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SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Designer Tutorial: Best Practices for Defining Features [VIDEO]

This video explores the different outcomes between selecting a sketch object, a sketch, one or more edges, or even a face when defining features in SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. Looks like old best practices hold true for SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual: Always select the BIGGEST ENTITY you…

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SOLIDWORKS Sketch Relations Summary

The SOLIDWORKS Online Help provides a summary of all of the SOLIDWORKS sketch relations available. There is something missing from this table, it should show the icons associated with each relation.  These are the symbols you see when you select the entities described under entities…

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When is a Fully Defined Sketch not Fully Defined? [VIDEO]

We all like Fully-Defined sketches. There’s no room for ambiguity. The sketch and resulting features are more stable. Rebuild times are improved. SolidWorks likes fully-defined sketches as well. And, when you’re editing a sketch, SolidWorks is kind enough to tell you when your sketch is fully defined. However, sometimes it will tell you the sketch is fully defined when it’s “fully defined enough,” meaning there may be under defined bits in it. I am, of course, referring to the endpoints of construction lines. However, I’ve recently learned that there are other instances when a “fully defined” sketch is not so.

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SOLIDWORKS Replace Sketch Entity [VIDEO]

Doesn’t matter if you are The Company Owner, a Manager, a SolidWorks Expert or just a SolidWorks Beginner, you will be extremely happy taking advantage of the most important enhancement introduced to SolidWorks this year: the ability to replace sketch entities. As the owner, CEO or manager you will notice how much faster your design team will be able to change their design intent during all phases of the design process. What before would take them hours can be done now in seconds. Moreover, the number of errors in your drawings and, ultimately, in your products will decrease by an order of magnitude! If you are a SolidWorks Power User, a large portion of your work time was most likely dedicated troubleshooting and fixing your colleagues models after they…

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The Greatest Time Saver – Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 [VIDEO Tutorial]

Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 will save the world about 2,500 user-years annually!!! It is a bit ironic that you will most likely not notice a little SolidWorks 2014 enhancement which will provide the biggest productivity boost to the whole SolidWorks Community. Scaling the entities in the first sketch, based on the first applied dimension, is such a simple concept! A concept that will be used by every SolidWorks user, a concept that works seamlessly and which will save you time and your company money! How much time, you ask? It depends on how many parts you create from scratch and how complex are the first sketches in each part. Let’s say you need to create 10 new parts per day. You will save about 30 seconds per part, altogether around 5 minutes each…

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SOLIDWORKS Path Length Dimension [VIDEO]

SOLIDWORKS Path Length Dimension

New in SOLIDWORKS is the ability to dimension the overall length of a chain of sketch entities. Imagine you have to dimension the length of a wire or chain, without knowing its shape. For example a path length dimension can drive a full sketch where you…

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Marble Roller Coaster Create Start of Loop (Part 6 of many) [VIDEO]

Create Loop Start To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. Many people believe that the shape of the loop should be circular, the problem with a circular loop is that it has an abrupt change in curvature and in the case of…

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Marble Roller Coaster Create Straight Segment (Part 5 of many) [VIDEO]

Create Straight Segment To read the previous article of this series, CLICK HERE. To create a new part from this library part, double click it in the design library, then save as, call the first one Straight.sldprt. Insert a sketch on the largest face of…

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Marble Roller Coaster – Designing Connectors (Part 2 of many) [VIDEO]

To read the first part of this series of articles, please CLICK HERE. The next step is to design the connectors. The marble is represented by a circle, a typical marble is 5/8” diameter so that is what I am designing for. There is a…

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