Blog Posts: May 2014

Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 4:21pm

Computers change each and every day, with new software installed and more of the hard disc space being used up. Join us for a webcast that shows you some useful tweaks and maintenance plans you can use on your PC to get the most out of it for SOLIDWORKS.

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Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 12:23pm

The Task Scheduler is a great feature to allow you to automate many common tasks in SOLIDWORKS. Do you do batch printing or file conversions, have to render large files, or update files to the current SOLIDWORKS version? The scheduler will allow you to do this out of working hours to minimise disruption and at a time that suits you. Join us to uncover some of the great utilities included I this SOLIDWORKS Professional module.

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Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 11:49am

Master modelling is the technique employed by many designers that work with external customer data. It allows the user to import a part into another part document. With an inserted part, new geometry can then be referenced to the inserted part ensuring adequate fit and clearances are maintained. Take for example a simple consumer electrical product like an electric shaver- the main body may be used as the inserted master part to allow other items to be designed- such as button details, or the ra....

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Tuesday May 27, 2014 at 9:14am

Follow this tip for a simple way to open files of different types directly from the 'Contain' and 'Where Used' tabs of SOLIDWORKS EnterprisePDM.

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Friday May 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

This blog has 6 very useful links to You Tube videos for anyone wanting to know the basics of material science and, in particular, any SOLIDWORKS users who want a refresher before attending a Simulation training course.

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Thursday May 22, 2014 at 10:42pm

Custom properties are used throughout SOLIDWORKS- they are simply text based information that helps further describe and add information about a document - they are sometimes known as metadata.When created, properties can be used extensively throughout SOLIDWORKS, namely populating Bills of Materials and drawing borders, but also they provide additional items to search on. In this blog we discuss how you can add properties in the first place. 1) File menu > PropertiesThe first and most c....

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Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 3:49pm

SOLIDWORKS provides a number of ways of designing your parts utilizing Parametric relationships and dimensions.  However, sometimes these dimensions aren’t useful for manufacturing.Utilising DimXpert, users can create manufacturing dimensions on Prismatic and Turned parts, using plus and minus or geometric dimensioning and tolerancing standards. Join us to discover the powerful tools that validate and document your designs for the manufacturing processes downstream.View the Video here....

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Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 2:04pm

Tolerance stack-up analysis is the study of dimension and tolerance schemes to determine potential form, fit, and function problems in parts and assemblies. It is a tool for performing tolerance stack-up analysis on parts and assemblies. Join us for a webcast that shows you some of the features within this Premium Add-in.View the Video here

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Monday May 19, 2014 at 10:56am

Solid Solutions Customer Steve Warren and the rest of the Cheeki Rafiki crew have been lost at sea; please help us restart the search for the crew members by signing the petition

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Thursday May 15, 2014 at 3:09pm

Best practice showing show company standard components and the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox should be implemented within a Workgroup PDM environment. View the Video here 

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Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 12:20pm

An overview of the data management already included within SOLIDWORKS Professional, enabling individuals and teams to securely manage revision history and access to files. This control also makes it easier to work collaboratively while storing what changed, why and by whom during a project.View the Video here

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Friday May 9, 2014 at 12:00pm

Putt too slow and you will leave the ball short - putt too fast and it will skip the hole. What are the max and min values for a successful putt? Is there an optimum speed for the ball to easily fall into the centre of the hole? This blog shows how SOLIDWORKS Motion simulation allows you to explore this type of dynamic problem using real-world physics.

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Friday May 9, 2014 at 11:38am

How can you easily create 36 planes at 10 degrees around a central axis?

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Thursday May 8, 2014 at 2:57pm

Can you control the order of the holes in a hole table and the 'tags' that label them? This blog describes a neat method of achieving the hole order you want and gives you control over the tag names too.

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Thursday May 8, 2014 at 12:00pm

Robotics isn’t an area many of us are familiar with, but on a recent SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation course we had someone who was very interested in the subject! One of our customers from Loughborough University has dedicated many hours of research to the topic and was keen to understand just how SOLIDWORKS was able to help when it comes to facing the challenges involved when designing robotic assemblies.

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:57pm

Radiation is an important means of heat transfer. This blog explains how to set radiation up so that heat can be transferred from one body to the next. A customer recently emailed in a Thermal simulation study to our Technical Support help line with a question about radiation. Prompted by this I delved into a simple test study to do some trials and found a number of important facts that I had not previously realised - which I will pass on to you!

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:52pm

SOLIDWORKS offers integratedWeldment Structure design tools at all levels of the product. Through the‘SOLIDWORKS Content’ section of the design library, profiles for most types of structuralmember can be downloaded. The ‘Unistrut’ type is one of these and using itallows us to easily create structural members like the ones shown in the imagebelow and left.The Weldment tools speed up the creation of even the mostcomplex structures. However, due to the way the system extrude....

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 4:37pm

Read on to see how the Sketch Driven pattern can be used for irregular pattern arrays. An often forgotten feature within SOLIDWORKS, sketch driven pattern is extremely useful if a repeated feature is patterned on a planar face without a singular directional vector, or ‘irregular’ spacing. Take this simple example; the aim is to create an array of tapped holes at irregular intervals where the linear pattern would not be applicable- unless it was done with many features.

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 2:45pm

SOLIDWORKS has been the market leader in 3D CAD design for over 18 years. During this time we have helped a diverse range of companies and individuals identify issues critical to their businesses and have helped them successfully implement SOLIDWORKS to resolve them. Whether you’re looking to create simple parts, or carry out complex virtual analysis, SOLIDWORKS has a solution to help. Come and take a look for yourself, at one of our free local demonstrations:

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Monday May 5, 2014 at 10:46pm

Last week during training I had a question asking how to work out the internal volume of a model, and taking this a bit further, how to calculate the volume of a fluid. To answer the query I showed a recent addition to the SOLIDWORKS feature set, the ’Intersect’ command.

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