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Solidworks Innovation Day 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Solidworks is glad to invite you to attend Solidworks Innovation Day 2007.

SolidWorks Corporation is proud to present SolidWorks 2008 with over 250 areas of functionality enhancements.

The event will witness the launch of Solidworks2008 and Cosmos2008.Kindly block your calendar for August 29, 2007.The invitation with detailed agenda of innovation day 2007 will reach you Soon.

Date:29th August 2007.

Venue:Leela Palace,Bangalore

Time:8:30 AM-6:00 PM

For all the other outstation CAD users check the appropriate dates for Solidworks Innovation Day 2007.

Click Here to Register


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1 min Tips From Solidworks Corporation
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Solidworks corporation have teamed up with solidprofessor to bring us ten 1 minute tips for SolidWorks 2008.

check this out here

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2D to 3D Conversion in Solidworks
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Most of us will not use this 2D to 3D option in Solidworks.This is an easiest way to create a 3D model with less time.If we have an autocad drawing in .dwg or .dxf format we can import that drawing into solidworks directly and make a solid model with this 2d to 3d tool easily.It will save your production time also .

2D to 3D Toolbar

This is an excellent video tutorial which depicts how to use 2D to 3D conversion Tool in Solidworks.

Watch here

Courtesy: Solidprofessor

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How to create a Rectangular helix in solidworks?
Monday, August 20, 2007
We can create circular helix in a single shot in solidworks but if we want to create rectangular helix,we need to generate 3d curve for that rectangular helix using surfaces.Then how can we generate that 3d curve ????

Watch here

Courtesy: Solidprofessor

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To load the solidworks Drawing File without sending the model or assembly
Sunday, August 19, 2007
How to load the drawing without sending the model ?

To create a detached solidworks drawing:

After Completing the Drawing Click Save on the Standard toolbar (for a new drawing) or File, Save As (for drawing that has been saved previously).

In the Save As dialog box, select Detached Drawing (*.slddrw) for Save as type.Specify the file name, then click Save.

If we want to reload the model with that particular part or assembly we can reload the model later also.

To Reload the Model with the Solidworks drawing File:

Open the drawing file with "Load model" button checked as shown in the pic.That's it.

Courtesy: 3dcad Forums

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Create assembly from Layout Sketch
Saturday, August 18, 2007
How to create or Build Assembly from Assembly Layout Sketch?

In our assembly, create a regular 2Dsketch. Within that sketch draw your individual 2D representations of your assembly and turn them into individual blocks.

Exit the sketch and right-click on it, select 'create assembly from layout sketch' from the context menu

A part will be created for each block definition in your layout sketch. If you use more than one instance of a block definition in your layout sketch, then solidworks will create another instance of that component in the assembly.

You can then add features to the parts in order to further define them.

The parts will update if the layout sketch is modified or if the block definitions are changed.

Download Sample Assembly


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To copy a configuration and its derived Configuration
Friday, August 17, 2007
Is there a way to copy a configuration and it's derived configuration ?

Yes.This can be done easily. Select the configuration that has the derived configuration attached to it. From the standard toolbar, select "Edit" and then select "Copy". Then select the very top line at the configuration manager (usually Solidworks filename). Select "Edit", and then "paste".

Then the copy of that configuration will be created.

"Ctrl+c" and "Ctrl+v" will also work in this regard.

Learnt From : Solidworks Forum
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Today's Solidworks Tips
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Save as Part option

The Save As Part feature allows us to save a SolidWorks assembly file as a part file.

There are three options available in the Save As dialog box that we can go unnoticed Sometimes.

1) Exterior Faces
2) Exterior Component
3) All Components

If you select the “All components” option, all the components of assembly will be saved as solid bodies which result in a multi-body part file.

The “Exterior components” option will only save components which show only the outside parts of the assembly into a multi-body part file.All components that are enclosed within the assembly will be ignored in this case.

In the “Exterior faces” option,This will save all exterior faces of the model as surface bodies into the part document.In this option all the faces that share an edge are automatically stitched together into a single surface body.

Only "Drawback" in this feature is that it is not parametrically linked back to the Assembly. If the assembly is updated, the multi-body part file will not update.

Courtesy: Ricky Jordan,Myigetit

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Online 2D/3D CAD Parts Library
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Do you want to download standard Mechanical components in CAD Format?

