Convert Entities

Testing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Video Series #1 Convert Entities Tool

By now you have probably already read the What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 document, have watched the official launch videos and maybe even attended a Javelin Launch Event. You are probably intrigued about the new functionality and cannot wait to try it on your own. A New Testing SOLIDWORKS 2016 Video Series Starting today I will share with you a new series of videos, quite a bit different from the ones I mentioned above. I will take each new SOLIDWORKS 2016 enhancement I like and TEST IT TO THE LIMITS. Let’s see how deep the functionality really is?! In the process I hope to start a conversation with you, the best SOLIDWORKS users in Canada and in the world. I am sure that together we will successfully: Discover new ways for using this amazing new functionality. Find workarounds where needed. Brainstorm ideas for further enhancing the functionality (will submit ERs if needed)….

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Convert Entities Tool can now Capture Internal Loops Automatically

When designing in the context of an assembly or within a single part reusing geometry from existing features is a common requirement to keep associativity and make your designs more intelligent. This intelligence capability is greatly enhancements with the sketch “Convert Entities” tool now supporting the option to automatically convert internal loops of a selected face or feature. No longer do you need to individually select internal loops or features resulting is a dramatic reduction in time and effort. How to convert internal loops To convert an entity’s internal loops or entities of a model face automatically use the Select all inner loops option in the Convert Entities PropertyManager: Start a new sketch use Insert > Sketch (or select Sketch from the Sketch Toolbar). Select the face that you want to convert to sketch entities, a new sketch will then be inserted onto the chosen face. Activate the Convert Entities Tool from Tools > Sketch Tools > Convert…

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When is a Fully Defined Sketch not Fully Defined? [VIDEO]

We all like Fully-Defined sketches. There’s no room for ambiguity. The sketch and resulting features are more stable. Rebuild times are improved. SolidWorks likes fully-defined sketches as well. And, when you’re editing a sketch, SolidWorks is kind enough to tell you when your sketch is fully defined. However, sometimes it will tell you the sketch is fully defined when it’s “fully defined enough,” meaning there may be under defined bits in it. I am, of course, referring to the endpoints of construction lines. However, I’ve recently learned that there are other instances when a “fully defined” sketch is not so.

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component that can be flattened

A recent customer query had us considering a number of different methods to create a roll of material. After a number of attempts using various methods, the following suggestion was to create a SOLIDWORKS rolled component using the sheet metal functionality, this technique came from technical sales manager Elton Smith at DS SOLIDWORKS. The advantage to this method is that the roll can be unrolled using the sheet metal tools within SOLIDWORKS. To create the desired spiral component, we will need to form two sketches on offset parallel planes. Each sketch will contain a copy of the original spiral, inserted into the sketches with the Convert Entities tool. Once the sketches are complete, it is time to use the Sheet Metal Lofted Bend tool. This will create a lofted section from your two projected sketches. The final result should be a rolled component. The Bonus to this method is that the SOLIDWORKS rolled component can then be unrolled, using…

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