SOLIDWORKS Add-in

SOLIDWORKS Costing Pack and Go to include Template and Report

SOLIDWORKS Costing information is saved with the model files after it has been calculated.  When you open this model on another computer you will get a prompt that the referenced Costing Template (.SLDCTM, .SLDCTC, .SLDCTS) is missing on the computer, but you can save out a temporary template file from the Costing information saved within the file. If changes are to be made and all the template information is required, there is a Costing Pack and Go functionality.  This will automatically include the Costing Template and model files in a ZIP folder.  You can also include the Costing Report. The ZIP file contains all items in the same folder.  You can then copy to the Costing Template to the templates folder on the new computer to be used for future costing calculations (Options > File Locations > Costing Templates).

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What’s New for SOLIDWORKS 2017 Add-in The Steel Detailer [WEBINAR]

SOLIDWORKS Steel Detailer 2017

To take advantage of the enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2017; there is a new 2017 release of The Steel Detailer (TSD) gold partner add-in software. TSD has been updated to give you better performance and reduce your workload. We will be hosting a live What’s New webinar for The Steel Detailer 2017 on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 11:30 AM (EDT). What’s New Webinar Preview Here is a sneak peak of two of my personal favorite new features in the Steel Detailer 2017. 1. Delay Connection Build TSD realizes that sometimes sitting there waiting for a connection to complete can get a little boring, so they have created a new feature under settings in the PropertyManager on Insert and Copy Connection, where you can delay the build. So instead of inserting a connection and waiting for the automated processes of making the dummy components match the selected sections, coping, cutting, drilling, adjusting the bolt quantities, the bolt grip, the bolt length and the…

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SOLIDWORKS and ExactFlat make the design of soft goods easy [VIDEO]

Soft Goods Design

Soft goods design such as shoes, bags, bedding etc., come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Since shoes, for example, are so common it is easy to underestimate the effort that goes into designing the perfect fitting shoe. That being said, you can quickly tell the difference between high and low quality shoes by simply walking around in them. Soft goods design is not as simple as you would imagine, there are a number of steps that must be done prior to manufacturing. With the help of a SOLIDWORKS add-in called ExactFlat, the process can be done much more efficiently. The Manufacturing Process The soft goods design and manufacturing process begins with a 3D CAD model that needs to be flattened into 2D geometry. The traditional method of flattening involves a master pattern maker piecing together the design over a 3D form to look for sags or wrinkles and eliminating them. ExactFlat uses various algorithms to…

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SOLIDWORKS Database is Missing! Complete functionality will not be available?

Have you ever seen these messages before when launching SOLIDWORKS? SolidWorks Database Missing. Complete functionality will not be available. Or what about this SOLIDWORKS error message? Failed to initialize Toolbox Library Not to worry!  This only means that the Hole Wizard/Toolbox functionality has failed to find an important database file, SWBrowser.mdb. Solving the SOLIDWORKS Database Missing Issue The fix is simple.  Open your SOLIDWORKS options under Tools > Options and select “Hole Wizard/Toolbox” from the System Options tab. The path specified under the “Hole Wizard and Toolbox folder” must contain the folders \lang\english and the english folder must contain the file SWBrowser.mdb.  With a default installation of SolidWorks, you would set the options to point to C:\SolidWorks Data, and the MDB file would be located under C:\SolidWorks Data\lang\english\SWBrowser.mdb. So if you have the error messages, browse to the folder specified in your Toolbox options and see if there is indeed the \lang\english\SWBrowser.mdb file….

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NEW In SolidWorks 2012 – SolidWorks Part Reviewer

A new feature added in SolidWorks 2012 is the SolidWorks Part Reviewer Add-In.  This new tool can be used to review, step-by-step, the features used to create the geometry of a part. Many SolidWorks users are aware that an effective way to learn how to create advanced geometry is to dissect and analyze models created by others.  Previously this could be done by use of the Rollback Bar, however the new Part Reviewer Add-In automates the process.

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Are Bulk Selections costing you valuable time?….. Try Power Select!

  Have you every had to fight your way through a model performing several CTRL+Select operations as you are attempting to apply an appearance to a few faces or a specific type of face in your model. It is a question we run into every so often on the support lines here at Javelin and the caller often states “There must be a better way to make these selections that having to select each and every individual face.” As it turns out we do have a tool that can help us make these selections quickly, along with a degree of refinement not available elsewhere in SolidWorks. Enter at Stage Right, Power Select!  As it turns out it’s been with us the entire time (At least since SolidWorks 2004). With every other release of SolidWorks it seems Power Select gets an upgrade to its growing list of capabilities. Total integration of…

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How to substitute a custom elbow into a Pipe Route

Pick Replace Fitting

When Pipe Routing you may need to have an elbow that has a drain or weldolet on it.  This is actually easily accomplished.  Simply model the modified elbow and use the replace fitting command to swap it into the route.  Best results are likely achieved if you save a copy of your default elbow and modify it to suit and then swap in the copy.

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Notes on combining multiple Routing library files

Configuration Properties

To speed up the Pipe Routing process or simplify your library, it may help you to combine similar routing parts into one file.  You can make configurations with different Material Properties for example.  Just make sure to have the configuration specific routing property “Pipe Identifier” a discreet value for each configuration in the case of the pipe part file.  Also, you can use the “User Specified” Configuration properties option for the part number in the BOM  (See image below).  The BOM part number can also be entered into the Design Table if the part has one.

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