When working on a big project, it isn’t uncommon to have several different files open in SolidWorks at once. If these files are coming from multiple different folder locations, hunting them down and opening them again each time you close and reopen SolidWorks can be a time consuming process.
That’s where the very first option in the SolidWorks settings come in handy: “Open last used document(s) at startup”.
There are many methods for linking properties in SolidWorks and displaying them in different manners; for example a note that displays the bounding box length.
One limitation is that a property cannot be linked to a note, this can be useful in many different ways. In an assembly if you want to display a part property in the assembly’s description there is not way do that. The closest it is possible to get to it would be to create a note and attach it to that part and then display that property in the note. But there is still no way of linking that note to a property.
I have created this macro to bridge that gap. The way it works is:
Today let’s consider the situation where you need to fill the external cavities from the Mr. Smiley model with discrete solid bodies in order to 3D print the end result with a bi-material printer from the Objet Connex family.
This video proposes two different solutions for this challenge. Can you think of more?
Whenever you go to make a drawing of a part or assembly you have created in SolidWorks, you are presented with a set of predetermined views to chose from, front, top, isometric etc. But what if the view you want to use isn’t in that list? How can you get a drawing view on the sheet in a non standard orientation? One way to do this is to use a custom view.
In previous releases of SolidWorks you may have noticed that dialogs did not always pop up in front when they are most relevant. For example, when you edited a design table in SolidWorks 2012 or older a new window, Excel appeared in front of SolidWorks, but the accompanying dialog came up in the back. As a result Excel seemed to be unresponsive and you had to return to SolidWorks window using the task bar, close that dialog, and then return to Excel for it to work again.
When teaching the SolidWorks Essentials course one habit that I try to instill in any new (or not so new) SolidWorks users is to always, always, rotate the view normal to the sketch plane when creating a new sketch or when editing an existing one. This helps them to get a clearer picture of their 2D sketch in the 3D world of their SolidWorks part.
Now, a new option added in SolidWorks 2012 allows users to automate, at least, part of that practice.
A great new feature in SolidWorks 2013 is the ability to use Luxology native appearances for PhotoView 360 renders. This opens up to SolidWorks users the ability to make use of the huge selection of additional appearances in Luxology’s online library.
But even better, for customers with an active SolidWorks Subscription contract, the subscription now includes free access to that library. Here is how you can get access to that library and make use of the appearance files available there.
This is a great example of the benefits you get when you have a subscription contract with SolidWorks. A lot of people believe that service packs are just for fixing bugs in the software, but sometimes they also add new functionality to existing tools.
SolidWorks 2013 SP 2.0 comes with a few of such enhancements. In this video I am demonstrating the new relation which can be added between conics and splines.
Note: This relation works with all the conics sketch entities in SolidWorks: “Partial Ellipse, Parabola and Conic“
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