Category Archives: SW2011

SolidWorks World 2014 Proceedings are available now!

I hope every enjoyed their time at SolidWorks World 2014  at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA. It was great to be a part of the event and meet lot of people.

This year also there were lot of interesting presentations and hands on sessions were conducted by various professionals including SolidWorks employees, SolidWorks Users and SolidWorks VARs. And like everyone, I was also waiting for them to get these presentation and videos upload for access to everyone.

So the wait is over now and the SolidWorks World 2014 proceedings site is now available.

Visit http://www.solidworks.com/sww/proceedings/ to acceess the proceedings information.

Be sure to take full advantage of this year’s proceedings site. Watch breakout session videos, download breakout session PowerPoints and check out photos from this year’s event. Also, view the 2014 highlights video and videos from general session each day.

Hope to see you at SolidWorks World 2015 in San Diego, CA!

P.S. The copyrights of the video content on this web site are owned by DS SolidWorks. Unless otherwise specified, DS SolidWorks only grants you the right to view the video content on this website

FREE Santa’s Sleigh 2.0 in SolidWorks

Doesn’t this Santa looks cool. Do you know his  sleigh and reindeer as designed and rendered in SolidWorks! 

This year Jan-Willem was asked by the TSG group, (this is the company he works for) to create a Christmas card. He thought it would be nice to use his SolidWorks and vizualisation skills for this Christmas card. Finally he  designed a futuristic sleigh for Santa (and his reindeer as well! icon wink Santas Sleigh 2.0 in SolidWorks! )

Now what then? Jan-Willem is offering the SolidWorks files of Santa’s futuristic sleigh for free to enjoy your Christmas (click on the pic to get to download area).

What else?

Here is another free tutorial on “How to Model a Panton Chair in SolidWorks?” (click on the pic to get to download area).

Having high expertise level on SolidWorks, Jan-Willem has created lot of other cool tutorials on SolidWorks for you to become master too (click on the pics to get more details).

P.S. The special deal for the SolidWorks iPhone Tutorial ends within 24 hours. So be quick and take advantage of this one-time offer before it’s too late

SolidWorks 2011 SP5.0 is available for download

SolidWorks 2011 SP5.0 is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Please read this post in case you use Toolbox: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/252202#252202 

 

 

SolidWorks 2011 SP5.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SolidWorks 2011 SP5.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Also make sure you’re registered for Early Visibility Program*

The Design Table feature was empty…!!

Are you getting this message while opening files in SolidWorks SW2011 SP 4.0


As per Chris Brooking

We’ve identified some issues whereby corrupt DT nodes were preventing users from creating new Design Tables – and the ‘empty’ nodes could not be deleted.  In SP04, we added code to delete the corrupt empty nodes from the file, to allow you to create a working DT again.

We’ve identified several issues related to this – the file is not marked as dirty, and there’s no way to say ‘don’t warn me again’ to the message – we plan to address these issues in SP05.

And if you’re looking for a way to fix the error, the solution is to insert and delete the DESIGN TABLE in every single file showing this issue.

If you’re looking for an automated way to fix it try the Insert and Delete Design Table* macro.

 Here is how to use it:

  1. Extract the file on the desktop of known location.
  2. Open the assembly/part file in SolidWorks and go to Tools > Macro > Run
  3. Browse to this macro file.
  4. Go for a coffee break and in the mean time macro will fix your files.

DISCLAIMER: This macros will change the current SolidWorks document. Use the macros at your own risk. Back up your data before using this macro on any SolidWorks document.

*P.S.: This  macro currently work on active file only. In case you need to do a batch operation, please leave a comment here and I’ll update the macro to do the batch file fixing.

Making your multibody Sheet Metal Parts work properly!

Do you work with multi body Sheet Metal?

But just one Flat Pattern in the feature manager instead of many.

Actual

Required

To fix it just make sure you have this setting on in SolidWorks.

1. In an open part, go to Tools > Options > Document Properties > Sheet Metal

2. Check the option “Create multiple flat patterns…. ” under Flat pattern options and hit OK

3. Rebuild your part to get the required result.

4. For future, you may set the option in your part templates.

SolidWorks 2011 SP4.0 is available for download

SolidWorks 2011 SP4.0 is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

For a listing of SPR’s fixed in this Service Pack, click here..

 

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

SolidWorks 2011 SP4.0 EV (Early Visibility) is available for download

SolidWorks 2011 SP4.0 EV is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

For a listing of SPR’s fixed in this Service Pack, click here..

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

Animating Geneva Mechanism in SolidWorks

I’have been seeing lot of people talking on Geneva Mechanism over various forums and even I have been wondering myself on animating a Geneva Mechanism in SolidWorks. In the past I had used many different tricks to achieve it like gear mates or using surfaces etc.

Here is an animated view of what I have done few days back. I have been modelling some simple file to put up for this post but I recently came across SolidWorks Geneva-Device files on GrabCAD by Bobby Dyer. I would like to thank him for allowing me to use his files to create this tutorial.

Based on the requirements Geneva Mechanism can be external or Internal:

     

You can download the files used for this tutorial here: SolidWorks Geneva-Device files.  The important ingredient are Contact and Motion Study Properties

1. Open the “Geneva Device” assembly from the downloaded files.

2. Switch to Motion study and set the model orientation as required.

3. Change the Motion study type to “Basic Animation“.

4. Click on “Contact“.

5. Now in the Contact property manager click on the pin to keep it visible as we need to use it twice.

6. Now under components selection box, select “Index Wheel” and “Advance stop” parts.

7. You can select them from graphic area OR from feature manager tree OR motion study tree.

8. Click OK to apply the contact.

9. With Contact property manager visible, select “Index Wheel” and “Indexer” parts and click OK to apply the contact. You can now close the Contact property manager.

10. Click on “Motor“.

11. Set the motor type to “Rotary motor“. Select the cylindrical face or circular edge of “Index Wheel” or “Indexer” parts to define the direction of ( I have selected the cylindrical face of the Indexer). Set the motion function to “Constant Speed” and RPM to 30.

12. Click OK and apply the motor.

13. Now click on “Motion Study Properties“.

14. In the Motion Study Properties property manager under basic motion, set the frames per second to 30 (the larger number the more smoother motion) and set the Geometry Accuracy and 3D Contact Resolution settings to high side (move the sliders to right). This will make collision simulation more accurate and smoother motion, but requires more time to compute.

15. Click OK to set the properties.

16. Finally click on “Calculate“.

17. And now is the show time. Hit play to enjoy the show.

You can change and experiments with the settings to get a better animation. Click on save if you want to export the animation as AVI or series of pictures. You can change other settings in the save window.

Enterprise PDM 2011 SP3.1 is available for download

Enterprise PDM 2011 SP3.1 is available for download

This service pack is now available to Subscription Service customers. To download, click here or log into the SolidWorks Customer Portal at https://customerportal.solidworks.com and click Download Software and Updates to access the update.

For a list of SPR’s fixed, click here

P.S: Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.