Here We can download all the part libraries like Gears, Bearings, Mechanical Hardware, Tolling Components, Metal Shapes, Locating Components, Motor Accessories, Plastic Extruded Shape without any hassle.

A complete set of ISO,DIN,JIS, ANSI,ASME ,AS steel shapes are involved in this website.

We can get all the 2D and 3D CAD parts for SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidEdge, IGES, .SAT, DXF Formats

Download Standard Parts

Courtesy : Oyeahcad

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360° Bend In solidworks
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Is it Possible to make 360° Bend in sheet metal in solidworks?

Yes we can.

Create your flat sheet metal shape, centered about the origin. Insert a vertical line at the origin. Select insert bends. Your bend angle should be 359°. You'll have to mess around with your default radius to get it to bend as you need, but it should work. See attached.

Download Sample part here.

Courtesy: Solidworks Forums.


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Want to create a Gear thru solidworks use Camnetics GearTrax for Solidworks v 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Camnetics GearTrax for Solidworks v2007

GearTrax™ provides the designer with an easy to use tool for creating solid models of drive components. Create spur, helical, straight bevel and involute splines with true involute tooth profiles.

GearTrax™ is:

Intuitively easy to use for the designer with limited gear experience.

Powerful enough for the gear expert.

Animation window shows the spur/helical gear mesh which updates as the data is changed.

GearTrax is an add-in for SolidWorks, Solid Edge and AutoDesk Inventor.


If You want to download user guide for Gear Trax download it from solidworks Tutorials session of Solidworks Guru.

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How to Min/Max the arc and Circle Dimensions?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
How to dimension an arc and circle?

We can dimension the arc and circle by three ways using,

1) Center Distance

2) Minimum Distance

3) Maximum Distance

The Dimensions conditions are described below.

Center-Center: The default in solidworks when an arc is selected. Here the dimensions are attached to the center points of the arc.

Minimum Distance:The dimensional point is to the closest point on the arc on the same diameter of the center as the other end of the dimension. Linear dimension does not cross arc centerpoint.

Maximum Distance: Dimensional point is to the farthest point on the arc on the opposite side as the other end of the dimension. In this Case linear dimension crosses the arc centerpoint.

Selecting an arc as part of a linear dimension causes the dimension to default to the center arc condition.

However, if the Shift key is held down as the arc is selected for a linear dimension, the arc condition will be minimum or maximum, whichever is closest to the side being selected.

Further, the arc conditions of a dimension can be changed after the dimensions is created.

Right-click on the dimension, select Properties, and change the arc condition by selecting the new option near the bottom of the dialog box.

Note that there can be two arc conditions to control if the linear dimension is between two arcs.

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Review of Solidworks Solid Feature-1
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Features Tool Bar

Extruded Base

1. First Feature in the Part, the foundation.
2. Select the Sketch Plane.
3. Sketch the profile.
4. Add dimensions and relations.
5. With sketch active, click Extrude Boss/Base

from the Features Toolbar.
6. Select End Condition options for Depth.

Extruded Boss

1. Adds Material.
2. Select the Sketch Plane.
3. Sketch the profile.
4. Add dimensions and relations.
5. With sketch active, select Extrude Boss/Base from the Features Toolbar.
6. Select End Condition options for Depth.

Extruded Cut

1. Removes Material.
2. Select the Sketch Plane.
3. Sketch the profile.
4. Add dimensions and relations.
5. With sketch active, select Extrude Cut from the Features Toolbar.
6. Select End Condition options for Depth.

Hole Feature (HoleWizard)

1. Intelligent Cut.
2. Corresponds to a machining process:
– Counterbore
– Countersink
– Tap
– Drill
– Thread
3. Select a Sketch Plane.
4. Select the Hole Wizard.
5. Select the Hole type options.
6. Add dimensions or relations.

Fillet Feature

1. Rounds sharp edges.
2. Adds or removes material.
3. Select the Fillet feature.
4. Select Edges or Faces. Enter a fillet radius value.

Chamfer Feature

1. Bevels an edge.
2. Adds or removes material.
3. Select the Chamfer feature.
4. Select Edges or Faces.
5. Enter distance / angle.
Shell Feature

1. Removes material at a specified wall thickness.
2. Select the faces.
3. Select the Shell feature.
4. Enter a Thickness.
Rib Feature

1. Adds thin-wall support to a solid body.
2. Select a Sketch plane.
3. Sketch a profile.
4. Select the Rib feature.
5. Select Thickness and Direction.

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