SOLIDWORKS Sketch

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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SOLIDWORKS Equal Curvature Relation for Splines and Conics [VIDEO]

This is a great example of the benefits you get when you have a subscription contract with Javelin and SOLIDWORKS. A lot of people believe that service packs are just for fixing bugs in the software, but sometimes they also add new functionality to existing tools. SOLIDWORKS 2013 SP 2.0 comes with a few of such enhancements. In this video I am demonstrating the new SOLIDWORKS Equal Curvature Relation which can be added between conics and splines. Note: This relation works with all the conics sketch entities in SolidWorks: “Partial Ellipse, Parabola and Conic“

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A Quick Way to Purge ALL the Centerlines from a SOLIDWORKS Sketch [VIDEO]

Purge Centerlines

When you are looking for a fast way to save a SOLIDWORKS sketch to a 2D format like DXF or DWG, without all the construction geometry. This technique will help you save time in purging all the construction geometry from the sketch.

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How to dimension faster in a SOLIDWORKS Sketch [VIDEO]

My SOLIDWORKS pick of the day is the enhanced SOLIDWORKS dimension tool in the sketch environment. Now you can dimension sketch entities as you draw them, while still being able to add inferred relations. Mastering this technique could generate huge time savings for most SOLIDWORKS users. If you want to have any chance at winning the Model Mania competition at SOLIDWORKS World, you need to watch this video for a comprehensive demonstration of the new functionality:  

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