Articles by: Jim Peltier, CSWE

Jim has been using SolidWorks since 2001, and has spent most of that time working in the design of industrial automated manufacturing equipment. He has been working as an Applications Expert at Javelin Technologies in Oakville, Ontario since July 2012 and is a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE).

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #1: Mate Before You Relate

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS users! Welcome to my new blog series on the best practices of mating…in SOLIDWORKS of course! Over the next few days, I’ll bring you five videos on SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practices and how to avoid problems associating with poorly applied mates. Or,…

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Creating a Library Feature [VIDEO]

Do you find yourself creating a fairly complex feature from time to time and wish there was a way to automate the process? Well, good news: there is! Recently I created an economist’s Magic 8-Ball that had sketch text on all the faces that I had to dissolve to copy because I was too lazy to create a new sketch on each face. The result was a very pessimistic economic outlook (all faces said “Recession” because I couldn’t edit the dissolved sketch text). But, whatever your reasons, here is how you can create and use your own library feature:

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The Magic 8-Ball [VIDEO]

To get into the April Fool’s spirit, I’ve decided to go with a bit of a silly one today. After hearing on the radio the other morning that economists are again predicting a recession, I decided that in an effort to save money, I would make my own economist. For those of you unfamiliar with a magic 8-ball, it is a plastic ball with a window on the bottom. Inside, floating in liquid, is a 20-sided shape with various fortunes written on each face (such as “Signs point to yes” or “Ask again later” and so on). As if modelling up this 20-sided shape called an “Icosahedron” wasn’t challenging enough, you’ll soon see the fun I had trying to populate all the faces with text!…

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Pattern of a Pattern [VIDEO]

So the little lady and I went to see an on-stage production of The Wizard of Oz this past week at the Ed Mirvish theatre in Toronto, and I saw a windmill in the opening scene and my thoughts immediately went to the patterning feature of SolidWorks. You see, the fins on the windmill were in 8 groups of 6 fins, and I kept thinking about how I could do this. I could use a circular pattern and skip every 7th fin. I could also make a pattern of 6 fins, then pattern the pattern 8 times. There were so many different possibilities of how to pattern these fins! Then I started to think about how to mount this to a spindle, so I put…

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Half-Section View Workflow Change [VIDEO]

Shortly after I’d posted my last video, my good colleague Alin Vargatu asked me to do a “sequel” to the last video showing the Half-Section, and how it has changed since 2012. The main takeaway is that now instead of selecting the sketch then activating your section view command, you now select the command then the centre point (in my video I select the sketch point which happens to be in the middle, but you can see a centre snap point appear). The sketch is totally unnecessary! I could delete it and create my half section in about 3 seconds.

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Section View User Interface Improvements [VIDEO]

Making jogged section views in SW 2013 is so easy! Watch the video below and see for yourself! What I didn’t mention in the video is that the sketch relations that the section view applies behave as expected. When I move the holes, the section line moves accordingly.

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SOLIDWORKS Rx Tool Now More Accessible!

A useful utility that SolidWorks came out with long ago is the Rx Utility. If you are experiencing a frequent crash, you can record the crash and send the recording, logs, and all the files necessary to your VAR for diagnosis. If you’re experiencing poor…

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How Big is Too Big for SOLIDWORKS?

Being a newcomer to the Greater Toronto Area, and while teaching a SOLIDWORKS lesson on revolves, I felt compelled to model up the CN Tower. For 30-odd years, it was the tallest freestanding building in the world at a whopping 553m. So, naturally, I tried…

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