Creating Section Views

Section views in many CAD modelling software are useful in revealing internal features of a part some of which may be obscured. Features like sunk holes with varying diameters at different depths may be difficult to identify unless with the help of section views. Solidworks is able to create section views based of the multi-views of a part (front, side or plan view). Section views can either be

  • Half section
  • Full section

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Using Configuration Manager

The Configuration Manager in SOLIDWORKS allows modification of features such as the tolerance, sketches, appearance, features etc. on a single component to produce a different configuration for the same component which may be mass produced in the industry.

How to use the configuration manager
The configuration manager is located on the SOLIDWORKS Manager tab, which are the top most icons on the feature manager tree.

Before we can start using the configuration manager, we first have to import a Continue reading

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Creating Mold Cavity of Pipe Fittings

SOLIDWORKS is a very intuitive and easy to use software that helps users create mold cavities of complex shapes, then export them to software extensions like CAMWorks, to generate the necessary NC codes required to machine these complex shapes. For this particular tutorial, we will be going through how to create mold cavities of pipe fittings.

Begin by creating the pipe fitting geometry. Create a new part then define the sketch below on the front plane.
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3D CAD Key Capabilities – CAD Library

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software provides libraries of prebuilt 3D CAD models and other CAD data that help accelerate the design process, save time and development costs, and increase productivity.

CAD Library Overview

SOLIDWORKS CAD library provides a place for every designer and engineer to easily access, locate, download, save, and share commonly reused CAD data.

The ability to share the information needed to make thousands of parts and components for your designs—from screws and bolts, to washers and bearings, Continue reading

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3D CAD Key Capabilities – PhotoView 360

Quickly and easily create sophisticated photorealistic renderings and animations inside SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD with PhotoView 360. You can make powerful images and presentations, saving time, increasing productivity, and accelerating time-to-market.

PhotoView 360 Overview

Generating high quality, life-like images and animations is a critical capability that can be used to enhance proposals, presentations, and submissions. People want to see 3D models as they would appear in real life, using specific colors and materials, in a specific environment or setting. They Continue reading

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3D CAD Key Capabilities – SOLIDWORKS Costing

Design for Cost: Manufacturing Cost Estimation and Quoting

Save time and development costs, avoid redesigns, and increase productivity by continuously checking your designs against cost targets with automated manufacturing cost estimation tools fully integrated with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software.

Manufacturing Cost Estimation and Quoting Overview

SOLIDWORKS automatic cost estimation tools are fully integrated with 3D CAD, enabling designers and engineers to continuously check their designs against cost targets. Easily monitor manufacturing costs as you design, thereby, avoiding costly redesigns Continue reading

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3D CAD Key Capabilities – CAD Animation

Demonstrate the basic operation of your design under real-world conditions with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software. Powerful, easy-to-use CAD animation tools create a dynamic product presentation that can help accelerate your time-to-market while saving you time and increasing productivity.

CAD Animation Overview

SOLIDWORKS enables you to animate your design in order to explain its function and assembly, as well as how it fits with related products. Showing a video is an extremely powerful way to communicate across languages and between technical Continue reading

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