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 Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing View Flip and Rotate

Often times we create sheet metal works of art (or just really complex designs) and we want the design to be clearly shown as a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing View. Here I’ve create a relatively simple part (just tell that to the laser…

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My 3D Mouse Buttons don’t work in the newest SOLIDWORKS version?!

If you don’t like a shooting wrist pain brought on by doing everything in SOLIDWORKS single-handedly, then you’ve probably already have purchased a 3D Mouse to balance the workload. Some of the 3D Connexion ones (available through Javelin’s Store) have programmable buttons in them so…

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SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS users! I’m here to help clear up some of the ambiguity of SOLIDWORKS Lightweight Mode that causes many users to shy away from using it. I myself used to be guilty of this because the first thing I would do after opening an…

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Kiss your CAPS LOCK Key Good-bye with SolidWorks 2014 “All Uppercase”!

hAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU? Sorry about that. I left my Caps Lock key on after typing some notes on a drawing. Still, there are few nuisances as annoying as remembering if you have caps lock on or off. Especially if you’re like me and…

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Flexible Sub Assemblies: What a Drag! [VIDEO]

When I used to design automated machinery, I would use configurations to show my machine in various stages of the cycle. This worked great for providing drawing views of my assemblies, but didn’t work so great for detecting interferences between moving components along the path of motion. For instance, if I had a pick and place robot (picks a part up from point A, then moves to point B) that crashed somewhere in the middle of its path of motion, I wouldn’t know until it was too late (sorry about that, Chief). Thankfully, there’s a way to drag my parts and sub-assemblies through their full path of motion without the need to dissolve all my subassemblies. I can do the same thing at the station…

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Sheet Metal Tech Tip: Simplify Bends and Normal Cut [VIDEO]

Do you find yourself modeling up sheet metal parts a lot, but getting unusual things happening with your flat patterns? Maybe the flat pattern isn’t quite right. Maybe you just get errors when you try to flatten it. Well, I experience both in the video I’m about to show you. The “Normal Cut” requirement makes perfect sense. Being a very thin feature, it’s unreasonable for me to control the angle on the edge of my sheet metal. Chances are, I’m going to laser-cut this profile, so all my edges are going to be perpendicular to the face of the sheet metal. Using the “Normal Cut” option maintains my design intent for manufacture. The “Simplify Bends” option allows me to remove curves from the profile. This…

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Who Printed This SOLIDWORKS Drawing? And When? And Where is it Stored?

With computers, file management is comparatively easy to real life. Windows can tell you with the timestamp how old a file is, which makes finding the newer file easy. All the files are stored in logical places and it’s easy to do a search for…

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How to use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to Modify Custom Properties

Let’s say I was recently given a project to work on and it was very similar to an old project. After reading an article on Javelin’s blog about Pack and Go, I decided I was going to use this handy tool within SOLIDWORKS to make a…

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How do I Isolate one of my Weldment Bodies for Detailing?

Let’s say I’m designing a welded table frame for an 8-station rotary indexer. It might look something like this: If I want to create a detailed drawing of the standardized mounting plate that goes on each of the sides of that top beam, it’s going…

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