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  1. vinoth

    Animation preview window issue
    Hi this is vinothkumar,

    i have a problem in animation preview window. while video saving at that time i set aspect ratio default to 16:9 but i does’t show any preview window. in the output video the animation model is not center its went right or left. if it shows preview window means i can fix it.

    please help me
    contact through Email: vinothkumar.munusamy@b-wi.com

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta (Post author)

      Can you save the put for smaller time frame OR as picture and send over?

      Reply
  2. Remco Spijker

    Hi Deepak,

    You’ve helped me already so many times by your posts all over the internet. Now I’m hoping you can help with this. I use SW macro DocExport.swp by Leonard Kikstra a lot to export configurations of a part to step-files. I use it in SW2013. Today I installed SW2010. Now the macro stopped working in SW2013. Do you know how to fix this? Or do you know of another way to export step-files of configurations?

    Many thanks, Remco

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta (Post author)

      Remco are you still looking for the macro or did you got the answer on the LinkedIn (I think so)

      Reply
      1. Remco Spijker

        I already got it on linked in and it works very well. Thanks Deepak.

        Reply
        1. Deepak Gupta (Post author)

          Just saw your discussion there and wanted to check before making/updating the macro. 🙂

          Reply
  3. mandeep singh

    solidworks can helpful in extrusion process for analysis ??

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  4. mandeep singh

    hello sir
    I own a extruder manufacturing company, we dealing in pvc and all other pipe machines . I want to know is SolidWorks can help us in analysis the fluid flow of polymer dpends on the thickness and pitch of the screw inside the barrel .

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta (Post author)

      Mandeep I’m sure this can be done but never did it. Are you looking to do the analysis in running condition or while machine is at stop??

      Reply
      1. mandeep singh

        sir actully i want this analysis in running condition. in order to calculate the estimated output.

        Reply
  5. nick

    Downloaded your Change_Sheet_Format macro off 3D content central. Worked great with one problem. Could you modify, so it looks up current sheet and replaces only that specific sheet format. For example if current_sheet =”old_A” then replace with “new_A”. We have 6 different sheet formats and I only want to update one. Sure this is simple, but I never learned VB.

    thanks,
    Nick
    SW 2013 SP1.0 x64, windows7

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Let me check and try it out.

      Reply
    2. nick

      also needs to keep the sheet scale the same.

      Reply
      1. Deepak Gupta

        Nick I’m in Orlando for SolidWorks World 2013. I’ll look at the macro once I get back home. Take care.

        Reply
  6. Dan

    Hi Deepak,

    I’m hoping you could help me trouble shoot an error. I’m using SW 2011 for an assembly driven by a design table. I had just finished updating the design table in excel, when I saved and closed the table SW shut it self down. Confused by this, I reopened my assembly. When it reopened I recived a design table error “feature was empty..” message. I’ve looked through some forum threads including two that you have been involved in. Unfortunately nothing has seemed to help.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Dan

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      What SP of SW2011 you’re using. Are you using an external excel file to control the design table.

      Reply
      1. Dan

        I’m running SP 5 and using an external design table. I was able to recover the missing design table by going straight to the external file and reinserting the table into the assembly.

        This situation has happened twice now, but because it’s fixable it’s really more of a confusing, minor inconvience than a true issue. If you can shed any light on why this is happening and how I can prevent it from happening again that would be greatly appreciated.

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        1. Deepak Gupta

          Dan let me check the knowledge base for it.

          Reply
        2. Deepak Gupta

          Dan as per S-055609 mentioned in the SolidWorks KB, “The recommended solution is to use SolidWorks Task Scheduler>Updates Files and choose to update all the part files for a given assembly. This will update the part files so the message is not seen repeatedly”.

          Can you try this one some assembly to check.

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          1. Dan

            Deepak, I “fixed” my original issue by linking the design table. After doing so I had one whole error free day! I then started receving any error message that said “Design table was created in Excel 2007 and cannot be opened in Excel 2007” But I am able to edit the table with in the solid works window. Other times I get a “failed to launch server application” message followed be a complete SolidWorks crash.

