Hello everybody! In these posts i will upload tutorials on how to achieve certain goals on Solidworks! Simpe and usefull tips for everyone! I hope you like it!
Here we go:

This time though i have a treat for you!!! This time i created a video for those that don't have the time to properly read the whole tutorial! I hope you like it:

 

I believe we have all faced the same problem... someone would walk by our office and want to see a certain assembly for a quick note. The problem is that because the file has so many parts in it that it takes for ever to load. Well... there are certain ways to walk around this issue:

  • Open your assemblies through the software

In the open dialog box there is a drop down menu called "Mode". Through these options you can choose the way with wich you would open your assembly based on your needs.
Lets see what each of them does:

  • Lightweight

When a component is lightweight, only a subset of its model data is loaded in memory. The remaining model data is loaded on an as-needed basis.

You can improve performance of large assemblies significantly by using lightweight components. Loading an assembly with lightweight components is faster than loading the same assembly with fully resolved components. Assemblies with lightweight components rebuild faster because less data is evaluated.

Lightweight components are efficient because the full model data for the components is loaded only as it is needed. Only components that are affected by changes that you make in the current editing session become fully resolved. You can perform the following assembly operations on lightweight components without resolving them:

Add/remove mates

Interference detection

Edge/face/component selection

Collision detection

Assembly features

Annotations

Measure

Dimensions

Section properties

Assembly reference geometry

Mass properties

Section views

Exploded views

Advanced component selection

Physical simulation

When a component is lightweight, a feather appears on the component icon   in the FeatureManager design tree.

  • Large design Review

Large Design Review lets you open very large assemblies quickly, while still retaining capabilities that are useful when conducting design reviews of assemblies.

When you open an assembly in Large Design Review mode, you can:

Navigate the FeatureManager design tree
Measure distances
Create cross sections
Hide and show components
Create, edit, and play back walk-throughs

  • Large Assembly mode

Large Assembly Mode is a collection of system settings that improves the performance of assemblies. You can turn on Large Assembly Mode at any time, or you can set a threshold for the number of components, and have Large Assembly Mode turn on automatically when that threshold is reached.

While using the Open dialog box to open an assembly whose number of components exceeds the specified threshold, Mode is automatically set to Large Assembly Mode, but you can select another mode from the list.

You specify the threshold on the Assemblies page in System Options. In addition, you can specify the following Large Assembly Mode options there. See Assemblies Options for details.

Do not save auto recover info

Hide all planes, axes, sketches, curves, annotations, etc.

Do not display edges in shaded mode

Suspend automatic rebuild

 

Hello everybody! With these posts i will provide you with simple litle tricks that can make our life with solidworks a litle easier! The complexity and level of these posts will vary but mainly they will relate to the more inexperienced user! I hope you will like them! Here we go:

1) Intersection Curve

If you already have created a nice lofted surface and you want to alter it's shape in a spesific place, change it's angle for example, instead of using the "Freeform" feature you can simply insert  a spline, a curve on the surface and by changing it's shape you can either add another profile on your loft or a diffirent guide line. This is very simply done by first of all creating a new plane on the place you want to alter your surface. Then go to "Tools" - "Sketch tools" - "Intersection curve" and choose the new plane and the surface you want. The newly created spline will be inserted in the already existing loft feature and by editing it you can alter the shape of your surface.

2) Dimensions in relation to a plane

A neat trick I found out a litle while ago was that you can dimension anything you want in relation to a plane. Simple choose the object you want, expand the feature tree and choose the plane that suits you. A ver nice and fast possibility!

3) Bi - directional offset

This is a VERY simple one, but I didn't know it until a few days ago! So i thought i can share it with you. I was one of those people choosing an object two times, reversing the offest in order to get two new offseted objects. Instead of that you can simple click on the "Bi-directional" option (as you can see in the photo above) and two new lines will be created! COOL...

4) Ctrl for a new plane

Instead of getting into the "plane property manager" to create a new plane, you simply holde the CTRL key on your keyboard and drag an existing plane to wherever you want.

5)Forming tool orientation

Whenever you drag and drop a new forming tool for the "Design library" without letting the click go you can hit the TAB button on your keyboard and the tool will change orientation regarding the surface you are holding it over.

Hello everyone!

In these "Part Reviewer" post i will upload Solidworks parts that you can see the way the were made through the "PART REVIEWER" function of Solidworks.
Simply download the part, open it and go to: Tools -> Part Reviewer and see step by step, feature by feature how the model was created with helpfull comments!

The model this week: Sheet metal Pipe                                                     

             

                   Difficulty: Easy
                   
Skills used: Sheet metal features ,extruded cuts

 

 

 

You can download the model here: http://dvqlxo2m2q99q.cloudfront.net/000_clients/124030/file/pipe_sheetmetal.sldprt

Hello everybody! In these posts i will upload tutorials on how to achieve certain goals on Solidworks! Simpe and usefull tips for everyone! I hope you like it!
Here we go:

Design study aimed for creating certain enclosed volums with the intersect command
This tutorial is the second part of the "How to..." series of posts and this week we will see how to use a Design Study inside Solidworks in order to find the right dimensions for our model so that the enclosed volume that we aim to create is going to have the right volume and/or mass etc...
This time I am going to show you TWO diffirent examples for everyone to understand the procedure better! The model itself that you will have doesn't matter as much as long as the correct steps and desicions are taken.

