SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip

SOLIDWORKS Tech tip created by the team of Certified Experts at Javelin

Master Cut List Property Management while inserting Parts into Parts

A variety of techniques can be employed when building assemblies in SOLIDWORKS. In some cases the weldment module is used as the primary assembly environment, in other cases we see welded bodies being created as individual assembly components before they are placed together at the assembly level. In the end it often narrows down to…

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Copy Tree Dynamic Variable Values in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018

One of my favorite enhancements in SOLIDWORKS PDM 2018 is a new option to use dynamic values when updating Variables while performing a Copy Tree.  In the past, this functionality only allowed Administrators to either clear values or set static values for Variables in files that are created by a Copy Tree command. Now a…

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Use the ‘Exclude from Cut List’ option to manage SOLIDWORKS Modeled Welds

One of the most common practices we run across while discussing weldment functionality with clients is the use of ‘Modeled Welds’ which are additional Solid Bodies that exist in the weldment file to represent the physical mass where a weld would exist — generally in a shape that the fillet bead tool cannot be applied,…

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Five reasons to avoid ‘Redirected Folders’ if you use SOLIDWORKS

Redirected Folders seemed like a good idea at the time? If you are an IT administrator that is tasked with providing support to SOLIDWORKS users, one can often get caught up in the various conflicts that arise between SOLIDWORKS and it’s need for accessibility to the local system in order to function properly. This will…

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Practical Values for approximating “Zero Radius” bends in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Zero Radius Not Complex - Complex Bend

I am as sure as the words posted here that every sheet metal designer has been asked to fudge some values to represent a “SOLIDWORKS Zero Radius” bend or a “SOLIDWORKS Sharp Corner” at some point along the way. As it turns out there is a procedure for ensuring sharp corners in SOLIDWORKS, however it…

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Why is the SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve Order option greyed out for my Equations?

SOLIDWORKS Automatic Solve order is Greyed out? If you have encountered any instances where the “Automatic Solve Order” for equations is disabled, it may be due to to a setting titled “Display potential circular references in equations:”   The options that govern the possibilities for circular references in equations may be found under Tools >…

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Changing the SOLIDWORKS “Open External Referenced Documents” dialog behavior

Every now and then, one of our fantastic support staff here at Javelin, run across a dialog that they have never seen before…. it’s a rare case to be sure. Especially rare if the features involved have been around forever and the dialog box itself has been available since the 2013 release of SOLIDWORKS.  That…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Named Views in Exploded Assembly Drawings

SOLIDWORKS named views

Is the Exploded view in your drawing appearing differently to your model view?  It might not be referencing a SOLIDWORKS Named View. Ever had this happen?  I have created an exploded assembly configuration with all the components spaced consistently apart, but in the drawing the exploded view doesn’t look that way.  Unlike the model, the…

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