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Creating a Surface from a Mesh Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2018

When a *.stl or *.obj file is imported into SOLIDWORKS, the 3D model opens in a tessellated or meshed form. All faces are broken into some triangular faces. Round faces will have more segments than flat faces. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 a *.stl file could be converted into solid body, however, it will still be tessellated. New in SOLIDWORKS 2018 is the Surface From Mesh tool, it lets you…

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Expanded use of the Perpendicular Mate in SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS Perpendicular Mate

Like many enhancements that come along during any SOLIDWORKS release cycle, it seems like the ability to add a SOLIDWORKS perpendicular mate between a complex (Non-analytic) surface and a linear entity, may get overlooked rather easily. UNLESS this is the exact feature you have been waiting for! A number of years ago I bumped into a designer who was working on a biopsy device to…

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How to use SOLIDWORKS Surfaces as Reference Geometry for Mates

SOLIDWORKS Surface Reference Geometry

Dummy/reference surfaces can be utilized for various design situations in SOLIDWORKS. Due to the fact that the surfaces have no thickness and do not contribute to the weight or mass properties of the parts or assemblies. Surfaces are useful as reference geometry and can then be hidden from view.  In this blog as describe an example of using dummy surfaces as reference geometry for a mate in an…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Streamlines Surface Trimming Workflow with Offset On Surface

SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface Midway

Among the many new features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 are features that “Clean Up” or simplify the entire process of creating some types of models — the SOLIDWORKS Offset on Surface tool is one of these. Let’s see how this tool can be put to use. Take a look at the following example of this complex surface from which we would like to remove the center and…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Wrapping sketches over complex surfaces

SOLIDWORKS Wrap Feature

Every year an exciting new version of SOLIDWORKS comes out with shiny new features that have been requested by users. SOLIDWORKS 2017 is definitely no exception with plenty of new tools to geek out about. In this blog we’ll be discussing the enhanced SOLIDWORKS Wrap feature in 2017. If you saw our first teaser video for SOLIDWORKS 2017 you might of guessed that it relates to the Wrap feature….

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New methods of converting Surface into Solid with SOLIDWORKS

When working with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS you would typically convert a surface into solid using the Knit Surface or Thicken Surface feature. But in SOLIDWORKS 2016 you now have the ability to create a solid using the Boundary Surface or the Trim Surface features, provided the surface features can create a closed volume from the inputs. The ‘Create Solid’ option now included with these features was formerly called ‘Try to…

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Creating Swept Rods & Tubes in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Swept Feature Example

The SOLIDWORKS Sweep Feature has been enhanced for the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. There is a new Circular Profile option to create a solid rod or hollow tube along a sketch line, edge, or curve directly on a model without having to sketch. This enhancement is available for Swept Boss/Base, Swept Cut, and Swept Surface features. Enhanced SOLIDWORKS Sweep Feature In this example I’ll create a swept rod onto…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Flatten Surface Tool Enhancements [VIDEO]

The SOLIDWORKS Premium 2016 Flatten Surface Tool provides more control and more variations of surfaces that can be flattened. You can flatten any face, surface, or set of faces with internal geometries such as holes or extruded cuts. You can select curves and sketches on the surface to flatten. You can also select curves, sketches, and edges on the surface to be relief cuts or split lines. When you…

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