Articles by: 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 the future. In addition, equations and variables could be exploited…

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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 while working technical support, two related questions I have received…

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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 solid bodies could also have interference, however, we don’t have…

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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 is shown where one fixture and one load/force are applied…

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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 or preselected or no sketches exists. In case no sketches…

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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 the model. The same thing will happen if the background…

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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. As bolts are usually much smaller than the size of…

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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 evaluation of their structures. Truss elements are special beam elements that…

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