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Using Geodesic Offsets on Complex Curves in SOLIDWORKS

My architect friend was recently commissioned to design a community center. His client’s mandate was that the building had to be pointing to a monument on the other side of the world. My friend did not see this as a problem and proceeded to design…

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 3D Sketch Mirror

For a long time, I’ve liked 3D Sketching, but I’ve always missed one important function: Mirror. I love using Mirror in a 2D Sketch, and the function is as old as SOLIDWORKS in a 2D Sketch. But how about a 3D Sketch Mirror? My friends,…

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Using a solid model as reference geometry for creating a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Sketch

There are a lot of techniques for creating a SOLIDWORKS Weldment Sketch on the web and in the help file. Despite that fact we are often asked what is the easiest and most effective method of creating a Weldment Sketch. In this blog article, I will…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Streamlines Surface Trimming Workflow with Offset On Surface

SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface Midway

Among the many new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 are features that “Clean Up” or simplify the entire process of creating some types of models — the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool is one of these. Let’s see how this tool can be put to use. Take…

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Marble Roller Coaster Create Start of Loop (Part 6 of many) [VIDEO]

Create Loop Start To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. Many people believe that the shape of the loop should be circular, the problem with a circular loop is that it has an abrupt change in curvature and in the case of…

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SOLIDWORKS Weldment Bounding Boxes

This functionality has been long time requested by SOLIDWORKS users like you, as a quick way to determine the smallest box you can package your model in. Watch this video and tell the good news SOLIDWORKS brings to your colleagues from the estimating and shipping departments. They will love you for that! Update: After I finished creating this video I realized that this new functionality will be priceless for users involved with 3D Printing by minimizing the support material and the printing times. I am pretty sure you have spotted the same opportunity, but, just in case you are in doubt, I will try to prove this point next week with a second video on how to use the new bounding boxes enhancement for saving time and money while 3D…

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Routing: How the “Flip Relation” Option Can Speed Up Routing Sketch Edits

Occasionally when modifying a routing sketch (or other 3D sketch) you may run into a scenario where a spline tangent needs to be flipped or reversed.  See the image below. Well, thankfully there is a way to quickly flip it. 

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3D Sketching Techniques – Insert points and Connect the Dots

This method assumes that you have a list of points that you wish to sketch to.  Start a 3D sketch as usual.  Using the “point” tool on the sketch toolbar, drop in the needed number of points.  Click on each point in turn in the…

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3D Sketching Techniques – Create a Curve From a Text File or Table of Values

Use the command: Insert -> Curve, Curve through XYZ points.  Either enter the values into the table manually or open a text file that you have created earlier.  Once all of the coordinates are entered into the dialog, Click OK to insert the curve.  The…

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