SOLIDWORKS Configuration

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People buy from people they like.  Buyers like people who give them a great product at a great price.  Buyers also place a high value on a fast, accurate quote, especially on a customized item. Let’s say your sales rep has a great meeting and…

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Suppressing SOLIDWORKS Sketch Relations

Greetings, fellow SOLIDWORKS user! A neat trick that not many users are aware of is the ability to suppress a sketch relation. While this may not seem like the type of thing that needs to be done very often, it’s very useful when it is…

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SOLIDWORKS EPDM Data Card Configuration Setting

When viewing an EPDM data card for a file, by default the active configuration is displayed. This behavior can be controlled, to display the as built (@) configuration instead. This is done by clearing ‘Set focus to active configuration‘  from Display > Options.

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Using the Modify Configurations Table in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

For many users, both new and more experienced, working with files with multiple Configurations can get very complicated and confusing, especially if several different variables are being controlled in the various configurations.  To help manage this, one thing I recommend to all my students starting…

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New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 – Access your Configurations with a new Toolbar [VIDEO]

Accessing the various configurations of a model or an assembly has never been easier, as we now have an additional spot within the SOLIDWORKS interface to switch configurations – the CONFIGURATIONS TOOLBAR. The advantage with this toolbar is that it can be located anywhere and…

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SolidWorks Simulation – Duplicating Studies for Different Configurations

Sometimes you may have setup your entire SolidWorks Simulation study with all connections, fixtures and loads, and then you realize you used the wrong configuration.  They might be very similar but if you activate the correct configuration, you will notice that your study is greyed…

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How to reduce SOLIDWORKS File Size with Multiple Exploded Views

For some users reducing the file size is a must, especially for large assemblies. Before the release of SolidWorks 2013, having multiple exploded views in one assembly implied creating multiple configurations (one for each exploded view) and, since each configuration saves all its Parasolid data, a huge assembly file. SOLIDWORKS provides an elegant solution to this problem by allowing multiple exploded views in each configuration. As a result the file size stays small and, at the same time, important time savings are achieved. In this video I am going beyond just showcasing the new functionality by presenting a complete assembly explode process, comparing the 2012 and 2013 workflows.

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Alin’s SW2013 Pick of the Day – You Decide: Fast or Small…

The 14th video from the What’s Really New in SolidWorks 2013 series presents one of the most popular SolidWorks enhancement requests of this millennium: give the user the ability to control the file size of a SolidWorks model. SolidWorks 2013 offers users for the first time a degree of control in this matter. Now users can decide where is the right balance between fast openings and file sizes, having the ability to purge the Parasolid model data from non-active configurations. Emailing files to your customers or suppliers becomes possible again, since purging the model data from multiconfiguration models should reduce the file size to a fraction of the original. Also, when you backup your file set, you will find out that you need much less space than before. The cherry on the cake is…

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Did you know that you can configure sketch planes too?

Configurations are the perfect time savers when needing to create families of parts or assemblies. The items that are being configured most of the times are dimensions, features and components. But did you know you can also configure equations, sketch constraints, external sketch relations, colors,…

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