Articles by: Jamie Hill, CSWE

Jamie is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert working in the Javelin Oakville, Ontario, Canada office.

Nested IF Statements in SOLIDWORKS Equations to control dimension length

Recently a customer asked me: “Is it possible to automatically size sections of a body or component based on an overall length?” This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements. IF Statement example The max section length permitted is 119″ and…
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Need to create a non-standard SOLIDWORKS Drawing View?

I have the following tube I need to detail: Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a view normal to the hole pattern to add my dimensions? Try a SOLIDWORKS Auxiliary View: Simply select a reference edge (or quickly sketch one): The end result is a view looking normal to the hole pattern that you…
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Suppress features or components with nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements

I recently had a customer ask me if it was possible to automatically suppress features or components based on an overall length. This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested IF statements. In this example: I am patterning a section that is driven from…
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Create a solid from an enclosed volume using the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command

The Thicken feature has a hidden option you may not be aware of! If you do any amount of surfacing work you should be familiar with the Knit feature, which gives you the ability to create solid body from surface bodies. Did you know the Thicken feature has a very similar option? The trick to…
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How to quickly show ALL hidden components in your SOLIDWORKS assembly

Have you ever gotten a little trigger happy with suppressing components in your assembly? It can be tedious sometimes to make certain that all the components are turned back to a visible state once you’ve done what you needed to do. Either you used CTRL + SHIFT + TAB to show all hidden components, then have…
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SOLIDWORKS Configurations and the ‘Save Bodies’ command

Weldment Part Configuration
The “Save Bodies” command is a great feature for saving out all or some of the individual bodies of a multibody part to their own individual part files while keeping them parametrically linked to the original. I’ve seen this used for a multitude of reasons, one of the most common being because of company standards…
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Changing the SOLIDWORKS Standard View Orientation

SOLIDWORKS Standard View Orientation
Have you ever imported a model from a vendor, customer, etc. and the part orientation just doesn’t make sense? Well it just so happens you can change the default view to any rotation that you’d like! We are going to focus on the Update Standard Views command to change the SOLIDWORKS standard view orientation of…
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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Hole Series Wizard

SOLIDWORKS Hole Series
The SOLIDWORKS Hole Series is an assembly feature that creates hole features in the individual components of the assembly. A SOLIDWORKS Hole Series extends through each unsuppressed component in the assembly that intersects the axis of the hole (the components do not have to touch). Unlike other assembly features, the holes exist in the individual…
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