Category Archives: Tips n Trick

SOLIDWORKS: Controlling Scale Features in Configurations

We all use Scale feature in the model to quickly scale up or down a model. The idea is to quickly change the geometry of the model for various purpose. For e.g. in a plastic mold, components are usually scaled up to take care of shrinkage. The scale value depends on the plastic material. It does not scale dimensions, sketches, or reference geometry but only the model geometry (body). One can scale a solid or surface body about its centroid, the model origin, or a coordinate system depending on the requirements.

Applying a Scale:

1. Open the model you want to apply scale to.

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Fill in the required value and click OK.

5. Scale feature is added to the model.

You can scale selected bodies in case of a multi body part.

You can also scale with different values of X, Y and Z directions by deselecting uniform scaling and adding required values for X, Y and Z directions.

Now if you have various configurations, you can easily control the scale factor value for them using two simple methods.

Method 1: Scale Property Manager (might not work for older versions than 2014)

1. Open the Model having the configurations

2. Go to Insert > Feature > Scale OR use Scale icon from the toolbar.

3. Select from the drop down for “scale about”

4. Choose uniform scale or uncheck it.

5. Key in the desired scale value.

6. If you have more than one configuration in the model, then you would see another box for the configuration selection. Select the desired option and configuration accordingly.

7. Click OK and Scale feature is added to the model.

Method 2: Design Table

1. Open the Model having the configurations.

2. Insert a design table (Insert > Tables > Design Table) OR edit the existing design table

3. If you already have a scale feature then it should get added to the design table. If not then add the column headers for controlling the scale feature.

4. In case you want to keep the uniform scale, add column header as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

5. In case you want different values for X, Y and Z directions, then add three column headers as $X_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Y_AXIS@Scale Feature Name, $Z_AXIS@Scale Feature Name and desired value for each config.

6. Exist the design table and your scale feature in now controlled via design table.

Fixing Diameter Symbol Displaying As MOD-DIAM instead of ø in SOLIDWORKS

I have seen that lot of people are having issues where symbols have changed to the scripts instead of display as symbols specially the Diameter symbol which instead of showing as ø, show up as <MOD-DIAM>.

Diameter Symbol as MOD-DIAM

OR even getting error message for missing Gtol.sym file.

Missing Gtol.sym File

Where as this is the correct behavior.

Correct Display

So let’s talk about different options to fix it.

1. Save and close all active files in SOLIDWORKS and restart it. This should fix the issue.

2. If you’re seeing the issue again then make sure there is no another instance/session of hidden SOLIDWORKS running in the background (could be a session that didn’t closed completely).

3. If 1 and 2 doesn’t help then either Gtol.sym file is missing OR corrupted.

For system running versions older than 2014, make sure that Gtol.sym is under C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder (path may vary in different version of SOLIDWORKS but make sure it located under \SOLIDWORKS\lang\English folder).

For versions 2014 and above, the default path is C:\Program Data*\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Corp 20XX\lang\English folder but you can opt for any folder location and map the path under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File. In case there are multiple users, once can place the file in a common place that everyone can access.

Setting File Location

Program Data is a hidden folder by default. So make sure you’ve “Show Hidden Files, Folder, drives” checked as shown below.

Program Data Folder

 

In case you’re unable to find the file in the location mentioned above then you can copy it from different machine OR download here and copy to your machine in appropriate folder. Further make sure that you’ve mapped the file path correctly under Tools > Options > System Options > File Locations > Symbol Library File

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 App is Now Available

We’re just 2 weeks away from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 which will be held February 8-11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Join over 5,000 CAD software users who will descend on the 6th largest city in the USA to hear from a wide range of speakers and learn the latest about SOLIDWORKS. Register today!!

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And guess what, after a great success in SOLIDWORKS World 2012 and 2013, SOLIDWORKS World App is back for both Android and iOS.

Developed by Double Dutch, the app is now available in both the Play Store for Android & App store for iOS.

Here is a quick over view of the app.

Get All Details of Conference Schedule

General Session Details with Key Speaker

Every Day Agenda

Session Details

Speaker Details

Exhibitor List and Details

Attendees (you can follow others too and see who is following you)

Floor Plans for easy navigation thru the Convention Center

Social Media to get connected to other and see the regular updates

Apart from this, get general information about Phoenix, Places to Dine at, Directions, Parking etc. Everything is at your finger click. The above images are from iPhone app. Nice job by SOLIDWORKS World team in bringing back some thing everyone would love at SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

Stay tuned for more coverage of SOLIDWORKS World 2015!

SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW15 on Twitter for regular news and updates.

NVIDIA Model Mania 16th Year at SOLIDWORKS World 2015

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 will be held February 8-11, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 5,000 CAD software users will descend on the 6th largest city in the USA to hear from a wide range of speakers and learn the latest about SOLIDWORKS.

