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Cut Down Drawing Load Time with Detached Drawings in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Dave Bazinet on May 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Today I'm going to discuss what detached drawings are. Now, we all know what a “standard” SOLIDWORKS drawing is, but what are detached drawings and why would they be useful? SOLIDWORKS definition of one is as follows: “Detached drawings are designed so you can open and work in drawing files without the model files being loaded into memory or even being present”.

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Troubleshooting an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS That Won't Open

Posted by Dave Bazinet on May 15, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Today I’m going to write about how to troubleshoot (and open) an assembly that won’t open. Usually this is caused by a certain file not wanting to cooperate with SOLIDWORKS and/or the assembly knows its 5 pm on a Friday and you have a Monday deadline (we’ve all been there).

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Project 818 Update: Donor Car Strip Down Begins

Posted by Marcel Matte on May 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM


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Every week we get a few steps closer to starting the Factory Five 818 build. Last month we finalized the lease on the garage space located on Range Road in Windham, NH. This month I started up the 2002 Subaru WRX and drove it the 2 hours from storage to the Windham garage.

The WRX ran great and I took the opportunity to run it a little harder than normal. It might be a good idea to run a couple 0-60mph tests the way it sits prior to stripping it down. Any bets on how fast it is?

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Download SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles for Free

Posted by John Hall on May 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

For those of you who have used Weldments for frame design and extrusions in SOLIDWORKS, you're probably aware of how easy they are to use and create. However, you might not be aware that there are literally thousands of profiles that you can download for free included directly in the software.

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Flatten Surfaces and Visualize Deformation in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Wayne White on May 6, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Often times, leather goods, sports equipment, footwear and other products are made from materials like carbon fiber and fiberglass. Easily shaped into complex contours, it may be necessary to accurately determine or estimate the size of the surfaces in their flattened state to be able to cut the material from the flat sheet.

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Presenting with SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi at the Western MA User Group

Posted by John Hall on May 4, 2015 at 4:07 PM

On April 29 I did a presentation at the Western MA SOLIDWORKS User Group, which took place at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).

There was a huge attendance, with engineers, students, SOLIDWORKS employees, VARs and partners. I’ve been to quite a few Western MA SWUG meetings, but this was the biggest I’ve seen. I just have to say thanks to John Matrishon, WMass SWUG user group leader, for heading up such a great event and coordinating everything. I always have a blast presenting at all of these events, and this was no exception.

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Weldment Cut List is Missing Sheet Metal Component in SOLIDWORKS

Posted by Patricia Bar on May 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

You’re working on your weldment part in SOLIDWORKS, and everything looks great.

You have the weldment components trimmed nicely, and the sheet metal toe plate is in the correct spot. Then you go to create your drawing, and notice something is missing from the cut list! Why can I not see my sheet metal part!?!

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Why You Should Validate Your Mold Design Up Front

Posted by Steven Schaeffer on April 28, 2015 at 1:41 PM

When you can't afford to do it over.

Before I walked into the world of an Applications Engineer, I worked at a company designing plastics parts and plastic injection molds. I would like to tell you about a project which started as a simple task and ended in a debacle.

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‘Animate’ Option Disappears in SOLIDWORKS Displacement or Stress Plots

Posted by Suman Sudhakaran on April 16, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Why does the ‘Animate’ option sometimes disappear in the displacement or stress plot of a Non-linear study in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

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Preventing Self-Intersection of Faces in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Posted by Suman Sudhakaran on April 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Preventing self-intersection of faces in a part subjected to large deformation has been a concern in Simulation in the past.

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