Modify Configurations - SolidWorks Tutorial

The Modify Configurations dialog box in SolidWorks 2008 makes it really easy to create and modify configurations for your parts and assemblies. In a part document file, configuring the dimensions and suppression states of your features and sketches got a lot easier to manage. Similar to a design table, all the parameters that you want to control are all in one place. And not just for one configuration at a time, but for all of your configurations. Let's take a closer look at the Modify Configurations dialog box. In a new Part document, create an extruded box with a length of 100, a width 50, and a height of 25, as shown below.

Right click on the 100 dimension and pick Configure dimension. Then, in the graphics area, double click the 50 dimension, and then, double click the 25 dimension. The dimensions should appear in the Modify Configurations dialog box when you double click on them.

The next step is to create the configurations that you want with the dimensions taht you want. It is pretty selfexplanatory. In the Modify Configurations dialog box, right click on Default and pick Rename Configuration. Type 'Medium' as the new name and click OK in the Rename configuration dialog box. Next, click in the < Create a new configuration. > cell and type 'Large'. Press the Enter key to accept the name.

Click in the < Create a new configuration. > cell and type 'Small' to create a third configuration. Press the Enter key to accept the name. Now, all that's left is to change the numbers. Note that you can resize the Modify Configurations dialog box by dragging the edges to whatever size that you like.

Once your dimensions are set the way that you want them, click OK. If you are asked to rebuild your model, click Yes. In the Design tree area, click on the ConfigurationManager tab and you will see your new configurations.

Double click the different configurations and watch your part change size. Note that you can change the active configuration while you are in the Modify Configurations dialog box as well.

In an assembly, you can use the Modify Configurations dialog box to configure configurations of components suppression states, and dimensions of assembly features and mates. That's it!

Helical Threads
A lot of us have seen a plastic bottle created in SolidWorks. It's a common demo that resellers use. One feature on a plastic bottle is the helical thread on the neck of the bottle. To some, it looks like a very complicated feature. There are various opinions on the best way to create a helical thread. I will show you how to use the Variable Pitch option of the Helix command and the Face Delete command to create the neck of the bottle. To start us out, open up a new part document. I just used the default mm part template. I will just show you the technique. Then, you can apply it to your part. Create an Extruded Boss/Base on the Top plane. Create two circles centered on the origin and dimension them as shown.

Exit the sketch. In the Extrude PropertyManager, set the Depth to '50.00mm' and click OK. Now, I want the helix to start a little below the top of the extrude. To do this, create an offset reference plane by pulling down the "Insert"

menu and picking Reference Geometry - Plane. Select the top face of the part. In the Plane PropertyManager, set the Distance to '5.00mm'. Make sure that the plane is below the top face. I had to check the Reverse direction check box to get my plane below the top surface. Click the OK button.

With the new plane selected, start a sketch. Press Ctrl+8 to switch Normal to the sketch. Pick the outside circle and pick the Offset Entities button from the Sketch tab on the CommandManager, or pull down the "Tools" menu and pick Sketch Tools - Offset Entities. In the Offset Entities PropertyManager, set the Offset Distance to '5.00mm'. Check the Reverse check box and click the OK button. This will ensure that the helix will begin inside the part, allowing a nice lead in and lead out for the thread. With the sketch still active, pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Curve - Helix/Spiral. Press Ctrl+7 to switch to the Isometric view. In the the Helix/Spiral PropertyManager, check the Reverse direction check box so that the helix will go down. Set the Pitch to '15.00mm'. To vary the diameter of the helix, pick the Variable Pitch radio button. A small chart will appear allowing you to enter the revolutions, the diameter, and the pitch. During the first quarter revolution, we want the diameter to expand from 90mm to 100mm. So, modify line 2 in the chart to show the values '0.25' for the Rev, '100mm' for the Dia, and '15mm' for the P. We then want two full revolutions, maintaining the 100mm diameter at the same pitch. So, add the 3rd line in the chart as shown below. Then, for the last quarter revolution, we want it to return to the 90mm diameter. To do this, add the 4th line as shown below.

Make sure that the Start angle is set to '0.00deg' and click the OK button. In the FeatureManager design tree, right click on Plane1 and click Hide.

Next, start a sketch on the Right plane and draw a profile of the thread off to the side of the part, as shown. I just kept it a simple shape. Once you learn how to do this, you can create a better thread profile.

