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Miami Valley SW User Group (Dayton, OH)

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Miami Valley SW User Group (i.e. Dayton Ohio area) will be having their next meeting on TUES March 11th.

It will be held at a customer location this time (NOT AT GANDER MOUNTAIN).

QC APPLICATIONS

7211 Taylorsville Road Huber Heights, Ohio

Room 103

I will be presenting “Sheetmetal: Beyond the Training Class” during the meeting.

BTW, Steve @ QC Applications says if you are using a iPhone to navigate there it will take you to the WRONG PLACE !

 

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

EPDM: Copying data card properties from Part to Drawing

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Hey happy EPDM users !
Have you ever wanted to make a SW Drawing “copy” its properties from the SW Part card ?
I have ran into several customers wanting to do this for various reasons.
For example: You might want the DESCRIPTION from Part card be auto copied to the Drawing for that part.  (they would be the same usually, right ?)

Here’s how you do it:
In the DESCRIPTION variable, add a new ATTRIBUTE with BLOCK NAME of “$PRPSHEET” and ATTRIBUTE NAME set to same value as the Custom Property attribute (i.e. most likely “description”).

When you go to test this, you need to MAKE SURE you put some geometry into your test part and insert at least ONE VIEW onto the test drawing !!

This will also work just fine if the description is entered in the Save As dialog box for the part vs the data card. It all goes to the same place.

Holy cow… Did I just write a Blog on EPDM !??!

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

What’s New in SolidWorks 2014 VIDEOS

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

 

Merry Christmas ! and Happy New Year !

The COMPLETE “What’s New in SolidWorks 2014″ videos are up for viewing on our website !

http://www.3dvision.com/whats-new-in-solidworks-2014?view=form

FYI, There is a table of contents on the left hand side that will allow you to skip to any section you want to view.

ENJOY !

Videos for What’s New in SW Electrical, SW Composer, SW Simulation, and EPDM will also be up soon…

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

“Configured” Weldment Profiles for SolidWorks2014

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

New in SolidWorks 2014 is the ability to have Weldment Profiles with CONFIGURATIONS in them.

This is a significant improvement as far as file management goes.

Just for example if you had downloaded the 2013 ANSI Inch profiles from the SolidWorks content area of your Design Library (you knew you could do that right ??), the Rectangular Tube folder alone had 233 files to manage ! One for EACH different size.
If you wanted to add a property to your profiles or modify a few of the profiles you had to open EACH ONE and make the changes… whew !

The other fantastic thing about this is if you build a weldment and then want to change the structural members to a different size, in 2013 and before you were physically changing to a different FILE and most likely had to re-position the profiles to locate them, and/or would lose mates to the members if you were using the weldment in an assembly.
NOT in 2014 !! If you want to make this change in 2014 you are just changing to a different configuration so nothing gets lost or moved.

Now, where do you get these new 2014 Weldment profiles with the configurations ??
Eventually you will be able to get them from the SolidWorks Content area in the Design Library, but for now, just download them at the link below !

https://3dvision.sharefile.com/d/s5539eef8a4f43fca

Don’t say 3DVision doesn’t take care of you…  :-)

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

INDENT w/ Cut is not indent at all…

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

 

Ever wanted to do a COMBINE — Subtract function but KEEP both bodies ?

You can’t do it with the Combine command, but you CAN with the INDENT command !

Yep, inside of INDENT is a little radio button option for “CUT”.   If you turn this on it will basically do what the “subtract” option in the Combine command does, but it will NOT go ahead and get rid of the body used for “cutting”.

This can come in handy in mold design for making cores, etc.

Of course there is a CORES tool too…  but that’s another story…

HAVE FUN playing with your new found toy, the Indent with CUT !

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 3)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

This post will show one last example of the INTERSECT command that is new in SolidWorks 2013.

As mentioned in my last two posts (http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/03/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-1/  &  http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/18/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-2/) this new command can be used to perform in one easy step what used to take multiple, time consuming commands to complete in the past.

 

In this example we have a “cavity” type area that we need to “fill” with a solid…

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In the past you could have Offset all the inner faces to get surface bodies, Knit them together, and then tried to Thicken them to hopefully get a Solid Body inside the void.

 

In SolidWorks 2013 just use the INTERSECT command to do all this in one command !

