SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Tutorial: Best Practices for Defining Features [VIDEO]

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This video explores the different outcomes between selecting a sketch object, a sketch, one or more edges, or even a face when defining features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Looks like old best practices hold true for SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual: Always select ... Read More

SolidWorks Sketch Relations Summary

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SolidWorks Online Help provides a summary of all of the sketch relations available in SolidWorks.  It is provided here http://help.solidworks.com/2014/English/solidworks/sldworks/c_Description_of_Sketch_Relations.htm There is something missing from this table, it should show t ... Read More

When is a Fully Defined Sketch not Fully Defined? [VIDEO]

We all like Fully-Defined sketches. There's no room for ambiguity. The sketch and resulting features are more stable. Rebuild times are improved. SolidWorks likes fully-defined sketches as well. And, when you're editing a sketch, SolidWorks is kind enough to tell you when your ... Read More

Alin’s SolidWorks 2014 Tutorial – Replace Sketch Entity – The Most Important Enhancement to SolidWorks [VIDEO]

Doesn't matter if you are The Company Owner, a Manager, a SolidWorks Expert or just a SolidWorks Beginner, you will be extremely happy taking advantage of the most important enhancement introduced to SolidWorks this year: the ability to replace sketch entities. As the owner, CE ... Read More

The Greatest Time Saver – Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 [VIDEO Tutorial]

Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 will save the world about 2,500 user-years annually!!! It is a bit ironic that you will most likely not notice a little SolidWorks 2014 enhancement which will provide the biggest productivity boost to the whole SolidWorks Community. Sca ... Read More

Alin’s SolidWorks 2014 Tutorial – Path Length Dimension [VIDEO]

Working in the SolidWorks Universe is very similar to the real life experience. After all, you can "talk" to SolidWorks, you can provide step-by-step instructions (i.e. features), you can tell sketch entities to behave a certain way (vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, etc.) and ... Read More

Marble Roller Coaster Create Start of Loop (Part 6 of many) [VIDEO]

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Create Loop Start To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. Many people believe that the shape of the loop should be circular, the problem with a circular loop is that it has an abrupt change in curvature and in the case of a loop causes a significant loss of ... Read More

Marble Roller Coaster Create Straight Segment (Part 5 of many) [VIDEO]

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Create Straight Segment To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. To create a new part from this library part, double click it in the design library, then save as, call the first one Straight.sldprt. Insert a sketch on the largest face of the female ... Read More

Marble Roller Coaster – Designing Connectors (Part 2 of many) [VIDEO]

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To read the first part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. The next step is to design the connectors. The marble is represented by a circle, a typical marble is 5/8” diameter so that is what I am designing for. There is a limitation to my design that reducing the ... Read More

Alin’s SW 2013 SP2.0 Pick of the Day – New Equal Curvature Relation for Splines and Conics [VIDEO]

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 co ... Read More