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Optimize SOLIDWORKS Performance by disabling unused tools

SOLIDWORKS Instant3D

SOLIDWORKS has a wealth of functionality meant to improve the user experience. Since every user uses SOLIDWORKS differently however, there are often many tools that are rarely, if ever, used or needed. It is often advantageous to disable these tools to reduce the load that SOLIDWORKS places on your computer, thereby increasing performance. This article…

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Generating all SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Sizes in One Step when using a Customized Toolbox

The SOLIDWORKS Toolbox add-in uses a database to store information on available SOLIDWORKS Toolbox Sizes and Properties of hardware.  The database is linked to a master part file for each type of hardware.  In a new Toolbox, master part files will start with only a Default configuration.  As you add the Toolbox components into an assembly,…

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How to quickly create a SOLIDWORKS Sketch Normal to Curve

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Normal to Curve

Here is a quick method to create SOLIDWORKS Sketch Normal to Curve without having to create a plane first, and then sketch on that plane. First, select the curve or edge, as shown in the sheet metal example below, then click Sketch from either the Insert menu or the Sketch CommandManager. This will start a sketch on…

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Introducing SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing!

SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing

For those of you that have ever encountered SOLIDWORKS License Activation Errors in the past, or require the flexibility to run a single SOLIDWORKS License on multiple systems, we have some great news to share! A new online licensing model is available for use within SOLIDWORKS 2018! “SOLIDWORKS Online Licensing” allows you to tie one or multiple…

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Nested IF Statements in SOLIDWORKS Equations to control dimension length

Recently a customer asked me: “Is it possible to automatically size sections of a body or component based on an overall length?” This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements. IF Statement example The max section length permitted is 119″ and…

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Need to create a non-standard SOLIDWORKS Drawing View?

I have the following tube I need to detail: Wouldn’t it be nice if I had a view normal to the hole pattern to add my dimensions? Try a SOLIDWORKS Auxiliary View: Simply select a reference edge (or quickly sketch one): The end result is a view looking normal to the hole pattern that you…

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Suppress features or components with nested SOLIDWORKS IF statements

I recently had a customer ask me if it was possible to automatically suppress features or components based on an overall length. This stood out to me as a perfect scenario to utilize the power of equations, and more specifically nested IF statements. In this example: I am patterning a section that is driven from…

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Create a solid from an enclosed volume using the SOLIDWORKS Thicken command

The Thicken feature has a hidden option you may not be aware of! If you do any amount of surfacing work you should be familiar with the Knit feature, which gives you the ability to create solid body from surface bodies. Did you know the Thicken feature has a very similar option? The trick to…

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