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How to access “Where Used” functionality without SOLIDWORKS PDM

SOLIDWORKS Where Used Locations

Do you have a SOLIDWORKS part file that you need to see all the places where it is being used? With SOLIDWORKS PDM this would be an easy operation but what if you do not have SOLIDWORKS PDM? In this blog I am going to show you how to see where SOLIDWORKS Part files and…

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Creating Custom Appearances in SOLIDWORKS

Cardboard appearance

Have you ever designed the perfect SOLIDWORKS model and then you go to add finishing touches, like a nice appearance so you can show your model off, but when you go into the appearances task pane, the appearance you are looking for can’t be found? Worry no more, because in this blog I am going…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS mirror tools

dynamic mirror entities option

When a design is highly symmetrical, I encourage SOLIDWORKS users to work smarter rather than harder and take advantage of the mirror tools SOLIDWORKS provides. Not only does this speed up the original design process, but it also allows design changes to occur symmetrically thanks to the fully associative nature of the results. After all,…

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Creating NPT threads in SOLIDWORKS

final NPT thread

The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard has callouts to be able to identify an NPT thread, but what about when you need to model the thread? The following tutorial will walk you through creating an NPT thread, this example consists of a ½” NPT thread. For the values found here, and for other NPT sizes, please refer…

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Inserting an image into a sketch in SOLIDWORKS

Picture of a guitar body

We can insert a picture into a sketch and use it as a background for creating 2D sketches in SOLIDWORKS. Multiple file formats are supported including .jpg, .tif, and .bmp, to name just a few. In this example we have a picture of a guitar body we want to model. We start a new sketch…

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SOLIDWORKS Trim Surfaces Types: Standard vs Mutual

SOLIDWORKS Trim: split all cleared

Surface modeling is different than solid modeling.  When creating a solid feature that overlaps another solid feature, the overlapping area is automatically removed by default. Surface features that overlap must be manually trimmed. Surfaces can be trimmed where they intersect with another surface, a plane, or a sketch.  There are two SOLIDWORKS trim types: Standard…

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Best of What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 – 2023

SOLIDWORKS 2018-2023

Catch up with the new and old SOLIDWORKS updates with the Best of What’s New 2018 – 2023. Recent releases of SOLIDWORKS have introduced significant enhancements that improve the way you work. Evolutions in assembly performance, graphics responsiveness, and drawing detailing give you time back in your day. New design capabilities allow more flexibility and…

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Modeling Text in SOLIDWORKS

performance evaluation modeling in SOLIDWORKS

The need often arises to model text on parts. Whether we need to mark it with a part number, product serial number, or other identification marks, markings are essential to design requirements. SOLIDWORKS provides us with several methods to get the job done. But not all approaches are equal. So let’s examine the types of…

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Configure SOLIDWORKS Assemblies: Display States and Configurations in Harmony

solidworks dual display

Many users are aware of the ability to configure SOLIDWORKS assemblies to show different instances of products in a similar product line. Configurations of an assembly allow us to suppress features and mates as well as change values on dimensioned mates, in an instance of the file that is stored inside the overall assembly file….

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