Delete.Sweep.Ctrl select the right end point of the horizontal centerline and the helical curve. Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Face . pick the Swept Boss/Base button from the Features tab on the CommandManager or pull down the "Insert" and pick Boss/Base . But you also can see that the thread sticks through the inside of the part as well. click the OK button. select the last sketch that you just created. You should see a nice thread with a lead in. Now sweep the profile along the path. and then. In the FeatureManager design tree. Pick all 8 faces that came through into the middle of the part. Then. To fix this. click in the Path box. click the Pierce relation to connect the profile to the path. Once you see the preview. In the Sweep PropertyManager. you can use the Face Delete command. . I right clicked and used the Select Other command to get the bottom faces. Click the OK button and exit the sketch. pick the helix in the graphics area. In the Properties PropertyManager.

Click the OK button. . If you want you can add fillets to the threads. The middle of the part is back to how it should be.Once all 8 faces are highlighted. make sure that Delete and Patch is selected in the Delete Face PropertyManager. That's it! That should get you going to add your own helical threads on your parts.

down and to the right. Next. I would love to see it. circular patterns. explore and create your own profiles to create your own wheels. The main thing that you want to do is to get the main concepts for each step: the revolves. And another one up and to the left about 120mm. Create one more line. Just email me at info@AboutSolidWorks. The next line goes up about 32mm and to the right at about 60 degrees. From here.Custom Wheel . I used mm for my units. Then make about a 69 mm horizontal line to the right. Continue with a second line about 9mm at 135 degrees.SolidWorks Tutorial This is a simple wheel design to shown you how it's done. Now up about 13mm and to the left again. The best way is to draw the basic shapes without the fillets and dimension it. add the dimensions below. The third line continues down about 116mm. If you are really proud of your work. just don¶t let it lock in as vertical. Start a sketch on the Front plane and draw the following sketch. To start out. Then. This line will be parallel to the similar line shown to the left of it in the sketch (the third line). Then. Create about a 35mm vertical Line directly below the Origin and going downward.com. but at a sharper angle. and cut revolve. open a new part document. finally close the loop. create a vertical line which ends a little higher than the first one started but below the Origin. about a 62 mm line to the left and make it perpendicular to the third line. cut extrude at a specified direction. this one is at 135 degrees and is parallel to the second line. a horizontal Centerline through the Origin. Then. .

add your fillets. I also turned off the sketch relations so that you could see the sketch better. . I did this in five places.Then. Break the sharp corners with a 6 radius fillet. Exit the sketch. (Pull down the "View" menu and uncheck Sketch Relations).

To do this. hold down the Ctrl key and drag the plane in the graphics area to the right and let go of the mouse .With the sketch selected in the FeatureManager design tree. That's the first step to creating the wheel. click the Revolved Boss/Base button from the Features CommandManager tab. Now you are going to create a new plane by copying the Right plane at the endpoint of your angled centerline. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Boss/Base . pick the centerline of the sketch that goes through the origin. Exit the sketch. Then. To do this. In the Revolve PropertyManager. and sketch the two centerlines as shown below. Make sure that the angled centerline in coincident to the front edge line as shown by the black endpoint. create a new sketch on the Front plane. you are going to prepare for your cut that will reveal the spokes. In the graphics area. make sure that the Angle is set to 360 and click OK. Next.Revolve. click on Right Plane so that it is shown in the graphics area. in the FeatureManager design tree.

In the graphics area.button. pick the endpoint of the angled centerline as shown below. In the Properties PropertyManager. Right click on the top arc and pick Select Midpoint from the menu. click OK in the Plane PropertyManager. Then create a small circle at the lower endpoint of the angled centerline from the previous sketch. and then trim everything up as shown below. add the two dimensions shown and exit the sketch. or pull down the "Tools" menu and pick Sketch Tools . .Convert Entities. Add two tangent angled lines. Hold down the Ctrl key and pick the centerpoint of the small arc. Start a sketch on the new plane that you just created. Finally. pick the Vertical relation and click OK. Once the preview is correct. Pick the the outside circle and click Convert Entities from the "Sketch" toolbar in the CommandManager.

click the Revolved Cut button from the Features CommandManager tab.With the sketch selected in the FeatureManager design tree. Start a sketch on the Front plane and draw the sketch below. Exit the sketch. pick the bottom horizontal line in the sketch. With the sketch selected in the FeatureManager design tree. set the End Condition to Through All. Click in the Direction of Extrusion box. Make sure that the left most vertical line is Coincident to the Origin and the rightmost vertical line is Collinear to the right edge of the part.Extrude. Then. . as shown below. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Cut . or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Cut . and then click OK. Make sure the Angle is set to 360 and then click OK.Revolve. click the Extruded Cut button from the Features CommandManager tab. Then. In the Extrude PropertyManager. click in the Axis of Revolution box. pick the angled centerline from the graphics area. In the Cut-Revolve PropertyManager.