NVIDIA Model Mania 16th Year at SOLIDWORKS World 2015

Back for its 16th year, the SOLIDWORKS Model Mania Contest, powered by NVIDIA, will give you a chance to display your talents to the greater SOLIDWORKS Community. Model Mania pits user against user and reseller against reseller in a battle of wits to see who can model and analyze a part faster, more accurately and more efficiently. Winners receive the latest NVIDIA® products. Everyone is welcome to enter. If you have what it takes to win the battle and become the Model Mania Champ for 2015, be sure to stop by the Model Mania booth located in the Partner Pavilion.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015

First Prize
• Reseller – NVIDIA® 32G SHIELD™ Tablet, Shield Wireless Controller, and NVIDIA Premium Backpack valued at $500
• SOLIDWORKS User – NVIDIA® 32G SHIELD™ Tablet, Shield Wireless Controller, and NVIDIA Premium Backpack valued at $500

Second Prize
• Reseller – NVIDIA® 16G SHIELD™ Tablet, Shield Wireless Controller, and NVIDIA Premium Backpack valued at $400
• SOLIDWORKS User – NVIDIA® 16G SHIELD™ Tablet, Shield Wireless Controller, and NVIDIA Premium Backpack valued at $400

Third Prize
• Reseller – NVIDIA® 16G SHIELD™ Tablet
• SOLIDWORKS User – NVIDIA® 16G SHIELD™ Tablet

Attendees can also see and hear about the latest NVIDIA professional graphics solutions. In the exhibit hall, NVIDIA® Quadro® and NVIDIA® GRID™ Technology will feature on Dell’s booth (#201). Lenovo will also showcase on their booth (#424) their new line of ThinkStation P Series towers and ThinkPad W Series mobile workstations equipped with the latest NVIDIA Quadro desktop and mobile graphics cards.

NVIDIA® Quadro®

In addition, NVIDIA and Boston Scientific will present a breakout session on February 9th on “Virtualizing your SOLIDWORKS Environment”, with a repeat for SOLIDWORKS VARs the next day. A class by Dell on virtualization will also provide information on NVIDIA GRID Technology, while Lenovo presents a tips and tricks session on workstation selection for SOLIDWORKS users.

If you’ll be at #SWW15, follow NVIDIA on Twitter at @NVIDIA_MFG for news on Quadro and GRID demos, classes and other info during the event.

Grab your spot at the upcoming SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona to learn how to design better products, faster. Propel your business and gain competitive advantage in the market so run, don’t walk, to register today.

SOLIDWORKS World 2015

I enjoyed and had a great time at SOLIDWORKS World 2014 and I hope to meet you again at

SOLIDWORKS World 2015.

PS–be sure to follow SOLIDWORKS and hashtag #SWW15 on Twitter for regular news and updates.

InfiniteSkills: Learning SOLIDWORKS 2015 with Dean Kerste

Looking to learn SOLIDWORKS 2015, then check this project-based Learning SOLIDWORKS 2015 video tutorial series, you’ll quickly have relevant skills for real-world applications.

Authored by Dean Kerste, PH.D and a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert having 30+ years experience in industry and education as a mechanical designer and professor in the state of Michigan.

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In this SOLIDWORKS 2015 training course, expert author Dean Kerste will teach you how to create sketches, 3D models, and engineering drawings using the tools in SolidWorks. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no previous experience with SOLIDWORKS is required. Follow along with the expert instructor in this training course to get:

  • training videos delivered to your desktop
  • The ability to learn at your own pace with our intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • A quick grasp of even the most complex Learning SOLIDWORKS 2015 subjects because they’re broken into simple, easy to follow tutorial videos

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Here is a quick Table of Contents for this course:
01. Introduction
02. Sketching Basics
03. Intermediate Sketching
04. SOLIDWORKS Features Basics
05. Intermediate SOLIDWORKS Features
06. Modelling A Part
07. Assembly Basics
08. Intermediate Assemblies
09. Drawings
10. Drawing Annotations
11. Conclusion

There are around 118 tutorial videos (a total of 7.75 hrs training) and working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.  Pricing is just $99.95 USD with options to either download or order DVD.

If you’re looking to improve your SOLIDWORKS 2015 skills or looking to learn SOLIDWORKS 2015 in an easy to follow way, I’ll highly recommend you to get a copy of this training. You can check some of the sample videos here.

Infinite Skills is a leading creator and provider of project-based computer software training videos/DVDs.

Explode Your Assemblies Like An Expert Using SOLIDWORKS Composer

 

Explode Your Assemblies Like An Expert Using SOLIDWORKS Composer

Learn SOLIDWORKS Composer with SolidProfessor

In this 30 minute webinar you’ll learn how to create Exploded Views and Animations using SOLIDWORKS Composer. We’ll start off with an introduction to Explodes as well as the various tools used to create them. You’ll then learn how to apply explodes to animations and create paths in 2D views and animations. We’ll wrap up by showing you how to create and save scenarios of animations as well as how to apply them to actors in a scene using SOLIDWORKS Composer.

Date/Time: November 12th 10-10:30 am PST

Register Now
 

Learn more about DS SOLIDWORKS Composer in an Exclusive Webinar

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