SOLIDWORKS 2016

Tech tips for SOLIDWORKS 2016

SOLIDWORKS Automatic Drawing Border Tool

The latest release now includes a SOLIDWORKS Automatic Drawing Border Tool for your Sheet Formats.  Previously these were just sketch entities that needed to be manually changed based on the existing defaults. To create a Drawing Border First pick the new Sheet Format tab on the CommandManager, which provides quicker…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 PropertyManager Expandable Input Boxes

The new SOLIDWORKS 2016 User Interface overhaul also allowed developers to include small changes that can make a world of a difference.  Case in point, the ability to expand the PropertyManager input boxes.  Previously if you had more than a few selections, you may have…

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2016 Bolts and Pins on the Same Part

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2016 now supports the ability to apply Bolts and Pins that start and end on the same body. Bolt Connector For Bolt connectors, be sure to apply the “Bolt series” option under Advanced Options to the hole faces of other components that are…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Component Preview Window

Have you ever needed to add a mate to that one particular face which is hidden behind other components?  You’ve probably rotated around, zoomed in, used Select Other, perhaps hid some components (try hovering over a component and hit Tab!), or maybe used the useful…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Split the FeatureManager with ease

With the new User Interface in SOLIDWORKS 2016, there have been several subtle changes that makes life a little easier.  One example is a larger divider bar to split the FeatureManager between the Design Tree and Configuration tabs.  While this may seem like a small change, it can…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Planning & PDM Implementation Events

Join us for a SOLIDWORKS 2016 Event in a Canadian city near you to learn about the most impactful updates included in the latest release and how successful customers are using the new software. During the event you will discover the tools that will help you…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Mirror Assembly Features

SOLIDWORKS 2016 now introduces the ability to mirror assembly features.  The mirrored feature will propagate down to the part level only if the parent feature is also propagated down to the part. NOTE: If you receive an error when mirroring a Hole Series feature, try…

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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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New methods of converting Surface into Solid with SOLIDWORKS

When working with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS you would typically be converting Surface into Solid using the Knit Surface or Thicken Surface feature. But with the latest versions of SOLIDWORKS you now have the ability to create a solid using the Boundary Surface or the Trim Surface features, provided…

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