1a)Load or create model

The first example is a tank! We want the volume inside it to be a certain volume and we want it to be created without any mathematical calculations from our part.

2a) Show features annotations

First of all, click on the Annotations folder in the "Features Manager Tree" and click on "Show features Dimensions" just like the pic shows. This will help us later.

3a) Setting the parameters for the Design Study

Next, go to the Evaluate Tab ( if you can't see it right click in the Command Manager's tab and click it) and click on the "Design Study" icon and then click on "Parameters". As you can see in the pic above the "Parameters" window will appear. Typing each parameter's name in each row and choosing the "category" of it (this time they are dimensions) you can set the "settings", let's say, that the software will change in order to calculate the right set of "settings" to get the result you will specify. Think this steps through with great care because these parameters are going to be very important for the integrity of your study. Remember that the parameters you see in the pic above are just an example! Each case is diffirent. All you have to do is type the name, choose the category (Dimensions) and click on the certain Dimensions you want to alter later on.

4a) Creating a sensor

Our next step is going to be to create a sensor. A sensor inside Solidworks is...well what the name says...a sensor. You can set it to monitor a certain quality of your model. All you have to do is right click on the "Sensor" icon in the "Feature Manager tree" and click on "add sensor". In these examples we will work with a "mass sensor type". There are other choises we can choose from, but we won't mess around with them now. Next in the "properties" tab we will choose the  body we want to monitor and the certain quality, in this case VOLUME. We have to note that you can change the units in the Options. This sensor will be used later in order to set a certain goal for our study so that the volume of the enclosed body will be a of a certain ammount.

5a) Preparing the Design Study

Click on the "Design Study" icon, in the "Evaluate" tab and you will start setting the parameters for the study to run. The "Variables" are the parameters that you have set and there are certain options on the way they will change. You can choose the "range" option, in which the software will alter the value of the parameters on it's own creating a varying ammount of scenarios. The "range with steps" option is the same as before with the diffirence though that each scenario will be diffirent than before in a certain ammount that you will spescify. In both options you will have to set a starting and ending  value for each parameter. Note that in these examples will not mess around with the "constraints" options. In the second red box from the pic above we will set the "goals" option. Choose the sensor you have created and next to it click on "is exactly" and type in the certain ammount you want. This step ensures your whole design will be changed so that the body you want will be as closed as possible to your certain ammount!

6a) Results

After hitting run, Solidworks will run the diffirent scenarios and will provide you with an optimal solution. You can see all the diffirent versions by double clicking on the top row of each case. Bare in mind though that many times the solution will be an approximation and the goal will not be met 100%. Normally it takes a lot of tries in order to set the study the proper way for it to show good results. As you can see bellow you can even create graphs showing how each factor affects with the goal you have set. These can be created by right clicking on the results folder icon on the left and choosing the type of graph you want.

  

1b) 2nd example: CUP

In this example you can how the study works in the same allthough the model is created in diffirent way. Notice in the pic above, the intersect feature, the sensor created just like before and also that the sketch used to create the cup is vissible for you to see the dimensions that will be set later as the parameters. Your dimensions have to be fully constrained in each in order for the study to be fuctional. Below you can see the diffirent parameters set based on the dimensions above. Remember, diffirent model, same procedure

2b) Setting the Design Study/ results

Just like before, the goal is the same, achieve a certain volume for the water inside the cup! The parameters though are diffirent than before. Again you can choose the way that suits your case better for the the way the parameters are going to change (range, number, range with step). Remember that if you choose the option of "range with a certain step" there is the possibility that the resulting scenarios would be too many and the software won't be able to run them all. Set up your study with care. The results in this case can be below:

One last thing to note is that you can change the options of the "Design Study" through the options icon on the top of the "Design study" tab!

Hello everybody! With these posts i will provide you with simple litle tricks that can make our life with solidworks a litle easier! The complexity and level of these posts will vary but mainly they will relate to the more inexperienced user! I hope you will like them! Here we go:

1)Create a plane in the middle - the easy way

Whenever you want to mirror a feature or a body on the other side of your model you have to create a plane in the middle of it. This is very easily done by selecting the two faces you want in the "NEW PLANE" interface (on the left of the pic above) and automaticaly the new plane will be created in the middle of them!

2) Change transparency of imported picture in a sketch

   

Starting with the picture on the left, whenever we want to trace a picture in order to create a feature in Solidworks, sometimes we face the problem of the background of the picture being 'in the way', making our life harder. We can manually change this (from inside Solidworks without any extra software) by a few simple steps. Once inside the "SKETCH PICTURE" property manager, by clicking on the "USER DEFINED" option under the "TRANSPARENCY" tab, selecting the background with our cursor and changing the two options to our choise ( most likely it would to crank them full on to the right). As you can see on the picture on the left the background is gone by the changes we have done in the property manager.

