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Why is SOLIDWORKS unable to locate my Assembly Components?

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I’m sure you’ve seen this before.  After opening up a SOLIDWORKS assembly file, there is a message that a file cannot be located and you must browse for it yourself or the component will be suppressed.  Or perhaps this message was dismissed so the assembly opens…

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SolidWorks 2014 – Selected Components for Section Views [VIDEO]

SolidWorks 2014 adds new functionality to the Section View tool.  Now you can select components to exclude from the section, or alternatively select only the components you want to include.  This provides the ability to see through portions of your model without cutting everything.  The…

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SOLIDWORKS Recent Documents now provides Open options

Enhancements have been added to the SOLIDWORKS Recent Documents window.  The SOLIDWORKS Recent Documents dialog can be opened through File > Browse Recent Documents, or press the keyboard shortcut “r”. Now in SOLIDWORKS, hovering over a recent document has the option to expand the Open…

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How to Replace Model in SOLIDWORKS Drawing View

The latest version of SOLIDWORKS has the ability to replace model in SOLIDWORKS drawing view when the drawing is open.  In previous releases, the drawing would need to be closed and then go to File > Open, select the drawing file and click the References…

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SolidWorks 2014 – Bent Lofted Bends [VIDEO]

The Lofted-Bend tool in SolidWorks has now been enhanced giving you the option to created formed lofts or made up of several bent segments.  The new Bent option gives you several methods to control the number of bends in each region.  This provides a more…

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SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar will help you to avoid editing the wrong Features and reduce your Rebuild time

SOLIDWORKS Freeze Bar

If you haven’t used the SOLIDWORKS freeze bar before, here’s how you can become a little “cooler”.  This functionality was added in SOLIDWORKS 2012 and it’s a great way to reduce the rebuild times of your complex part files when working on them and avoid editing…

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SolidWorks: Animating a 6DOF Robot from Point to Point [VIDEO]

Suppose you need to make an animation of a 6 degree-of-freedom robot. However you only need to show the end-effector moving from point A to point B to point C, etc. You aren’t concerned with the movement of each joint at the moment. Have you ever tried free-dragging something with six degrees of freedom? I guarantee you will have it flipping around and inverting due to the fact that there are too many positions and orientations possible. As you are looking at a 2-dimensional screen, the robot could be at any depth; and it’s also possible to satisfy the position with the joints inverted. So how would you go about animating this robot? You could run some inverse kinematics to determine each joint position required for the…

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Creating Your Own Sheet Metal Forming Tool [VIDEO]

There are several Sheet Metal Forming tools available in the Design Library that can be easily dragged onto a Sheet Metal part to add features.  Just be aware that SolidWorks Sheet Metal does not account for material deformation during the forming process.  The part will…

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Find Supplier Content or Post your Own in 3D ContentCentral

Within the Design Library in the Task Pane, there is database of SolidWorks files provided by suppliers and other users.  This can be helpful to browse for suppliers and insert their stock parts into your models.  Or you can become a supplier yourself for millions…

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