Planetary gearing is a compact alternative to standard pinion-and-gear reducers and is used in a wide variety of applications to provide high torque. We are going to go over the setup of a planetary gear assembly in SOLIDWORKS that will allow us to demonstrate the motion of the three drive types of … [Read more...] about How to Set Up a Planetary Gear Motion with SOLIDWORKS
With each annual release, SOLIDWORKS looks to streamline their tools to make the designer more productive. One of the most commonly used tools is the Measure Tool! We can use it to measure the lengths of edges, determine the distance between planes and surfaces, and even calculate the surface area, … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2019: Measure Tool Enhancements
Interference Detection is an essential tool that allows you to find where individual parts in an assembly interfere with each other. This helps to check that all of your components fit together before being manufactured. Previously this tool was only available in the assembly environment, leaving … [Read more...] about Exploring Interference Detection with Multi-Body Parts in SOLIDWORKS
While getting into the awesome new Free Surface Flow option in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation 2018, I used a tool from 2017 to help quickly animate the transient results. The tool is called the Transient Explorer, and once set up, it collects selected parameters for use in animated, time-dependent Cut … [Read more...] about How to Use the Enhanced Transient Explorer In SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation
Have you ever had the inclination to show off your products? How early can that be done? After a prototype or after production? Do you need to hire a photographer or set up your own photo booth? Well, what if you had the option to create photo-realistic renderings at any time during the design … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Visualize: The Easiest Possible Photo-Realistic Render!
Do you have trouble with the performance of your assemblies? Is it sometimes difficult to rotate or zoom in and out? Are you often stuck waiting for that loading bar to figure out what it’s doing? One main concern for many SOLIDWORKS users is the performance of large or complex assemblies. A great … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Improving Assembly Performance with SpeedPak
Have you ever opened an assembly to the sight of gigantic bolts, washers, nuts, or other incorrectly sized hardware from the SOLIDWORKS Toolbox? Why is this happening and more importantly how can it be fixed? Why are my Toolbox components the wrong size? The Toolbox works through a database that … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Fixing Incorrectly Sized Toolbox Hardware
One way to increase assembly performance is by using simplified configurations that can be selected when opening an assembly. Simplified configurations reduce the amount of data that must be loaded into RAM which increases graphical performance by requiring fewer edges and details to be displayed. … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Improving Assembly Performance with Simplified Components