Tips n Trick

Making your FORM TOOL behave properly

Do you get this error while trying to place a Forming Tool in your sheet metal parts. You get this message if you have saved your Forming Tool as part files (*.sldprt) but not as Form Tool (*.sldftp) files. To fix it, follow the simple steps: 1. Open SolidWorks and expand your task pane. 2. Right click on Forming Tool folder or on the folder where you have kept the forming tools and select “Forming Tool Folder“ 3. You’ll be prompted…
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Exploding a Multi-body part -2

Continued to my earlier post on exploding a multi body part, here is another example.  I have used a Weldment part for his example. Example 2: Exploding a Weldment Part. 1. Click here to download the SW2011 part files used for this example. 2. Unzip and open up Weldment Part-2011 file. 3. Set the “3DSketch1” to show. Right click or click on “3DSketch1” and select show. 4. Also make sure sketches are set to show under View menu. 5. Go to…
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Exploding a Multi-body part -1

Many of us have been dealing with multi body parts and sometimes we need to show an exploded view similar to what we do in assembly to give a presentable picture of the parts or to show more details. Creating an exploded view in assembly is quite easy using the tool available. But are there any ways to replicate same in a multi body part. Let’s explore the ways to do it: Assembly Method: The easiest method is to convert the multi body…
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Manipulating an Exploded View in SolidWorks

Do you ever need to reorder exploded view steps or feel like renaming them for better understanding/explanation, then check these simple steps: Preconditions: An open assembly with some parts and preferably with an exploded view. I’m using an assembly having an exploded view. Check SolidWorks help file on “How to create an exploded view” To reorder Exploded View steps: Switch to configuration manger. Expand the configuration containing the exploded view and edit the feature. Select the step you want to reposition/reorder. Drag and…
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Editing Sketch Polygon

Quick way to change number of sides in a sketched Polygon instead of deleting and recreating. The game begins. Target is to change 6 sided polygon to 5 sided without deleting anything or recreating a new polygon from scratch. Let’s become magician again. Click on any entity (line) on the polygon sketch. The line property manager will appear. Right click on Patterned0 (or what ever pattern number is there) and select “Edit Polygon“ Polygon Property manager will appear. Change the…
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