            As for the S-055609 solution I can seem to get any assemblies to show the empty design table error any more. However I tried it on the assembly that had the issue with originally and it has switch from giving the “failed to launch server application” error to the “Design table was created in Excel 2007 and cannot be opened in Excel 2007” which is significantly better.

            Am I right to assume that the issue is likely within my installation of Excel?

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            1. Dan

              Just Saw the Solution for the issue that Rik posted a while ago I’ll try that and get back to you.

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              1. Dan

                Dang, the read-only box was already unchecked. I guess that’s not the issue.

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                1. Dan

                  Just checked with my VAR, he believes it to be file corruption…

                  Reply
                  1. Deepak Gupta

                    I can check the files if you feel so.

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                    1. Dan

                      Unfortunately I can’t send you the files due to company policies however for some reason by converting the excel file in to the 2003 format it magically works perfectly fine. Atlest for now…

                    2. Deepak Gupta

                      OK nice to hear that…

  7. Thomas Idebrant

    Hi Deepak! Where can I see the images of the rendercontest. I’m only getting to this blogsite.
    I’ve tried these links.
    http://gupta9665.wordpress.com/rendering-contest/winners-gallery/
    http://gupta9665.wordpress.com/rendering-contest/vote-image-for-contest/

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Sorry missed to update these pages. Will update right now. Thanks for pointing it out. In the mean time check here: http://gupta9665.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/vote-for-solidworks-render-contest-71/

      Reply
  8. David Yoo

    Hello Deepak.

    First of all, I really appreciate your work and it is a great resource for so many SW users out there!
    I would like to ask you a question:
    I have a large assembly file. In the assembly file, I mated few parts together. Is it possible for me to select those “mated parts” and somehow transfer/move/copy those parts into another assembly file?
    The reason is to not waste time by mating and replacing each individual part.
    It would be great if there is a solution to this. Thank you so much.

    David

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Select the required parts and then right click. Now select the option “Make a sub assembly here”. You might loose some mates but not all.

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      1. David Yoo

        thanks deepak

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  9. Raj Dave

    Hi Deepak,
    I am posting my question here:

    I am creating a macro whose function is to select the part file’s axis system and mate with the other part which is already there in the assembly environment. The macro first opens the part files from the folder after that it selects the reference axis of the part file and then mate with the already open part in assembly?

    Any kind of help is highly appreciated..

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta
  10. skan

    Hello

    Could you explain differences between…, please?
    features -> wrap
    appearance -> decal
    insert -> curve -> split line
    other similar things

    Or even better make another of your great tutorials with it.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. skan

      And sketch tools -> Intersection curve

      Reply
    2. Deepak Gupta

      Sure, I’ll get some write on it.

      Reply
    3. skan

      Yet another one: convert entities.

      Reply
      1. Deepak Gupta

        I was thinking to put a step by step tutorials on these topics showing how to use them. Will that be good??

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        1. skan

          It would be nice.

          “wrap” and “decal” are quite different to the others but
          I find “convert entities” and “split line” quite confusing, they look too alike.

          regards

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  11. widia

    Hi Deepak,

    I want to do integral interval calculation of a solid body in macro solidwork.
    I don’t find the syntax for the integral.
    Do you have any idea how to do this?

    Thank.
    Widia

    Reply
  12. ELANGOVA

    HI deepak pls help me i have created an assembly with 20 parts but unfortunately i have saved as a part while saving it now how can i convert it again in assembly?

    Reply
  13. Ashwin

    Hi Deepak,
    I am writing my first macro in Solidworks and I need help in adding a Excel sheet as a database to the form in VBA for Solidworks 2010. I searched for some help for the general procedure to add a ODBC to the VBA. but i am not able to find how to add the ADO control.
    Thanks in advance
    Ashwin

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Edit the macro posted in this post to get the information from excel to SolidWorks : Re: Custom properties

      Reply
  14. Vishnu

    Hi Deepak,

    Do you have a macro that can add component referance to components in an assembly, same numbers need to be assigned to instances of same components.

