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Parametric Flat Pattern of Bent Rod/Tube in SOLIDWORKS

tube flat pattern

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools provide the ability to obtain the flat shape from a bent part.  The flat length of each bend is based on defined parameters.  This can be defined with K-factors, Bend Allowance or Bend Deduction.  For more information on Sheet Metal calculations, check out the following articles: What Are Bend Allowance, Bend…

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How to properly maintain your Stratasys Polyjet print head

cleaning the print heads and the roller

Properly maintaining a Stratasys polyjet print head, not only increases the life of the print heads, but also keeps you from having down time and keeps your parts looking new. The head cleaning wizard takes less than 20 minutes and can save you hours, if not days as well as materials. How to properly clean…

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How to access SolidPractices SOLIDWORKS Guides through MySolidWorks

SOLIDWORKS users with an active software subscription now have access to a powerful library of SolidPractices best practice documents available through their my.solidworks.com account. There are currently over two dozen SolidPractices Guides available for download in the Support section of MySolidWorks.  These guides have been developed by software experts and contain in depth explanations on…

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Installing SOLIDWORKS without the Toolbox Data

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2020, when deploying SOLIDWORKS using an Administrative Image, you can choose not to install the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox data files. This is useful if your SOLIDWORKS Toolbox is located in a central location such as the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault or network drive.  Previously, especially if you were using PDM, this was a trickier…

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Customize your SOLIDWORKS model background!

SOLIDWORKS Model Background

Ever wanted a SOLIDWORKS model background that’s more pleasing to the eye?  Here’s how! There is a collection of .png image files of such backgrounds that gets installed with SOLIDWORKS.  The trick is to know where they are located and then point to them in System Options > Colors > Background appearances > Image file…

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Tips on Stratasys 3D Printer Tip Calibration

F series automatic tip calibration crosshairs

At Javelin Technologies, we have trained thousands of customers up to date on how to use their brand-new Stratasys dual extruder 3D printers and the mechanics of tip calibration is always one of the trickiest parts to explain and demonstrate. In this article we are going to talk everything about tip calibration on Stratasys dual…

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Material Favourites for easy access in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Material List

Adding materials to all of your SOLIDWORKS parts is important.  Not only is this useful for reference in Bill of Materials or Title Blocks, but you must have the proper density values applied to the model for accurate mass properties. Learn how using a SOLIDWORKS Material Favourite will save you time when assigning a material…

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Diran 410MF07 Material Series Part Two: Machine Upgrade FAQs

Processing aid printed in diran

Stratasys has recently released Diran material for the Stratasys F370 3D printer; this material is a nylon-based thermoplastic with 7% mineral fill by weight. In the second of this three part series, we will discuss material application examples and upgrade FAQ’s. Read part one to learn the material characteristics and properties of Diran. What problems…

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Intuitive Design in the Cloud with 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS

3D Sculptor

Attend the webinar to learn how 3D Sculptor enables the design of organically shaped models using sub-divisional modeling. We’ll also explore how 3D Creator enables parametric design in the cloud. Built on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, these solutions connect with your SOLIDWORKS Desktop 3D CAD software and work with each other seamlessly. Featured in the webinar 3D Sculptor, a…

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Blank SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager

If you experience a blank SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager window while attempting to install your software this may be caused by either your local firewall blocking HTML files from rendering on screen or your Internet Browser settings. Solution #1: Unblock HTML files After unzipping the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager files you downloaded from solidworks.com you may need to unblock…

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