In general, most SOLIDWORKS users designing large assemblies are not that interested in the weight of Toolbox items. Some designers may estimate an approximate value, while some do not even bother to use Toolbox items at all. Yet, several users – such as designers of smaller assemblies – may have the need to calculate the weight of Toolbox items. More importantly: they also want to communicate this information through a bill of materials (BOM). However, showing material and weight properties of Toolbox items is not possible in SOLIDWORKS by default. By following just a few steps you can have this functionality within minutes.
One of the most useful features in SOLIDWORKS Simulation professional has to be Submodelling. This feature was already introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2013 and is available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation professional and Simulation premium. Submodeling is based on the St. Venant’s principle which states that the stresses reasonably distant from an applied load on a boundary are not significantly altered if this load is changed to a statically equivalent load. This powerful feature is used to isolate and analyze a specific area of a larger structure. Using Submodelling you can focus on a specific sub-area of a model and simulate it in greater detail, this means getting must faster results.
So you’ve played around with the bounding box sizes of a sheet metal part, and you’ll concede that it’s not a click-here-1-2-3 setup to get these dimensions as a custom property into a cutlist BOM . I was tasked by a client to see if this was possible, so I made a project out of it, and thanks to that we now have the click-here-1-2-3 feature. Yeay!
The first official release of SOLIDWORKS arrived in 1995 on the Windows platform. Since then a lot of research went into ease of use and user interface improvements. During my time as an applications engineer I noticed a lot of experienced users persist in their old habits, not using the shortcuts added to improve drafting/modelling efficiency.
I decided to do a small experiment and plot my mouse cursor movements when creating a simple part using manual, click-every-button method, as well as the new, shorter, use-all-the-popups method.
Waiting for a SOLIDWORKS simulation to complete can be a tedious process, especially if you have big assemblies. One of the best methods of slashing the solving time is to use shell elements. In this article I wish to share some insights into Solid and Shell elements and also illustrate why we should use Shell elements more often. Continue reading Solid vs Shell Elements