    Thanks
    Vishnu

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      I don’t have one but I’ll see if I can make one.

      Reply
  15. Vishnu

    Hi Deepak,

    I am trying to create a charted drawing for my part that has 5 configurations, with 3 parameters varying. Will it be possible to create a table where I would be able to pull the configuration names and it automatically adds the three parameter values in the respective columns something similar to BOM table in the drawing file.

    Vishnu

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Use design table in the part and then you can insert that design table into the drawing.

      Reply
  16. Nicolas

    Thank you for your quick reply, I tried but that didn’t work :o(
    We’re working with SW2010 x64Edition SP5.0.
    Now I’m a bit lost, probably we should install SW2011.

    Do you have any other idea?
    Regards,
    Nicolas

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Try what Neil has suggested here : https://forum.solidworks.com/message/226608#226608

      Reply
  17. Stepanovic Vladimir

    How to put a folder name sheet of the part, not the path, where the part is located?
    Please send me on my mail.

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Are you looking to put folder name on the drawing sheet??

      Reply
  18. Nicolas

    Dear Deepark,

    Do you have any idea concerning this message ” Design table was created in Excel 2007 and cannot be opened in Excel 2007″?
    Should I go to the doctor or not? ;o)
    We use Solidworks 2010 and we just installed Office 2007.
    If you can help me………….

    Thanking you
    Nicolas

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Hi this has been a known bug and reported under SPR 530554 for SW2010 SP 4.

      Check the solution offered by Rik here http://gupta9665.wordpress.com/about/#comment-533

      Reply
  19. Jeff Scott

    Deepak,

    I am finding that the Property Manager and other displays such as filleting option managers etc. are too large and are taking too much space on my screen. Is is possible to reduce them by 50% or whatever, so that everything is shown, only in reduced form.

    Thank you for any help you can provide.

    Dave

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      The few things you can try:

      1 Increase screen resolution
      2 Use customized S key toolbar instead of any toolbar
      3 Keep the taskpane (on right side) in hidden mode
      4 If you want to use command manager, then go to Tools > Customize > Toolbar tab or right click on command manager toolbar and uncheck “Use large button with text

      There is no other way to reduce the size though.

      Reply
      1. Jeff Scott

        Deepak,

        Thank you for your help. I will try your suggestions.

        Reply
  20. Jeff Scott

    Deepak,

    Thank you! Your help is greatly appreciated. As I work on this component I find that I am having trouble with visualizing and positioning surfaces or fillets. If I were physically modeling in clay for instance it is easy to add and subtract material exactly where it is needed.

    I am finding it difficult to do this in Solidworks as related to visualizing and positioning surface changes in 3D. Do you have any techniques or tricks for making this easier. Thank you again for your great advice.

    Reply
  21. Jeff Scott

    Deepak,

    Thank you! Your help is greatly appreciated. As I work on this component I find that I am having trouble with visualizing and positioning surfaces or fillets. If I were physically modeling in clay for intance it is easy to add and subtract material exactly where it is needed.

    I am finding it difficult to do this in Solidworks as related to visualizing and positioning surface changes in 3D. Do you have any techniques or tricks for making this easier. Thank you again for your great advice.

    Reply
  22. Jeff Scott

    Deepak,

    How do you turn a SW Part file into a solid body?

    Thank you

    Jeff

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Jeff if you have the surface file, then you can knit and convert them to solid. If not what is the file made up of.

      Reply
    2. Jeff Scott

      Deepak,

      Thank you for the follow-up.

      It is a regular part file. The reason I want to turn it into a single solid with no “tree” is that I want to elliminate error messages when I try to “form and shape the part” through loft cuts and other means. This part has had a lot of “tinkering” and when I try to work on it, I am stopped by error messages dealing with geometry etc. I am assuming that doing this simplifies the part and will eliminate the error messages so that I can to do what I would like to do.

      I look forward to your reply.

