Blog Posts: June 2014

Thursday June 26, 2014 at 5:23pm

Ever wanted to convert entities on all edges - not just the boundary?

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Thursday June 26, 2014 at 4:44pm

Flags? Really? Well, many of our customers build boats, some design toys... Plus Freeform is a command that can be used to modify solids or surfaces

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Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 4:49pm

With the introduction last year of the Microsoft Office Add-in for EPDM 2013 and 2014, more and more of our Customers are finding that EPDM can be used to manage non-CAD data effectively and less intrusively, than other more traditional Document Management tools. This webcast will explore the capabilities of EPDM when creating, managing, searching /viewing and interacting with a range of document types (Office, images, movies etc) that may already form part of your business’ documentation requirements.

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Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 4:22pm

EPDM has 3 standard ‘Task’ add-ins, which after being installed into your Vault can be triggered as part of a Workflow or on demand. This Webcast will discuss the set up and options available within the Convert Task, Print Task and Design Checker. We will also introduce a couple of custom Tasks developed by Solid Solutions; One a bespoke BOM export task, the other for automating the export of Sheet metal flat patterns to dxf.

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Monday June 23, 2014 at 6:50pm

On Monday 23rd June 2014 SOLIDWORKS released the fourth service pack in the 2014 cycle. In this post we advise how you can download this latest update for the 2014 release.

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Monday June 23, 2014 at 12:14pm

Video Blog - A brief guide in how to use the Copy Settings Wizard to save out and restore your custom SOLIDWORKS options such as menus, toolbars & saved views.

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Thursday June 19, 2014 at 3:15pm

Want to create a free form cut out in a 3D surface? The little known 'Spline on Surface' is a great tool for this. Here is how to create an egg with the top chopped off - ready for the soldiers!

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Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 4:43pm

Sick of the tedious task of repeating mouse-clicks for the same repetitive tasks- well you may be able to use a macro instead. Learn to real basics of macro recording to automate your processes.

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Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 11:51am

Discover some of the lesser known features of the SOLIDWORKS Professional package within Utilities and Design Checker. Utilities give you additional functions to compare geometry, features and BoMs and also check Symmetry in your models. Design Checker is a great way to standardise the way you work and ensure models and drawings conform to company standards.

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Monday June 16, 2014 at 2:12pm

Discover a little known tip to help you clearly show internal components of an assembly through the outer level components using SOLIDWORKS Composer...

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Monday June 16, 2014 at 12:24am

One common question on photo-rendering is when you haveclear objects why may you get dark spots? The answer is down to the fact thatin real life light bends as many times as it needs to pass through atransparent object. However in rendering we have to limit this number of bends (knownas refractions) for performance reasons. This is particularly a problem whereyou have many transparent layers such as a point of sale display.In PhotoView 360 the number of refractions (bends) goes upas you increase....

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Thursday June 12, 2014 at 5:49pm

Ever wondered how to “foreshorten” a dimension in a drawing?

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 10:15pm

This webcast will introduce SolidCAM, the gold partner CAM add-on that seamlessly integrates into SOLIDWORKS. We show you how to create simple 2.5D machining operations and demonstrate how design changes propagate through to machine code to help save time, money and reduce errors.

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 9:40pm

This webcast will demonstrate how with SolidCAM you can quickly and efficiently rough out a 3D component such as a mould or die to a semi-finished state prior to treating any local areas and finishing the component.

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 4:51pm

The Max and Min Table in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation reports the max and min parameter results - as you would expect. However, what is less well known is that the table interactively identifies the location of the max and min values graphically.

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Monday June 9, 2014 at 5:27pm

In this week’s blog I’m going to show how to use acombination of simple commands to create this seemingly complex component. The part will start with a simple sphere, a groove will be thencut using a path that was created using a helix and a surface. A multipleprofile sweep will create the variable cut gradient, before pattering thegroove around the sphere to achieve the desired ‘notched’ result.After creating the sphere we will create a helix that ‘cuts’throu....

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Saturday June 7, 2014 at 7:38pm

Covered on the Assembly Modelling course, the ReplaceComponent tool allows components with different file names to be swapped in andout without causing mate errors or the need to re-make areas of an assembly.Mates are re attached automatically, or if not they are re attached through oneby one.Take this example vice assembly; my aim is to swap out theexisting blue base with the new green one, perhaps due to a supplier change ormodification to a part. Crucially, they are two separate documents.To ....

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Saturday June 7, 2014 at 6:19pm

eDrawingsThere are a number of tools within SOLIDWORKS to speed up theprocess of communicating designs quickly and effectively to your customers. Oneof the most popular ways is through a free program called eDrawings. One of the major benefits with using eDrawings is thatentire assembly files are flattened to an individual file which has the addedbenefit of reducing the file size allowing it easily to be sent via email. Within the eDrawings product, your suppliers, customers or manufac....

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Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 3:56pm

This webcast is designed to give a succinct overview of the features and capabilities of eDrawings – the free SOLIDWORKS, STL, DXF and DWG viewer. An ideal webcast for new and experienced users alike.

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Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 11:56am

Despite the name, “SOLID”Works has excellent surfacing capabilities which are covered in the 2 day surfacing training course.This webcast looks beyond the standard surfacing training to give you additional tips and tricks to help ensure you get the most from this powerful toolset.View the Video here

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