Articles by: Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.

Modeling Challenge: What is the fastest way to calculate the volume of water in a bottle?

A very interesting question received from a customer: Alin, I have this bottle model and I would like to know how much water it can carry. I know how to use the “Mass Properties” tool for getting the volume of the bottle itself, but how…

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Let’s get picky and use the Selection Manager

Dan Johnson asks this question in the SolidWorks Forum: I am trying to create a handle that is part of a scanner body and I made my curves using a 3D sketch. When I try and make either a loft or boundary surface, I try to grab just one curve in my 3DSketch, but it wants to grab the entire 3DSketch. How do I select just 1 curve for my profile? I tried the right mouse click, selection filter, but it grabs the entire 3d sketch too. Can anyone help?

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A History of SolidWorks Commands

This is a CHALLENGE for all you history buffs out there. And no, I am not talking about the Roman Empire or who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte, but about finding out when – in what version – various SolidWorks commands where implemented. At this time, there is…

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How to create the “axis” of a bent hole?

Figure 1: Holes applied to a sheet metal part

Bronek Bednarz from L-3 Wescam showed me a sheet metal model (similar to the one shown in fig. 1) and asked a very interesting question: I need to place bolts in these bent holes, but – since the holes are no longer cylindrical – I cannot…

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The power of Display States in SolidWorks 2010

Johnny Eberle was asking in the SolidWorks Forum: I am trying to create a view of just one part of weldment with a few other parts, which are modeled in an assembly.  I can’t figure out how to isolate the few components that I need to show. Any ideas? Fortunately, new in SolidWorks 2010 are Display States at part level. One of the advantages of this new functionality is controlling the body visibility of any component at the assembly level. When you combine display states at the part level and at the assembly level, you have full control on drawing views, as is demonstrated by this video (no audio provided):

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How to link a drawing note to the material property of a body

Jason Rackley was asking this question in the Solidworks Forum: Is it possible to link a note to the material of a body in a drawing (note)? I have a multi-body part with different materials assigned to each body.  In my drawing of the part I would like to attach a note to each body and link the note to the material of that body so that the note will automatically change when the material changes. The answer is YES, but with a twist, taking advantage of the weldments functionality, weldcuts tables and ballons – as you can see in this video (note there is no audio in the video):

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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 sections. There are situations when this approach does not work. One workaround, involving the “Thicken Cut” command is presented in this video (no audio provided):

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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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