Now.Circular. All you have to do is click the Circular Pattern button from the Features CommandManager tab. in the flyout design tree. . in the next step. Make sure that the Angle is set to 360 and set the Number of Instances to '5'. pick the Extrude and the Cut-Revolve. Click OK. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Pattern . In the CirPattern PropertyManager. you will create a circular pattern to create the rest of the spoke and lug nut holes. click in the Features to Pattern box and then. pick the centerline of the part. In the graphics area.

Lastly. Exit the sketch. start a sketch on the Front plane and draw the following sketch. Start with the largest fillets first and work your way down. I also turned off the sketch relations so that you could see the sketch better. Equal spacing is easier to do than trying to calculate the angles manually.This is where you can play with the number of spokes by changing the Number of Instances. Then. . (Pull down the "View" menu and uncheck Sketch Relations). Make sure that the right side is Collinear to Plane1 and the top line of the sketch is Collinear to the bottom edge of the part. add your fillets.

. In the graphics area. I just created a simple cylinder by sketching a circle on the top plane as shown. To begin. pick the horizontal centerline of the sketch that goes through the origin. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Boss/Base .With the sketch selected in the FeatureManager design tree. make sure that the Angle is set to 360 and click OK. you can easily create any text and engrave or emboss on a curved surface.Revolve. click the Revolved Boss/Base button from the Features CommandManager tab.SolidWorks Tutorial In a just a few steps. create your curved surface. In the Revolve PropertyManager. That's it! Engrave Text On a Curved Object .

Choose your desired font and font height. µAboutSolidWorks. or pull down the ³Tools´ menu and pick Sketch Entities ± Text. Click OK to return to the Sketch Text PropertyManager. pick the Right plane in the FeatureManager design tree. To do this. create the text you are going to use to wrap.com¶. pick the Text button on the Sketch tab in the CommandManager. click in the Text box and type your desired text. I used Century Gothic and 36 Points. . Then uncheck Use document font and click the Font« button. Then. In the Sketch Text PropertyManager.Next.

The cursor location is the bottom left corner of the text. .To better locate your text on the part. press Ctrl+8 to rotate the model Normal To the sketch. Move the text location by clicking the cursor.

I just kept the default Thickness. and click OK in the Wrap PropertyManager. . pick the cylindrical face. Since you want to cut the sketch normal to the cylindrical face. Rotate the part around and see the debossed sketch. you can add construction geometry and dimensions to place the text. Play around a little so that you can get the results that you are after. This is a great feature for using with text. Then. Then.Click OK in the Sketch Text PropertyManager. If you need the text position more precise. I picked Deboss to cut into the part. pick your new sketch in the FeatureManager design tree. in the graphics area. You can also use it for any sketch with closed contours. or pull down the ³Insert´ menu and pick Features ± Wrap. You can also pick Emboss to create a raised feature on the face or Scribe to create an imprint of the sketch contours on the face. see the Help file. leave Pull Direction blank. In the Wrap PropertyManager. For full detail on the Wrap command. For this tutorial I just used an estimated position. To create a wrap feature: Select the sketch you want to wrap from the FeatureManager design tree. Now. Click in the Face for Wrap Sketch box. Exit the Sketch. click the Wrap button on the Features tab in the CommandManager.

PDMWorks Workgroup and COSMOS. The main SolidWorks product tier has also dropped the Office in their names. it looks the same as SolidWorks 2008. have been changed to SolidWorks® Workgroup PDM and SolidWorks® Simulation. I can tell that the CommandManager tabs have a little larger font size than I am used to. the file has to be converted to SolidWorks 2009. I didn¶t worry about converting all of my files. SolidWorks 2009: What¶s New . the file can no longer be opened in any previous version of SolidWorks. And just like its predecessor.Here's another example using the Emboss option in the Wrap PropertyManager. For now. Another thing that I noticed was that SolidWorks Corp. when you open an existing file. for example. When the program opens up. Since it takes longer to open up a file for the first time. you might want to consider using the SolidWorks Task Scheduler to batch convert your files to SolidWorks 2009. After opening a new Part document. It took a few hours to get up and running.Fundamentals I was finally able to download and install the new SolidWorks 2009 Beta. . since I am only testing out the new release. Once it is saved. has updated all of their product names to include the SolidWorks® name.

