SolidWorks Sheet Metal Gauge Tables…
Time to do a quick filter through options and get going with using Sheet Metal Gauge Tables.
How do you use Sheet Metal tables in SolidWorks?
Where do you start?
Why do you need them?
Learning fabrication in a short amount of time can be challenging to say it at least. SolidWorks can handle your Sheet Metal data, but it can look a little overwhelming at 1st.
The trick is to learn something quick is to cut off the overflow information and single out the few important Lego pieces that will get you going in the right direction.
This video is an attempt to do exactly that.
SolidWorks SP1.0 available for download… Link [Lars:If your company is paying for subscription it might be fun to test this release out. Do not forget you can run it side by side with an older version of SolidWorks. If your company pay for subscription they also pay for you to get support from you local SolidWorks reseller. Use them!] Dassault to Acquire RTT, Best Known for Automotive Visualization… Link [Lars:Just take a minute and check out the link above. This kind of technology is amazing looking. Come on Dassault, this would be a great Christmas present for SolidWorks users...I'm dreaming of a RTT add-on ] ANSYS 15.0 Released… Link [Lars:New releases normally means that the developers have been hard at work. Sure this powerful simulation software is more powerful than ever] Stratasys Offers FDM Nylon 12 for 3D Printing… Link [Lars:3D printing is just getting better and better, and with this new materials being developed the use of this technology is super exciting] 7 Things You Didn’t Know About 3D Printing… Link [Lars:Well, I did not know either] The World’s Largest Ship Inches Closer to Completion… Link [Lars:Awesome story on engineering.com Does size matter?] Recent blog posts on cadcamstuff… [Lars:Check out one of the following blog posts you might have missed] SolidWorks Drawing Tips and Workarounds Use SolidWorks Costing to find the right price Let the SpaceMouse navigate your 3D creation And in the end a little “The Rock” advice…
5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day. 1.When editing a part in an assembly, you can force the other components to become transparent, making it easier to select the part to be edited. Right-click components and select Change Transparency. 2.Sketch relations (suppressed or unsuppressed) can be controlled on a per configuration basis 3.Feature definitions (like end conditions: Blind, up to surface, etc.) can be controlled on a per configuration basis. 4.You can check the degree of curvature in a spline. Right-click the spline and select ‘Show curvature.’ If the degree of curvature is too small or to large for the spline, you can change the display by selecting ‘Modify Curvature Scale’ on the same menu. 5.You can select the faces, edges and vertices that are created by section views created in a SolidWorks part or assembly. You can not open a sketch on the newly created faces.
SolidWorks wants to know about your drawing workarounds.
A while back Matt Lorono from SolidWorks started an interesting post on the forum. Looking for user feedback on what is most troublesome in regards using SolidWorks drawings.
One could think that the forum is exactly the right place for such a thread, as all of us users should favor that SolidWorks is listening instead of imagine the best develop time spend for upcoming releases.
I thought the time would be well spend on a small video highlighting some drawing tips and workarounds from Matt’s forum post.
There is always some good drawing tips and workarounds to be found. I like one of the comments, “ANSI standard or not. If the boss wants it to look a certain way, that’s the way it has to look”. So I am all thumbs up for SolidWorks asking the question and helpful users feedback.
Link to forum thread: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/383471#383471
Link to foreshorten arrow blog post: http://www.fcsuper.com/swblog/?p=136
5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day. 1.You can use Interference Detection to make sure components in an assembly don’t intersect one another. 2.You can use Hide/Show Items on the Heads-Up View Toolbar to toggle the display of various types of items such as planes, axes and origins. 3.You can move, rotate or scale an entire sketch. Select the sketch and click Modify Sketch (Sketch toolbar) or Tools, Sketch, Modify. 4.You can create a customized drawing template, then save it by clicking File, Save As and specifying a template type for Save as type. 5.You can override dimensions when dragging sketch entities by clicking Tools, Sketch Settings, Override Dims on Drag/Move.
