What if you could take the simplicity of SOLIDWORKS, and apply it to the way you program and machine your parts? In this free informational webinar by Senior Applications Engineer, Gabe Crisologo, you will learn how SOLIDWORKS CAM and SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro allows users to quickly program individual parts and configurations without leaving the SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD Environment and streamlining the parts design process. Join us for an overview of SOLIDWORKS CAM and SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro.
Articles by Gabe Crisologo
We’ve had the ability to add folders to the FeatureManager Design Tree for quite some time now. If you’re not familiar with this practice, folders can be added to your FeatureManager Design Tree to help you organize features or components in part and assembly documents. In a part, you can create folders to group a set of sequential features that are used for a specific part of your design. For example, creating a folder to group machined features. In an assembly, you can group components, hardware, mates, etc.
If you’ve ever worked with assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, you’re probably familiar with some of the tools to evaluate the functionality of a design. There’s Collision Detection, which helps identify collisions between selected components during dynamic assembly motion. Interference detection is used to check for any interferences between static components. And Clearance Verification, which determines the minimum clearance between static components. But what if you needed to check the clearance between components while they’re moving? For example, the clearance between the piston and the cylinder head.
When working with parts and assemblies, we can change display settings such as what’s hidden or shown in the graphics area, display styles, appearances, and the transparency of solid bodies or components within an assembly. There are a few ways to do this in SOLIDWORKS, but one method that I feel is underused is using the Display Pane.
We all know using document templates with set properties such as units and precision can save you time and ensure that you adhere to company standards, but what do you do when you have a specific set of dimensions that you want to modify? How can you make sure that the same changes are made to all the dimensions in question? That’s where the use of Styles comes in.