Articles by: Ben Crisostomo

Ben is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office

Unable to Save after Changing a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profile?

So you are working on a SOLIDWORKS Weldment part, you go to save, and suddenly the following error message appears: If you are unable to save after changing a Weldment Profile, this could be caused when there is a set of custom properties whose value is defined by a cut list property; e.g. length, mass, and the setting “Update automatically” is turned off, as seen in the image below. Right click on the Cut List then select Update Automatically will turn it on, as indicated by the check mark on the left. Solution Weldment Save Issue So if you are unable to save after changing a Weldment Profile, the first step would be to remove all custom properties associated with the cut list. Next, right-click the Cut list folder and select Delete from the drop-down menu. This will reset the items populated in the Cut list. From there, make sure…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink in Your Workflow

I’ve always used a tablet ever since I took my first graphics arts class back in high school.  I’ve found it to be an invaluable tool over the years, helping me with the creative process. When I found out that SOLIDWORKS has integrated tools that work with tablets, I had to give it a try. With Sketch Ink, users can draw out their sketches and convert them into sketch entities when ready. So let us get into using SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink in your workflow. My Tablet Setup For my session, I used a Wacom Cintiq Pro 13. The Cintiq line is great because it has a built-in display that interacts with the stylus and having SOLIDWORKS directly on my drawing screen made it easy to navigate with the pen and shortcut keys on the side of the tablet. The pressure sensitivity that Wacom is known for is there, but SOLIDWORKS…

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Utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS for Touchscreen Computers

SOLIDWORKS Touch Mode

More and more, we run into touch screens. Laptops and monitors are starting to come standard with touch capability. I’ve had a touch screen on my computer, and for a while, it hadn’t occurred to me use it in SOLIDWORKS. So when I did, I found it intuitive and fun to use. You could arguably do everything without using a mouse & keyboard after getting accustomed to the touch features. I also noticed that it was easier to work with people, as they could interact with the model without having to take turns with the mouse. It looks like we are getting one step closer to the VR reality system we see in all those Iron Man movies. So let’s go over the gestures and features that help users utilize Touch Mode in SOLIDWORKS. Gestures in Touch Mode All the gestures are integrated into SOLIDWORKS 2018 and up. If you’ve…

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How to sync SOLIDWORKS Composer sub-assemblies with SOLIDWORKS

If you use SOLIDWORKS Composer in tandem with SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Design to generate the models, chances are that you have had difficulty updating the Composer file after an update in a sub-assembly. In this article,  we will explore a way to set up your Composer document so that you can update sub-assemblies within the Main assembly of your file. In this example, we will be working with the table design seen below. The table is made up of two sub-assemblies with a Linear pattern applied to the “Leg Assembly.”  We will import the top level assembly (“Desk Assembly”) into SOLIDWORKS Composer. Getting Started After importing the Desk Assembly into Composer, we will save the file as a Composer product (.smgXml). Note: If you save as *.smg or you receive an *.smg from someone else, then save the *.smg as *.smgXml. This operation “shatters” the *.smg file into its child files:…

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Image Considerations when using SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace to Create Sketches

SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace Image

Adding a logo to your design is an excellent way to creating brand awareness and reaping the benefits of product placement, whether laser cutting it into a Muskoka chair, or punching it into a piece of sheet metal. The SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace feature can be used to detect the shapes in an image and creates sketch lines out of it that you can use to cut & extrude material.  The SOLIDWORKS AutoTrace Add-In article provides an excellent guide to getting started, so I will be supplementing that with additional options to consider when creating a vector and a few added features since the article’s publication. Using Vector Images Before starting SOLIDWORKS, you need a picture. Ideally, this would be a vector image because you would be able to play around with the size of the image when saving out to an image format. In this case, the graphics are designed in…

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Creating a BOM with Part & Assembly Actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, there might be a situation were the information that is being expressed in the Bill of Materials (BOM) come from both the part & assembly level. In the article ‘How to create an Assembly Level BOM‘, we learned how to get BOM items at the assembly level. Lets take that one step further by creating a specialized BOM in SOLIDWORKS Composer that uses both parts & assembly actors, and see the nuances in making it work. Where to Start In the example below, we see a SOLIDWORKS Composer file is made of different actors. We have the top-level assembly made up of sub-assemblies & parts as well as assembly groups & dummy actors. A view focusing on the grilling features of this barbecue set has been created. We want to create a simplified BOM that shows the main component groups (sub-assemblies) & a few add-on…

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Creating a Checklist for Dangling Dimensions in Drawings using the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker

One of the most common drawing questions that users ask if there is a way to list all the dangling dimensions that are in their SOLIDWORKS drawings. Looking for them on a couple of sheets with simple parts is not so bad, but what happens when you have a complex assembly that spans several sheets? With SOLIDWORKS Premium, we can utilize the SOLIDWORKS Design Checker to do this. Before we create a design definition using the Design Check builder, please ensure that the User Account Control (UAC) is set to “Never Notify” to avoid script errors. Please check out the article Design Checker & Windows UAC for more details. So now let’s get into how to set up & implement the design checker to look find dangling dimensions in drawings. Creating a SOLIDWORKS Design Checker Definition To list all the dimensions, we need to create the criterion for the Design…

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Using Geodesic Offsets on Complex Curves in SOLIDWORKS

My architect friend was recently commissioned to design a community center. His client’s mandate was that the building had to be pointing to a monument on the other side of the world. My friend did not see this as a problem and proceeded to design the structure. When he presented his project, the client was appalled because it seemed like the building was pointed in a totally different direction. My friend tried to explain that he used a geodesic path to point the building in right direction. He said that if he used the Euclidian method, the building would be pointing infinitely into space, or he would have to point the building into the Earth. It became a heated debate between my friend and the client and suffice it to say he ended up not getting the commission in the end. My friend may have been able to make his…

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