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Sign Writing and Logos - DXF's and Blocks
Thursday April 21, 2016 at 1:54pm

Importing DXF's - particularly ones of stylized images can be a pain - how can this be handled?

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Friday June 12, 2015 at 9:59am

In 2015 you can now "Ctrl" select as many dimensions as you wish, right click and select driven, making your sketch creation process faster and your model more robust.

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Friday May 22, 2015 at 12:09pm

Moving sketches while in edit sketch mode is not always the easiest of things to do, particularly if your sketch is under defined. You can use the move entities command, but this doesn't always snap to your desired location. However there is another method, if you can remember the clicks;

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Dimension Names
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:55am

One query we get a lot on the support line is what are these bracketed names appearing after my dimensions in a drawing file? Dimension names are automatically created for every dimension you have produced, but whether you have them displayed is up to you. They can be toggled on and off using > view > dimension names.

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Relationship Popup
Friday January 30, 2015 at 10:07am

When you select more than one sketch entity using the "Ctrl" key a relationship menu appears. However after you select one relationship the popup disappears. Hit "Ctrl" to get it to reappear.

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Automatic Sketch Relations
Friday January 30, 2015 at 9:43am

Hold "Ctrl" to turn off automatic sketch relations.

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Make Block
Monday January 26, 2015 at 9:49am

Blocks are a very useful tool, however most SOLIDWORKS operators don't use them as efficiently as they could. This tip will save you valuable time in your production process.

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Temporary Axis
Thursday October 30, 2014 at 11:56am

Temporary axis are those created implicitly by cones & cylinders within the model.

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Virtual Sharp
Thursday October 30, 2014 at 10:34am

A virtual sharp creates a sketch point at the virtual intersection point of two sketch entities.

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Sweeps with Guide Curves - when they don't work...
Monday October 13, 2014 at 6:06pm

How you set up the Profile sketch is often the cause of problems with Swept Boss features or Swept Cut features.

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Sketch - Tracing images
Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 11:44am

The Autotrace feature within SOLIDWORKS allows you too quickly and easily create complex sketches from an imported image which can subsequently be used in features such as extrudes and sweeps or exported as DXF/DWG files. This can be a great way to quickly replicate a logo or organic shape.

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The Magic of Spline on Surface
Thursday June 19, 2014 at 3:15pm

Want to create a free form cut out in a 3D surface? The little known 'Spline on Surface' is a great tool for this. Here is how to create an egg with the top chopped off - ready for the soldiers!

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Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 5:22pm

Model Mania @ SOLIDWORKS World 2014 – San Diego After a great week at SOLIDWORKS World in San Diego, I’m now reflecting on how the technical content shown can impact positively our customers business, I hope to add a series of short blogs on a number of exciting developments As an introduction I’d like to share with you my experience of winning the Reseller Model Mania Challenge at the conference and explain how I tackled the modelling challenge… ....

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Friday February 7, 2014 at 1:37pm

Last week I wanted to go through my settings and customise them. I hadn’t done this in a while and didn’t feel like my current set up was working for me. You can get to the customise menu  by right clicking the command manager, going right down to the bottom of the list and choosing ‘Customize’. Alternatively you can use the Tools menu with Customize near the bottom.   The window that appears houses options to customise pretty much every aspect of SOLIDWORKS.&....

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Friday October 25, 2013 at 3:08pm

Rapid Sketch- you may have seen it, but perhaps haven't clicked it. It is one of the last icons on the Sketch toolbar when part modelling, and has been there for a couple of years. Without having any exposure on our training courses, it is one of those features you will have to explore for yourself, but read on to understand the function and benefits of the Rapid Sketch feature.   This tool allows you to sketch on multiple faces without having to keep opening and closing sketches. ....

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