SOLIDWORKS 2018 – Measure Tool

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.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 - Measure Tool

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.

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Quickly view the Parent and Child relationship in SOLIDWORKS

Parent and child relationship is very important while editing features of your part. Sometimes accident may happen while editing a part that you suddenly deleted or suppressed a feature on a part that will cause different kinds of errors.

How can you avoid these errors? You can’t avoid it 100% but you can minimize the number of errors to edit your part efficiently by knowing the parent and child relationship between features.

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Move with triad in SOLIDWORKS

What is move with triad in SOLIDWORKS? It is one of the best features in SOLIDWORKS for manipulating various objects such as 3d sketch, parts, and components in assemblies by moving and rotating.

Triad has four parts such as a center ball, arm, ring and wing as shown below:

Move with triad in SOLIDWORKS

You can move with triad by dragging the center ball, arm or wing and the ring. The center ball can be used in moving the object freely. The arm can be Continue reading

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How to use join command in SOLIDWORKS

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

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Product Manufacturing Information, SOLIDWORKS MBD

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.

Product Manufacturing Information, SOLIDWORKS MBD

This helps speed up the process of displaying PMI at the assembly level by simply recreating the information made at part Continue reading

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Auto-rotate view Normal to sketch plane on sketch Creation and sketch Edit

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.

sketch plane on sketch Creation

sketch plane on sketch Creation

You can try this by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to system options.

sketch plane on sketch Creation

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SOLIDWORKS Plastics

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.

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Cost saving using SOLIDWORKS simulation

For designers, one of the most important parts of the manufacturing process is to save money. With the changing tides, traditional methods of validating designs, such as prototyping, have been replaced with new age technology that is much cheaper and yields very accurate results. SOLIDWORKS 2018 has a variety of simulation capabilities at the designer’s disposal that allows validation of the existing designs before manufacture. In this tutorial, I will take you through how to save on costs by reducing Continue reading

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SOLIDWORKS CAM Post Processing

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.

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Quickly repair broken surfaces

To be a better designer, it is always best to practice how to quickly and easily repair broken surfaces that may be from imported geometry. In this tutorial, I will take you through how to quickly get rid of discontinuities in imported geometry. To do this, we need to first create our imperfect geometrical surface and use the quick fix tool I will demonstrate.

Your surface need not be complex and you can just develop one as shown.

Quickly repair broken surfaces

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