Thickness Analysis in SOLIDWORKS

Are you having a hard time trying to find out if your part has a thin or thick wall that is lower or higher than your target thickness?

This is a big problem if your part has too many walls and you need to check every portion of it quickly. There is only one solution for your problem, which is using thickness analysis. Thickness analysis in SOLIDWORKS is a useful command for determining the different thicknesses of your part. You Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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SOLIDWORKS 2018 – what’s new on mates

Working on assemblies with mates has never been easier. It is always hard to create a geometric relationship between two components when one of them is concealed. You can try to move each component to get a better view of your assembly which is time-consuming. Worry no more, because there is another useful feature on SOLIDWORKS 2018 which some of you might not know. It is by temporarily hiding faces when selecting mates with the use of Alt key.

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Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces cool new features that enable manipulation of mesh geometry. With this new version of SOLIDWORKS, you can now create solid bodies and instantly convert them to mesh data. This then enables you to carry out Boolean operations, such as combine and subtract. In this demo, I will be taking you through how you can easily convert solid bodies into mesh data.

Converting conventional Solid bodies to Mesh data

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Misalignment mate feature a great tool in SOLIDWORKS 2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces improvements to its mate features inside SOLIDWORKS assembly, which helps the designer quickly and conveniently assemble the components making up a particular assembly.

A challenge presented in older versions of SOLIDWORKS is adding mates on surfaces that are hidden. With SOLIDWORKS 2018 superior mate capabilities, you can now temporarily hide faces to access the surface you require and perform a quick mate onto the desired surface.


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