Looking to the right side of the screen. When I clicked on the Custom Properties tab. Well now that we¶re approaching 2009. Rather than having to use a pull down menu. Click here to enlarge. Pull down the ³Tools´ menu and pick Options. pick View and uncheck Zoom to fit when changing to standard views. it tells me that a property page for part files was not found. but it will allow you to zoom in on an area of the screen and even select geometry without actually changing the . On the System Options tab. I mean performance enhancers. This next one¶s really cool. I noticed a new Custom Properties tab on the bottom of the Task Pane. CADKEY had a Bird¶s Eye view. I¶ll have to do a write up of a quick tutorial on how to use this new feature. Holding down the Shift. all you have to do now is pick the reference triad itself to change the view orientation. I have to click the Create now button to launch the new Property Tab Builder. and Alt keys add additional functionality. the model is automatically zoomed to fit the screen. It¶s back with a vengeance. You know how you used to be able to change the view orientation in from a pull down below the triad in the bottom left of the graphics area. This is like File ± Properties on steroids. I¶m not sure if I¶ll ever use this new feature. One last small note: You know how when you switch to a standard view. I remember back in the day. Pick an axis that is normal to the screen to rotate the view 180 degrees. Ctrl. SolidWorks 2009 has introduced the Magnifying Glass. Pick an axis to see the view normal to the screen. Another small note: Double click the middle mouse button to Zoom to Fit. You have to try this one out yourself. Small note: You can now resize the View Orientation dialog box.

There are a few workarounds that are available. . Must be a graphics card issue that I¶ll have to look into. My magnifying glass appears to be broken. SolidWorks does not have a watermark feature. the default shortcut key. I¶m kind of use to them where they are at. Press the G key. a watermark such as ³CONFIDENTIAL´ is required on a drawing print. but someone must have a reason to move them around. to open the magnifying glass.overall view. Unfortunately. SolidWorks Tips and Tricks sponsored by SolidWorks for the Sheet Metal Guy How to add a watermark to a drawing At times. You are able to move the CommandManager and the PropertyManager from their default positions with a simple drag and drop. though.

as shown in Figure 3. pick the text you want from the pull down. Figure 1 Then. pick Microsoft Word Picture. Figure 2 A Word document will open. as shown in Figure 2. In the Insert Object dialog box. click OK. begin by opening a drawing. Then. To insert a text watermark. To insert a picture as a watermark. In the Word document.Embed a Microsoft Word Watermark To embed a watermark directly from Microsoft Word into the sheet format. Then. pull down the ³Insert´ menu and pick Object. Note that you can also type in any text that you want. and then select your picture. under Object Type. . Right click over the sheet and pick Edit Sheet Format. as shown in Figure 1. click the Text watermark radio button. pull down the ³Format´ menu and pick Background ± Printed Watermark. click the Picture Watermark radio button.

right click over the sheet again and pick Edit Sheet to exit out of the sheet format. Manually Add a Watermark In a drawing. including the text angle and text color. Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Annotations ± Note. Drag the watermark to place it where you want. and then click OK. Next. as shown in Figure 6. right click over the sheet and pick Edit Sheet Format. . Remember that you can use this technique to create the watermark as part of a Drawing Document Template. right click on the note and pick Make Block. Set the formatting. as shown in Figure 5. Figure 4 The watermark is imported into your drawing. as shown in Figure 4.Figure 3 Select any additional options that you want. In the Edit Picture" toolbar. Once you set the note the way that you want it. Figure 5 Finally. click Close Picture. Place the note on the drawing where you want the watermark to appear. click the green check mark button in the Note PropertyManager.

