SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips


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    Two Great Tools Every SOLIDWORKS User Should Know (But Many Don’t)

    by Toby Schnaars on January 3, 2017

    As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’ve been a user of SOLIDWORKS for 18 two-great-tools-every-solidworks-user-should-know-but-many-dont-1years and began teaching new and experienced users since 2001. Today we are going to examine two great tools in SOLIDWORKS that every user should know how to use, but many don’t:

    1. CTRL+Q = Force Regen
    2.  V.O.R. = Verification on Rebuild

    These two tools share the same theme: They both generate a rebuild, which is more thorough and elaborate, but takes a longer time to complete.

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      Tips for New SOLIDWORKS Users Part 2: Keep Your Sketches Simple

      by Toby Schnaars on October 12, 2016

      Welcome back to our series of tips for new SOLIDWORKS users. As I mentioned in my last blog, I started teaching SOLIDWORKS CAD software to both new and experienced students in 2001.  This blog series covers three great tips I’ve learned over the years to help new SOLIDWORKS users get started off on the right foot:

      1. Always start your sketches the same way – and know when you are in sketch mode
      2. Keep your sketches simple
      3. Fully define, every time

      My last blog covered the first tip. Today, we will move into the second: Keep your sketches simple.

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        The Right Tool for the Job Part 3: Getting Your Fix with Fixtures

        by David Roccaforte on September 20, 2016

        In the first blog in this series, I introduced SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard, our entry level but high value analysis package. In my second blog, I discussed the single body limitations in Sim Xpress and compared that with the extended capabilities in our more full featured tools. In this post, I will discuss the fixed constraint option in Sim Xpress and compare this to the capabilities of Simulation Standard.  

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          The Right Tool for the Job Part 2: The Single Body Limitation in Sim Xpress

          by David Roccaforte on September 8, 2016

          In my last blog, I introduced SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard and how it is a lot of analysis power for the money. One point that I made is that there are many times when SOLIDWORKS users might be trying to do too much with the free Xpress tools or might not realize what they are missing in a more complete solution like Simulation Standard Professional or Premium. In this blog, I will discuss the single body limitation imposed by Sim Xpress.

          Sim Xpress allows only a single body and "fixed" constraints that stop motion on the chosen face in the X, Y, Z directions. The main reason for this limitation is that it prevents users from creating an unstable model by accident. Fix any face in X, Y, Z directions on a single body and you are going to have a stable model. In other words it's a slam dunk that the solver will able to solve for equilibrium and we can find a solution. This limitation guarantees a solution but limits the areas we can accurately extract stresses from and limits the types of situations we can accurately reproduce.

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