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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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