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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Interference Detection on Multibody Parts

The SOLIDWORKS 2019 Interference Detection tool can be used directly on a multibody part.  This is very useful to check weldment parts (or multibody sheet metal parts) for any potential interferences that need to be reviewed.  Previous versions required other solutions such as combine or inserting into…

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How do I run SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection on a Multibody Part?

One of the main evaluation tools in an assembly is Interference Detection. This command shows any possible interference between components so that we can modify the parts and prevent issues in manufacturing. Designing multibody parts is very similar to working with an assembly; and the…

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SOLIDWORKS Indent Cut feature instead of Combine/Subtract

When working in a multibody part you sometimes have overlapping regions and you need to remove the common volume from one of the bodies.  In this example I inserted a derived part as a separate body.  Notice the interfering areas where we want a groove…

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SolidWorks Tutorial – Fill an Assembly Cavity to Determine its Volume

In the past articles, we demonstrated the use of the new Intersect Tool for quickly filling an existing cavity with a solid body in order to calculate its volume. That works fine at the part level, but how can you achieve the same thing in an assembly? How can you “fill” the cavity or cavities created between all components of the assembly with material in order to calculate the volume of the “void”? Watch this video and learn how to combine Boolean operations at the assembly level with multibody workflows at the part level:

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SOLIDWORKS Weldment Interference Detection

If you’ve ever made a weldment in SOLIDWORKS , then you know how easy it is to create a multibody part without really having to think about it all too much. I mean, SOLIDWORKS automatically recognizes the cut lengths for structural members and makes a cut list…

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Alin’s SW 2013 Pick of the Day – Fill External Cavities with Discrete Bodies Using the Intersect Tool

Last week I showed you how to use the new Intersect tool for simplifying your model by filling its internal cavities. Today let’s consider the situation where you need to fill the external cavities from the Mr. Smiley model with discrete solid bodies in order to 3D print the end result with a bi-material printer from the Objet Connex family. This video proposes two different solutions for this challenge. Can you think of more?

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Total Control for the Bend Allowance in Multibody Sheet Metal Parts

You have to upgrade to SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0 in order to have total control over the bend allowance for multibody sheet metal parts. Note: Many thanks to Anna Wood for making me aware about this new functionality!!! While the ability to control the thickness, default radius and the bend allowance at the body level has been implemented in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, the workflow was not really intuitive for the user (read this article for more information about how this functionality worked in SolidWorks 2013 SP0, SP1 and SP2). Starting with SolidWorks 2013 SP3.0, there is a new checkbox for the bend allowance at the body level that can control where the information is coming from: either from the Sheet Metal feature at the part level…

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Flat Pattern Views for Sheet Metal Multi-body Parts

SOLIDWORKS has supported sheet metal multi-body parts for the last two releases, but that still came as a pleasant surprise for me. The advantages are huge and clear — you can design all your sheet metal components in the context of one part, generate a…

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Name BODIES Once and For All

Bodies taking the name of the last feature.

Have you noticed how your Solid or Surface Bodies are taking the name of the last feature applied to them (fig.1). This behavior continues as you add new features and can be a source for confusion. Fortunately the solution is quite simple.

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