Articles by: Ben Crisostomo

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

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…

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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?…

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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…

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How to Automate Bend Allowance in SOLIDWORKS 2019

In SOLIDWORKS 2019, setting up sheet metal parts has become a bit easier, making it possible to automate bend allowance selection by linking materials & sheet metal parameters. With the use of custom materials, you can set the bend allowances to change based on a range of values. This new feature can streamline & standardize…

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Creating 3D Textures in SOLIDWORKS 2019

Wouldn’t it be nice to give your model a sense of depth by adding 3D textures, maybe a surface with seemingly random bumps to make the part look more organic, or applying a random pattern full of different shapes and elevations that would seem impossible to model. Now your can with the new 3D Texture…

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Getting to the Point is Easier with SOLIDWORKS Rx 2019

Running into an error or unexpected behavior is never a welcomed event by most users, and when a solution is not self evident, it is important to create a SOLIDWORKS Rx file so that your VAR’s technical support team has all the information to make a diagnosis and to resolve the issue. With SOLIDWORKS 2019,…

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Opening Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS Composer

SOLIDWORKS Composer works hand in hand with SOLIDWORKS CAD by converting part and assembly files to workable models for documentation. The process is relatively straight forward, but when working with SOLIDWORKS large assemblies, there are a few things to keep in mind when converting them to Composer (.SMG) files. Sometimes, large assemblies do not get…

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Setting up a Static Simulation on SOLIDWORKS Weldments

When working with large assemblies, you may want to run a static simulation on a sub-assembly and you are faced with the error “Load/Restraint cannot be applied to the beam face, edge, or vertex”  as seen in the picture below when applying fixtures & external loads. When setting up a SOLIDWORKS Weldments static simulation there is…

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