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7 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert Features to Bodies and Surfaces

By | 2017-04-07T08:55:36+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is new functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2017called Convert to Bodies, that allows you to remove the feature history in a part, while retaining geometric references in the assembly. This new feature comes in handy if you have a simple assembly and you want it to one of your manufacturers, but don’t want to share the feature history of the part you designed. One option is to save out the part file as a neutral format file, such as a step or an iges file. However, you would then have to take additional steps to swap out the file with feature history, with the recently created step file. Instead, you can avoid these additional steps by using the new functionality Convert to Bodies. To do this, open up the part file, right-click on the file name that appears at the top of the Feature Manager Design Tree, and click on Convert to Bodies. Change the name of the new file so that the original file is not overwritten. When you click OK all of the features on the tree are converted to one body, and the feature history tree is removed. If you want to hold on to your sketches and reference [...]

5 04, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Patterns and Features UI

By | 2017-04-05T08:45:09+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In today’s blog post we are going to introduce three new enhancements to Parts and Features in SolidWorks 2017. The first one has to do with using Instances to Skip in patterns. When creating a pattern, SolidWorks would already give you the flexibility to remove a pattern instance by clicking on the pink spheres; this way you weren’t bound to the array produced. Although at times, depending on how many instances you wanted to skip, this could become a tedious process. Now in SolidWorks 2017, you are able to add or remove instances to skip by simply using a box or lasso, greatly speeding up the selection process. Another useful enhancement has to do with extruding from Any Size Planar Face. Previously, SolidWorks allowed you to extrude from a Surface/Plane/Face. The limitation was that the Surface/Plane/Face must encapsulate the sketch. If it didn’t, you would have to create additional reference geometry so that you can achieve the desired extrude. Now in SolidWorks 2017, that limitation has been removed. You can now extrude from Any Size Planar Face, whether it fully encapsulates the sketch or not. The last enhancement involves Circular Patterns. Now in SolidWorks 2017, you are able to create [...]

20 02, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Convert to Bodies

By | 2017-02-20T08:26:55+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

A new in SOLIDWORKS 2017 called Convert to Bodies will allow you to remove the feature history in a part, while retaining geometric references in the assembly.  This new feature comes in handy if you have a simple assembly and you want it to one of your manufacturers, but don’t want to share the feature history of the part you designed. One option is to save out the part file as a neutral format file, such as a step or an IGES file. However, you would then have to take additional steps to swap out the file with feature history, with the recently created step file. Instead, you can avoid these additional steps by using the new functionality Convert to Bodies. To do this, open up the part file, right-click on the file name that appears at the top of the Feature Manager Design Tree, and click on Convert to Bodies. Change the name of the new file so that the original file is not overwritten. When you click OK all of the features on the tree are converted to one body, and the feature history tree is removed. If you want to hold on to your sketches and reference geometry, [...]

6 01, 2017

SolidWorks 2017 Wrap onto Freeform Surfaces

By | 2017-01-06T08:00:25+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There is a significant enhancement with the Wrap function in SolidWorks 2017. In the past, SolidWorks has been able to Wrap a 2D sketch onto a CAD model, but it had to be either a cylindrical or cone-shaped face. In addition, you could only Wrap to a single face; multiple faces were not supported, but now in SolidWorks 2017, these limitations have been removed. In the example below, the goal is to emboss the Cimquest logo on to the top face of the complex egg carton shaped CAD model. To achieve this, we can now use the newly enhanced Wrap function by initiating the Wrap command. The Wrap Type options did not change, but now you do have a Wrap Method option that has been added. The traditional Analytical Surface option wraps around cones and cylinders. In contrast, the newly added Spline Surface option can project to freeform faces. For this model, we will select Spline Surface and with the sketch already preselected, all we need to do is specify the thickness and select the face. SolidWorks will do the rest. As shown in the CAD model example below, the Wrap command even supports projecting to multiple faces in the same [...]

