Modeling

Direct Editing, a SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial [VIDEO]

I really like the local “Convert to Direct Edit” functionality of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. It means that you do not need to lose the whole recipe of the product, but only replace selected feature(s) with direct edit entities. The whole Direct Editing (also called Direct Modeling) process…

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Using SOLIDWORKS Direct Modeling to modify an imported model without feature history [VIDEO]

Direct Modeling

How can you modify a model without history? Use the SOLIDWORKS direct modeling tools to reverse engineer an existing model. When you need to create tooling or fixtures for your customer parts, it is often necessary to remove all the details that will not be produced by your tooling, or…

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Adding Setback Distances to your SOLIDWORKS Multiple Radius Fillet [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Multiple Radius Fillet

Using the Setback option when creating a SOLIDWORKS Multiple Radius Fillet can award you with a near infinite way to blend adjoining surfaces together to develop smoother transitions on your corners.  The video below will take you through the steps. Learn more about Fillets Attend…

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SOLIDWORKS Feature Order

SOLIDWORKS Feature Order

In the SolidWorks Essential course we provide students with techniques for creating efficient models. One of the many techniques I teach my students is the proper order in which to create features Create boss extrudes before creating cut extrudes: A boss extrude may back fill cut extrude requiring an additional cut-extrude….

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Circular Chamfer on Non-Circular Edges

When you need to make a circular chamfer around the edges of a non-circular part, such as a nut, you might start with a profile sketch for the chamfer and use a Revolved Cut to create the feature.

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Select like a Pro with Power and Advanced Select

You may have noticed the Select tool in the menu toolbar is always highlighted.  But have you seen the drop-down menu beside the button?  This provides some quick selection filters and custom selection options.

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