With that said. . simple save your new bmp file as sheetbackground1. If this option is checked. and then. Once you have the original sheetbackground1. in SolidWorks 2008. If you want a picture to print in a drawing. Pick the face in the graphics area that you want to apply the texture to.bmp file. pick Metal ± Machined ± Knurl 1 or Knurl 2. To apply a texture. Before you do. Remember. Open the picture of your choice and use the Sketch Picture PropertyManager to adjust the picture.bmp and place it in the drawings folder.bmp. the sheet background image will not print.Figure 6 That's it! Right click over the sheet again and pick Edit Sheet to exit out of the sheet format. Just for Fun: Change the Drawing Paper Image in SolidWorks 2008 By default. SolidWorks has two knurled textures that you can add to the part to make it look like it is knurled. You watermark is now underneath everything on your drawing. Then. A couple other ways of dealing with a knurl is to apply a texture to the face or to add a crosshatch pattern in the drawing to make it look like a knurled surface. pull down the ³Edit´ menu and pick Appearance ± Texture. the easiest way to add a knurl is to apply a texture to the face. pick Colors. SolidWorks Tips and Tricks sponsored by SolidWorks for the Sheet Metal Guy Ever Need to Create a Knurl? Knurled surfaces are very common in engineering design. In other words. The options are endless. under Texture Selection. In the System Options dialog box. However truly modeling a knurled solid feature takes up a lot of memory and slows down SolidWorks. You can replace this bitmap file with something else.bmp file backed up. this is just for looks. The actual image file for the crinkled paper is located at SolidWorks Install Directory/data/Images/drawings/sheetbackground1. make sure that Use specified color for drawings paper color is not checked. as shown in Figure 1. Note that you can save your block for use on multiple drawings or for use on a Drawing Document Template. Paper Color will be used instead of the sheetbackground1. just make sure to save the original file so that you can change it back at any time. pull down the ³Tools´ menu and pick Options. especially with multiple knurled parts in your assembly. In the bottom of the dialog. in the Texture PropertyManager. SolidWorks 2008 uses a crinkled piece of paper for the sheet background of a new drawing document. the color selected for Drawings. pull down the ³Insert´ menu and pick Picture. Here are just a couple that I came up with. It's that easy! Open a drawing and check out your new sheet background.

The construction lines are used to constrain the square. Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Reference Geometry . here's how to physically create a knurl feature. extrude the sketch 50mm. Pick the cylindrical face in the graphics area. Next. It's important that the points of the square are coincident to the circle. . pick OK. Create a sketch of a 50mm circle centered at the origin on the Front plane.Axis.Figure 1 Now. and then. Figure 2 Start a sketch on the front face and create the square shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3 Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Curve . or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Cut Sweep. pick the outside circle and pick Convert Entities from the "Sketch" toolbar. . Pick your square sketch for the Profile and the helix for the Path. Exit the sketch. as shown in Figure 5.Helix/Spiral. Pick the front face in the graphics area. and then. and enter the values in the Helix/Spiral PropertyManager. click Sweep Cut from the "Features" toolbar. Figure 4 After clicking OK. Click OK. as shown in Figure 4.

Pick the circular pattern for the Features to Mirror. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Pattern/Mirror Circular Pattern. For the Mirror Face/Plane. or pulling down the "Insert" menu and picking Pattern/Mirror .Figure 5 Click Circular Pattern from the "Features" toolbar. Figure 7 . Make sure that the Total Angle is set to 360 and that Equal spacing is checked. and click OK. and click OK. Pick Axis1 from the flyout FeatureManager design tree for the Pattern Axis. Set the Number of Instances to '36'.Mirror. pick the Right plane from the flyout FeatureManager design tree. Figure 6 Now all you have to do is to mirror the pattern by clicking on Mirror from the "Features" toolbar.

as shown below. add a sketch on the Right plane. Figure 8 Figure 9 And there you have it. Start a sketch on the Top Plane. For the Axis of Revolution. you will create two separate extrudes. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Cut Revolve. First of all. . as shown in Figure 8.To clean up the edges of the front and the back of the part. I sketched the main shape of my snowboard. you will create a snowboard. But as you may have noticed. Exit the sketch and click Revolved Cut from the "Features" toolbar. Click OK. a knurled feature. exit the sketch. You can have a lot of fun with and get very creative. Using the Spline command. pick Axis1 from the flyout FeatureManager design tree. SolidWorks takes some time to complete these operations. Once you have your shape looking pretty good. SolidWorks Tips and Tricks Sponsored by Customizing SolidWorks For Greater Productivity. Combine Bodies You can use the Combine Bodies command to combine multiple solid bodies into a singled-bodied part. In this example. This is a great way to get familiar with the Spline command. open SolidWorks and start a new part document. The Combine option will then remove all the material except for where the two extrudes intersect in the middle to produce your final part. My sketch is roughly 500mm x 90mm. Using a top view and a side view.

Just get it looking close to what I have. Set Direction 1 to Mid Plane with a Depth of 120. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Boss/Base . I sketched the side profile of my snowboard. Set Thin Feature to Mid-Plane with a Thickness of 5. Using the Spline command. exit the sketch.00mm.Extrude. Then. Extrude your sketch a blind distance of about 90mm.00mm. as shown below. Click the OK button to create the extruded feature. as shown below. Once you have your side profile looking like mine. . Note that the exact shape is not crucial in this example. Uncheck the Merge result check box. click on the Features tab in the CommandManager and pick Extruded Boss/Base.Next. click on the Features tab in the CommandManager and pick Extruded Boss/Base. or pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Boss/Base . start a sketch on the Right Plane. Next. as shown below.Extrude. This is what will keep your two extrusions as separate solid bodies for the next command.

