Category Archives: Tips n Trick

The ABC of Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

 

ABC of Weldment Profile

I’ve seen lot many times people asking about the folder structure for weldment profiles in SOLIDWORKS. The folder structure for weldment profile is simply ABC.

ABC of Weldment Profile

A is the path for the folder that contains the Standard. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments
B is the path for the folder that contains the Types. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments\Inch
C is the path for the folder that contains the Sizes. For e.g. D:\Design Library\Weldments\Inch\10×20.SLDLFP

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So when setting up the weldment profile location, you need to set the location of A under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Weldment Profiles

SOLIDWORKS Drawing: Move Detail View to Different Sheet

 
We all need to manipulate drawing views in SOLIDWORKS.

Move Detail View

Here is a video tip on how to move a detail view easily to a different sheet.

 

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 is calling YOU.. Join the Wagon!!

 

While we’re still less then 7 months away months from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix , things are already starting to happen. Earlier this week DS SOLIDWORKS Corporation announced its Call for Presentations for SOLIDWORKS World 2015. SOLIDWORKS World brings together 6000 users, resellers, and partners, from around the world,  that are passionate about design using SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 will be held  at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, February 8-11, 2015

While SolidWorks World always has lots of great presentations and guest speakers, the real value of the event for most customers comes from the technical breakout sessions that take place over three days, most of which are lead by regular SolidWorks customers. These presenters come from around the world, and lead sessions on topics in which they have considerable experience. In return, we let them into the event for free. You can see some of the presentations from SOLIDWORKS World 2014 on SOLIDWORKS World proceedings website.

Any SolidWorks customer 21 or older can submit a proposal to present at the event. If you have any interesting thing to share,  just go ahead and submit the presentation. Later this summer, SolidWorks World selection committee will get together and pick the ones that they think will be the most valuable, and send out invitations.  SolidWorks World Team encourage both long-time presenters and new applicants alike to submit.

We are looking for presentations that cover the following categories/topics:

  • Customer Success and Integrated Solutions
  • Data Management and Administration
  • Design Automation
  • Design Communication
  • Design Simulation
  • Electrical
  • Modeling Essentials
  • Productivity Tools
  • SOLIDWORKS in Education

If you want to find out more, visit the submission site and get the details. With any luck, we’ll see you at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, February 8-11, 2015.

 

You never know if you’re presenting at next SolidWorks World.

SolidWorks Cutaway Animation

SolidWorks Cutaway Animation

Hi All, sorry for being too late in posting this one. So before putting any further delay here are the steps by steps on doing “SolidWorks Cutaway Animation”. Please note that you should have SolidWorks Professional OR Premium installed in order to access the animation/motion manager.

If you’re reading this for first time do check this completed animation

Download the files you would need for this animation here. The files are in SW2013 version.

1. Open the assembly SolidWorks Cutaway Animation.

2. Set the three default assembly planes to show (optional, but make it easier in selection).

3. Insert a part named Cutting Plate and drop it anywhere in assembly.

4. Select the top face of Cutting Plate and add a distance mate for 140 mm between assembly top plane and top face of the Cutting Plate.

5. Rotate the view and go on the back side.

6. Select the face shown and add a coincident mate with Right plane (important).

7. Select the face shown and add a coincident mate with Front plane (important).

8. You may now set the three assembly plane to hidden state (in case you’ve set them to show).

9. Select the top face of Cutting Plate and start a new sketch (important).

10. Now click on the convert entities to get the sketch we need for this animation (I’ve set the Cutting Plate to hidden state for clarity).

11. With the sketch active, go to Insert > Assembly Features > Cut > Extrude.

12. Set End condition as thru all. Under Feature Scope uncheck “Auto Select” and then select the components you want to cut thru.

13. Click OK to exit the sketch/cut feature mode. Test the set up by changing the distance mate from 140mm to 5mm. You should see the cut feature in the assembly. Keep the distance as 5mm only (optional).

14. In case you don’t see the cut, then please change the cut-extrude direction.

15. Once you set it up, then switch to motion study tab. Please note that you should have the MotionManager selected under View menu.

