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How to Use the Draft Analysis Tool in SOLIDWORKS

Jesse Ortman on May 24, 2016 at 8:38 AM

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Learn how to use the Draft Analysis tool in SOLIDWORKS to check the correct application of draft to the faces of parts that will be manufactured by the molding process. Commonly used in the plastics industry, it will help identify faces on your model that don’t meet minimum angular or taper requirements. Since this tool shows where both positive and negative angles meet, it is also helpful when deciding where to put a parting line.

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Check for Problematic Entities Using Geometry Analysis [VIDEO]

Jackie Yip on May 17, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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Learn how to identify problems in your model with help from the Geometry Analysis tool in SOLIDWORKS. This tool checks for areas that may later cause issues with various applications such as finite element modeling or computer-aided machining. By inputting the parameters, we can have SOLIDWORKS quickly pinpoint existing problems and where they are located on the model.

In this video, I'll set up a few examples to demonstrate how Geometry Analysis can detect and repair the finer details including sliver faces, knife edges and more.

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10 Best Practices for Large Assembly Design

Travis Quick on May 12, 2016 at 8:47 AM

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There is NO EASY BUTTON when it comes to working with complicated assemblies. Only a combination of small fixes and best practices can lead to better performance. If you experience long open times, graphics lags or issues working with mates, it may be time to review your process. 

In this video blog, I'll cover ten assembly best practices to improve large assembly performance.

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Check Your Design for Manufacturability with DFMXpress [VIDEO]

Adam Stadelmann on May 3, 2016 at 8:20 AM

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Learn how to use the DFMXpress analysis tool inside of SOLIDWORKS to determine if your part is ready for manufacturing. This tool gives designers valuable insights to identify issues that might cause increased production costs or problems during fabrication.

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How to Use the Thickness Analysis Tool in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Jesse Butwinick on April 26, 2016 at 8:17 AM

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Learn how to use the Thickness Analysis tool in SOLIDWORKS to identify areas in your model which may be too thin or thick to properly manufacture. This tool is often used in the plastics industry to check wall thickness of injection molded parts to insure that mold cavities have enough room for melted plastic to flow into.

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Collision Detection in Mechanisms Using SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on April 19, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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The SOLIDWORKS Collision Detection command allows designers to quickly find and fix colliding components when moving or rotating a component. This command can be used to detect collisions in an entire assembly or you can narrow down your focus and just look at a selected group of components that you are interested in.

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Working Smarter with Comparison Tools in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Travis Quick on April 13, 2016 at 8:33 AM

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Learn how to use the compare functionality in SOLIDWORKS to identify the differences in your model from one revision to the next. With SOLIDWORKS Compare tools designers can quickly see updates without having to interpret revision notes.

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Finding and Repairing Geometry Failures [VIDEO]

Cole McLeod on April 6, 2016 at 8:27 AM

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One of the most efficient methods to resolve an error in your geometry is to rebuild or repair that section of your model. The SOLIDWORKS Check Entity tool can help you find failed geometry and investigate detailed geometry information. This is a valuable tool to use when Import Diagnostics is unable to repair geometry.

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How to Check for Clearance Verification in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Jesse Ortman on March 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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Learn how to check for clearance failures between your assembly's components or faces with the Clearance Verification tool. By specifying the minimum acceptable clearance around your components you can pinpoint areas in your assembly that may require extra attention.

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The Interference Detection Tool in SOLIDWORKS [VIDEO]

Mack Rasmussen on March 22, 2016 at 1:50 PM

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Learn how to find problems and errors in your product definitions or assemblies with the Interference Detection tool. It helps you easily see where two parts interfere with each other, and even highlights issues throughout an assembly’s range of motion.

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