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Well, it looks like Halloween is coming, so what better time to get in the spirit of things and start making some props for the little minions (aka kids) to use with their costume? My man-cub has been exploring the idea of being a pirate, so in pure engineering fashion I started to wonder how I could incorporate some Pirate sword designs in SOLIDWORKS. This sword design is going to incorporate multibody surfaces that we’ll eventually convert to solids. In this blog, I’ll walk you through some of the steps and explain the features used to create this sword. The Pommel Naturally we’ll start (as all things do) with a sketch. However, this sketch will create geometry that serve two purposes. First of all, it’ll create reference geometry for us to make other features, but It’ll also serve as geometry to...
Every year SOLIDWORKS releases a What's New list jam packed with enhancements based on customer requests. One of the coolest and useful enhancements for SOLIDWORKS Simulation is the Simulation Results Overlay. Located under the title "Display Simulation Results in SOLIDWORKS Graphics Area" in the What's New PDF. SOLIDWORKS only gives us 4 sentences on this enhancements but I thought it deserved several more than that. So what is the Simulation Overlay and why is it such a good enhancement? The overlay does more than just graphically put Simulation results into the model view, it actually "replaces" the part with the deformed Simulation results showing the stress, displacement, FOS etc. plot as well. To access this new enhancement there is one caveat that needs to be followed. The study for the part(s) you wish to display needs to be analyzed is at...
If you’re a frequent visitor to the 3DVision Technologies blog, I’m almost certain you’ve read a few installments of our webinar series “How to Solve it”. Hopefully you have also taken the time and watched the webinar recordings, as well. Also, if you frequent the blog may have read some of my earlier articles discussing the design of an ice cream spoon. While I currently have at least two more articles to write concerning the ice cream spoon, this short article is an introduction to the webinar discussing the use of SOLIDWORKS Plastics to analyze the design of the ice cream spoon. Using SOLIDWORKS Plastics Standard a great place to start for injection molding analysis. One of the first things any Design Engineer would want to verify is if a part will short-shot, which means to not fill the cavity completely. ...
Alright, I’ll be the first to admit my title may look like clickbait for SOLIDWORKS pricing, but I assure you my blog today has nothing to do with SOLIDWORKS pricing….IT’S ABOUT SOLIDWORKS COSTING! If you’re already using SOLIDWORKS Costing you know the amazing insight to new design costs. Not to mention you can see how changes can impact your costs. All that aside new to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to connect with a manufacturing network to get an idea of your part cost without having to send anyone your design, fill out a bunch of online forms, OR talk to any pesky sales people! Ok we all love sales people because they bring businesses money, but maybe I just want to know ROUGHLY what my part would cost a supplier to make and I want to make some tweaks along...
The quickest way to populate the wire lengths in SOLIDWORKS Electrical is to route everything in Electrical 3D. Once it is routed the lengths are automatically transferred to the 2D reports, and the properties of the wires. However, not everyone purchases the 3D license. So how do you get the lengths in the to-from reports? Well without 3D, it is definitely a longer, manual process. The long long way is to right click on every wire in the schematic and insert the wire length. As you can imagine, this might take a bit longer than the way we did it back in the day, typing the lengths into excel. If only there was a way to do that… If you’ve never tried the excel import and export tool, it is very powerful. You can import a BOM and use it to...