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Imported Geometry

Slicing imported Mesh or Scanned Geometry into SOLIDWORKS Sketches

In a world that is moving more and more towards additive manufacturing as a primary method of creating our designs, working with mesh geometry is becoming ever more important. Whether this is a file that we’ve received from a customer, a supplier, or even geometry…

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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 Import Data and use it effectively in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Importing data into SOLIDWORKS

Did you know that SOLIDWORKS provides more than 30 translators to convert CAD data into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD format? Common 3D file formats that can be translated include 3D XML, IFC, 3DS, IGES, Parasolid®, ACIS, Autodesk Inventor® Rhino, SAT, Solid Edge®, CATIA®, STEP, and STL. But which format should you use? And what happens…

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Importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS as a Solid or Surface model

Occasionally I am asked if there is a way of importing STL files into SOLIDWORKS as a solid/surface model and not as a graphic body. Well the answer is yes, and it is pretty simple. All you need to do is follow these steps: 1. Start…

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SolidWorks Tutorial: Direct Modeling [VIDEO]

Some people will be shocked by the title of this article. How can you say that SolidWorks can do direct modeling when every operation you perform on the model is documented in the feature tree? Let me start by saying that if the definition of direct modeling includes loosing track of the operations you perform on the affected geometry, then SolidWorks does not have direct modeling capabilities. But if you need to modify existing solid bodies, regardless of how they were created, then I can tell you that SolidWorks has the capabilities that you are looking for! This video present a very good example on how you can perform a complex change affecting a local area of an imported body using SolidWorks. The update is…

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How to import Sheet Metal Geometry into SOLIDWORKS from STEP, Parasolid, IGES etc.

Importing model geometry can be a real pain if you don’t know how to apply some tricks.  We will take a look at a few techniques for SOLIDWORKS sheet metal import. Import Geometry When geometry is imported into SOLIDWORKS, a dialog appears and asks you…

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