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, core is the half of product which fills the inner part while cavity is the other half which has a hollow that Continue reading

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Collision Detection in SOLIDWORKS Assembly

When you are working in SOLIDWORKS Assembly, you should be mindful of collisions for your moving components. After creating mates in the assembly, you can try to move a component that seems to be fine in the outside. You will probably not notice that some of them were interfering with the other component which are hard to be seen by just visual checking. But, you can easily check this by using a simple tool in SOLIDWORKS which is called as Continue reading

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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. You can use the plane to be the reference of up to the surface when you use the boss-extrude command, it can be Continue reading

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Reducing rebuild time with SOLIDWORKS freeze bar

Have you ever created a SOLIDWORKS part that could take too much time to rebuild? After you finish a SOLIDWORKS part, you may not notice the number of features that you have created. The problem is the rebuild time because as the number of features increases the longer time it takes to rebuild. SOLIDWORKS has a solution for this problem. You can freeze the features with “freeze bar” to exclude them from rebuilds of the part.

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Detecting interferences between components in SOLIDWORKS Assembly

It is very easy working in SOLIDWORKS assembly. You can insert components, create a layout or sketches, and create a part and new sub assembly while you are working in the assembly.

Sometimes, you forgot to check if there are no interference between your components. It is very hard if you look in every corner of your component to check whether other components interfere with it, which can be easily done by “Interference Detection”.

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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”. After Continue reading

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Viewing SOLIDWORKS part and assembly with pdf reader

Are you having trouble in opening a SOLIDWORKS 3d model because your current computer has no SOLIDWORKS installed? If so, you can use an application called Adobe Acrobat Reader to view your 3d models. In viewing the 3D pdf file, you can use a toolbar that automatically appears to rotate, spin, pan and zoom. You can change the appearance, background colour, lights and show the cross-section of the 3d model.

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Difference between loft and boundary in SOLIDWORKS

The Loft and boundary feature are both used as a base, boss, cut and surface. Both of them can use the same sketches or a 3d sketch that contains sketches and profiles to create a solid or surface body. They can be found in Features toolbar and under Boss/Base and Surface drop-down menu from Insert. So what is the difference between the two?
Let’s take a look at their PropertyManager first. The example below has three sketches: an Ellipse, a Continue reading

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Mate Reference in SOLIDWORKS

Is there any way to assemble SOLIDWORKS parts in an assembly with less time and effort? When you repeatedly insert a part in an assembly, it will take so much time to assemble the parts because of multiple mates you need to add on each part and so on. You can use a feature like component patterns to insert multiple parts but they still need the effort to do so. Unlike Mate Reference, you can easily assemble a part in Continue reading

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