Articles by: Bryan Sprange, CSWE

Bryan Sprange is a Technical Solutions Expert at Javelin located in Winnipeg, MB., Canada. He has previously worked in the Aerospace industry as a Designer, and a Manufacturing Engineering Planner. Additionally, he has used many different CAD packages ranging from AutoCAD to CATIA. Bryan has a background in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and enjoys using all of the SOLIDWORKS features to their limits to find new and interesting ways to be efficient and accurate when helping customers with their designs.

Design to Manufacture of a Custom Gauge holder (Part 2 of 3)

In my previous blog post for this series, I covered how I used an Artec Eva 3D Scanner along with Artec Studio software to capture the vent area of my Toyota MR2 for the purpose of mounting an oil pressure gauge. With a fused mesh file created, trimmed, and imported into Geomagic Design X, I can start to leverage some of the unique features in Design X. Editing the scan with Design X To get started, I will auto segment the mesh file to recognize areas such as planes and cylinders. I can then use these areas to get the geometry lined up with the origin to start the design of my part. With the mesh positioned, I can now use the Mesh Sketch feature in Design X to extract the curves from the scanned geometry. This will ensure that the final part will fit perfectly. With Mesh Sketch, I…

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Design to Manufacture of a Custom Gauge holder (Part 1 of 3)

Gauge

The Design Problem For the past ten years, I have owned and “wrenched” on a Toyota MR2. I originally bought the vehicle to have a fun car which looked good, and use to race at local Autocross events. After a few years racing in these events, I grew bored of the factory installed 2.2L engine making 130hp and wanted to have more power available. The common solution for this problem was to source a turbocharged engine which was a factory option for the MR2. Since I love to be different, I decided instead to find a V6 from a Toyota Camry and fit it to the light weight, mid engine chassis of the MR2 resulting in 200hp, but more importantly, predictable, linear power delivery. All of this went really well, but where the problem comes is the fact that the V6 I chose was originally intended for a large vehicle,…

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Share designs with Non-CAD contacts easily using eDrawings HTML

eDrawings HTML

New for SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to save an eDrawings HTML file to allow a contact who doesn’t have CAD to view and interact with your CAD files inside their web browser. Previously, sharing a design with a customer who doesn’t have any form of CAD was more difficult as you needed to save the part as an executable eDrawings file. While this meant that the eDrawings viewer was included with the file, one issue with this is that some customers cannot open an executable file! It also means that the file is quite large as the installer for eDrawings is included along with your CAD geometry, often meaning that it can’t be sent as an e-mail attachment. The new eDrawings HTML format allows a smaller file to be sent which anyone can open and investigate.   eDrawings HTML User Interface The user interface is simplified meaning that even…

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Keeping track of External Relations in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is now easier than keeping track of your relatives?!

Keeping track of SOLIDWORKS External Relations in a model has been simplified in SOLIDWORKS 2019! It might be impossible to remember all the names of your cousins and what job they’re working, the links created between parts and features is clear and simple. Let’s take a look at the model for this plastic injection mold tool as it contains many external references. In the 2019 release of SOLIDWORKS, the external references dialog has been completely re-imagined at the top level of an assembly to list exactly which feature or sketch contains external references, what file they are referencing, and even what type of entity it is! This is a major development which will simplify finding external references and ensuring a quick understanding of any externally referenced parts, right from the top level of an assembly. The previous 2018 External reference dialog contained any parts with external references, but not much…

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View Enhancements

With the updates to SOLIDWORKS 2019 Exploded View, it is now easier than ever to make the highly informative views to which you are accustomed. To explore the enhancements I’m going to update the exploded view for this cable hoist: Rollback bar for Exploded Views?! The first update is adding a rollback bar to both the configuration manager display of the exploded view, and the property manager while creating or editing. The rollback bar functions just like in the feature manager allowing me to travel through time to easily see the exploded view step by step, and add or change steps based on the current display! Reorder without editing I can even change the order of my explode steps easily without having to edit the exploded view, just like moving a feature in the feature manager. Name explode steps on creation When adding a new explosion step, the capability to…

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Try the ‘Easy Mode’ wizard to create renderings with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

If you’ve opened SOLIDWORKS Visualize before, you may have been lost in the plethora of tabs and toolbars which are present in the default view. The great news is that by simply hitting the ‘space bar’, you can quickly learn how to use Visualize, and what each of the toolbars does. Activating SOLIDWORKS Visualize Easy Mode Pressing the ‘space bar’ activates SOLIDWORKS Visualize Easy Mode which cleans up the toolbars and places a simple step by step guide at the bottom of the window. This five step guide makes it really easy to generate a high quality rendering in a matter of minutes! Step 1: Import Going through the steps, if you already have your file open, you can skip the first step! Step 2: Paint Clicking on the paint button, a simplified appearances toolbar opens which lets you change the materials of your model by selecting from local or…

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How to change a SOLIDWORKS Bend Note angle to be Complementary or Inside

What is a complementary angle? What am I referring to with changing the bend note angle to be complementary? Unfortunately, this won’t mean that your flat patterns will praise how great of a designer you are, but it certainly could help impress the manufacturing department! Check out the image below describing the difference between the supplementary and complementary angles as measured on a bent sheet metal part Why would I change the Bend Note? If your shop is using a European manufactured brake, it may require the bend angle to be input as the complimentary value, or in other words, the angle measured from inside the bend. By default, SOLIDWORKS uses the supplementary angle (outside measure) when detailing a flat pattern with bend notes. The great news is that there are multiple ways to adjust this setting either for one time, or permanently. Change the Bend Note for a Drawing…

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New Trends in 3D Design & Manufacturing for Agriculture at DEX Saskatoon

Javelin recently exhibited at the Design Engineering Expo (DEX) Saskatoon SK. This event was a great opportunity to re-connect with many of our current customers, and to introduce ourselves to companies that weren’t aware of numerous ways that Javelin can help them with their Design and Manufacturing challenges. This is why I wanted to provide this article as a recap of my experience at DEX Saskatoon and how the importance of streamlining processes and communications is greater than ever before. DEX Saskatoon Keynote Presentation The keynote speaker, Ben Voss (President and CEO of Morris Industries), delivered a fantastic, high level summary about all of the innovations and challenges that a company with 84 years of history is facing as they continually innovate to stay competitive in the modern agriculture market. Hearing the same challenges brought up as the ones highlighted in the Javelin Industry 4.0 events reinforced the fact that many…

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