Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead?

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SOLIDWORKS users occasionally come across a sheet metal drawing view that displays formed (bent) part instead of flat pattern. Here is the explanation of a common mistake that causes this problem. http://youtu.be/CmtzLnxx3SY?list=UULyCdxp1pmTzKBoQv0FmX0g SolidWorks creates ... Read More

Flatten Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference [VIDEO]

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I was recently asked how to flatten sheet metal part in SolidWorks that interferes with itself. The short answer is that SolidWorks Sheet Metal is not designed to do this. Of course, as is often the case with SolidWorks, where there's a will there's a way! In this example, I ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Open Part in Position [VIDEO]

Open Model in Position

Perhaps you need to open a part or a subassembly from an assembly and make some modifications in a specific area.  And when you were in the assembly, you had rotated around to find the area you needed to work on.  Now in SolidWorks 2015, you can open the part in the position that ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – A Choice When Deleting Components from Assemblies [VIDEO]

SW2015 - Choose what you want to delete

SolidWorks 2015 now gives you more control when deleting components out of assemblies.  In SolidWorks 2013, there was a change to the functionality such that selecting a component in an assembly and pressing Delete would delete just the component that was selected.  If the ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Professional – Select By View [VIDEO]

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When speaking with folks who are new to the SolidWorks sphere of influence, I will typically mention the ability to make fast and accurate selections as primary skill to focus upon when learning SolidWorks. This latest release of SolidWorks will help everyone accelerate their ... Read More

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – New Constraints in the Width Mate [VIDEO]

SW2015 - Width Mate Constraints

The Width Mate has become even better in SolidWorks 2015.  There are three new Constraint options in this mate.  Rather than just having the component centered between the width references, you can now control the movement and position between them. Constraints: Centered ... Read More

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Equal Spacing Option for Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry [VIDEO]

SolidWorks 2015 - Linear Pattern - Up to Reference

How often do you need to add a linear pattern to fill a length with a specific number of instances?  Or perhaps you need to fill a length with specific spacing, but you need it to automatically determine the number of instances that are required? In the past, we would use the ... Read More