Javelin / TriMech Author

Jamie Hill, CSWE

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

Physics Fun with Jamie: Best Practices for Applying Fixtures

solidworks simulation applying fixtures

Welcome back to “Physics Fun with Jamie”. SOLIDWORKS FEA is a powerful tool that allows users to simulate physical behavior of designs and analyze their performance under different loading scenarios. One of the key elements in FEA analysis is the use of fixtures, which are…

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Physics Fun with Jamie: SOLIDWORKS FEA Simulation Fixtures

fixture symbols in graphics area

In this blog article we will cover the different fixture types available in SOLIDWORKS FEA Simulation. Fixed Geometry Fixture The Fixed Geometry Fixture in SOLIDWORKS FEA Simulation locks down all degrees of freedom. You can apply this fixture to faces, edges, vertices for solids and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 +…

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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,…

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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…

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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)….

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Split Line Tool

SOLIDWORKS Split Line Tool

The SOLIDWORKS Split Line tool is used to project an entity (sketch, solid, surface, face, plane, or surface spline) onto other surfaces or curved/planar faces. You are also able to split faces on multiple bodies with one command. The Split Line command comes equipped with 3…

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Essential SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Keyboard Shortcuts

This is going to be a debatable list, as many different people have many different workflows and habits they are accustomed to. I will however try and walk the centerline, and tell you about some of the time saving SOLIDWORKS keyboard shortcuts that everyone should…

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The difference between SOLIDWORKS Save as & Save as Copy Settings

SOLIDWORKS Save As Options

“SOLIDWORKS Save as” saves your already existing part/assembly/drawing, with a new name, and replaces any references made to the original file with that of the new file. “SOLIDWORKS Save as Copy” saves your already existing part/assembly/drawing, with a new name, but breaks all references to…

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Creating and orientating SOLIDWORKS derived sketches

Derived Sketch

Let’s start with a question: If you needed to translate a sketch 90°, let’s say from the Top Plane to the Front Plane and have those sketches update as one (linked), what would you do? You could copy/paste the sketch, redefine relations, apply in-context relations,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Icon Colours

SOLIDWORKS 2017 gives us a splash of colour! SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduced a new vector based icon design and colour scheme designed for 4k monitors. Still many users requested the option to return to the more classic colour scheme. DS SOLIDWORKS listened and now provides us…

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