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Creating a Helical Sweep in SOLIDWORKS

Helical Sweep

It is possible to create a helical solid in SOLIDWORKS which, rather than extending linearly, actually follows a helical (or other) path.  This is actually done using the Sweep command using a twist along the sweep path.  The end result can vary quite dramatically, but can potentially look like a twisted phone cord such as this example:…

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Always Show the Solid Bodies Folder

SolidWorks FeatureManager System Options

Accidentally hiding solid bodies within a part file is a common source of confusion, leading to the inevitable question regarding why the user is unable to see the part. A SolidWorks part file can consist of multiple individual bodies – each of these bodies can be shown or hidden independently.  Each of these bodies are…

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Adding Custom Toolbox Component Sizes

Toolbox Bolt

If there is a specific fastener you need but can’t find the size in the default Toolbox, you can modify and add custom sizes.  Open SOLIDWORKS and go to Tools > Options > System Options tab > Hole Wizard/Toolbox.  Then you can click on the ‘Configure’ button to bring up the Toolbox Settings. Then choose…

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Tool and Die – Emboss Punch Design Topic: When Extrude to Surface does not work…

As a former Tool and Die designer I came to appreciate the power of SolidWorks when designing Embossing Dies. Most of the times, I would use the face of the part sent by my customer for either “Extrude to Surface” or “Cut with Surface” commands as a reference in designing my embossing punches and die…

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“Fast Rebuilt” Technique for SOLIDWORKS Patterns (when even a bodies pattern is too slow)

Sometimes conventional patterning techniques are not the fastest. In this example we tried standard feature and body patterns for stacking 100 pots and found out that the rebuild time was unacceptable. Remember, we need a “smart” multibody part with a parametric stacking pitch. Watch this video for a workaround:

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How to check if a SOLIDWORKS Face is Planar / Flat

How can you check if a face is planar or not?

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Using PropertyLinks Professional to filter a Finish or Heat Treat based on the selected SolidWorks Material

In this tech tip you will learn how to use PropertyLinks Professional to filter a Finish or Heat Treat based on the selected SolidWorks Material. Prerequisites SolidWorks 2007 or above PropertyLinks Professional V4 or above Database editing application (example Microsoft Access or SQL Server) A working knowledge of the database application (in this example we are…

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Using Enterprise PDM with SolidWorks can make life a lot easier!

Before working for Javelin I was a Mechanical Designer creating mobile equipment, and assembly machinery using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. I loved working with SolidWorks but did not have the luxury of being able to use SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software for file management. On more than one occasion I spent countless hours populating data over and over again, reattaching…

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Why Sustainable Design?

Worldwide awareness of environmental issues has never been more acute. Consumers are increasingly considering the environmental impact of products they buy. They’re not just looking at recyclability. They want to know about materials used and how the product was made. Manufacturers, in turn, are trying to respond to that growing demand. What it means to…

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Helping our communities, the eco-friendly way

Green living has become a part of our every day lives,  every one is trying to contribute and make a difference on our environment.    When we go to the supermarket, we now have the choice to bring our own bags or purchase a plastic one (made from recycled materials) for a small amount.    When we…

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