Articles by: Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.

SOLIDWORKS exported STEP file only includes one of my assembly components?!

SOLIDWORKS STEP File

You have been asked to send a SOLIDWORKS STEP file of your assembly and you know that it only takes a few seconds. You open your assembly and save it as *.step. Of course, you open the STEP file to make sure that everything is OK.  But when it loads up you see that only one of the components is saved! You may think that you made a mistake at some point and will try again. But the result is the same. So what is going on here? The problem happens when you have a component in your assembly with the exact same name as the assembly. Although it is not a good practice to have the same names for different files but let’s see how we can fix this issue. To fix the problem open File Explorer in Windows and switch to View tab. Then click on Options >…

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Adding Balloons to a Sub-Assembly in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing

Balloon Sub-Assembly

If you have been working with a SOLIDWORKS bill of material table (BOM) for a while, perhaps you have noticed that there are limitations when it comes to adding balloons to a sub-assembly and its components. For example, if you want to add a balloon to a sub-assembly SOLIDWORKS does not allow us, and no matter where we click it shows the item number of one of the components and not the sub-assembly itself. There are different workarounds to add a balloon. In this short video we will discuss three of them including: Adding the balloon to the sub-assembly origin Using a sketch at the assembly level Using two BOMs

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 Tab and Slot Feature

SOLIDWORKS Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies.

A costly part of manufacturing is creating the fixtures that are used to hold the parts in position during fabrication. That is why many designers are now turning to self-fixturing design technique to reduce the assembly and setup costs in the manufacturing process. In this technique the assembly components will be held together without the need for external fixturing and tooling. SOLIDWORKS 2018 Tab and Slot feature can be used for this purpose. Tabs and slots can be added to adjoining components to form an interlock between them. Tabs and slots can be created on parts in an assembly, a single part or a multi-body part. The edges and faces must be planar or cylindrical, but they do not have to touch. The new tab and slot feature not only reduces design time by automating the creation of these features but also reduces the manufacturing costs by minimizing the need…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 includes enhancements to the Performance Evaluation Tool

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Performance Evaluation Tool

One of the lesser known tools in SOLIDWORKS assembly environment is the “Performance Evaluation” tool. This tool is especially useful when working with large assemblies and helps to identify areas that you can work on to improve the performance when working with a large assembly. Even in some cases, you can select to have the software make changes to your assembly to improve performance. There has been some enhancements that make the SOLIDWORKS 2018 Performance Evaluation Tool even more useful. Some of them are as follows: Document Open File Details You can see a list of files by the amount of time required to open them in SOLIDWORKS. Usually that is the first step to identify the culprit of slow performance in a large assembly. Also, clicking on Show These Files shows a list of the files that are updated while the assembly opens. Graphics Triangles This option helps you to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides Hole Callout features for Advanced Holes

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Hole Callout

SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduced the Advanced Hole feature which is a powerful tool for creating complex multi-stepped holes. Now in SOLIDWORKS 2018 you can quickly and easily detail an Advanced Hole using the Hole Callout feature. Furthermore, as you place the callout, new “Reverse callout order” and “Switch near and far side messages” options in the property manager give you control over how the information is displayed. Now you can apply all the information necessary to multi stepped holes in an instant. View the options below

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Blank SOLIDWORKS Assembly?!!!

You start your day and open an assembly that you were working on and suddenly you freeze and panic because there is a blank SOLIDWORKS assembly?!!! For sure the first thing you do is try a Rebuild or Force-Rebuild but it doesn’t help. You try Zoom-to-Fit and it stays the same. You can see all the components in the design tree and when checking the assembly references from File > Find References everything is the way it should be. So what is wrong?!!! First of all don’t panic. Probably it is nothing and the fix is easy. Most of the times this problem occurs because there is a component in your assembly that was placed far way from other components. So when you press Zoom-to-Fit SOLIDWORKS will zoom out to make sure all the components are displayed in the graphics area. Because of the huge gap between your components SOLIDWORKS needs…

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Assembly Visualization is even better with SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization

Without a doubt, one of my favorite tools is SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization. It provides different ways to display and sort an assembly’s components in a list and in the graphics area. One area where you can benefit from using this tool is improving the performance of your SOLIDWORKS large assemblies. There are three SOLIDWORKS Assembly Visualization properties that can help you to find the culprits of slow performance in a large assembly. These are: SOLIDWORKS Rebuild Time (SW-Rebuild Time), SOLIDWORKS Open Time (SW-Open Time) and Total Graphics Triangles (Graphics-Triangles) With SOLIDWORKS 2018 the Assembly Visualization tool has been enhanced. Now you can show all three properties at once by pressing a single button in Assembly Visualization tab to troubleshoot the slow performance of your assemblies. To Show these properties simply click on Performance Analysis button in Assembly Visualization tab and it will show those properties as three predefined columns as…

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Manually adding a Part to a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Cutlist Group [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Weldment Cutlist Group

SOLIDWORKS Weldment functionality is a great tool to make a weldment structure. A Weldment structure is a unit formed by welding an assembly of parts together. Once you start making a structure using Weldment functionality, SOLIDWORKS generates a list of the components in the Weldment part which is called a Cutlist. In this list you can find important information like the proper cutting length of each profile. The Cutlist groups identical items together using folders, leaving out items like fillet beads that do not belong on the list. If there is any difference between two parts, like a small hole or fillet, SOLIDWORKS will detect them as separate items and as a result will group them under two separate folders. That may not be the desired grouping specially if the changes are small. In cases like this you can manually rearrange the grouping of weldment parts. This short video shows…

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