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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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How to Reverse an Offset Dimension [VIDEO]

Reversing sketch dimensions is one of the best time saving enhancements introduced by Solidworks 2009. It applies to 99% of the driven dimensions at the sketch level. At this time (SolidWorks 2012) the only type of sketch dimension which cannot be easily reversed is the…

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SOLIDWORKS Convert View to Sketch

I have to confess, this is one of the new enhancements in SolidWorks 2013 that, at the first sight, I considered less important than the others. Why would I ever need to convert a drawing view to a sketch??? Well… guess what! The other day a customer of mine called asking if there is any way in SolidWorks to mirror a drawing view. He wanted to avoid having to create the model for the opposite hand part, since the only thing needed on his detail drawing was an extra ISO view, as a visual indication that the main part was to be produced in pairs. His request got me thinking about a new functionality introduced by SolidWorks 2013… Watch this video to see the solution I…

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Accessing Extrudes from Sketch Short-cut

I came across this tip at the 2012 SolidWorks World (exchanging tips and information is one of the many reasons to attend SolidWorks World). I wish I could remember the name of the person who gave me this tip so I could give him credit for the…

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Using the Wrap Feature to Create a Barrel Cam

Let’s model together a barrel cam. Watch this video first:

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SOLIDWORKS Loft Bend Problems and Solutions

If I were to compare the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal module with an Opera Company and you (the SOLIDWORKS user) with the director, then the Loft Bend would be a wanna-be diva; a spectacular feature with lots of potential but also very temperamental. The Loft Bend is unique among all the Sheet Metal features and, because of that, thinks very highly of herself. Her contract has to be “just so” in order to even consider appearing on the scene. For example: She will sing in 2 acts only (2 sketch planes), no more no less. She will wear only 2 dresses with hip high side slits (2 open sketches) She will create a scandal if, after her first performance, critical reviews are less than stellar. Most times, if you ask her to change…

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