Javelin / TriMech Author

Wayne Chen, CSWP

SOLIDWORKS Property Tab Builder

Custom Properties Tab

If you haven’t heard of property tab builder in SolidWorks, it is utilized to define a list of properties to allow the users to input the values when a model is created.  It eliminates the extra steps to go to File -> Properties, and manually…

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Bowling in SolidWorks Motion

It isn’t easy to make a strike in bowling (for me anyways).  I also tried an experiment in SW Motion and it was not easy to make a strike in virtual world. I created a model with correct sizes and weights representing the actual bowling…

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Beam Element Improvement in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

There are some improvements I would like to talk about for beam element in SolidWorks 2012. Let’s use the particle separator model as example.  The machine has solid and shell elements.  The majority of the structure has beam elements.  At the bottom, 4 plates are…

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Basic Knowledge of SolidWorks Drawing Templates & Sheet Formats

For people who are new to SolidWorks, and want to setup some standard templates, this will be a good article to start with. The background information stored in a new drawing file is from two locations – drawing template and sheet format. Sheet format stores…

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How to import Sheet Metal Geometry into SOLIDWORKS from STEP, Parasolid, IGES etc.

Importing model geometry can be a real pain if you don’t know how to apply some tricks.  We will take a look at a few techniques for SOLIDWORKS sheet metal import. Import Geometry When geometry is imported into SOLIDWORKS, a dialog appears and asks you…

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Advanced Modeling: Degenerate Surface

Surfacing technique is a very powerful one.  It can help users create complex shapes, but it can also cause geometry problems if you are not careful. Let’s talk about one type of surface which will give you trouble when you attempt to thicken the surface…

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PhotoView 360 Rendered Animation in SOLIDWORKS

PhotoView 360 Rendered Animation

If you like my previous post about a rendered cruise boat video, you should see PhotoView 360 Rendered Animation too. The Javelin office just moved to a new location earlier this year, so I decided to make something interesting about the new office building.  Please…

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3D Printing Project – Wall-E (Part II)

Continuing from Part 1 of my Wall-E project…One of the most import pieces in the Wall-E, body, is finally printed.  It determines how the limbs and the head are connected.  In addition, I printed the other leg and one arm. Allow me to explain the…

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3D Printing Project: Wall-E (Part I)

So, we have an Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer here at the office, and I got thinking – what could I print that would really demonstrate the capabilities of this incredible machine and push it’s limits. There’s some complex automotive components with moving components that would…

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SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: “Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region.”

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error

Usually when you receive the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Error: Face is not laying on the boundary between the solid and fluid region It is related to the geometry of the model (assuming the boundary conditions are done correctly). There are two things you can check…

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Show Properties with Linked Dimensions on a BOM in Different Units

Using linked dimensions from properties on a BOM is very useful.  They are all linked so everything will update together. The problem is if the drawing and the part have different unit system, the values on the BOM will not show up correctly.  Fortunately, there…

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Applying Cosmetic Threads to SOLIDWORKS Parts and Drawings

If you ever get a chance to use the “cosmetic thread” function in a part, you may also want to display a related callout annotation in your 2D drawing. Inserting Cosmetic Threads First, create a cosmetic thread display on the model by going to Insert…

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Error: Out of memory or other error trying to initialize data source from standards file ‘…\HoleWizardFavorites.mdb’

Some of you probably have seen this error in your SW program when you try to use Hole Wizard feature.  Several reasons can cause this: mdb file is corrupted, mdb location is incorrect, not enough permission to access the mdb file, DLL not registered, etc….

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Taking the deformed model out of Simulation (FEA) and using it!

Let’s see what we can do with the simulation deformed model.  It can be saved as a new solid model shown below. In this example I will take a cushion from a sofa and deform it by making a dummy sitting on it.

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Drawing Dimensioning – Foreshortened

If you don’t know how to add foreshortened diameter dimension in the drawing, this article will help you.

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