SOLIDWORKS costing is an inbuilt tool inside SOLIDWORKS that helps a manufacturer determine the cost of manufacture of a part, straight from the raw materials to the manufacturing methods. SOLIDWORKS costing gauges the cost of the material and the possible machining method that can be used to model the part.

How to use Undercut Analysis in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS has many useful tools that can help us analyze our 3D model. One of these tools is called Undercut analysis. It is a tool that helps you find any trapped areas in your model that cannot be ejected from the mold which require a side core to create your casting or the solidified product. In-mold design, the core is the half of the product which fills the inner part while the cavity is the other half which has a hollow that has a shape for the remaining part.

Creating planes in SOLIDWORKS

Creating planes in SOLIDWORKS Why do you need to create planes when you can sketch on any face of your SOLIDWORKS part without it? You might not have encountered it yet but sometimes you have to insert a plane using references to create your desired shape. Aside from sketching on a plane, there are other uses that some SOLIDWORKS command need.

Sketching tips in SOLIDWORKS

There are many things that you can do to simplify and increase your productivity in SOLIDWORKS sketching. When you sketch in SOLIDWORKS, you constantly use features like drawing lines and adding dimensions but there are easier ways in using these commands. Autotransitioning When you sketch a line and you want to add a tangent arc you typically click the arc from the command manger but there is an easier way to do it without clicking, it is called “Autotransitioning”.

SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

Bill of materials tables are important aspects of any engineering drawing since they identify the number and type of parts present in an assembly, and very many other important aspects of the design. With the Bill of materials feature the designer can also quickly note the materials making up the parts and the number of parts required and therefore come up with the appropriate inventory list. I went with the simple assembly below to demonstrate this capability. We are first required to make a drawing of the assembly in order to insert the BOM table and edit the title block

SOLIDWORKS Beam Calculator

The beam calculator feature inside Solidworks allows designers examine the effects of forces acting on supported beams. To begin the analysis we first have to enable the Solidworks toolbox add-in inside Solidworks add-ins folder. Enabling this add-in incorporates the beam calculator, Cam design, Bearing calculator and the structural steel design under the toolbox folder. The designer can now be able to run the beam calculator based off the different beam designs i.e.

Creating custom appearances in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is a quite versatile CAD modelling software and one of its advantages is that it allows the user to create custom features. An example is the custom form tool feature that allows a designer to create a custom forming tool from a part file in a shape created to suit the designer’s needs. This makes the software useful especially when what one requires is not in the design library. In this demo, I will be taking you through how to create your own custom appearance based on a jpeg or jpg file.

Inserting a pinned support during simulation

Sometimes in Simulation of structural beams, one is required to define different end supports. One particular end support common in most beam analysis is the simply supported beam, i.e a beam fixed at one end and which has a pinned support on the opposite end. So how do we define such kind of supports? Well in the following simple steps, you will be able to set up such supports. First, we need to create our beam part in SOLIDWORKS. A beam with a rectangular cross-section like the one shown above should do just fine.

Working with planes in SOLIDWORKS

One very useful skill to have when working in SOLIDWORKS is working with planes. These set of skills comes in handy when working on parts that require you to insert planes in absurd orientations. Knowing your way around setting up of planes, therefore, becomes a necessary skill. In this demo, I will be taking you through how to work with planes. Go into SOLIDWORKS and create a new sketch. This prompts you to select one of the pre-existing planes so as to create a sketch.