3) Saving fastening and hole presets for faster workflow

When you have many diffirent types of holes you have to make in a model, choosing the options for each them every time takes a lot time. Instead of that you can create presets for each type and use them accordingly. This is very easily done by using the "FAVORITE" tab in the "HOLE WIZARD" properties manager. Click on the star with the plus sign on it and you will create a new preset. Load then the one you saved and all the settings will be the same. This option will make your life a lot easier and will save you a lot of time! We have to say also that the same can be done for "FASTENING FEATURES" inside a model.

4)Create axis form existing planes, faces or surfaces

You can create an axis ( for revolving, pattern or mating related reasons ) by going to Insert - Reference - Axis and selecting one of the choises available in the properties manager. As easy as that. In this example, as you can see in the pic above, two planes were chosen. You can select any of the 5 choises available to you.

5) Change transparency inside an assembly while creating a new part

While i was creating the engine assembly you can see in the pic above i came across the problem of whenever i was creating a new part inside the assembly, all the existing parts turned to transparent mode and i could draw properly. To change this is very easy. As you can highlited above by clicking on the "ASSEMBLY TRANSPARENCY" button you can choose if the existing parts will lokk solid, transparent or the will simply lose their apperances. 

 

Hello everyone!

In these "Part Reviewer" post i will upload Solidworks parts that you can see the way the were made through the "PART REVIEWER" function of Solidworks.
Simply download the part, open it and go to: Tools -> Part Reviewer and see step by step, feature by feature how the model was created with helpfull comments!

This model: RIM 

     

     Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
     Skills used: Revolves, plane creation, patterns
                        fillets,extruded cuts

 

 

Download the model here: http://dvqlxo2m2q99q.cloudfront.net/000_clients/124030/file/rim-reviewer.sldprt

Hello everybody! In these posts i will upload tutorials on how to achieve certain goals on Solidworks! Simpe and usefull tips for everyone! I hope you like it!
Here we go:

How to create and measure enclosed volumes
In this tutorial we will see how to simply create a certain volume inside an existing model/cavity in order to be able to measure the volume and/or mass of it! For this example i will use a water bottle and we will measure the amount of water it can hold!

1) Load or create model

Simply create or load your model, as simply as that

2) Create a plane

Create a plane everywhere you want in regard to the model! In this example you can see i chose to put the plane on the lip of the bottle! You could easily add it at any height you would like to measure the volume of.

3) Selecet the intersect command

Go to "Insert" - "Features" - "Intersect" . You could as well type the word "intersect" word on the search command box at the top of UI.

4) Create second body

In the command's properties choose the solid body you want (in this case the bottle) and the plane you have created! Click on the "Intersect button". Two (or more) regions will be created in the "Regions to exlude" area. By clicking each region you can see which body is highlated! If you want you can exclude anyone you want, meaning that it will not be created!
One final thing you we have to adress is that, at the bottom of the properties tab, you can uncheck "Merge bodies", resulting in two diffirent bodies.

5) Resulting Bodies

In the solid bodies folder you can see that now there two bodies! The allready existing bottle and now the volume created inside of it

6) Evaluate

By going to the "Evaluate" tab and clicking on the "Mass properties" command you can measure the weight and volume of the body we just created!
PS: By clicking on on the options button you can change the settings.

 

Support Documents

Hello everybody!

With this post I want to upload a file that i think can help anyone be more productive and work faster with Solidwroks! It's a table with all the basic and default shortcuts! Using them can save us a lot of time from doing the same repetative moves every day! I hope you like it! Here it is:

You can download it here:

http://dvqlxo2m2q99q.cloudfront.net/000_clients/124030/file/shortcuts.jpg

Hello everybody! With these posts i will provide you with simple litle tricks that can make our life with solidworks a litle easier! The complexity and level of these posts will vary but mainly they will relate to the more inexperienced user! I hope you will like them! Here we go:

1) Magnifying Glass

Whenever you have a detailed model, with many of subtleties you can focus on a certain part of the object without changing your model's orientation  by pressing the "G" key on your keyboard. A magnifying glass will appear with which you can zoom,pan,move ceratin areas you want! Press the "G" key again and it will be gone!

2) Select other face

If you want to choose a face that is not visible, instead of changing transparency, or hiding certain features or parts of your model you can "Right Click" with your mouse, click on the "SELECT OTHERS" command and a window in which a list of faces that you can choose from appears!

3) Change sketch presets

When you are in sketch and you are about to make to draw a rectangle, but once you start it you realise you have choosen the wrong type, so you will delete it and draw again! By pressing the "A" key on your keyboard though you can change the type without havin to do anything else!

4) Repeat same command

Another cool trick to be more productive and speed up your work is to hit the "ENTER" key on your keyboard and the last command that you used will be selected again!

5) Solidworks Taskbar icon problem

Many people i have talked with have sayed the are having the same problem. They have pinned Solidworks in their taskbar but whenever they open the software a new icon appears on the taskbar! The solution to this is simple: just open Solidworks and when the two icons appear, unpin the old from the taskbar and pin the new one! this way the problem will be solved!

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