      Reply
      1. Deepak Gupta

        Jeff, there are two ways to do what you need.

        1 Save the current file as IGES, Parasolid or Step and then import back in SolidWorks. This will convert the part into dumb solid/surface body and you can work as required. But I’m not sure if this will keep the link with original part in case you do some changes in that.

        2 Other way will be to insert this part in a new part. In this case the link will be maintained with original file and then in new part, only body will come. Make sure you select the option to maintain the link while inserting the part.

        Reply
  23. Vishwa deep

    Hi,
    Can you please guide me as how to provide depression operation in sheet metal,through forming tool.

    Regards
    Vishwa Deep

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Do you know how to make a forming tool??

      Reply
      1. Vishwa Deep

        Dear Sir,

        Yes,I have made the solid feature,but while importing it from design library in sheet metal part mode, the necessary embossing/debossing has not been possible (actually I want 0.75mm depression to be there 60x40mm ractangle)
        Regards

        Vishwa Deep

        Reply
        1. Deepak Gupta

          Can you show up the files or pictures by uploading them on a website and sending me the link??

          Reply
  24. Prokopy

    Hello,

    I noticed had simulations of a rope/string moving from one pulley onto another. I am needing to do something to replicate that same movement. I was wondering if you could guide me through the technique used to accomplish this task. Thanks

    -Prokopy

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      I’ll be soon putting up an article on how to do that animation.

      Reply
  25. Ferdinand

    Hi, I don’t have a licensed version of SW. Can I still take the CSWA exam any based on the downloaded version I have?

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      I won’t recommend using a downloaded version though you can use it but you can always check with SolidWorks Resellers in your area for helping you out with the exam.

      Reply
  26. Michael

    Hi there,

    I work for a pump company in Australia. We use SolidWorks as modeling and producing manufacture and repair drawings of pumps. We currently make inspection forms in SolidWorks using excel tables, then export then create pdf forms for electronic use on the shop floor (pen tabs and laptops). The main problems are having both PDF and SolidWorks files and having to add individual text boxes to the table to allow data to be added.
    Do you have any ideas how to overcome these problems.

    Regards Michael

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Michael,

      Can you give me more inputs about your issue. Any pictures of sample files will be great. You can email them to me (check your inbox for my email address)

      Deepak

      Reply
  27. Shashank Vardhan

    Hi Deepak,

    Can you guide me on how to mate a O’ring with the circular flat groove?

    Many Thanks.
    Shashank

    Reply
    1. Andy McLeod

      Use reference geometry to mate it. You can use planes and axes to get the O Ring concentric and in the right place.

      Reply
  28. Albert

    Hi,
    I recently ran into one of your macros. “ImportBOM.swp” and I was trying to modify it so it will first export the BOMTable that already exist in a drawing and save as an excel file in the same directory of the drawing. And at that point it would bring it back as a general table. (SW 2007 sp2.2 and Office 2003 sp3)

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Hi ALbert,

      Luke Malpass (http://forum.angelsix.com/) is the creator of this wonderful macro. And if I’m not wrong, you want to export the existing BOM as excel file and import it as the General table. And you need me to help you out.

      Deepak

      Reply
  29. Jordi

    Hello!

    I’m using solid 2007 with office’97 and my problem is with another machine with solid 2007 and office 2003 sp3 because it doesn’t open design tables.

    What could I do?

    Reply
  30. Angus Merriam

    Hi Deepak,

    Is it possible to save decals when exporting an assembly as an eDrawing (Solidworks 2009)?

    Thank you,

    Angus

    Reply
    1. Deepak Gupta

      Angus,

      I checked this one just now and found that decals are not exported while saving an assembly as edrawing. I will do another check to confirm.

      Reply
      1. Gurpreet Singh

        Hi Anugus,

        Decals are exported to edrawings from SolidWorks 2010.

        Regards,
        Gurpreet Singh

        Reply
        1. Deepak Gupta

          Thanks Gurpreet for adding that up.

          Deepak

          Reply

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