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Shortcut Keys to Change View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS View Shortcuts
There are a lot of different tools available in SOLIDWORKS to rotate and position your model the way you want it. In this short video I demonstrate a few SOLIDWORKS View Shortcuts that can help you to switch between your views quickly and easily.
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Creating frameworks using a SOLIDWORKS Grid System

If you ever had to design furniture, racking or framework for more complex forms there is a reference geometry command that will save you time and effort called a SOLIDWORKS Grid System. When you launch the SOLIDWORKS Grid System command, it puts you in sketch mode on the top plane which is classed as level…
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Use Software OpenGL option in SOLIDWORKS

First let’s talk about a few terminologies that we hear a lot in computer world including Graphics Processing Unit and Hardware Acceleration that help to understand what OpenGL is and what it does. What is Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)? In the early days of computing, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) performed all calculations. However, as more graphics-intensive…
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Perfectly Symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern!

Symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern
Ever wanted to create that perfect symmetric SOLIDWORKS Linear Pattern which: Is symmetric about the midplane of the part Is driven by number of instances, regardless of spacing.  Let SOLIDWORKS do the math! Does not require sketch edits when changing between odd and even number of instances Has specified offsets from the edges of the…
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Derived Configurations in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Derived Configuration
SOLIDWORKS Configurations are a great way to represent multiple variations of a part/assembly within a single file. Using configurations also helps with managing your files. For example, consider a standard bolt. It has different sizes for the diameter, head, thread length and so on. It is common that a standard bolt has hundreds of different…
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How to Share/Link Global Variables and Equations among SOLIDWORKS Models

Global variable and equations in SOLIDWORKS link various dimensions to a specific value or to one another. This technique helps manage the size and shape of your model by modifying only a few variables; and also potentially prevents forgetting some relations between various dimensions in the future. In addition, equations and variables could be exploited…
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Protect your SOLIDWORKS Configurations from unwanted features

There is a SOLIDWORKS Configuration Suppress Features checkbox in the advanced options of the Configuration Properties, and it is checked by default.  What is the purpose of the Suppress Features option? If Suppress Features were unchecked, then any features added in other configurations will be unsuppressed (included) in this configuration. By default, however, the box…
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How to route Pipes, Tubes, Wires, Cables, or Ducting in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS Routing Add-in
Do your designs contain piping, tubing, wires, cables or even duct work? If so, you know that these contain many parts to create, assemble and then detail! SOLIDWORKS Premium software includes the SOLIDWORKS Routing add-in application. With the SOLIDWORKS Routing add-in you can create a special type of sub-assembly that builds a path of pipes, tubes,…
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