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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 complain about the Chamfer’s well being and emotional state — take a look at the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Chamfer! The Chamfer PropertyManager has been updated to deliver its options in the same easy interface as the Fillet tool as shown below: SOLIDWORKS 2017 now delivers two new types of chamfers — “Offset Face” and “Face Face”. How’s that for some long overdue attention! Watch the video below to learn more about the modeling enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017 including the Chamfer update: SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017; including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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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 Chamfer to Fillet from the shortcut menu Then choose the Feature Type (Fillet or Chamfer) and select the “OK” checkmark to complete the change. As shown in the figure below the chamfer has now been changed into a fillet, and could be converted back again if required. SOLIDWORKS 2017 Resources SOLIDWORKS Convert Chamfer is just one of the new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017. Access our resources page to get everything you need to learn what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2017, including tech tips, demonstrations, and upcoming product webinars. WHAT’S NEW RESOURCES

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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 a document, or files in Windows Explorer. Let’s take a simple example: Two methods of copying SOLIDWORKS features: The first is to hold down the CTRL key, then drag & drop the feature to where you want to copy it to. The second method is to use CTRL+C, then pick where you want it to paste to and use CTRL+V. Behold the result: I should point out that they are not parametrically linked. If I make a change to the original feature it has no effect on the newly copied feature. This works for Boss-Extrudes, Cut-Extrudes, Fillets and Chamfers, Revolves, and Hole Wizard Holes. Copying from…

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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 Wizard Favorite Saved Favorites include all the hole’s parameters: Type; Size (including custom sizing); Fit; End Condition and Options. Click the “Add or Update Favorite” button to add the Favorite parameters to the local database for the Hole Wizard Favorites.  Once you’ve clicked the button to add the Favorite, you MUST click OK on the Hole Wizard dialog and finish creating the hole for the Favorite to be committed to the database. Once the Favorite is added, the next time you want to use a hole of exactly that size, simply select the Hole Type, then pick the Favorite from the drop list. Sharing a…

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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. I have two methods for doing this in a sketch: Mirror or Dynamic Mirror. You can access both of these tools from the Tools > Sketch Tools menu: Please keep in mind that Dynamic Mirror is not shown on the Sketch tab of the CommandManager by default. I highly suggest that you make use of the Command Search to drag and drop the command onto the Command Manager, though. Mirror Let’s talk about the first one. The Mirror command is intended to be used on sketch entities that have already been created. If one of your sketch entities is a centre line, then lucky you: you can just…

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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. You can preview the clean transition between the faces by enabling the View > Display > Surface Curvature Combs. Or View > Display > Curvature which produces the coloured display shown in the figure below: More SOLIDWORKS 2016 Tips To learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2016 software you can review other SOLIDWORKS 2016 update posts here. You might also consider attending a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course where you can learn how to obtain new SOLIDWORKS skills. Learn more about our Update Training.

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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 shape. But in some instances another tool that you may want to consider, which is quicker and easier to use, is the SOLIDWORKS Flex feature. Often overshadowed by the sweep feature, this tool is really helpful when it comes to quickly creating a complicated twisted, stretched, or bent shape. Take this Baluster Spindle for example, this model is quick and easy to create with the Flex feature: Now I’m not going to go through a whole long tutorial on how to use the Flex feature, in fact SOLIDWORKS have created their own tutorial video below which I recommend you check out. Instead I’ll go over a couple of applications for…

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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 would be long enough for me to fly somewhere on vacation. Nevertheless, with the arrival of 3D Printers, the need to create very accurate 3D CAD models of threaded parts is less fantasy and more reality. Of course, there are no shortage of videos out there demonstrating how to model threads in SolidWorks. However, to my knowledge, none of them focus on any sort of “best practices” for creating a thread for 3D Printing. Some testing we had previously done here at Javelin led us to some pretty complex calculations regarding offsets and gaps at Maximum Material Condition (MMC), but at the end of the…

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