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.


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”. After Continue reading

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Creating a Solid body with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

While working with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, you would typically add a feature to convert it to a solid body at the end of your design tree. How do you convert it to a solid body? There are many ways to do that. Here you will learn different features of Surfaces that has an option to convert your surfaces to a solid body.

Knit Surface 

Knit surface is the most commonly used feature in creating a solid body in SOLIDWORKS. Continue reading

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Creating Extruded, Revolved or Swept Cut as Assembly Features in SOLIDWORKS

Aside from inserting parts, there are many features that can exist in SOLIDWORKS assembly, such as fillet, mirror and many more. Here, you will learn about extruded, revolved or swept cut feature that can be created in SOLIDWORKS assembly.

For instance, you are creating multiple parts for your assembly and you want to create a hole that is concentric on each part, this can be done by creating an extruded cut feature on each part that consumes more time and Continue reading

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Stress Simulation in cylinders

It is important to analyze stresses (radial and hoop stress) acting inside cylinders as a result of internal pressures (eg. say due to the flow of fluids). Making sure that the internal pressure does not result in component failure is an important consideration for any engineers.

SolidWorks does a great job of simulating these environments, allowing designers to run by their model without necessarily going through the tedious activities of fabricating a prototype.

We will do a simple demonstration on Continue reading

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Solidworks Shrink fitting of Cylinders

Shrink fitting is done on cylinders for the purpose of reinforcement against extensive internal pressures that may be a result of high pressure flows through the cylinders. Shrink fitting also helps cylinders cope with extensive external pressures acting on them.

It is, therefore, imperative that the designer or engineer can determine the stress due to shrink fitting and the probable effects on the cylinder walls to avoid possible failure.

Shrink fitting sets up a contact pressure at the interface of Continue reading

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Drawing section is the third section of Solidworks, it is used to make two dimensional engineering drawing for different component made in solidworks.
This section is similar to the AutoCAD software but with different features, which I think makes it easier to use compare to other CAD software’s available.
This section can be accessed in different way.
First is as you open your solidworks software click on new file and select the drawing section
drawing Section in solidworks
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tutorial on Universal joint model in SolidWorks

A universal joint is similar to a coupling and is used to transmit rotary motion between shafts that are not coaxial (lying on the same axis). With this, the angular velocity transmission is not the same therefore need for correction by introducing another universal joint at the other end of the shaft.
This is because interference with angular velocity transmission in a transmission system is undesirable. These types of joints are known to be found in cars. Modelling such Continue reading

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Tutorial On SOLIDWORKS inspection add-in

SOLIDWORKS inspection, an add-in inside SOLIDWORKS that helps designers’ fast-track creation of detailed drawings including features such as section views and ballooning. SOLIDWORKS inspection has two faces. We have the standalone product and the one integrated inside SOLIDWORKS. The two differ in functionality and for this particular tutorial, I will be looking at the SOLIDWORKS Inspection add-in.

We begin by enabling the SOLIDWORKS inspection add-in inside the add-ins folder.

Tutorial On Solidworks inspection add-in

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2016 Help- exploded view feature on solidworks

The exploded view is a feature on solidworks used to show all components of an assembly. This feature was designed to enable engineers to see completely inside an assembled components to know exactly where a single component is placed and what it is attached to and if rotating what direction it is to rotate.

How to make an exploded view

The exploded view is only available in the assembly section of solidworks.

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2016 SOLIDWORKS Help – Creating Revolve Features

Rotate boss/base is an feature on solidworks that allows you to move in a circular part around a defined axis. This feature is just found in the part segment of solidworks, it is exceptionally prevalent element to utilize when making components as wheels of autos, bikes and so on.
Different Uses of the revolve boss/base features
Revolving around a components axis
The revolve feature is located left on the top menu in the component section
revolve feature

The revolve feature can be Continue reading

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