Using Print3D for 3D Printing in SOLIDWORKS

You probably used to export your SOLIDWORKS part into STL files after you finished creating a solid 3D model and test it without checking its geometry first for 3D printing. There is a SOLIDWORKS tool that can help you check your part before you print it. It is known as Print3D.

You can easily access the Print3D in the file menu which is just below the Print. You can also search for the command then drag it in command manager 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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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.

Before you view your model in pdf, you must export Continue reading

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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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Meta CAM Installation Instructions

1. Locate your Metacam Setup executable and run (Be sure to you have admin rights to install on this computer). There are various versions, so please be sure to run the latest file sent to you:

2. While running the install, please be sure to agree to all prompts

Metacam Installation Instructions

3. When you arrive at the “Select Additional Tasks” Screen, please check all the items for First Time Installer, in order to get all the additional add-ins you will need

Metacam Installation Instructions

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Changing the orientation of a SOLIDWORKS Part

Have you ever created a part in SOLIDWORKS that took hours to complete with a wrong orientation? Sometimes, you don’t have enough time to consider the orientation of the part and later you decided to change it for your drawing.  You can’t easily change the orientation by editing the sketch plane of each feature and you don’t want to recreate your part because it will take so much time. There are two simple ways to change the orientation of Continue reading

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Creating a Solid body with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS

While working with surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, you would typically add a feature to convert it to a solid body at the end of your design tree. How do you convert it to a solid body? There are many ways to do that. Here you will learn different features of Surfaces that has an option to convert your surfaces to a solid body.

Knit Surface 

Knit surface is the most commonly used feature in creating a solid body in SOLIDWORKS. Continue reading

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Creating Extruded, Revolved or Swept Cut as Assembly Features in SOLIDWORKS

Aside from inserting parts, there are many features that can exist in SOLIDWORKS assembly, such as fillet, mirror and many more. Here, you will learn about extruded, revolved or swept cut feature that can be created in SOLIDWORKS assembly.

For instance, you are creating multiple parts for your assembly and you want to create a hole that is concentric on each part, this can be done by creating an extruded cut feature on each part that consumes more time and Continue reading

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