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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Chamfer Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Chamfer

If you have been working with SOLIDWORKS for a while, you have likely noticed the lack of attention that the Chamfer tool has received from year to year (it’s cousin the fillet, always seemed to get the good stuff). Before you make that call to…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert an existing Chamfer to a Fillet & back again!

Using the “Offset Face” or “Face-Face” chamfer options within SOLIDWORKS 2017, grants us an additional ability! We can now swap back and forth between a fillet and a chamfer if needed! To do this right-click on either the “Offset Face” or “Face-Face” Chamfer. And select Convert…

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How to Copy and Paste SOLIDWORKS Features

Let’s say you’ve created a feature in SOLIDWORKS that you really like. If you really like something, you want more of it, so rather than re-creating it, we are going to copy and paste it. Copying SOLIDWORKS features is as easy as copying text in…

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How to create a SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Favorite

If you frequently use a particular Hole Wizard hole, instead of re-entering the parameters each time you launch the Hole Wizard command, you can save those settings as a Hole Wizard Favorite. Each Hole Type can have it’s own list of Hole Wizard Favorites. Creating a SOLIDWORKS Hole…

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SOLIDWORKS Dynamic MIRROR | ЯOЯЯIM

Dynamic Mirror Sketch

See what I did there? I used Character Map to get a backwards R, then used symmetric letters to make the word MIRROR appear to be mirrored! What a complex process for such a simple trick. Thankfully, in SOLIDWORKS, the process can be delightfully simple….

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Curvature Continuous Edge Fillets – Constant or Variable Size

SOLIDWORKS 2016 now includes the option to set your edge fillets (constant or variable size) to be Curvature Continuous Edge Fillets for a smoother transition to adjacent faces.  This also applies to the Asymmetric fillet parameter.  Previously the Curvature Continuous profile was only available with Face Fillets….

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SOLIDWORKS Flex Feature for bending, stretching, tapering, and twisting your parts

Baluster twist with Flex feature

SOLIDWORKS is a very diverse application and there are many different ways of creating more complicated non-standard geometry. I’ve found that users will typically use the Sweep or Loft feature as they are well developed tools that include many different construction options to help you obtain the required…

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Creating Threads in SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing [VIDEO]

For years, the ability to create a realistic thread in SolidWorks was something of artistic fantasy; a way to demonstrate your proficiency in SolidWorks. The rebuild times on a small assembly would be long enough to get a warm beverage, and on larger assemblies it…

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