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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Tab and Slot Feature

SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies.

A costly part of manufacturing is creating the fixtures that are used to hold the parts in position during fabrication. That is why many designers are now turning to self-fixturing design technique to reduce the assembly and setup costs in the manufacturing process. In this technique the assembly components will be held together without the…

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Where did the Add Relation Breadcrumb Go? Can I bring it back?

SOLIDWORKS Add Relation Breadcrumb

In newer versions of SOLIDWORKS, sketch relation options are added to the breadcrumb. You can multi-select two or more sketch entities by holding the Ctrl key and upon releasing the key, a breadcrumb will appear next to your mouse cursor, and a relation can be selected. However, it seems that this only works if you…

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Components are a Big Time Saver for Repetitive Assemblies

If you have to assemble many clamps to your base plate, or if you have some custom parts to be bolted or riveted into place in your SOLIDWORKS assembly, then this SOLIDWORKS Smart Components article is for you. In SOLIDWORKS you can make your part files act smart upon inserting them into your assembly files….

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SOLIDWORKS Mate References are a Huge Time Saver when building an assembly

Imagine you are creating an assembly with many components in it. Each component you insert into the assembly requires three mates. It will be a tedious job making these kinds of assemblies over and over again. Repeating mating process many times in a row. Now, imagine you could drag and drop each component into your…

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Why can’t I Insert Forming Tools into my SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal model?

SOLIDWORKS Forming Tools are found in the Design Library and are used to form sheet metal parts. In the following image, you can see how a forming tool is dragged from the Design Library onto the sheet metal model to form the part.   From time to time customer will contact us to ask why…

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Methods of Scaling Solid Bodies in SOLIDWORKS

A 3D Solid Body can be scaled up or down using the SOLIDWORKS Scale feature. In this blog article other than introducing the Scale feature, a few scaling scenarios are also reviewed. The Scale Feature could be can under the Insert menu > Features > Scale or Insert menu > Molds > Scale. A 3D model can be…

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How to adjust SOLIDWORKS Spin Box Increment Values Locally & Globally

Upon editing a dimension value in SOLIDWORKS, you can use the SOLIDWORKS spin box instead of typing in numbers. The middle mouse wheel or clicking on the little up/down arrows on the right side of the dimension box could be used to fine-tune a dimension by 1mm or smaller increments or decrements. This capability is…

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SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 Enhanced File Version Upgrade Tool

New File Version Upgrade Tool

New in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018; upgrading old file versions is quicker with deeper vault analysis available using the enhanced File Version Upgrade Tool. The new enhancements are as follows: Upgrade checked out files on other client workstations. Add or remove folders to upgrade. Sort the file list in Search Results. Stop the upgrade process and…

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