SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS


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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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              Take Control of Your SOLIDWORKS Network Licenses Using Options Files

              Heather Dawe by Heather Dawe on March 11, 2019

              SOLIDWORKS Network LicensesSOLIDWORKS Network Licenses allow companies to let users share licenses between each other to make better use of the licenses that they own. But sometimes, it can feel a bit like you’re playing tug-of-war.   

              Let me introduce you to the SOLIDWORKS Network License options file. Options files allow you to control who can get what licenses and for how long. This allows organizations to ensure licenses are available to the users who need them and the end of the tug-of-war game for your licenses.

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                How to Create a Sandbox Vault in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on February 21, 2019

                sandbox vaultIt is very important after creating a vault in SOLIDWORKS PDM and going live to not try and make changes on the fly. Any changes should always be tested in a Sandbox vault (or test vault) first before carrying them over to your production vault. The steps it takes to create a Sandbox vault are effortless and you’ll be happy you took the time to create it. Making changes outside of a sandbox vault can cause irreversible setbacks. Here’s how it’s done.

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                  How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

                  Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on February 12, 2019

                  how to change units in solidworks simulationChanging units in SOLIDWORKS CAD itself is easy. If you’re working in inches but need to enter a metric dimension, it’s as simple as typing the dimensions with the units after it. Ever since the units dropdown was added to the bottom right of the graphics window, it couldn’t be easier. You can change the default units in a part drawing or assembly without accessing a special window or settings page. It’s so seamless; you can make a part in millimeters, make a drawing in inches, and an assembly in meters without any trouble.

                  Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation isn’t the same as using SOLIDWORKS CAD, so here are some tips for managing and changing units, significant figures (the accuracy of the number), and whether the units are displayed in scientific notation or standard notation.

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                    Where is my SOLIDWORKS Design Library?

                    Nathan Sneller by Nathan Sneller on January 28, 2019

                    where is my solidworks design libraryNearly every year when I teach a course on SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal to students at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have to field a handful of concerns regarding the SOLIDWORKS design library. The two most common being “my design library is missing,” or SOLIDWORKS is asking “Are you trying to make a derived part” when trying to use forming tools. Admittedly, it’s rather frustrating to try and use a design library when it’s not available or doesn’t work properly.

                    The issue these students have is always the same and can be remedied with a three-part solution. In this blog, I’ll cover those three steps to enable forming tools when they aren’t available. Let’s get started.

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                      Top 10 SOLIDWORKS Tips and Tricks of 2018

                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 25, 2019

                      solidworks tips and tricksRegardless if you’re new to SOLIDWORKS or are a power user, learning about new tools or enhancements that allow you to design faster or easier is always a plus. We posted a ton of tutorials and SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks in 2018 on a range of different subjects to help you achieve your design goals. Let’s take a look back on the top 10.

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                        Leveraging the Where Used Tab in SOLIDWORKS PDM for Standard Parts & Toolbox Components

                        Jenny Johnson by Jenny Johnson on January 3, 2019

                        Where used tab Do you ever need to know the specific where used of your parts with configurations in SOLIDWORKS PDM? Have you explored the options on the Where Used Tab?

                        Depending on how you have your dropdown configured, you could be missing out on important information. If you select a file in SOLIDWORKS PDM and choose the Where Used Tab are you presented with many different options on how to filter the where used information. In this blog, we’re going to explore those options. Let’s get started.

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                          Using XML documents as Templates in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                          Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on December 27, 2018

                          XML DocumentsXML Templates afford the most flexibility in styling your documents. With this method, the XML can be copied and repeated, while there will only be one associated XSLT file in the SOLIDWORKS PDM vault. The XSLT utilized Extensible Stylesheet Language to transform an XML file into a styled format for display and printing. It is important to note that the document can only be edited from the data card.

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                            Using Excel as a Reporting Tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM

                            Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 30, 2018

                            SOLIDWORKS PDM AdminSome SOLIDWORKS PDM administrators want to gain more use of their data. Installing and using Reporting in SQL Server can be very powerful, but it requires a foundation of knowledge in setting up reports, permissions, and additional installations that some companies are not willing to give a PDM administrator.

                            SOLIDWORKS PDM can also generate reports using the Report Generator, but it can only deliver the results in table format. Reporting in Excel can be more flexible and allow you to analyze the data with formulas and graphs without the need for installing and setting up the SQL Server Reporting Services. There are a few ways to import SQL data into Excel, but this is one way it can be done.

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                              Replacing Control Logic with a Tab Control: SOLIDWORKS PDM Tech Tip

                              Lindsay Early by Lindsay Early on November 2, 2018

                              Control LogicControl Logic is a powerful tool for use in SOLIDWORKS PDM, but it does come with its limitations. Control Logic conditions can only be assigned to one control at a time. This means that if you have many controls that need to be shown or hidden at once, each one will need to be individually set up with Control Logic.

                              Also, there isn’t a tooltip or other visual aid when editing a data card that would let the administrator know that Control Logic has been used. This can be frustrating if more than one administrator is modifying the data cards. The only way to see that Control Logic was employed is to enter the correct interface from each control on the card.

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                                How to Import Symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

                                Ken Reinert by Ken Reinert on October 29, 2018

                                SOLIDWORKS Electrical SchematicIf you’ve used SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic Professional or Standard then you know how easy it is to develop your electrical systems thanks to the integrated library database which houses thousands of symbols and tools that can be used throughout your design. However, it is sometimes necessary to import a symbol into the symbol library in lieu of creating a symbol from scratch or modifying an existing symbol.

                                In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to import symbols into SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic quickly and easily so you can continue your electrical design without a hitch. Let’s get started.

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