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Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion

Written by Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer on January 14, 2013. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Harmonograph and SOLIDWORKS Motion
SOLIDWORKS Motion – Trace path and convert to SOLIDWORKS Curve, a hidden gem. The other week I took my daughter to the science museum, my favorite educational distraction.  While we were exploring the exhibits we came across a pendulum drawing machine (Harmonograph) that makes cool pictures.  We whipped out a few before moving onto the Bernouli Ball (I’ll have to get back to that as that’s something SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can do).  Here’s a picture just like the drawings we made now hanging on my refrigerator.

Photoview 360

Written by Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer on December 19, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Luxology Appearances Available

Photoview 360

One of the great new enhancements that we have seen with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2013 is the ability to utilize Luxology custom appearances for rendering within PhotoView 360.  SOLIDWORKS recently has updated the customer portal with the links you will need in order to access the Luxology appearance assets to start downloading and using these fantastic appearances for you SOLIDWORKS renders.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hot Keys

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on December 12, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS PDM, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Keyboard Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS PDM Hot Keys
If you’re working in a folder in your PDM vault frequently, wouldn't it be handy to have a shortcut directly to the folder?   It’s almost as easy as creating a shortcut to any Windows folder but keep in mind you can’t browse to a vault folder during the shortcut creation so but below is and easy way to copy the path.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

Written by Michael Sande, Elite Application Engineer on November 18, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Simulation

A look at Simulation Pin/Bolt Check Plots

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Green Means Go!

When setting up a model in static simulations, I often run through the bolt/pin process to create connections that will transfer loads to joining bodies, defining the connection by selecting the appropriate geometry on the holes we are using for the pin/bolt and running the simulation.  But what happens when we want to analyze the actual connection itself to verify if the bolt/pin is going to withstand the stress generated by the model conditions?  How can we determine whether or not the designed geometry of the bolt, its material, grade and preload will pass or fail?  SOLIDWORKS has a very useful tool for defining a pin/bolt check plot to look at just this.

Tune Your SOLIDWORKS To Perform!

Written by AJ Santiago, Application Engineer on November 08, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

Tune Your SOLIDWORKS To Perform!

We all know that from time to time we tax SOLIDWORKS for everything it has. Whether this is during a simulation, rendering, editing an assembly or working on a model, we demand a lot from software to get the calculation done and give us the visual results we need. This can be especially true if you are not using PDM which downloads the SOLIDWORKS file directly to  your machine when you check out.This would be the best way to gain a real performance advantage.

SOLIDWORKS Pierce vs. Coincident

Written by Rachel Jones, Training Manager on October 11, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

Pierce and coincident, aren’t they the same thing?

SOLIDWORKS Pierce vs. Coincident

They are the same in that they are both sketch relationships, but that’s about as far as that goes.

SOLIDWORKS defines a Pierce Relation as a relation that makes a sketch point coincident to the location at which an axis, edge, line, or spline pierces the sketch plane.

Okay…so what does that mean?

Let’s take a look.

I’ve created a spline on my top plane and a circle on my front plane.  If I choose to make the circle and the spline coincident the center of the circle will move on the sketch plane to be coincident with the spline but not touch the spline.

SOLIDWORKS Composer Hot Keys

Written by Tony Cavegn, Technical Manager on July 06, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips, SOLIDWORKS Composer

Keyboard Shortcuts

SOLIDWORKS Composer Hot Keys

Keyboard accelerators let you perform Composer commands more quickly than graphical commands.

To create and manage shortcuts, right-click the ribbon and click Customize Quick Access Toolbar. In the Customize dialog box, for Keyboard shortcuts, click Customize.

Note: Single-character shortcuts, such as H to hide an actor, are hardcoded in the application and are not displayed in the Customize dialog box.

Here are all the Default Shortcuts:

Attention All SOLIDWORKS PDM Admins!

Written by Jennifer Bahnsen, PDM Application Engineer on October 06, 2012. Posted in SOLIDWORKS News, SOLIDWORKS PDM

Attention All SOLIDWORKS PDM Admins!

Test your PDM and Project Management knowledge with a new certification test developed by SOLIDWORKS.

Certified PDM Administrator

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