Now for the fun stuff! Pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Features . under Operation Type. You can click Show Preview to preview the feature. In the Combine PropertyManager.Click the OK button to create the extruded feature. Under Bodies to Combine. click Common.Combine. pick the two solid bodies in the graphics area. . Click the OK button.

click the Save Settings button and then click Next.That's it! Below is my snowboard. How do you move to another computer and load your interface easily? There¶s really not a whole lot to it when you use the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard. Then. Just a few clicks and you¶re done.95 USD for a limited time. . Others have multiple users on the same computer. The first step is to save your settings so you can use them whenever you need them. To do this. click on the Windows Start button and pick All Programs ± SolidWorks Install Folder ± SolidWorks Tools ± Copy Settings Wizard. I think I might add some decal graphics to make it official. In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box. make sure that SolidWorks is closed. How to copy settings to use on another computer Many people work on multiple computers. SolidWorks Tips and Tricks sponsored by Customizing SolidWorks For Greater Productivity Now Available in eBook Format for Only $14.

Under Select which settings to save to file.sldreg) and click Save. make sure that all four check boxes are checked and the All toolbars radio button is selected. . click the Browse button and pick a location and a name for your saved settings file (NeilsSettings. This will save all of the settings.In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box. It may be helpful to save the file on a network drive that you can easily access from any computer.

Click OK. Now that your settings are saved. it is a good idea to save the current settings on this computer so that you can reset SolidWorks to its current state when you are done. . In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box. A dialog box will appear. for now. just go to the next step to load your settings. and it is saved to the SolidWorks Files folder. So. make sure that SolidWorks is closed. This technique is great if you want to use someone else¶s computer for a short time and then return it back to the way they had it. Before you load your settings. To load your settings on a computer.Click Finish. The SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard provides an easier. you can copy them to any computer by restoring the saved settings. convenient way of doing this when you load your settings.sldreg file. This can be done at any time on any computer. Click on the Windows Start button and pick All Programs ± SolidWorks Install Folder ± SolidWorks Tools ± Copy Settings Wizard. confirming that the settings have been copied successfully to the NeilsSettings. click the Restore Settings button and click Next.

you would only check Keyboard shortcuts. Or.In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box. Under Select which settings to restore from the file. if you just want to load your keyboard shortcuts and change nothing else. browse to the settings file that you want to use to restore the settings (NeilsSettings. it will be grayed out. If you did not have any keyboard shortcuts. .sldreg). make sure that all four check boxes are checked.

click on the Current user button. . In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box.Click Next. under Select the Destination.

sldreg file in the folder chosen earlier before the settings from the selected . With this checked.sldreg file are restored. make sure that Create backup of current settings for User is checked.Click Next. In the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard dialog box. . the current settings are saved as a .

The backup SolidWorks made uses the filename "Backup" plus a date and time stamp.Click Finish. . A dialog box will appear confirming that the settings have been copied successfully. For example. you can use the curve as the path or guide curve for a sweep feature. To demonstrate what I am talking about. as the guide curve for a loft feature. A neat technique is to create two sketches on intersecting planes and merge the sketches to create one 3D sketch. The 3D curve can then be used to create solid model features. When you are done. All the settings will be changed back like you were never Using Projected Curve to Create a 3D Curve There are several ways to create a 3D curve. or as a parting line for a draft feature. all you have to do is run the SolidWorks Copy Settings Wizard and restore the backup file. create the sketch shown below on the Front plane. So. you should be able to easily recognize it.

the sketches can be merged together. I used the Sweep command to sweep a 5mm circle along the 3D path. Now. To do this. create the following sketch on the Right plane. Click the green check mark button at the top of the Curve PropertyManager. The above sketches were used only to demonstrate what the Projected Curve . Ctrl select both sketches and pull down the "Insert" menu and pick Curve-Projected. Below.Next. Make sure that the origin is at the midpoint of the bottom vertical line... Now. you can use the 3D curve to create your solid model feature.

