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Changing SOLIDWORKS Dimensions to reflect changing design intent

Okay, so you’ve spent some time designing a part and then you go to make a change and realize that your Design Intent has changed. Changing design intent involves changing SOLIDWORKS dimensions. Let me give you an example: So in the above example, I thought…

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Get a list of all the parametric dimensions and variables in a SOLIDWORKS Part

With users migration to SOLIDWORKS from so many other CAD systems, one of the…(Ahem..) “deficiencies” we hear about is the lack of a singular location to see a list of all of your SOLIDWORKS parametric dimensions and variables within a part. Sometimes a list like…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 New “Equal Curve Length” Sketch Relation [TUTORIAL]

This is the second article from the “What’s Really New in SOLIDWORKS 2016” series, where we continue to extensively test the new functionality introduced in the latest version of SOLIDWORKS. For the first time in 10 years, SOLIDWORKS added a new relation to the sketch environment…

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3D Printed Aircraft designed by two-person team through trial-and-error approach

Unmanned Aerial System

Inspired by an Air Force defense program, SelectTech Geospatial proved that an innovative company could make a UAS (unmanned aerial system) quickly and with limited resources. SelectTech’s test flight also marked the first time a 3D printed aircraft took off and landed on its own…

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The Greatest Time Saver – Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 [VIDEO Tutorial]

Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 will save the world about 2,500 user-years annually!!! It is a bit ironic that you will most likely not notice a little SolidWorks 2014 enhancement which will provide the biggest productivity boost to the whole SolidWorks Community. Scaling the entities in the first sketch, based on the first applied dimension, is such a simple concept! A concept that will be used by every SolidWorks user, a concept that works seamlessly and which will save you time and your company money! How much time, you ask? It depends on how many parts you create from scratch and how complex are the first sketches in each part. Let’s say you need to create 10 new parts per day. You will save about 30 seconds per part, altogether around 5 minutes each…

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Dimension Input History: Love it? Hate it?

SolidWorks 2013 introduced hundreds of enhancements creating a big stir of excitement in the user community. Most of the enhancements were a “love at first sight”, like conics, varying dimension patterns and intersect. However some of the others were not that well received by the…

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Marble Roller Coaster Create Straight Segment (Part 5 of many) [VIDEO]

Create Straight Segment To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. To create a new part from this library part, double click it in the design library, then save as, call the first one Straight.sldprt. Insert a sketch on the largest face of…

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How to Reverse an Offset Dimension [VIDEO]

Reversing sketch dimensions is one of the best time saving enhancements introduced by Solidworks 2009. It applies to 99% of the driven dimensions at the sketch level. At this time (SolidWorks 2012) the only type of sketch dimension which cannot be easily reversed is the…

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Show Properties with Linked Dimensions on a BOM in Different Units

Using linked dimensions from properties on a BOM is very useful.  They are all linked so everything will update together. The problem is if the drawing and the part have different unit system, the values on the BOM will not show up correctly.  Fortunately, there…

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