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Mehdi Rezaei, CSWE

Mehdi is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

How to Share/Link Global Variables and Equations among SOLIDWORKS Models

Global variable and equations in SOLIDWORKS link various dimensions to a specific value or to one another. This technique helps manage the size and shape of your model by modifying only a few variables; and also potentially prevents forgetting some relations between various dimensions in…

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Why can’t I access the SOLIDWORKS Automatic Border tool?

The SOLIDWORKS Automatic Border tool lets us control the shape and segments of a sheet format border such as zone layout and border size. The details of creating borders and saving them as a sheet format template are provided in the SOLIDWORKS Drawing Automatic Border tool. However…

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How do I run SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection on a Multibody Part?

One of the main evaluation tools in an assembly is Interference Detection. This command shows any possible interference between components so that we can modify the parts and prevent issues in manufacturing. Designing multibody parts is very similar to working with an assembly; and the…

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Save SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads to the Design Library

A time saving tip for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Fixtures and Loads (which are defined for a specific simulation case) is to save them to the Design Library so they can be easily reused in other models. For instance, in the following image a simple cantilever model…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude without Pre-drawing a Sketch

Using the SOLIDWORKS Surface Extrude feature, we can extrude the boundary edges of a face of a solid body or edges of a surface body in a customized direction. When we run the Extruded Surface command, two things can happen: Either a sketch is active…

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How to remove Background Colour from SOLIDWORKS Screenshots

From time to time, we need to take SOLIDWORKS screenshots of our designs or simulation results and insert them into a Microsoft PowerPoint or Word document. However, if the background of our presentation or report file is not white, the rectangular boundary will show around…

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Estimate required Bolt Strength using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Bolt Connectors

SOLIDWORKS Bolt Connectors

In SOLIDWORKS Simulation  bolt connectors allows us to define bolts without the need for a physical bolt modeled and meshed in our assembly. We can define preload for these bolts, pitch value, factor of safety, etc.  For more information on bolt connectors visit the SOLIDWORKS help….

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How to Analyze Truss Problems in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

This article will show you how to model and analyze truss problems in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This article might be more useful for mechanical or civil engineering studies. However, any engineer dealing with structural member analysis can use this functionality to save time on design or…

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How to show a Deformed Shape as an Alternative Position View in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

In a part or assembly environment we can show the deformed shape of a model, from SOLIDWORKS Simulation analysis results, alongside the original model before the load was applied, an example is shown in the figure below. However, if you need to show the deformed…

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How to add Custom Parts to the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Library

On many occasions, designers need to add SOLIDWORKS Toolbox custom parts to their library. Some special items might be downloaded from various websites and due to their repetitive usage for company design applications, the part needs to be saved into the shared SOLIDWORKS Toolbox library….

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Manage SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Refinement using an Energy Norm Error Plot

When it comes to computation with SOLIDWORKS Simulation finite element analyses, we are always looking at integrals. Evaluating those integrals need numerical methods. Gauss-Legendre numerical integration is commonly used in finite element codes for this purpose. The reason is this technique shows a higher ratio of accuracy…

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How to Estimate Weld Size using SOLIDWORKS Simulation

There are two types of edge welds in SOLIDWORKS simulation: Fillet Weld and Groove Weld. Each weld type can be single-sided or double-sided. Fillet weld is a triangular weld that joints two metal parts at a right angle. Whereas, groove weld is applied in a…

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Where did the Add Relation Breadcrumb Go? Can I bring it back?

SOLIDWORKS Add Relation Breadcrumb

In newer versions of SOLIDWORKS, sketch relation options are added to the breadcrumb. You can multi-select two or more sketch entities by holding the Ctrl key and upon releasing the key, a breadcrumb will appear next to your mouse cursor, and a relation can be…

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SOLIDWORKS Smart Components are a Big Time Saver for Repetitive Assemblies

If you have to assemble many clamps to your base plate, or if you have some custom parts to be bolted or riveted into place in your SOLIDWORKS assembly, then this SOLIDWORKS Smart Components article is for you. In SOLIDWORKS you can make your part…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate References are a Huge Time Saver when building an assembly

Imagine you are creating an assembly with many components in it. Each component you insert into the assembly requires three mates. It will be a tedious job making these kinds of assemblies over and over again. Repeating mating process many times in a row. Now,…

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