Category Archives: Part

SOLIDWORKS 2016: Reduce Mouse Travel with “D” Key



SOLIDWORKS 2016 gives you a new option to move the Confirmation Corner option next to pointer. The existing method of pressing RMB or right click and select OK from the pop up window still works. But in some cases where you need to click the OK or Cancel button from right top corner or feature manager, can now be brought to near to pointer using the shortcut key “D”.

This option works with Part, Assembly and Drawings as well. The shortcut key can be changed to any other key.

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


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 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 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

Cross-platform PDF Converter – Able2Extract 8

Able2Extract 8 is a powerful PDF Converter tool that lets users convert their PDF data into formatted MS Excel spreadsheets, editable MS Word documents, Publisher files, forms, powerpoint presentations, Autocad (DWG, DXF), Open Office, image formats (jpeg, bmp, png, tiff, etc.), HTML and more.

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As stated in my last post as how you can use Able2Extract for Coverting your PDF into SolidWorks, the team has something more to offer with Able2Extract. For the first time, Able2Extract PDF Converter is available on all Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

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Able2Extract 8 is available on Windows and is compatible with the latest Windows 8. As always, Able2Extract is backwards compatible, too. It can be downloaded on Windows 7, Vista, XP, and other Windows platforms going all the way back to Windows 98.

Users can now install Able2Extract 8 on Mac OS X and benefit from all the same features found in the Windows version. Able2Extract can instantly convert PDF content into Office formats that are compatible with the Microsoft Office productivity suite for Mac.

In a first ever, Able2Extract 8 is available for the Redhat and Ubuntu distributions. As a full featured desktop converter, Able2Extract eliminates the need for complicated command line tools and lets users easily convert PDF documents to formats compatible with Open Office and Libre Office.

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New Convenient Navigation Side Bar: Able2Extract 8 has a new preview pane. This addition provides users with better navigational control over pages, bookmarks, and attachments. Navigating through lengthy PDF documents is now more convenient and done directly from within the viewing window itself.

Redesigned PDF to Excel Custom Conversion Interface: Able2Extract’s PDF to Excel custom conversion interface has been completely redesigned. The new streamlined graphical interface allows users to easily preview and designate the row and column structure prior to conversion. Users can directly ensure that tables are being faithfully converted into Excel spreadsheets.

Improved PDF Conversion Performance: Able2Extract’s conversion technology has been improved, as well. This increases productivity with even faster PDF conversions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. No matter what the output format, users benefit from accurate and seamless data transfers every time.

A More Powerful Built-In PDF Viewer: Able2Extract’s PDF viewing technology has also received an upgrade. Zooming and viewing features have been updated to provide an even higher quality display of PDF content than that of the previous version. Viewing and interacting with PDF graphics and text is now smoother than ever.


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Export only “Selected Parts” from SolidWorks Assembly

Do you need sometimes to export only selected components from the Active Assembly. If yes then follow this easy trick and you could do that in no time.

1. Open the Assembly (I’ve used food_processor assembly file from the SolidWorks tutorials).

2. Select and click or right-click on the parts you don’t need to export.


3. Select the parts you need to export, right-click and select “Invert Selection”.

4. This will select and highlight the parts you don’t need to export.

5. Now with the parts highlighted, select Hide.

6. This will hide the selected parts and keep the required parts visible.

7. Go to Save As window and key in the file name or use the default.

8. Select the save as type and hit save.

9. You’ll get a prompt window message about hidden or suppressed parts. Simply select NO and you’ve exported the required parts only from the assembly.

11. You may now close the current assembly and if you wish you may not save the changes.  (to avoid any changes you did in steps above).

Tow Truck and The Rope Animation – 1

This has been long over due and now I finally got the time to do it.  Many of my reader and viewers has been asking for it and I really feel sorry for not able to deliver it in time. But finally it is here. Check the video below and if you feel you need to know “How to do it” (I can assure you that this is a simple animation), then proceed on.

OK to make this spicy dish (oh I mean animation), you need following ingredients (made in SW2012). You can download them here. You can also your make your own ingredients and use them.

  1. Tow Truck Assy (we’ll use this as the base for the final animation)
  2. Pulley
  3. Winch Drum
  4. Rope
  5. Wooden pallet
  6. Steel Hook
  7. PhotoWorks pr PhotoView 360 (either of one is required to make more realistic animation). I’ve used PhotoView 360.
  8. A secret Spice (this is the main ingredient of this dish).

Tow Truck and The Rope Animation

I’ve made very basic shapes and did a quick modelling. So please pardon me for any mistakes and not following the design intent, colors and other recommended tools/options.

I’ll be updating further soon.

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