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Feedscrew add-in update

The latest version of the feed screw add-in brings some minor changes to the add-in.

  • Fixed a minor bug with the trimming planes not updating
  • Fixed a bug with the incorrect updating of rotation angle
  • On some machines the preview would leave artifacts
  • Versioning of the installer has been updated to reflect the date when compiled

Click here to download your copy.

This version is compatible with all previous versions of the license files

 

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MECAD top at SOLIDWORKS World 2017

One Fifth Column

More than 6000 engineers, designers and enthusiasts from across the globe came together in Los Angeles to share, collaborate, learn and above all – be inspired!

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 (a four-day conference) included presentations from leaders in the industry; the Partner Pavilion where you get to meet solution partners to drive your success; technical breakout sessions and various special events.
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Feedscrew addin part 2 – Different profiles, the ins and outs

Following on from our previous tutorial, in this tutorial I discuss the theory behind the addin, some common pitfalls, and a tip or 2

Watch the video below and please feel free to contact us from the contact page

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Adding Material and Weight to Toolbox Items

 

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.

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A submodeling study in SOLIDWORKS

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.

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Feedscrew addin tutorial: 1 – The basics

Mecad has a feed screw add-in for SOLIDWORKS which gives you the ability to generate a feed screw for arbitrary shapes. This first tutorial covers the basics..really…just the basics

Over the coming weeks I will release more tutorials, covering the following topics:

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Document retrieval from PDM Professional

Finding and collecting sets of files is difficult when working with collections of files. Mecad recently completed a small document retrieval utility program for a client which does exactly this. The intent of the program is to get a list of required files (typically from an ERP system like Syspro) with their given revisions in Excel / CSV format, and then to retrieve this list of files from your PDM Professional vault.

The core functions are as follows:

  • Loop through a list of file names inside an Excel file
  • Find all the files matching these names in the vault
  • Retrieve (Get-Latest) the correct revision of each file
  • Copy / aggregate these files to a local folder on the user machine, ready for distribution

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New sheet metal custom property

 

Get to the cutlist custom property with RMB > Properties
Cutlist Properties
 

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!

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Design faster with SOLIDWORKS

 

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.

The result may surprise you:

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Solid vs Shell Elements

  

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