Bodies

Be careful using SOLIDWORKS Convert to Bodies on models with referenced drawings

Convert to bodies references blown apart

In an earlier article, I introduced the New Convert to Bodies functionality available in SOLIDWORKS 2017. If you are considering the use of the “Convert to Bodies” functionality be cautious of models that have drawings referenced to them. Below are the details that are worth…

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How to control the visibility of bodies in your SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

In a SOLIDWORKS drawing, hiding/showing bodies can affect one view or all views. Hide/Show a body from all views Hiding/showing a body from the FeatureManager affects all views in the drawing and changes the visibility of the body in the model:   Hide/show a body from a single…

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My SOLIDWORKS model is missing? Check if the solid body is hidden!

Is your SOLIDWORKS model missing? The part file exists but there is no model visible when you open the document? The features are listed but there is nothing in the graphic area? You probably can see a ghost outline of the model by moving your mouse pointer over…

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How to control the visibility of SOLIDWORKS Bodies with your mouse & keyboard

Hide a solid body

Last year during the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2016 we showed you the new component visibility toggle functionality to quickly hide and show components in your assembly. Well did you know that this functionality also applies to bodies? Here is an example of a SOLIDWORKS weldment comprised…

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Show All Hidden Bodies and Components

Working with SOLIDWORKS Weldments or other Multi-body parts, we often need to show all or some hidden bodies.  It is easy to right-click on a hidden body and make it visible if it can be found it in a weldment cutlist, in a Solid Bodies folder or…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Keep or Delete Bodies with the Delete Bodies Tool [VIDEO]

For many SolidWorks tools we often have a wishlist….. It is often added to when we find ourselves stuck in a particular workflow.  The recent enhancement to the Delete Bodies Tool within SOLIDWORKS 2015 is a great enhancement that will find us a way out…

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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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Name BODIES Once and For All

Bodies taking the name of the last feature.

Have you noticed how your Solid or Surface Bodies are taking the name of the last feature applied to them (fig.1). This behavior continues as you add new features and can be a source for confusion. Fortunately the solution is quite simple.

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