Tutorial on SOLIDWORKS Part reviewer

SOLIDWORKS part reviewer behaves much like the roll back feature enabling users to see the steps used to generate a part.

The part reviewer can be found under the tools tab or directly accessed from the command window.

Looking at the tv-16 pulley shown below.


If we required to review the part to see the steps used all we need to do is access the part reviewer using the command window.

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Planetary gear system in Solidworks

Planetary gear drives have revolutionized the automotive industry. They are used in automatic transmissions to shift between gears.

The gear drive is connected to the engine output shaft via a torque converter which replaced the traditional clutch used in manual transmissions. Below is a simple demonstration on how to insert the gears making up the system (Sun, planet and ring gear) in an assembly and subsequently running a motion study to see how the gears move relative to each other. Continue reading

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Using SolidWorks motion to examine loads

SolidWorks motion analysis has so many applications to offer and one of which is analysis of forces acting on members. In this scenario we will use SolidWorks motion to solve a simple statics problem.

Before we begin we need to activate the SolidWorks motion analysis add-in in the add-ins folder.

Next we will create a new assembly.


Considering the member shown below.


We will begin by creating a sketch representing the lines of action of the forces.



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Modelling a 3-way pipe joint in Solidworks

SOLIDWORKS’ modelling capability allows users to simply and easily model pipe joints. This is made possible using SOLIDWORKS surfacing techniques.

All users need to do to perform such a task is to use the extrude command, surface fill, surface loft feature in SOLIDWORKS and a sketch of the geometry of the pipe. Below are an example.

First begin by creating a part in SOLIDWORKS.


Next, we create a sketch on the top plane representing the axes for the pipes.


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Threading feature on solidworks 2016

This feature is used to make threads on parts in solidworks. It is a new feature added to solidworks version 2016, compare to the older version of solidworks.

when making a thread we are required to draw a circle at the staring of the part and making use of the helix/spiral tool to increase the amount of revolution the circle would be on the surface of our component, and making a reference line and using the extrude swept tool to 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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Steps to create 2D Models in Solidworks

As three dimensional objects are modeled on solidworks. This three dimensional images can be converted into two dimension with the help of the software. This two dimensional images are referred to as engineering drawing which are used to interpret the specific way a part world be made or designed in the workshop.

How to generate a two dimensional diagram

First we have to create a new file and select the drawing section in solidworks. After selecting the drawing section the Continue reading

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Lofted boss/base in solidworks

The lofted boss/base feature in solidworks is one in which is used to make complex shape which the extrude boss/bass, revolve boss/base cannot produce.

The shapes made by this feature cannot be made on a single plane because of the complex geometry of the components.

lofted boss in solidworks

Give the required dimention of the component with the smart dimension tool.

Next we create more plane on the workspace to achieve the total length of the fuselage .

After making the planes to the Continue reading

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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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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

Go ahead to create a model we can use to Continue reading

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