16. In the motion study tab, drag the slider to any time (in this I’ve set it to 6 sec).

17. Expand the mates folder.

18. Double click on the distance mate we have set between the top plane and cutting plane. Set the value back to 140mm. Click OK to set the distance.

19. Now you should see the blue lines in the motion manager which represent change in the vale.

20. Finally click on calculate button and enjoy the animation.

You can add motors to the shaft to get more realistic animation. I’ve used PhotoView360 to process this animation shown below.

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

SolidWorks World 2014: Be there and Join Others

SolidWorks World 2014: What’s Your Reason to be there!!

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SolidWorks World 2014 is only a few days away. If you’re going then what is your reason to be there.

“My reasons for going are simple; learning, networking and above all meeting old friends and making new ones. The world is small & round and we never know when we’ll bump into each other”

Click here to know as why others are going over there. Mine favorite reason is from Dwight Livingston

If you are first timer to SWW check this as “Why you should attend“. The SWW 2014 website will give you all the required details like Agenda, Location details (for checking near by hotels and the surrounding areas), registration, etc.

Need help convincing the boss to let you go?: Boss’ Justification Letter

Want to see which vendors will be exhibiting? They’re over here

Another reason to be there: Get SolidWorks Certified at no charge!

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When you register to attend SolidWorks World 2014 you get the opportunity to take a Certified SolidWorks Professional exam along with other SolidWorks users—at no charge!

Don’t forget, if you pay for two registrations, a third participant can hang in for free. And, as always, CSWPs save $100. You can see all of registration deals at the SolidWorks World website.

I enjoyed and had a great time at SolidWorks World 2013 and I hope to meet you again at SWW14-2

Be sure to follow SolidWorks World on Twitter for regular news and updates.

Please note:  All individuals will be required to show proof of identification prior to collecting their badge and registration materials. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend SolidWorks World 2014. Also residents of some countries may need a visa to enter the United States.

Aras to showcase Enterprise PLM at SolidWorks World 2013

SolidWorks World 2013 will be held January 20-23, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida.

Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available.

Aras EPLM for SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM is a business-ready solution for product lifecycle processes that enables companies of all sizes to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability. Built on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, Aras EPLM is a full-featured solution that provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box to extend engineering business processes across the company, with powerful capabilities that are highly sought-after by SolidWorks EPDM users, including Engineering BOM Management, Enterprise Change Management, Integrated Project Management and more. Aras EPLM offers a familiar, easy-to-use look & feel in a standard Web-browser, and delivers a new level of scalability and security to companies that run SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

Visit booth #725 in the Partner Pavilion to meet the Aras team and learn about the  new functionality for Aras EPLM, the full-featured, business-ready PLM software solution built on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

Join thousands of users from around the world to:

  • Learn: Choose from over 200 technical breakout sessions led by SolidWorks users and industry experts.
  • Network: Meet other SolidWorks users, Solution Partners, resellers, and SolidWorks employees.
  • Explore: Discover products and services from SolidWorks Partners that can help you tackle just about any design, engineering, and manufacturing challenge.

If you are first timer to SWW check this as “Why you should attend“. The new  SWW 2013 website will give you all the required details like Agenda, Location details (for checking near by hotels and the surrounding areas), registration, etc.

Need help convincing the boss to let you go?: Boss’ Justification Letter

Another reason to be there: Get SolidWorks Certified at no charge!

When you register to attend SolidWorks World 2013 you get the opportunity to take a Certified SolidWorks Professional exam alongside other SolidWorks users—at no charge!

Get three registrations when you pay for two. On top of it if you are a CSWP/CSWE then add another $100 as discount to your conference pass. That’s a nice chunk of discounts. Get all fees details here

Visit www.solidworks.com/sww for the latest information about this exciting event.

I enjoyed and had a great time at SolidWorks World 2012 and I hope to meet you at the SolidWorks World 2013 in Orlando, Florida

PS–be sure to follow SolidWorks World on Twitter for regular news and updates.

Please note:  All individuals will be required to show proof of identification prior to collecting their badge and registration materials. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend SolidWorks World 2013. Also residents of some countries may require a visa to enter the United States.