By Damon Tordini One of my usual tasks here at Hawk Ridge Systems is conducting our SolidWorks Simulation training classes, which hopefully most readers out there using Simulation have had a chance to attend. Not only do students learn valuable information from the “where’s that button” category, … [Read more...] about Quality Control – Using the Right Type of Mesh in SolidWorks Simulation
By Hawk Ridge Systems Engineering Team Do you typically use the Standard mesh, or the Curvature based mesh when preparing to run a study? I personally tend to favor the Curvature based mesh over the Standard mesh when setting up studies in Simulation. I’m often asked what the difference is between … [Read more...] about Curvature Based Mesh Advantages in SolidWorks Simulation
When you have the CAMWorks addin turned on but the extract machinable features or any other button in the command manager is grayed out, the first thing you want to check is to see if you have the license turned on. This can be found in Help > CAMWorks Version > License Info. *Ensure … [Read more...] about Why is extract machinable features grayed out?
Once operating adjustments are made and you are happy with the toolpath, you’re then ready to create a setup sheet. What you have to do is – 1. Right click on the NC Manager and go to Setup Sheet > Generate. (You can also do individual setup sheets for individual Part Setups if you right click on … [Read more...] about Creating Setup Sheets
What do you do if you want to import a part into SolidWorks that is difficult to define parametrically? Solidworks has come up with a great tool to utilize images where users are able to import a variety of files into a part file. Insert an Image: To get an image file (.bmp, .jpeg, .gif, etc) you … [Read more...] about Using Sketch Image
The measure command is a great way to quickly get a measurement without having to create any reference dimensions. You can find it under Tools -> Measure or on your default command manager under the evaluate tab. There are numerous ways of using this tool. You can get Total length, Angles, XYZ … [Read more...] about Measure Command
This article describes the steps to change dimension font colors in a drawing using layers. Bring up the Layer toolbar by selecting View> Toolbars> Layer and select the layer properties button. Click ‘New’ and type in a name for the layer (e.g. Red). With the layer dialogue box still up, … [Read more...] about Changing Dimension Font Color in a Drawing
If your model's views aren't what you want them to be, i.e. the front view is actually the top view and the isometric view is at the wrong angle, you don't have to switch sketching planes which could be complicated. For example, if the front view of your part is actually supposed to be the top view, … [Read more...] about Changing View Orientation (Part)