In the INTERSECT command, choose the two Solid Bodies and click the Intersect button.   For the Regions To Exclude, select the same two original bodies.

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Hit OK, and there you have it !

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A Solid Body easily created from the “void” of two other Solid Bodies.

 

Other uses for this would be if you wanted to quickly find the VOLUME of a void (like inside a bottle…)

Example from Jordan Tadic of 3DVision:

Intersect Volume Fill

So Easy !    Give it a try !

 

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 2)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

My last blog (http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2013/07/03/do-3-things-at-once-intersect-command-pt-1/) showed an example of performing what used to take multiple, time consuming steps to complete in the past, done with one step in SolidWorks 2013 with the new INTERSECT command.

This post will show another very powerful example…

 

Here we have an open surface body (open on the bottom), and we want to add that to a solid body.

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In the past this could have been done a few different ways, such as offsetting a surface from the top faces of the solid, knitting those together and using that to trim the surface body back to hopefully get a closed volume so that it could be thickened into a solid.  Then you would still have to use the Combine command to add the two solids together.  WHEW !

 

In SolidWorks 2013 just use the INTERSECT command to do it all in one step !

In the INTERSECT command select both the Surface Body and the Solid Body then click the Intersect button.

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No need to select any Regions To Exclude (because we want to keep both), and be sure to turn ON Consume Surfaces at the bottom.

Hit OK and there you go !    One Solid Body that is the combination of the surfaces and the solid !

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Easy easy !

Give it a try…

Stay tuned for another great example of the INTERSECT command.

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Do 3 things at once ! INTERSECT command (pt. 1)

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Ever wished you could do 3 fairly involved SolidWorks commands all with the push of a button ??

Well you CAN with the new INTERSECT command in SolidWorks 2013 !

This one tool basically can replace the need to Offset Surfaces, Trim Surfaces, Knit Surfaces, and Thicken Surfaces to make a Solid ! (Hey, that’s 4 things at once !)

To keep these blogs short and to the point I am going to do a small series of blogs showing the many different uses of the INTERSECT command.

So… on with the first example…

 

Lets say you have a bunch of imported surfaces (or even surfaces you created in SolidWorks) and the goal is to create a solid body from the combination of the surfaces.

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Rather than doing a TRIM (with the mutual option), spend 5 min trying to figure out what to keep and what to discard, and then having to turn the knitted surfaces into a solid with the THICKEN command, just do it in one step with the new INTERSECT command.

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(located under Instert–Features–Intersect or by using the button on your Features tab of the Command Manager)

Once you are in the Intersect command, just window select all of the surfaces, hit the INTERSECT button in the property manager, turn on the “consume surfaces” option at the bottom and hit OK…   (no need to choose any “regions to exclude” because there is only one solution)

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Preview:

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End Result:

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So EASY !    Give it a try !

Stay tuned for another great example of the INTERSECT command (new in SolidWorks 2013.

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Isometric Center Mark

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Ever wanted to put a Center Mark on an Isometric view in a drawing ?

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You can’t do it with the regular “Center Mark” tool, but the video below shows a pretty good solution…

VIDEO —  ISO CENTER MARK .mp4

 

And here is the .sldblk file I created…      ISO CENTER MARK .sldblk

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

Strengthening Ribs in Sheetmetal – pt 2 !

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

This is a follow-up post to a question that I was asked recently about THIS blog entry: http://www.3dvision.com/wordpress/2012/04/14/strengthening-ribs-in-sheetmetal-new-in-sw2012/

 

The question was basically “HOW do I MAKE a rib like that ?”

Easy !

Start out with this:

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Then create your “Rib TOOL” as a separate BODY in the file…

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Then you can use the INSERT–FEATURES–INDENT command to use that “Rib Tool” body to create the indentation in the sheet metal part.

You will then of course want to do a DELETE BODY on the Rib Tool body (just select the body in the tree and hit Delete on the keyboard), and then add any fillets (don’t forget both sides) if you want them to make it look something like this when finished.

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Here is a link to the actual SolidWorks part file (2013 version) if you need more guidance:    Sheetmetal REMOVE FACES

There you go !!   Easy when you know how…    ;-)

Randy Simmons

Application Engineer, CSWP 3DVision Technologies

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