SOLIDWORKS TIPS & TRICKS


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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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                    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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