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The Top 10 SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips in 2014

Top 10 SOLIDWORKS Tips

The Javelin Technical Team has been hard at work in 2014 creating close to 200 Tech Tips! The year is nearly over and we want to thank all our readers with a list of the Top 10 most read SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips in 2014: Step by Step Guide to Drawing Templates and Sheet Formats [VIDEO] Why is SOLIDWORKS “Crashing”? [VIDEO] Creating a…

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Mirror SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal with Flat Pattern

Sheet metal is mirrored as any other SOLIDWORKS part by selecting a face and using the Insert > Mirror Part command. The option ‘Break Link to Original Part’ determines if the mirrored sheet metal will include flat pattern.

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Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead?

SOLIDWORKS users occasionally come across a sheet metal drawing view that displays formed (bent) part instead of flat pattern. Here is the explanation of a common mistake that causes this problem. SOLIDWORKS creates flat-pattern configuration when the drawing of a sheet metal part is generated. The only difference compared to the main configuration is that the flat-pattern feature…

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Flatten Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference [VIDEO]

I was recently asked how to flatten sheet metal part in SolidWorks that interferes with itself. The short answer is that SolidWorks Sheet Metal is not designed to do this. Of course, as is often the case with SolidWorks, where there’s a will there’s a way! In this example, I am trying to model up…

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How to Add a Welded Nut to Your Sheet Metal Part in SolidWorks using Move-Copy Bodies [VIDEO]

If you’ve ever tried to tap an M6 thread into a 1.5mm sheet metal part in real life, you will find that the threads strip very easily due to the fact that you will not even get 2 full threads in the material. Clinch nuts are the ideal answer, but another commonly used practise is…

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SolidWorks Sheet Metal – Why is my Flat Pattern Displayed as a Bent Part?

When the Flat pattern drawing view of a SolidWorks sheet metal part displays the part in the bent condition, this can indicate an issue with the suppression state of the Flat-pattern feature. As shown in the figure below the Flat Pattern view is the same as the front view and shows the part in a…

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SOLIDWORKS Edge Flange Linked Profiles [VIDEO]

One of the most used features in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal is the SOLIDWORKS Edge Flange command. It is popular because in its basic mode (blind flange length) can mimic the forming process very well in an intuitive manner. But let’s not stop here, since we can do so much more with the SOLIDWORKS Edge Flange. One of the…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Import Diagnostics (4) – Sheet Metal Conversion [VIDEO]

This is the fourth in a series of articles focused on troubleshooting and healing topological errors from geometry imported in SolidWorks. After we demonstrated the power of the Import Diagnostics tool for healing topological errors in imported geometry, today we will consider a completely different case study; a sheet metal part that, when imported, will generate topological…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing View Flip and Rotate

Often times we create sheet metal works of art (or just really complex designs) and we want the design to be clearly shown as a SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Flat Pattern Drawing View. Here I’ve create a relatively simple part (just tell that to the laser cutting machine operator) — just a bent plate with some…

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