SW2016

Customized SOLIDWORKS Section Views using Parallel to Screen Planes

The SOLIDWORKS Section View is a great tool to investigate the details of complicated parts and assemblies. For instance you can use the section view when: A Shell command is used with or without multi-thickness checked, A Hole wizard is used to make sure holes are aligned, Assembling many parts and you need to make sure they don’t collide, You need to examine the motion of a mechanism. Considering the fact that SOLIDWORKS models are often complicated in design and orientation, Customized SOLIDWORKS Section Views can be very useful to cut the model in a specific orientation and depth.  To make a customized section view a custom plane is required. Therefore, a reference plane must be defined to be utilized with your section view. Custom reference planes are defined based on principal planes, or other predefined planes, or faces on the model. However, defining a reference plane takes a bit of time and sometimes has limits. What if…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Animation Timeline Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS Composer like all other SOLIDWORKS products is constantly being improved from year to year.  One of the biggest enhancements for the 2016 release in my mind has been the improvements made to the animation timeline. In previous versions, the animation timeline had a limited number of rows representing the animation keys.  There was a row for properties, for camera views, and for digger keys.  These were navigated through the colors of the keys or by using the key filters.  In the screenshot below you can see how the animation timeline looks in the versions prior to 2016: In SOLIDWORKS Composer 2016 a number of rows have been added to improve the timeline navigation as shown in the image below: To show you exactly what each row refers to it has now be labelled in the timeline.  A location row and a viewport row have been added, and you can also see that the properties row now shows the most used properties…

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How to control the visibility of SOLIDWORKS Bodies with your mouse & keyboard

Hide a solid body

Last year during the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2016 we showed you the new component visibility toggle functionality to quickly hide and show components in your assembly. Well did you know that this functionality also applies to bodies? Here is an example of a SOLIDWORKS weldment comprised of solid bodies. I’ll use the SOLIDWORKS bodies visibility tools to hide and show weldment sections: Hide Body If you want to quickly HIDE a body simply hold down the <Tab> key and move your mouse pointer over a body, the body will then be hidden from the display: Show Body To SHOW a hidden body you can hold down the <Shift> and the <Tab> key and move your mouse pointer over the position where the hidden body is located and it will be made visible again. Temporarily show all The show body technique described above might be difficult to use when there are multiple hidden bodies as you might not…

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Unhide SOLIDWORKS components with a click

If you thought that hiding components from your graphics area using the TAB key was a slick trick – SOLIDWORKS has once again improved on prior functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2016. All our keyboard Ninjas can rejoice! As we now have the ability to use key combination CTRL+SHIFT+TAB in order to temporarily display the previously hidden components. The temporary shading of the hidden components shows them transparently displayed with a blue tint by default. Once the hidden components are displayed, point and click on the desired component to switch it’s visibility back to “Show” This key combination bears resemblance to the “Show Hidden Components” tool, however it is much faster to use “on the fly” when working with assemblies. See the operation in action in this related blog post.

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Sweep in Two Directions

Sometimes it’s much easier to generate a profile sketch for a sweep feature somewhere along the path.  For example if the path crosses normally to one of the reference planes. Previous versions of SOLIDWORKS required the profile sketch to be placed at one of the endpoints of the path, as it could only travel in one direction.  This may have required a reference plane generated at the endpoint and normal to the path (see this blog post as an example). New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 is the ability to sweep in Direction 1, Direction 2 or Bidirectionally.

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The Impact of SOLIDWORKS Live Events

SOLIDWORKS Live Events

February was a very busy month for Javelin’s SOLIDWORKS experts across Canada. We successfully delivered 16 SOLIDWORKS Live Events in 7 Provinces to over 300 attendees! During Javelin’s SOLIDWORKS Impactful Planning events, attendees discovered the important updates included in SOLIDWORKS 2016, learned about the tools and solutions available to make their businesses more productive; and how collaboration systems such as SOLIDWORKS PDM can help the entire team streamline design processes. The most important aspect of these live events was not only to communicate the enhancements included in the new release of SOLIDWORKS, but everyone who attended an event walked away with a clear road map to help them complete a successful upgrade. We would love to deliver this information in every city across Canada but that’s not always feasible. That doesn’t mean you should miss out on obtaining this helpful information in order to successfully upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2016. Winner of…

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Reverse Sketch Offsets SOLIDWORKS 2016

In previous SOLIDWORKS releases it was impossible to change the direction after using the Offset Sketch Entities tool. If you made a mistake in the offset direction you had to delete and redo the command. In SOLIDWORKS 2016, you can reverse the direction of an offset sketch entity with the REVERSE DIRECTION functionality. To reverse sketch offsets you have three choices: 1. In the Dimension PropertyManager, under the Primary Value window, click   2. Or double-click the offset dimension in the Modify dialog box, and insert a minus sign before the existing dimension. 3. Or right-click the offset dimension, and select Reverse Direction from the menu. Learn about other SOLIDWORKS 2016 offset sketch enhancements in a previous tech tip

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Sheet Scale Control in Status Bar

Starting with SOLIDWORKS 2016, working with drawings is a little easier.  In previous versions of SOLIDWORKS, the Status Bar showed the current sheet scale in Drawings, now in 2016 the sheet scale can be controlled from the Status Bar. The popup sheet scale list allow users to select from any common scale options, or to quickly access “Sheet Properties” where any custom sheet scale can be set. More SOLIDWORKS 2016 Tips To learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2016 software you can review other SOLIDWORKS 2016 update posts here. You might also consider attending a SOLIDWORKS Advanced Update course where you can learn how to obtain new SOLIDWORKS skills. Learn more about our Update Training.

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