Assembly

How to add a watermark to SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Part Assembly Watermark

Before SOLIDWORKS 2016 it was only possible to add a watermark to a drawing. But SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduced new functionality that makes it possible to add a watermark to your Part and Assembly documents. You have the option to display the watermark on top of the model or behind it, with the ability to adjust the transparency. Applying a SOLIDWORKS Watermark To add a SOLIDWORKS watermark to a part or assembly document you have to follow these steps which are outlined in the tutorial video below: In the FeatureManager design tree, expand Annotations. Right-click Notes Area and click Activate. Click Insert > Annotation > Note. Create the note for the watermark. Right-click the note and click Watermark from the shortcut menu. In the PropertyManager, under Watermark you can set the watermark to be either on top of the model or behind it, and set a transparency value.

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Propagate Feature to Assembly Parts

Many times in SOLIDWORKS, it makes sense to create features at the assembly level. Sometimes this can be due to a Top-Down approach to assembly modeling, sometimes you’ve taken a bottom-up approach and you want to make an exception for a single feature. Let’s say you want to add a clearance hole through multiple components and you want the hole to line up. Rather than creating the same feature in all the components by opening up each one and adding the feature, it is faster and easier to add an Assembly Feature. With an Assembly Feature, you can create the feature at the assembly-level. Here are some of the features you can create: Extruded cut Revolved cut Holes (Hole Series, Hole Wizard, and Simple Hole) Swept cut Fillets Chamfers With these features, you also the option to display the feature at the assembly-level only (such would be the case if I…

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SOLIDWORKS Multiple Mate Mode

Often times, in SOLIDWORKS, we will need to apply multiple mates of a similar type in an assembly. There is an option called SOLIDWORKS Multiple Mate Mode that can accomplish this. This process works with all kinds of mates, but it’s easily demonstrated here with the concentric mate. Please consider the following assembly: Looking at the assembly, there is one bolt, 3 washers, 3 lock washers and 3 nuts. Using traditional mate selection methods, you would require 18 selection clicks. What if I told you it could be done in 10? Let’s check it out. If I launch the mate command from the toolbars, I take notice of the button indicated: Using this button changes the interface on the side a bit. It allows me to select one as a common reference (in my example, the cylindrical face on the bolt) and then select as many other references as I…

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Reduce SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Load Time & Optimization Techniques [VIDEO]

When loading a SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly did it take so long that you were able to run to the coffee shop across the road and return to a still loading file? Slow load time for large assembly files in SOLIDWORKS is a common issue for users, but we can help with that…fill out the form below to watch our recorded webinar to learn the latest large assembly optimization techniques. Here are five good reasons why you should watch the recorded webinar: Learn how to simplify complex geometry fast, without losing visual details. Become more proficient in design reviews when presenting large assemblies. Visually locate and open component files faster. Manage assembly configurations more effectively. Protect intellectual property when sending files to customers and suppliers (give them only what they need). Customer Case Study: Reducing SOLIDWORKS Large Assembly Load Time from 20 Mins to 20 Secs! Like many users who face this issue, you may have found yourself implementing strategies that range from “googling” to posting on…

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What to try when a SOLIDWORKS Assembly File will NOT Save

When a SOLIDWORKS assembly file will not save the first workaround is to try and save the assembly with a new name, to a different folder, or to a local drive.  If that doesn’t work then here are two other options for you to consider trying. Note that pattern and mirror features cannot be included in these steps in the versions prior to SOLIDWORKS 2016; they would need to be recreated. Option #1: Form a New Subassembly Selecting assembly components, right-click and select the option ‘Form New Subassembly.’  Once the new subassembly is created, try saving it externally. Option #2: Make Assembly from Part/Assembly and Dissolve Subassembly From the File menu, select Make Assembly from Part/Assembly.  SOLIDWORKS creates a new assembly with the original assembly as a component.  In the new assembly, right-click on the subassembly component and select the option ‘Dissolve Subassembly.’  The result should be a replica of the original assembly that may not…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Filling a Specific Assembly Cavity (one out of many)

Last week I showed you how easy it is to fill a cavity at the assembly level using the new tools in SolidWorks. That demonstration generated  two questions: What do you do if you have multiple cavities in the assembly, but need the volume of only one of them? How do you select which assembly cavity to fill? What options do you have if the various components of the assembly have linear contact? How do you deal with the dreaded “Zero Thickness Geometry” error? Fortunately, we have answers to all these questions. Just watch this video: Should you have more questions, do not hesitate to ask us by commenting on our articles.

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Advanced Mate References [VIDEO]

Mate references can be set up in two parts to correspond to each other.  When created this way it is up to the user to add the appropriate part, but not to select a location for such a part. Follow the video below to see how to set this up.

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Apply Material to All Parts of an Assembly [VIDEO]

What do you do when you work on a large assembly, with multiple levels of sub-assemblies, and want to apply the most common material to all the parts? Opening each part file on its own and applying the material is extremely time-consuming. Instead of that follow this simple 3 step procedure: Open the main assembly Select all the part components Apply the same material to the whole selection Sounds simple, does it not? The problem is that even though SolidWorks is renowned for being the most intuitive CAD software available today, some workflows are not yet as straightforward as the users would like. Case in hand: Step 2 – creating a selection set of only the components that are “parts”, while filtering out the sub-assemblies. It is doable but it is…

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