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Adam Bridgman, CSWE

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SolidWorks 2014 – Delighters [VIDEO]

Sometimes it is the small things that make the biggest difference in day to day use. In this series I am going to show off the delighters in SolidWorks 2014. When selecting multiple parts in an assembly it is now possible to mate them in the context menu, just like relations in a sketch. When selecting a part in an assembly the feature tree scrolls to the part (if the option is set), but when you deselect it, it scrolls back to where it was. Smart mates now has a toggle button to easily add several smart mates without modifier keys. Lasso selection now allows a more freeform shape for making selections. It is simple enough that it is possible to use without any adjustment time.  It simply…

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SolidWorks 2014 Tutorial – Mirroring Asymmetric Components using The Bounding Box [VIDEO]

SolidWorks has been steadily adding options to Mirror Components for the last few releases. One of the missing details was the ability to control the point about which components were mirrored. In previous releases components were always mirrored about their centre of mass. For symmetric components this worked out well, however not all components are symmetric. The part I have created exaggerates the effect of using this option. When mirroring without reorientation these options have no effect. But as soon as the components are reoriented the effect can be clearly seen. Center of mass is the option previous releases of SolidWorks used. Now in 2014 we can mirror the asymmetric components using the bounding box. This means that the outside shape of the part controls the output position rather than the center…

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

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…

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

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…

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Marble Roller Coaster Create a Library Start Part (Part 4 of many) [VIDEO]

To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. Option 2 save a library part To avoid confusion, either use different file names or delete the files you created in the previous steps. This is the method I will be using is to create…

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Marble Roller Coaster Save Template (Part 3 of many) [VIDEO]

To read the first part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. To read the second part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. The next step is to create a template or library part that will be used to create all of…

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Why SolidWorks Surfacing Users Should Learn the API

SolidWorks provides a lot of power in making selections. But some things are just not possible out of the box. My colleague Alin was browsing the SolidWorks forums and came across this thread. Once the problematic face is deleted the model looked like this:

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

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…

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How would a CSWE design a marble roller coaster? (Part 1 of many) [VIDEO]

A marble roller coaster should be easy to assembly and use as little material as possible.  If it can be made with very little material then it can be 3D printed at very low cost. When designing these parts I will consider how they will…

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (5 of 5) – Release Documents [VIDEO]

Sometimes it is important to control who is allowed to see specifications in certain states or control who is allowed to perform certain transitions.  To control who is allowed see a state or transition in a specification we need to edit the originating state:

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (4 of 5) – State Conditions [VIDEO]

Sometimes it is important to control who is allowed to see specifications in certain states or control who is allowed to perform certain transitions.  To control who is allowed see a state or transition in a specification we need to edit the originating state: This…

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (3 of 5) – Adding Another State [VIDEO]

If another paused state is added then we can see the effect on the specification flow. To add an additional state to the workflow click Add State, call it middle

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (2 of 5) – Transitions [VIDEO]

This workflow has all the required states, but no method to transition in between them.  The minimum number of transitions is one each way.

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DriveWorks Tutorial: Specification Flow (1 of 5) – States [VIDEO]

Specification flow in DriveWorks can be a tricky beast to understand because there are a lot of interacting elements to it. However broken down each element is very simple. To help our customers better take advantage of this functionality I am going to do a multipart series…

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A Macro to Link SOLIDWORKS Custom Property to Note

There are many different methods to link SOLIDWORKS custom properties and display them in different ways; for example a note that displays the bounding box length. One limitation is that a custom property cannot be linked to a note, this can be useful in many…

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