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Posts by Cole McLeod

Cole McLeod is a Senior Application Engineer at Alignex, Inc. It’s rare for Cole to have a spare moment between teaching classes and tackling a diverse set of fast paced engineering challenges, but when he does, you’ll most likely find him on a track leading a race team crew.

How Much Do You Really Know About Model-Based Definition?

Cole McLeod on November 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM


We live in a 3D world, so doesn't it make sense that we design in a 3D world? One would think, but for some reason we continue to communicate the same way we have for over 100 years, in a 2D drawing. Luckily there is an opportunity to take that next step toward communicating Product Manufacturing Information. That step is Model-Based Definition.


Finding and Repairing Geometry Failures [VIDEO]

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


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.


Control the Length of a Path or Monitor the Distance an Object Travels

Cole McLeod on October 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM


When designing systems, defining the path a mechanism or object will follow and controlling the actual length of travel can pose a difficult challenge. An often overlooked tool called Path Length Dimension solves this challenge as quickly as placing any standard dimension. 

The path can be a closed or open profile. Path Length Dimension can be driving dimensions that control the overall length or can be a driven dimension used to monitor the length of travel while other critical parameters are edited throughout the design.



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