There are two ways to find measurements in SOLIDWORKS. Firstly, a measurement will appear in the status bar if you select one or more entities. Secondly, you can use the measure tool from tools>evaluate>measure or you can find measure tool from evaluate tab in the command manager.
Measure tool can be used in finding the distance, angle, and radius in sketches, 3D models, assemblies, or drawings. Also to find the size of and between lines, points, surfaces, and planes.
If you are familiar with combine command in SOLIDWORKS then you are used to joining parts together into one part or into a solid body. But, have you ever used join command in SOLIDWORKS?
Join command in SOLIDWORKS also lets you add two or more different parts into a one part. Unlike combine command where you can use it in creating a part with two or more solid body, join command can only be used when you are editing the Continue reading →
SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) helps guide the manufacturing process in 3D, as opposed to the conventional description in 2D drawings. With SOLIDWORKS 2018, improvements have been made on how Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) can be displayed using SOLIDWORKS MBD. With SOLIDWORKS 2018, you can now display part level PMI at the assembly level just as shown below.
This helps speed up the process of displaying PMI at the assembly level by simply recreating the information made at part Continue reading →
Sketch is the basis of creating different features in SOLIDWORKS. It can be created on any entities of working plane or any arbitrary point in 3d space. With the newest release of SOLIDWORKS 2018, the user interface has improved functionalities like “auto-rotate view normal to sketch plane on sketch creation and sketch edit” which is very useful to get a clearer view on sketch.
SOLIDWORKS lets you develop and model very complex shapes, some of which cannot be machined. Such parts, which are mostly plastics, require processes such as injection moulding so as to be manufactured. To help with injection moulding SOLIDWORKS has the plastic add-in, which when enabled allows designers to run analyses on the entire injection moulding process. With the analyses, designers can optimize the process by varying the parameters involved.
The most important part of Computer-aided manufacturing is getting the CNC code from the CAM software. This is done by the postprocessor which transcribes the machine toolpaths into CNC code. CNC code is basically a type of coordinate programming comprising of G and M codes that guide the movements of the CNC machine. In this tutorial, I will take you through how you can get the CNC code from the post processor right inside SOLIDWORKS.