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Need to create a non-standard SOLIDWORKS Drawing View?

I have the following tube I need to detail: Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a view normal to the hole pattern to add my dimensions? Try a SOLIDWORKS Auxiliary View: Simply select a reference edge (or quickly sketch one): The end result is a view looking normal to the hole pattern that you…

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Suppress features or components with nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements

I recently had a customer ask me if it was possible to automatically suppress features or components based on an overall length. This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested IF statements. In this example: I am patterning a section that is driven from…

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Estimate required Bolt Strength using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bolt Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Bolt Connectors

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation  bolt connectors allows us to define bolts without the need for a physical bolt modeled and meshed in our assembly. We can define preload for these bolts, pitch value, factor of safety, etc.  For more information on bolt connectors visit the SOLIDWORKS help. As bolts are usually much smaller than the size of…

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The benefits of Custom SOLIDWORKS On-site Training from Javelin

SOLIDWORKS On-site Training

Upgrading to a newer version of SOLIDWORKS is a big step in improving your business and productivity. Each year there are over 200 enhancements made to SOLIDWORKS so on top of upgrading to a newer version, training employees is crucial to maximizing the benefits of the upgrade and taking employees away from the office tends…

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Create a solid from an enclosed volume using the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command

The Thicken feature has a hidden option you may not be aware of! If you do any amount of surfacing work you should be familiar with the Knit feature, which gives you the ability to create solid body from surface bodies. Did you know the Thicken feature has a very similar option? The trick to…

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3 Reasons for Upgrading SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard to Professional

SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard vs Professional

With fast-moving projects and complex designs, data management is extremely important in any environment.  A primary goal of a data management solution is to keep the designers designing and let the data management system handle all the tedious tasks of updating values, tracking file history and revision management.  SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard is a great tool…

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How to quickly show ALL hidden components in your SOLIDWORKS assembly

Have you ever gotten a little trigger happy with suppressing components in your assembly? It can be tedious sometimes to make certain that all the components are turned back to a visible state once you’ve done what you needed to do. Either you used CTRL + SHIFT + TAB to show all hidden components, then have…

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How to Automate Tedious SOLIDWORKS Tasks

Automate SOLIDWORKS

Tedious tasks. Every company has them, and nearly every company would like to automate them. Join us for a live webinar on June 20th at 2PM ET, when our Design Automation Expert, John Mignardi, will review the many ways DriveWorks SOLIDWORKS add-in software can be used to generate a 3D Product Configurator to help you…

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SOLIDWORKS Configurations and the ‘Save Bodies’ command

Weldment Part Configuration

The “Save Bodies” command is a great feature for saving out all or some of the individual bodies of a multibody part to their own individual part files while keeping them parametrically linked to the original. I’ve seen this used for a multitude of reasons, one of the most common being because of company standards…

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Configuring the SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard Drawing to PDF Convert Task

In SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, PDF Convert Task can now be created to convert SOLIDWORKS Drawings to PDFs. Tasks are created through the SOLIDWORKS PDM Administration, by accessing the Task node. The Task node will contain the Task List, which can used to view the Task status and to manually launch the Task. The Convert Task will…

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