5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day. 1.You can use the Split Part feature to remove geometry from an imported body. This can be used in the place of trying to create a cut feature, which might alter the model geometry. It can also help simplyfy the model for use with FeatureWorks. 2.If the Ctrl key is held down while creating sketch entities, automatich Inferencing is disabled. 3.You can change a solid body to a surface body by deleting one of the solid’s faces. 4.You can specify a break in a dimension’s withess line if it overlaps another withess line. Select the dimension, and in the Property Manager select ‘Break Dimension Lines.’ 5.Using the Reload/Replace tool, you can replace a part with an assembly, or an assembly with a part.
A tool to extract costing data from your 3D CAD model, An excellent idea.
It is about time that I write something about one of my favorite newer tools in SolidWorks.
SolidWorks costing has been around a few years, and every year it gets a little better. In the 2014 version SolidWorks has upped the tool by adding straight up volume as a price tool. This is letting you bypass the customizable templates which can be a great function if you are comparing your current design to an older similar part you already have pricing for.
In the video beneath my goal is to give a good overview over what this tool does. It really has some great functionalities and being fully integrated into the SolidWorks Professional and SolidWorks Premium packages it means a lot of people already have access to this tool.
Remember, it is not in the add-on section but exist on your evaluation toolbar in SolidWorks part mode, so don’t be looking in the wrong place and think you don’t have it.
I used to be involved in a lot of quoting in the past and this tool would definitely have been handy. It is important to remember it is still algorithms and not a magic wand. But with your proven data, this tool can deliver a dollar value on your design.
I’ll buy a beer for whomever at SolidWorks came up with this idea.
5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day. 1.You can make a perspective view in a drawing. First, create a named view in the model using the Orientation dialog box, then insert that view in the drawing. 2.Converted edges are fully defined. You can drag the endpoints of these edges, however, to change the end points to under-defined. 3.You can set up a gradient color schemes to appear in the graphics area in Tools, Options, System Options, Colors. 4.Color Display Mode (Line Format toolbar) allows you to toggle between displaying layer and explicit colors assigned to sketch entities and colors representing the status of that entities (defined, over defined etc.) 5.Coordinate values that appear in the Property Manager are measured relative to the sketch’s coordinate system, which can be different from Tools, Measure, values, which measure relative to a selected coordinate system (default is the model origin).
A beautiful well designed productivity tool from 3DConnexion. Personal Experience…
About 5 years ago I found myself as a 9 hour a day CAD/CAM jockey with only minutes through the day allocated for lunch and bathroom breaks. Sounds familiar?.
At the end of each day I found my right hand hurting and getting numb from performing the daily tasks of mouse clicking edges, faces, rotate and other SolidWorks related commands through a day of cool CAD files.
I knew I had to do something, this was my carrier and with 30+ years left in the working arena this could not be ignored. To my relief the help was just around the corner. With a $100 out of pocket I received an awesome new CAD friend Named SpaceNavigator from 3DConnexion.
Check out the new SpaceMouse from 3DConnexion.
When I 1st read about the 3D mouse being wireless I really thought no big deal, but after taking the new SpaceMouse for a test run I realized that I am a laptop guy that takes my CAD machine around with me daily. Then the price difference of $30 +/- seems well worth not having to plug and unplug since these devices seem to hang around your desk for awhile. On top of that the programmable buttons now have a “SolidWorks Mouse Gesture” like thing. This takes your two buttons and like quadruple them. Cooler than cool. Conclusion…
I am a big fan of these devices. They are very well built and the design is pleasant for the eyes, which should be important when located on a designers desk.
5 SolidWorks Tips that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day. 1.You can use the Swept Flange Feature to create bends in different directions for more complex Sheet Metal parts. 2.You can set new sketches to Auto-rotate normal to the sketch plane under Tools, Options, System Options, Sketch. 3.You can right click a drawing view and select Show In Exploded State to easily create an exploded view of an assembly. 4.Changes made to a model with a design table update the design table. 5.Sketch Pictures can be suppressed so they are displayed only when the parent sketches are being edited.