Customers ask me if there is a tolerance analysis tool for SolidWorks. The answer is… “There is, and you may already own it.” Anyone who has SolidWorks premium has an add-in call TolAnalyst that is included with this package. This tool leverages information put in by the free DimXpert tool … [Read more...] about Did you know you have a Tolerance Analysis Tool in SolidWorks?
SOLIDWORKS FEA Not a week goes by that I don’t get some sort of list sent to me from a CAD journal, website or spam email that promises to tell me“Ten great ways to improve your productivity”, “Five reasons why design projects go over budget” or “The top ten ways to procrastinate on the internet” … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS FEA – Simulation Analytics: 3 Golden Rules
First and foremost, I have to thank Chris Cook of Hawk Ridge Portland for introducing me to this incredibly valuable tip. If you are seeing poor performance (very slow or crashing) when using the “Get Latest” operation in PDM it might be easy to blame the network connection however there is a … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS EPDM: Improve Performance
When clients are considering the move to SolidWorks Enterprise PDM one of the questions I am always asked is “What do we do with our legacy data?” Unfortunately there is not one universal, all encompassing answer to that question as it’s highly variable depending on each client’s situation. There … [Read more...] about Preparing to migrate your data in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM – Part 1
When dealing in the world of auto numbering (and more specifically auto part numbering) we have to understand that there are three types of auto numbering we can use, intelligent numbering, semi-intelligent numbering, and dumb numbering (or random numbering). Just so that we are all on the same … [Read more...] about Auto numbering and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM
When running different types of analysis, I frequently find myself entering blocks of data to define curves of various types. Whether it be a fan curve or a pressure drop curve for a filter, in SolidWorks Flow Simulation, a stress-strain curve for SolidWorks Simulation, or a Power Spectrum Density … [Read more...] about SolidWorks Simulation – Automatic Plot Digitizer
If you’ve been using SolidWorks Simulation for a while, you’ve probably seen a message like this when running a static analysis. If you are seeing these “Singular Matrix” or “Model is unstable” messages it tells you that some portion of your model is unrestrained in one or more degrees of … [Read more...] about SolidWorks Simulation – Unrestrained Models