Here are a few things you can do to customize the CommandManager. . Uncheck the ones that you want to be hidden. Display or Hide a Tab Right click on any of the CommandManager tabs.command can do. Check the toolbars in the list that you want to be displayed. A menu appears listing the available toolbars. The CommandManager was redesigned in SolidWorks 2008. For example. in the menu pick Evaluate. Feel free to be creative and play around with the sketches and create all kinds of useful 3D curve paths. Customize the New CommandManager The CommandManager was introduced in SolidWorks 2006. The Evaluate tab is now hidden.

Another way is to right click on a tab and pick Add Tab. The individual display of each tab is easily seen. . One way is to click the far right tab and type a name for the custom tab. right click on any of the CommandManager tabs. Add a Tab There are a couple ways to add tabs to the CommandManager. and pick Customize CommandManager. you can fully customize the CommandManager. Reorder a Tab When the Customize dialog box is open. To toggle the display of any of the tabs. The hidden tabs are grayed out. just right click on the tab and pick either Hide Tab or Show Tab. A tab is added to the right of the selected tab. When the Customize dialog box is open. To toggle the display of multiple tabs. A small arrow will appear to indicate where you are placing the tab.To display the tab. just right click on any of the CommandManager tabs and pick Evaluate. you can easily reorder the tabs by simply dragging and dropping them to the desired position.

Customize a Tab All of the tabs in the CommandManager are toolbars that can be customized the same way that toolbars are customized. Note that all of your customizations to that tab are deleted as well. In the Customize dialog box. When two or more buttons are in a tab. right click on a custom tab and pick Rename Tab from the menu and edit the text of the tab. the Begin a Group option appears. . right click on a custom tab and pick Delete from the menu and the tab is deleted.Rename a Custom Tab When the Customize dialog box is open. Remember that you can add buttons from multiple categories on your custom CommandManager tab or the default tabs. Delete a Custom Tab When the Customize dialog box is open. pick a category and drag the button to the CommandManager tab. Change Button Labels When the Customize dialog box is open. right click a button. on the Commands tab.

This will remove the descriptive text and just display the button. This is useful for grouping together certain types of buttons. Check Text Below to position the text below the button. Right click on a button and pick Delete. Right click on a button and uncheck Text Below. This will place the descriptive text to the right of the button rather than below it. . Right click on button and pick Show Text to toggle the display of the tool name. a divider line is added between the buttons.If you pick Begin a Group.

pdf . click OK in the Customize dialog box. the CommandManager is different in an assembly and a drawing. When you are done customizing the CommandManager. To turn off all of the button descriptions. so you will want to take advantage of it in those documents as well.This will remove the button from the tab. You may also right click on the CommandManager and any time and check or uncheck Use Large Buttons with Text. uncheck Use large buttons with text on the Toolbars tab of the Customize dialog box. you can free up more space by turning off the button descriptions. Note that the Show Text command works for individual buttons only. And remember. Once you are familiar with the buttons that you use. Easy Part Creation Printable version: Easy_Part_Creation.

You will see some commonly used commands appear. pick the Top plane. Release the mouse button to set the four edges. In the FeatureManager design tree. SolidWorks has tried to place common tasks at your fingertips so that you can focus on designing your parts without the tedious search for tools. Click on one of the lines of the rectangle. See how easy it is to make a quick solid model with SolidWorks 2008. Click on the Rectangle flyout toolbar in the Sketch CommandManager and pick the new Center Rectangle button. In this case.SolidWorks 2008 makes every day part creation easier. drag the arrow to establish a part height using the new Instant 3D capabilities. pick the origin as the center and drag the cursor to sketch the rectangle with centerlines. pick the Sketch button. Start SolidWorks and open a new SolidWorks part document. In the graphics area. . Press Ctrl+7 to rotate the model to the Isometric view. Press Escape and then double click in the graphics area to exit the sketch. and then.

Shortcut Bars Printable version: Shortcut Bars. and sketches. drawings. One of the new things that you are going to want to do right away is to customize the new shortcut toolbar. Accessing commands using your shortcut toolbar makes SolidWorks easy to use and allows you to keep your focus on the graphics screen. Just bring up whichever shortcut bar that you want to customize and follow the steps below. assemblies.pdf SolidWorks 2008 has added a few new customizations that will increase your performance greatly. You display the shortcut bar by pressing the ³S´ key with nothing selected in the graphics area (the default userdefinable keyboard shortcut). There are separate customizable shortcut bars for parts.That¶s it! See how some of the new features in SolidWorks 2008 make it even easier and faster to create solid models. .

simply right click the shortcut bar when it is shown.To customize a shortcut bar. Under Buttons. pick Sketch. find the Sketch button. and pick Customize. . under Categories. To add commands. on the Commands tab.

