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Solidworks Radiate surface feature

The radiate surface feature in SOLIDWORKS is a neat tool for creating surfaces that seem to radiate from a face on a solid body. With the radiate surface feature, the user can define a surface based on a split line on a surface and a corresponding flat face. Look at the rectangular profile shown below.

Radiate surface feature

We can create a surface radiating on one of its side based on a split line. Create a plane offset from one of the faces. Continue reading

Move face tool

The move face tool is a tool within SOLIDWORKS that lets you extend an existing face on a model or solid body. This works much like the extrude feature command for creating solid bodies. In a way, it saves time required to edit the extrude feature and in turn speeds up the modelling process. It’s also a neat way of extending the body from any of its faces whether side, bottom, or top faces.

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SOLIDWORKS Shell Symmetry Feature

The SOLIDWORKS shell symmetry feature is quite useful when carrying out a simulation of parts that are symmetric. With the shell symmetry fixture, we can carry out simulation on a single symmetric component and replicate the results on the other portions.

We begin by creating a symmetric part, preferably a circular part.

Solidworks Shell symmetry feature

A quarter portion of such a part would look like the one below.

Solidworks Shell symmetry feature

To create symmetry study, we require symmetry fixtures. In order to use this fixture, we Continue reading

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Creating shut-off surfaces in SOLIDWORKS mold tools

The shut-off surface feature inside SOLIDWORKS mold tools is quite useful when dealing with holes in mold cavities.
The shut-off surface feature helps seal these holes when creating the mold cavities of parts with holes. If the holes are complex in shape, then you might be forced to create the shut-off surfaces on your own. If you are lucky enough to have the holes in perfect round shape, then SOLIDWORKS can do this automatically.

Creating shut-off surfaces in Solidworks mold tools

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SOLIDWORKS Instant 3D

SOLIDWORKS Instant 3D is quite useful when doing free form designs, which are designs that do not have specific dimensions. In this case, what the designer wants to do is basically get a model with the desired shape and then use this model to come up with the specific dimensions. The instant 3D feature works well on any part, whether it’s angular or it’s a part that has other internal features such as holes.

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Extend surface feature

The extend surface feature is part of the SOLIDWORKS surfacing functionality that allows a designer to extend a previously extruded surface. This, in a way, helps reduce the time taken in editing the extrude surface command. In this demo, I will be taking you through how you can make use of the feature.

The first thing we are required to have in order to make this happen is a surface. You can go on to create a plain flat surface Continue reading

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 PDF templates

The final deliverables to a production Engineer for a given product are normally the 2D drawing of a component in PDF format. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has made great improvements to the PDF templates by doing a complete overhaul of previous templates, with the available templates now supporting more information display including PMI of parts. 3D parts and configurations can be viewed together with their product information using the new PDF templates in SOLIDWORKS 2018. The new PDF templates look more Continue reading

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