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SOLIDWORS Favorites Folder

SolidWorks 2013 empowers users with the ability to create shortcuts to almost any type of tree items (sketches, features, reference geometry, components) and group them in a Favorites Folder right at the top of the tree. Not only it will save designers a lot of time, but will enable better team collaboration. Without even being familiar with a given model, any team member will be able to find in seconds the main features in the Favorites Folder. This video shows how easy it is to declare any tree item as a Favorite and provides details on how to use this new functionality.

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Fill a Baby Bottle Using The Intersect Tool

When designing a bottle for your newborn baby, one of the main parameters you need to control is the bottle’s volume. While apparently a simple task, calculating the volume of an open recipient has never been an easy task in SolidWorks. The new Intersect Tool introduce by SolidWorks 2013 is a game changer in this regard. Capping and filling a bottle is now a simple two step process… like in real life: Cap the bottle Fill the bottle. Later on this week, I will take on an even more complex challenge: how to determine the half full level for the same bottle. Until then, enjoy the video showing the bottle being filled to capacity. In order to appreciate the huge benefits of using the newest SolidWorks release,…

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Fast Edge Selection

When applyIng a fillet feature to a lot of edges, the most time consuming part is selecting them. In SolidWorks 2012 and prior, selecting edges based on rules was available only when using the FilletXpert. Because of that, the user’s options were restricted to applying constant radius fillets only. Starting with SolidWorks 2013, this functionality has been extended to manual fillets, offering fast edge selection for constant and variable radius fillets. This video presents two different techniques for saving time while filleting. In more complex models, these workflows can potentially save minutes or even hours of what it is in the end a very boring and repetitive task.

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SOLIDWORKS Convert View to Sketch

I have to confess, this is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that, at the first sight, I considered less important than the others. Why would I ever need to convert a drawing view to a sketch??? Well… guess what! The other day a customer of mine called asking if there is any way in SolidWorks to mirror a drawing view. He wanted to avoid having to create the model for the opposite hand part, since the only thing needed on his detail drawing was an extra ISO view, as a visual indication that the main part was to be produced in pairs. His request got me thinking about a new functionality introduced by SolidWorks 2013… Watch this video to see the solution I…

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Conjuring a Solid Out of Thin Air with the Intersect Tool

People who have seen it in action say that the Intersect Tool is a Game Changer. Imagine you take existing surface bodies, solid bodies and even planes and throw them in a boiling pot. Let them intersect themselves for a while (about half a second), then pick and choose whatever pieces or combination of pieces you need. The result is spectacular: one or more solid bodies created very fast. Once you master this new command, you will find out that your feature tree becomes quite a bit shorter! Intersect can replace whole clusters of features like: Split, Combine Add, Combine Subtract, Combine Common, Trim, Copy Bodies, Delete Bodies, Cut with Surface or Replace Face. In this video, I am just playing with the Intersect Tool. Watch…

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – Varying Dimensions Patterns

This is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that has the potential to save you, the designer, anywhere between minutes to hours. I am not exaggerating! You can now automate your designs like never before! You will replace tens or even hundreds of features with one smart feature pattern just by varying sketch dimensions from the seed feature(s). Watch this video and let me know if you agree with me that this technique will save you time and money. Enjoy and do not hesitate to subscribe to the Javelin Channel for more tech tips like this one.

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 Video Series

There is no secret that I am delighted with the new enhancements introduced by SolidWorks 2013. I explored the new functionality quite a bit during the Beta period and I was pleased to notice that most enhancements were picked from popular user wish-lists posted on…

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Using the Sketch Pattern to Simulate the Hole Series Behaviour at Part Level

The HOLE SERIES is a powerful time saver that enables the creation of different type of holes, parametrically linked together, on the components of an assembly. Imagine that you want to create counterbore holes in the top plate, clearance holes in the middle plates and tapped holes in the bottom plate. Of course, you need all these holes to be driven by one sketch; so, should you move, delete or add points in that sketch, all the holes would be influenced by that. If you work in assembly mode, good for you; the HOLE SERIES tool will do all of the above. But what can you do if you want to parametrically link various types of holes in a part model?   Watch this video…

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Time Saver – Predetermined Zoom in SolidWorks Drawings

Just a little tip that can save you big time when working with your drawings.

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