                                            When All Else Fails
                                                                                            When all else fails, you'll be happy to know, Fisher Unitech will be here to support you. Contact our support team at (800) 816-8314 option #5, support@fisherunitech.com, or via support chat at https://www.fisherunitech.com/chat.
                                                                                            For more training and tutorials on the many 3D CAD Modeling solutions in the SOLIDWORKS family of products and add-ons, please feel free to look through our Webcast Archive, register for an upcoming webcast or event, or look into our 3DU SOLIDWORKS Training and Certification courses.

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