26 08, 2016

SolidWorks 2016 – Replacing Sub-assemblies with Multi-body Parts

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Today we will explain how to replace subassemblies with multibody parts, a new function in SolidWorks 2016. Unlike previous versions of SolidWorks, in 2016 you can use a multibody part as a simplified representation of the assembly. When you make changes to the subassembly and save an updated multibody part, this version can replace the older copy without having to recreate the mates. Consider the assembly shown above. It contains two individual parts and two subassemblies. You can open one of the subassemblies and save it as a part while maintaining all geometry references. This part contains four solid bodies derived from the four original parts in the subassembly. To replace the subassembly with this multibody part in the main assembly, simply right-click on the subassembly and select Replace Components. Select or browse for the multibody part. Here is where you will confirm the position of the multibody part within the assembly with a series of existing mates. Take note of how all bodies of the part are constrained to their original position. When a subassembly is saved as a multibody part, the mates between parts of subassemblies are saved as internal data inside the new part. This is useful [...]

3 08, 2016

Working With SOLIDWORKS 2016 Edge Flanges

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:57+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

In today's episode of “What’s New in SolidWorks 2016” I’m going to show you an enhancement to sheet metal flanges that will allow you to create edge flanges that are longer than the edge to which they are attached. In previous versions of SolidWorks, an edge flange feature would default to the length of the edge of the sheet metal part with no options to manipulate the flange length. This is no longer the case. Now, you can drag the edges of the flange preview or input a value for the desired flange length. Let’s take a look at how it works . . . Open a flat sheet metal part. Go to Insert > Sheet Metal> and select the icon for Edge Flange. Next, select the edge where you’d like the flange to attach and in the Property Manager, under Flange Length input a value for the length of the flange. In this example we set the length to 40 mm. Under Flange Parameters, click Edit Flange Profile. In the graphics area, drag each vertical sketch segment so they extend beyond the adjoining sheet metal edge. In the profile sketch dialog box, click Finish, and see how the edge [...]

18 07, 2016

Creating Rods and Tubes in SolidWorks 2016

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:58+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

SolidWorks 2016 includes an enhancement to sweeping solids, cuts, and surfaces that will allow you to create a solid rod or hollow tub along a sketch line, edge or curve directly on a model without having to create a new sketch. This is possible with the new “circular profile” option in sweeping operations. The example part above has several edges that can be used as sweep paths. In order to cut a tube through the part, go to Insert > Cut > and select Sweep. In the property manager, under Profile and Path, click Circular Profile. In the graphics area, select a curved edge for the path and set the diameter to 50 mm. In the Property Manager under Options, notice that Show Preview and Align with End Faces are selected by default. Accept the changes to the command and observe the tubular cut through the part’s edge. Now, to create a solid sweep with a circular profile, go to Insert > Boss/Base > and select Sweep. In the Property Manager under Profile and Path click Circular Profile and select the bottom edge of the part in the graphics area for the “path.” In the Property Manager, set the diameter [...]

8 06, 2016

SolidWorks 2016 Bidirectional Sweep

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:59+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips|0 Comments

There’s a new enhancement to the sweep function in SolidWorks 2016 that will allow you to create sweeps for a mid-path profile in either direction or bidirectional. In previous versions of SolidWorks, a profile had to sweep the entire length of the path, no matter the location of the profile sketch. This is no longer the case. Now mid-path profiles can be swept using direction 1, direction 2, or both directions. This simple part (below) contains both a profile and a path sketch. Go to Insert > Boss/Base > and select Sweep. In the Property Manager under Profile and Path, click Sketch Profile. And then, in the fly-out Feature Manager design tree, select a sketch for the profile and a sketch for the path. Select Bi-directional and click direction 1 and direction 2 to toggle the sweep display. For profile orientation, click Follow Path and accept the changes. This enhancement to creating sweeps will give you more control over the sweep behavior and more flexibility in your design method. Be sure to sign up for our 2 Minute Tuesday video series to receive tips and tricks like this one in video form every week. More info at the button below. [...]

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