SOLIDWORKS Assembly

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 Saving Tip: Find the Exploded Steps of Each Component

The Exploded View in SolidWorks works pretty nice. Not only it is very easy to define each explode step, but once defined, they can be modified on the fly. Just select one of the explode steps from the configuration manager/ feature tree and the components affected by…

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Be careful when adding downloaded SOLIDWORKS Fasteners to your assembly

SOLIDWORKS Fastener

I recently had a discussion during one of my SOLIDWORKS training classes regarding common websites that everyone was using to download SOLIDWORKS fasteners for use in assemblies. Some of the most popular sites that came up during our discussion were: McMaster Carr Reid Supply Fastenall GrabCAD 3DContentCentral All…

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Why DO Assemblies take longer to open over the network??

If you have ever had to wait a painfully long period of time for a large assembly to open while loading the files from a network location, you’ve likely asked this question.  We had the opportunity at SolidWorks World 2011 to find out exactly why this is.  The following details are courtesy of Mark Johnson, one of the Senior Technical Support Engineers at SolidWorks. Most simply put, the “path” that files have to follow to open from a local hard drive is as follows: − Harddrive -> (Mainboard) Southbridge – > CPU – > (Mainboard) Northbridge – > Ram – and OPEN! If you then compare this against the file path when opening a file from the network: − Ethernet Card – > Router\switch\hub ->…

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