Posts Tagged ‘ SolidWorks Tips and Tricks ’

SolidWorks Simulation Challenge!

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Foreshortened Dimensions: How Do They Work?

Usually when detailing a drawing, we will add a detailed view. Dimensioning this view can be a difficult task, but SolidWorks is always working to make that task easier. One of the tools they have given is an option called foreshortened dimensions. This option allows for the dimension of a radius or diameter to be placed into the view, without regard to the center line or the center point of the part. Please watch the video attached to see how this option works.

SolidWorks Foreshortened Dimensions YouTube Video

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek!

One of the SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peek Features from the SolidWorks Blog…

In SolidWorks 2013, you can exclude selected components in Interference Detection. You can filter components with matching cosmetic threads from Interference Detection results and place them in a separate folder. You can exclude interferences involving hidden components, as well as exclude selected components from Interference Detection results. Optionally, you can specify to remember components to exclude from session to session. This video shows how this applies to cosmetic threads.

SolidWorks 2013 Sneak Peak Video

You can visit the new SolidWorks 2013 website to see all the major updates and check out more videos. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about how SolidWorks can help your business, check out the videos in the Demo library.

If you are in the surrounding Tulsa area and are interested in SolidWorks, you can sign up for our 2013 Launch Event here!

SAVE THE DATE for SolidWorks 2013!

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OCTOBER 2, 2012

Come to a SolidWorks 2013 Launch Event and see powerful new products and features that make your design process even more productive:

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–     New products and design tools to simplify complex tasks

  •  –     New tools for easier and faster model creation
  •  –     Wider connectivity to expand collaboration
  •  –     And much more!




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SolidWorks 2013 Beta has been released!

Each release of SolidWorks is preceded by a beta program. Participating in beta programs gives you the opportunity to test the new release, identify any critical issues, and submit bugs for correction before the SP0 release.

 SolidWorks 2013 includes many new user-driven enhancements – along with some entirely new areas of functionality.

SolidWorks 2013 Beta Testing

SolidWorks 2013 Beta is now available. For all you curious people out there, you can now download and install SolidWorks 2013 Beta, just log in to the Customer Portal to sign up today! (If you need help logging in, click here)

Learn about the fun contests and valuable prizes for Beta participants!!

 The Beta program has evolved into an active and vibrant community where users and resellers candidly share their feedback directly with SolidWorks R&D team members. Last year, close to 1800 testers participated in the program.

 “I like that there is still some chance to fix things that matter to me, before the software is released… The better job I do in Beta, the better it will run here at our place with everyone.” said Wayne Tiffany, Senior Machine Designer at Automatic Systems, Inc.

 If you have some free time you should give it a shot, just remember to backup any files before working with the beta release.  Good luck and happy testing!

Mobile Tips for 3DVia Composer

mobile tips for 3dvia composer with solidworks

…. a tip from Earl Hasz, Technical Sales Expert with SolidWorks:

I am frequently asked about what can be done on the shop floor with respect to mobile devices, given that Composer Player requires Internet Explorer and mobile devices typically do not support the Windows OS.  There are a couple of different options that we can look to for these devices.

 1. Setup static images that are included with existing PDF or HTML pages showing the operations

  • This is the typical first step that I have seen.  Basically leveraging existing processes and using Composer to create the content rather than resorting to digital pictures or CAD screen shots.
  • The mobile device is irrelevant as we are leveraging existing processes.

 2. SVG output provides the next logical step and adds some interaction

  • All of the latest HTML browsers support SVG viewing.  Thus the Composer author can create SVG files with hotspots to show either text or URL links to additional pages for next operations
  • Again mobile devices all have browsers that can support this functionality

mobile devices with 3dvia Composer

 3. Publishing the Composer Player content is the most interactive solution

  • This form can either be shown on its own or embedded in an HTML page
  • The Composer Player requires the Windows OS on its own or the use of Internet Explorer for the HTML solution
  • Mobile tablets that run with the Windows OS should work fairly well providing their graphics chipset supports OpenGL 2.0

4. Mobile devices that are running iOS or Android OS require the use of an app such as AirDisplay

  • AirDisplay sets up your mobile device as a secondary display, providing it resides on the same WiFi network
  • This allows the operator to interact with the Composer Player or HTML solution on the workstation from their mobile device
    • I had a customer show this implementation to me.  They were preparing to provide each assembly cell with an iPad and workstation.  The Composer file was set up in such a way so that the operator could point to a given component in the viewer and see the basic assembly information in the tooltip that popped up.  All of the components were setup with this basic information by the Composer author.

Reducing Mouse Travel in SolidWorks

As I’m sure you all have noticed, the majority of systems require the user to deal with dialog boxes and windows. This means you are constantly going from dialog box to run your command, to your working area and then back to your dialog box.  SolidWorks has done a great job in getting out and the way and letting the user focus on their design rather than the software. I’m going to show you some tips and tricks to save you time on your design process while eliminating window washing.

The first thing I am going to show you to prove that SolidWorks is geared towards efficiency is by simply turning of interfaces.  If you push F9 and F10, SolidWorks will turn of your left and top interfaces. By doing this, you will more easily refrain from window washing and work in this area alone. You may be wondering, “How can I create my part if I can’t go and select my tools?” You can do this by using your pop up toolbar, shortcut bar, and mouse gesture wheel.

These three things house your commands at your fingertips, rather than window washing back and forth to dialog boxes and other commands. By turning off the interfaces, you no longer have to worry about letting the mouse follow your eyes to select the commands from the toolbars. Turning these off for a few weeks will help you to train yourself not to window wash across your monitor but rather to use the commands that automatically come to you. It’s not possible to do everything in SolidWorks without a dialog box, but you will be surprised at how much you can.

You remember me talking about the pop up toolbar, shortcut bar and mouse gesture wheel, but what are these three features? The pop up toolbar (pictured left) appears when you click on an existing item. It gives you quick commands such as “edit feature” and “edit sketch”. With the pop up bar, you know longer have to go into your design tree to edit the different aspects of your part. However, unlike the shortcut bar and mouse gesture wheel, the pop up toolbar is not currently customizable.


The shortcut bar (shown below) appears when you push the “S” key. This houses what you need to create a new part (Extrude, Revolve, Etc…).  This bar is fully customizable. To do so you simply push your “S” key> right click on the shortcut bar> click customize> drag and drop the items you wish to add onto the toolbar.








The mouse gesture wheel (pictured below) is used to run really frequent commands. To use this you simply hold down your right mouse and slowly drag is bringing up the mouse gesture wheel. This too is customizable. To customize this wheel go to tools> options> mouse gesture. There are many other ways to reduce mouse travel as well, these are just a few to get you started.