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 2018 Mirror Part now includes Material and Visual Properties

Mirror Part PropertyManager

SOLIDWORKS 2018 provides a variety of new enhancements. One of the new enhancements is the ability to include the material and the visual appearance of the parent part in the derived part when using the SOLIDWORKS Mirror Part command (Insert -> Mirror Part). If you see that the Mirror Part command is greyed out that is because you should pre-select the mirror face or plane. The Material checkbox in the Mirror Components PropertyManager is selected by default and lets you propagate the material of the mirrored part from the parent part. Also, the Propagate from original part option in the Visual Properties section can be used to transfer colour assignments from the parent part to the derived part. The Material and Propagate from original part options are available only when you mirror a part or when you insert a part into another part for the first time. These options are…

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Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?

Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?

One of the questions that I often receive is “Why does my SOLIDWORKS Model look so dark?”. It gets even worse if you switch to a ‘Shaded’ display style. Our customers ensure they have a supported graphics card and driver, and in most cases there are no appearances assigned to the model. Fortunately, the answer is simple. The lights have literally been turned off!!! All you need to do is: Switch to the “Display Manager” tab. Click on “Scene, Lights, and Cameras” and then click on “Lights”. As you can see in the image below the “Directional1” light is grayed out which means it is turned off. To turn it on again simply right-click on the Directional light and select “On in SOLIDWORKS” from the shortcut menu. And your model starts to shine again like a diamond.

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SOLIDWORKS Rebuild Commands

SOLIDWORKS Rebuild

When you are working with SOLIDWORKS you may see the rebuild icon next to some of the features every once in a while. This means that SOLIDWORKS needs to rebuild the model in order for the dimensional changes to take effect. The SOLIDWORKS Rebuild Command To ask SOLIDWORKS to rebuild a model one can click on the rebuild icon from the standard toolbar, or click on rebuild under the Edit menu, or press Ctrl + B. This command rebuilds the features that have changed since the last save. Force Rebuild Command But sometimes that is not enough. For example, imagine some of data in your model has been corrupted (and that could happen due to numerous reasons). In that case rebuilding your model will not fix the issue as the rebuild command only rebuild the features that have been changed. In this case you need to use the other SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard

SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard

We receive a few calls on a daily basis that our customers ask us to release a license from a computer. Usually it happens when they are trying to move SOLIDWORKS from one machine to another and they forgot to deactivate the license on the old machine. Of course if SOLIDWORKS is still installed on the old computer the fix is simple. They just need to open SOLIDWORKS on that old machine and release the license from Help > Deactivate Licenses. But what if they have already uninstalled SOLIDWORKS on that old machine? Fortunately, As of SOLIDWORKS 2011, a tool was created and posted to the SOLIDWORKS customer portal that gives you the option to release a license from a computer even when SOLIDWORKS is not installed on it. This magical tool is called SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard. To download SOLIDWORKS Activation Wizard go to your SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal account and click…

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Arc Measurements in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions

In this post I’ll show you how to use the Smart Dimension Tool to add SOLIDWORKS Arc Dimensions. Arc Length Dimension To add an arc length dimension, you have to select both of the arc’s end points first. St this point the Smart Dimension tool wants to add a linear dimension between the two end points. Now if you click on the arc itself the dimension will change to arc length as shown here. Arc Angle Dimension Like the previous section we start by selecting both end points of the arc. This time instead of selecting the arc we select the center of the arc which change the linear dimension to an angular dimension. Dimension to the Back of an Arc When adding a dimension to an arc using Smart Dimension tool, SOLIDWORKS add the dimension to the center of the arc by default. You can then go to Leaders…

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Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor Tables in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Table

In this series of blog posts it was discussed what different terms like Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor mean and how we can calculate them for a specific sheet. You can read the previous post: What are Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor? And the post that explains how to calculate them here. In this post you will see how to use these calculated values in order to make our own SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Bend Table. Bend tables and gauge tables come into play when working with sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS. The location where SOLIDWORKS reads these tables from is set in Options > System Options > File Locations. Select “Sheet Metal Bend Tables” or “Sheet Metal Gauge Table” to see the location where SOLIDWORKS reads the tables from. Bend Tables Bend tables were the original tables used by SolidWorks to pull Bend Deduction, Bend Allowance or K-Factor values for use in…

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Calculating Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction, and K-Factor

Calculating Bend Allowance

In my previous post I talked about K-Factor, Bend Allowance and Bend Deduction and what they mean in sheet metal design. Now let’s see how we can obtain these values for a specific sheet. As I mentioned in my last post you need to do some tests to calculate these values for a specific sheet. These tests include bending some samples and then do some measurements and calculations. Consider a sheet with a 20 mm thickness and a length of 300 mm as shown in Figure 1. We are going to review three bending scenarios with three different bending angles; 60, 90 and 120, and we will calculate K-Factor, Bend Allowance and Bend Deduction for them. The bending tool has a radius of 30 mm which means that our Inside Bend Radius (R) is 30 mm. Let’s start with 90 degrees bend which is the most simple scenario. 90 Degrees…

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What Are Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor?

In a series of posts we are going to review the most important sheet metal design terminology — Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction and K-Factor. In this post I will review what these terms mean and in the next post I will show you how to calculate and use them in SOLIDWORKS. In sheet metal bending process when metal is bent the material along the inner bend radius is going to undergo compression and the material along the outer bend radius will be stretched. The line where the transition from compression to stretching occurs is called the neutral axis or the neutral sheet. The neutral axis is where neither the material stretches nor compressed. Hence, the length of the neutral axis stay the same before and after bending operation. The location of the neutral axis varies and is based on the material’s physical properties and its thickness. It is important to know the location…

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