Technical Tips provided by CAPINC’s experienced engineering staff.
If you’ve ever watched someone drag a view into a blank drawing sheet and seen the ‘Mass’, ‘Revision’, ‘Material’, ‘Part No.’ and ‘Drawn By’ notes populate in a flash, you know how useful and magical File Properties in SolidWorks can be. But entering them into each part is a pain, right? Every time you make […]
If you are doing plastic part design, or castings, the material thickness throughout your part is an important design concern. SolidWorks Professional includes a Thickness Analysis tool so you can visualize the thicknesses of your part. To check a part’s thickness, go to Tools > Thickness Analysis… This will automatically turn on the SolidWorks Utilities […]
Not only does hitting the space bar in SolidWorks bring up a list of the pre-defined Front, Top and Right views to double click on, it allows you to save your OWN views! Position your part or assembly just the way you want, hit spacebar and choose “New View”. Give it a name and then […]
You can use a Reference Plane to cut away a portion of a model. This is very useful for creating sections or cutaway configurations — for example for symmetric simplification prior to analysis — or to remove material to make a part flush with a datum. To cut with a Reference Plane, go to Insert […]
When you are ready to upgrade SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM 2011, the number one thing that comes to mind for most users is that when SolidWorks 2010 and prior version files are opened in SolidWorks 2011, SolidWorks and Enterprise PDM think that some change has occurred to the file. This is indeed the case, as SolidWorks 2011 has […]
Why can’t we all just get along? Trading files back and forth is an issue that plagues engineers often. However there are some things that can alleviate the problem. Take exchanging Pro/ENGINEER parts and assemblies with SolidWorks. This works relatively well with the robust feature sets that SolidWorks offers for either handling the Pro/ENGINEER features natively as […]
Have you ever wanted to create a Bill of Materials from your design in an alphabetical list, like when you buy a piece of furniture? You can do this with 3DVIA Composer. Simply use the BOM Workshop within 3DVIA Composer. The cool thing is that it creates BOM IDs from properties like actor name, actor […]