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I discovered a cool feature last week while working on a customer’s mold design part that I think is worth making everyone aware of. One of the main goals/achievements when making a mold for a part is always trying to get the “parting surface or runoff surface” exactly how you want it. Sometimes this means coming off at an exact angle at an exact location all the way around a rounded edge. How can we do that in SOLIDWORKS? On the SOLIDWORKS CURVES toolbar is a command called SPLIT LINE. You may have used this before to project sketches onto a face to “split up” the face into multiple faces for various reasons (being more exact with a load location in...
Today I would like to remind you of an enhancement that was added 5 or 6 releases ago. This option has definitely joined the ranks of “a forgotten enhancement”. That could be due to the fact that I’m pretty sure the first year it came out the option was ON by default (or maybe it wasn’t even an option that you could turn on/off at all) and then was defaulted to OFF in subsequent releases… This option is called “Use Specified Color for Changed Drawing Dimensions On Open”. Pretty easy to understand what it does. Open a model and make changes, but forget to open and update the drawing as well? Well, then next time you OPEN the drawing you will...
Each year between November and January SOLIDWORKS opens up the opportunity to submit and vote on enhancements for the "Top 10" list for that year. These are announced at SOLIDWORKS World, usually on Wednesday. This year they broke the tradition of announcing them in the giant General Session and instead did them in a break-out session in front of approximately only 30 people. Some of the statistics that were given at the beginning of the presentation were: -Since 2001 (when they started doing this) 70% of all the Top 10 list have been implemented. -SOLIDWORKS gets about 6000 Enhancement Requests per year!! They also reviewed which Top 10 Enhancements from previous years made it in to SW2017: -Ability to switch...
The last day of SOLIDWORKS World is always my favorite. Many things get “revealed” that day... Where the next SOLIDWORKS World will be held, the user voted “Top 10” enhancement list, and my favorite section where they preview what will HOPEFULLY be NEW in SOLIDWORKS 2018! I have to say “hopefully” here, because anything listed below could be pulled from the final release if it isn’t operating up to the high quality standards of SOLIDWORKS. Here are the items for 2018 that were revealed at SOLIDWORKS World this year! Sketch Productivity: Mirror in a 3D Sketch Use planes as symmetry reference (mirroring) in 2D & 3D sketches Pen sketching (with smoothing and conversion to lines and arcs) on Windows touch screen...
In the latest version of our “How To Solve It” webinars (every Wed at 10am) I covered the topic of “Streamlining the Design & Manufacture of Structures & Frames Using SOLIDWORKS Weldments” The webinar covered building at welded structure with just a minimal “skeleton” sketch, how to manage the automated cutlist, and how to manage and customize the weldment profiles to fit your needs. I also took some time to show how weldments can be used to do many “other” kinds of things than just welded frames, such as woodworking projects! I showed examples of cabinet designs all the way to a full backyard deck design all done with SOLIDWORKS weldments functionality. Be sure to check out the recording of the...