Instant3D is enabled when the button is depressed. 8 Nov 2007 12:50:10 pm Instant3D On-screen Rulers A previous tutorial briefly showed how to drag a rectangle sketch to establish a part height using the new Instant3D capabilities.Drag the Sketch button to the shortcut toolbar and drop it next to the Select button. click OK in the Customize dialog box. When you drag the handles to move features. you have free drag of the dimensions. . To resize the shortcut bar. This great new feature lets you quickly create and modify model geometry using drag handles and rulers. You can easily add as many buttons to the shortcut toolbar as you like. Remember that with the Customize dialog box open. you can also remove a tool by dragging it off the shortcut bar. When you are done customizing the shortcut toolbar. go to the Features toolbar or click the Features tab below the CommandManager. you will notice on-screen rulers. as shown. These on-screen rulers can be used to precisely measure your modifications. Click the Instant3D button to toggle whether Instant3D is enabled or disabled. When using the Instant 3D functionality. The last toolbar button is Instant3D. To control whether Instant3D is enabled or not. A great thing about this is that when the cursor is away from the ruler. you can drag the dimensions however you please. move the cursor over an edge and drag it.

you can snap to the ruler increments. Note that the same is true for revolves and drafts. achieving a precise dimension.But what if you want a precise dimension and not some random decimal position? All you have to do when dragging is to move the cursor over the ruler. If a feature is either unsupported or constrained. Now. just that an angular ruler appears. . SolidWorks will show a black arrow or an icon indicating that the entity is not draggable.

I tested the three ways to try to reduce the file size. it seems that the quickest and easiest way to reduce the file size is just to suppress all the features and save it. feel free to add you comment about what you have done to reduce the file size of your SolidWorks documents. The file size dropped from 3400KB to 3379KB. I opened SolidWorks Install Directory/Samples/Molds/Telephone. I tried suppressing all the features. I rolled the part back to the top of the FeatureManager design tree. To my surprise. while the Wireframe was 2213KB. From my testing. Next. Please. I played with the Display Style of the part. The Shaded With Edges file size was 3908KB. Lastly. I then tried creating a solid block enveloping the entire part. The first thing that came to my mind was to create a block around the part to reduce the file size. So. But I wasn¶t sure how that affected the file size.Reduce File Size for Emailing I got an email asking if we had an ftp site to upload a large SolidWorks file to rather than emailing me the file. I used one of the samples shipped with SolidWorks 2008 for testing purposes.SLDPRT and did a Save As. I know that SolidWorks lets you save a file in rollback mode. This only decreased the file size to 1675KB. This makes a small file that is much easier to email to someone else. the file size was only 524KB. Then. . That was something I learned way back when. The file size dropped down to 1842KB. The customer ended up suppressing all the features and then saving it. To start with.

if an annotation was added or a different view was added or removed. I know that when you can compare all entities between two drawing documents using DrawCompare. I clicked the Open All button to load the backup file. After getting my computer up and running again. I checked Save auto-recover info every 1 minute. Under Backup. After picking OK in Systems Options dialog box. I unplugged my power strip (That¶s probably not recommended). I reopened SolidWorks. I opened my System Options and picked Backup/Recover. Finally. I pulled . I want to know if you can use this feature for comparing a recovery file with the last saved file.Compare recovery file with last saved file using DrawCompare I just finished writing a tip about the backup and recovery options in SolidWorks and was wondering if you could compare the recovery file with the last saved file. This is a great feature to quickly see the differences between the two drawings versions. I checked Number of backup copies per document: 1. So. to test this. to test a power failure. I opened a drawing and made a few changes. Under Auto-recover. Then. A Document Recovery tab appeared in the Task Pane showing the file that was open when the power was shut off. Next. one color for the things added and another color for the things removed. I let the computer sit for a few minutes. The differences between the two drawings are shown. I did a Save As. For instance.

It actually worked. For Drawing 1. I have never really been a fan of autosave. I got to see what changes I had made to the original file that were saved because of having Backup/Recover setup. So. I then clicked the Compare Drawings button. . For Drawing 2. According to SolidWorks. the performance of the computer is not affected when the Auto-recover feature is activated. If something happens to the computer that you are working on. you ensure that you do not lose any vital data. I picked the backup file. I picked the original drawing.down the ³Tools´ menu and picked DrawCompare. I guess I will have to change my mind and keep Auto-recover on. but I guess it does really work.

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