SolidWorks comes with a range of standard library parts but you will find yourself having to create custom parts in situations like structural design projects. This is a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to save a new library part successfully. Continue reading
A designer or CAD modeller will sooner or later come across the need for a ‘smooth’ surface – one that has no hard edges to achieve an organic and natural look. This is more the case when designing products for commercial application. SolidWorks has a powerful tool to create smooth surfaces Continue reading
To crop a drawing view, first sketch a closed sketch profile over the view and click on view layout > crop view, whilst the sketch is selected.
You can edit or remove the crop by right-clicking on the cropped view and clicking on the ‘crop view’ options shown below. Continue reading
An important part of sheet metal drawings is to include a ‘flat pattern’ of the fabrication. SolidWorks will automatically show bend lines but this isn’t always the case. The problem lies with the visibility of the relevant sketches. SolidWorks creates and uses ‘bend lines’ automatically upon the generation of a sheet metal feature, such as a base flange. Continue reading
SolidWorks creates an automatic ‘cut list’ for all weldment profiles with fabrication information. A cut list table can then be inserted into drawings. However, sometimes it fails to provide you with an option to edit the cut list item information. Continue reading