solidworks tutorial- Layout Based Assembly Modeling

This course covers using sketch blocks to design a robot arm and test movement, using the blocks to create 3d models, use sketch blocks to layout an assembly of a classroom, mate existing models to the blocks to test viewing range/comfort,Layout based modeling gives you whole new approach to design. Instead of sketching the same shapes over and over again, we can use blocks to reuse those shapes easily. At the assembly level, we can place those blocks and test if the assembly is even going to work before you have modeled a single 3d part! Once you've tested the assembly with blocks, you can use the blocks to build 3D parts. Watch this course to see how to use Layout Based Modeling at the Assembly level to conceptualize and build your designs much faster than before.

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solidworks tutorial - Multi-body Part Design

When we use a multi-body design technique, we can simply add and subtract bodies from each other, but how those bodies are patterned, split up or used to generate other bodies, can really enhance our design tools. We can use different multi-body techniques to similar tasks that each have a little bit different outcome, so we will study the differences.

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SolidWorks 2010: Sketch Pictures in Drawings

With my schedule relaxing a bit, I’m finally back in the groove and am excited to bring some new posts to the site.  This one is kind of a “reminder post” of a new feature in SolidWorks 2010 that is easy to overlook.

You can now show Sketch Pictures inserted in models on the Drawing!  Below you’ll see a quick example I made of a picture frame.  With the help of Realview and a nice rendering made in Photoview 360, it’s pretty easy to quickly make something that is visually appealing.  The problem with an example like this is that when you take that model to a Drawing, the centerpiece (the Sketch Picture) was in the past lost.


SolidWorks 2010: Awesome Tables!

Sometimes when testing newer versions of Software you discover some “unreported” enhancements that really can be a time saver.  That type of enhancement is the source of this post, but first we’ll take an overall look at the enhancements to Tables in SolidWorks 2010.

As reported in my SolidWorks 2010 Enhancements Highlight article, all Tables in SolidWorks 2010 now behave VERY similarly to Microsoft Excel.  You can now use the Tab key and arrow keys to quickly switch between cells during data entry.  In previous versions, you had to double-click EACH CELL to make a modification.  This could make entering data in any type of table a painfully slow experience.  Below is a link to a video that highlights the Excel behavior in tables.


SolidWorks Help in your Browser!


As reported here a few months back, SolidWorks 2010 introduced an option for Online Help.  The Online Help has some enhanced search features which includes sorting by subject and links to the Knowledge Base.  In addition to that, because it is web based, it is guaranteed to always be up to date.



SolidWorks 2010: Hole Wizard!


It’s been a while since I have had a chance to post.  I have been working some crazy hours on various projects.  Hopefully some of them I can share with you one day.  Its time to get back on track with introducing some of the new features of SolidWorks 2010.

Today we take a quick peek at one of my favorite enhancements in SolidWorks 2010.  This is probably not one that you will find in many demos or online videos – It is minor yet major.  Simple yet brilliant.  Oh yeah…and probably overdue but HEY, I’m glad to finally have it.





SolidWorks Electrical Routing – Part 1

After talking about it for quite some time here on the site, today marks the first installment on a series of posts on SolidWorks Electrical Routing.  In this first example I guide you halfway through the creation of an Electrical Harness using what I call the “on the fly” method.  This particular method is often used when you don’t have any electrical wiring information to import in the form of a “From/To” list.  In this example we have an electrical enclosure that contains several connectors along with some terminal block connections.  We know in general where the signals are routing from and to, but don’t yet have any detail on the number of signals or any pin to pin connections.  This is a quick way to get some accurate wire lengths.

I originally wanted to continue on and show how to manually insert electrical wires in this harness, but the length of the video would be almost doubled.  We will save that for Part 2!  In later posts I’ll go into some of the important details of the Routing package which include more information on the sub-assembly structure, Connection Points, Route Points, and special in-context capabilites that are only present in the routing package.  To watch Part 1 simple click on the image below to load the video.


SolidWorks Electrical Routing – Part 2

Most users of SolidWorks Electrical Routing use the product to determine wire & route lengths.  This video is a direct followup to the Part 1 video.  In this segment, we will take the 3D Electrical Harness that we created in Part 1 and make some modifications to the route itself to better fit our design intent.  Along with that we’ll show you how you can add wires to your electrical route which will give you accurate cut lengths for the individual wires and/or cable conductors that make up your harness.  The method shown is the “manual” method which is necessary when you create a route “on the fly”.  Click on the image below to play the video.


SolidWorks Video Tip: Roll View

I’m sure all of us have had this happen before.  You stroll around through the UI of your favorite software package and find a button that somehow you have missed seeing before.  I have never claimed to know everything there is to know about SolidWorks, but I do know my way around a bit.  After serving as Technical Editor for three books on SolidWorks, I somehow have overlooked this little viewing tool, so I thought I would share it.

The viewing tool I’m talking about is the Roll View option.  It is available in the Right Mouse button menu in the graphics area.  It allows you to roll the model about an axis pointing normal to the viewing plane.  (The axis is coming out of your screen.)  Here’s a short video showing it off.


SolidWorks Tip: Heli-Coil Tap Drills


Here’s a GREAT SolidWorks Tip that was brought to my attention on the latest project I am working on.  When you work in the commercial design world, you don’t often run across the need for the use of Heli-Coil inserts.  As I have learned recently, they are used quite a bit in military and space hardware design.  For those of you that aren’t familar with Heli-Coil inserts, you can learn more about them HERE.




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