Solidworks and Windows 10

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Solidworks and Windows 10 by Nathan With the recent release of Windows 10, many of the current SOLIDWORKS users must be wondering if the operating system would support the earlier versions of SOLIDWORKS. As of July 2015 SOLIDWORKS has released information on one of its technical channels that its products would be supported on Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Enterprise for SOLIDWORKS 2015 and 2016. They have yet to release the specific service pack for both SOLIDWORKS 2015 and 2016 commencement of support but have mentioned that SOLIDWORKS 2014, will not be supported on the latest Windows operating system. Users coming from older versions …

Save time with Sketch Mode on a New Part File

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Save time with Sketch Mode on a New Part File by David So here is a fun experiment. I was told that it is quite a waste of time that everytime we start a new part file, we would need to choose the plan, and open a sketch mode before we are able to do anything. What if everytime we create a part file, it is always on the same plane, is there a way we can create a way that we can automatically start in that manner when a new part file is created? Well, it is possible with Solidworks! …

Split Core and Cavity with Simple Extrude and Surface Features

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Split Core and Cavity with Simple Extrude and Surface Features by Selvam Though creating a core-cavity part may be mostly used by mold designers, it is also important for FEA and reverse engineering engineering to learn this ability to help them with their requirements. Solidworks provides a robust Mold Design tools to do this, but you are also able to achieve this results using the simple extrude and surface features found in Solidworks. For this 2 parts series, I will be looking at how you could use these tools to create a core-cavity pair. As always, the best way to …

Solidworks Design Checker – Keeping all your drawings up to standard!

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Solidworks Design Checker – Keeping all your drawings up to standard! by David Solidworks Design Checker allows you to quickly check if your Solidworks part, assembly or drawings follows a particular standard or requirement that your company has set or a particular industry standard. Just as how NASA has its own set of rules to follow when it comes to their detailed drawings, you now have the option to create your own rules or to follow international standards such as ISO, ANSI, etc. And it is easy to use! First use Design Checker to create a design profile for which …

Create Technical Drawings using Task Scheduler

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Create Technical Drawings using Task Scheduler  by Nathan Hey there! So for my last article, I touched on how we could create a drawing template with predefined views, which allows us to generate drawings based on a 3D CAD with the desired views. This is a great way of saving time and for streamlining all your drawing formats. For today, I am gonna take it up a notch. In the previous case, you would still need to start a new drawing file for each CAD model you want to have a drawing of. But what if you need to generate 100+ drawings? …

Save Time with Predefined Views on Solidworks

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Save Time with Predefined Views on Solidworks by Nathan Hey there! Good to see you guys again. Its been a while since I put up a post, and thought that I would write about methods to save time on 2D Drawing generation using Solidworks. Creating a 2D Drawing from a 3D model in Solidworks is very easy. You could easily create one with 4 views and annotations in about a minute. But what if could do the same thing in 10 seconds? That’s about 80% of time savings, and here is how you do it:

Solidworks Feature Recognition – Using the Interactive Method

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Solidworks Feature Recognition – Using the Interactive Methods by Erick Some of the pains of working with a neutral files (such as Parasolid and IGES) is the lost of feature information which makes editing them a hassle. Solidworks tries to alleviate this pain by introducing Feature Recognition, which helps you identify some of these features and populating them again in the design tree for easy editing. There are two ways to use Feature Recognition, which is either by allowing Feature Recognition to AUTOMATICALLY recognize the features, or you could use the INTERACTIVE method to identify this features by yourself. Depending on …

Automate your Configurations using DriveWorksXpress

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Automate your Configurations using DriveWorksXpress by David A few months ago I started a task scheduler series whereby the key message was the ability to cut down on time used on repetitive tasks such as updating drawings etc using some of the tools provided for Solidworks. To up the ante today, we are gonna automate something much more intricate, which is part configuration. With Solidworks you could create configurations on a particular part with the same part file. But what if you could automate the creation of each configuration whether it be the dimensions or features? Introducing DriveWorksXpress for Solidworks! …

File Referencing in Solidworks – How it Works

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File Referencing in Solidworks – How it Works by David Knowing how Solidworks searches for individual parts of an assemblies is important in being able to troubleshoot any issues with wrong reference files as quickly as possible. Everytime a part is created in Solidworks, two sets of IDs are associated with it which are the External ID and Internal ID. The external ID is the name you assign to the part, for example Part1.sldprt. The Internal ID is a naming convention given by Solidworks for each unique part, and this can’t be seen or changed by the user. The external …