Assembly

SolidWorks 2014 Tutorial: What Was Hard Now Is Easy When Applying Tangent Mates [VIDEO]

SolidWorks has always been a user-friendly software, mostly because 99.9% of the workflows in SolidWorks are natural, like in the real life. From this point of view, compared with other CAD software packages, users are really pampered when working in the SolidWorks Universe. It is understandable then why some SolidWorks users might become frustrated when having to find workarounds for the other 0.1% of the situations, when the solution to a specific problem is not so intuitive. Case in hand: applying a simple tangent mate between a curvilinear edge or a sphere and another face was very hard to do in SolidWorks 2013 and older versions. The Javelin Blog published such a solution in the past. The SolidWorks Forum has a full discussion about this topic turned into a…

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How Many Mates Can Be Created At Once in SolidWorks? One, Two,… Three? [VIDEO]

Watch this video to learn how to create one, two and even three mates at the same time in SolidWorks.

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Selecting Configuration When Opening [VIDEO]

Configurations are a great way to control your models in SolidWorks.  But when you have an especially large assembly that takes a lot of time and system resources to load, it can be frustrating if, once the model finishes loading, the active configuration isn’t the…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #3: Don’t fight with your Mates

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. In the classic Star Trek episode “Amok Time,” Kirk and Spock fight to the death over a mate. Luckily, in SOLIDWORKS, you don’t have to. In fact, you outright shouldn’t….

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #2: Don’t Mate Your Relations

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Welcome back, fellow SOLIDWORKS users for another installment of our SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice series. Last time, we looked at Rule #1: Mate before you relate. After the video, I suggested such a terrifying possibility: That a hole in a plate with a sketch relation…

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SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice #1: Mate Before You Relate

SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practice

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS users! Welcome to my new blog series on the best practices of mating…in SOLIDWORKS of course! Over the next few days, I’ll bring you five videos on SOLIDWORKS Mate Best Practices and how to avoid problems associating with poorly applied mates. Or,…

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How to resolve SOLIDWORKS Non-Matching Internal ID Errors

Perhaps you received a different part file that you need to use in your assembly.  Or maybe your original file was lost and needed to be recreated.  If the new file is saved as the same name as the original file, the next time you…

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Solving Component Appearance Problems in SolidWorks Display States [VIDEO]

When changing a component’s display state in the main assembly does not produce any visible changes to the appearance of the model, you might need to clear the appearance override that is sometime created in the main assembly. This video shows both the problem and the solution:

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Solve Errors and Save Time by Replacing Mate Entities in Bulk [VIDEO]

When entities referred in existing mates (faces, edges, vertices, planes) change, the result is often a long list of errors in your assembly feature tree. This video presents an elegant way to replace the defective mate references in bulk and, thus, save time.

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