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How to get started with DraftSight

How to get started with DraftSight?

DraftSight: A 2D CAD Software for all professionals

DraftSight, while hearing this word, you may have questions such as what is DraftSight software? what it will do? what is its cost? how to use it? any cost-benefit for buying this software for me?

Let we see...

DraftSight is a 2D and 3D Cad software for engineers, architects, cad designers, and Professional cad users.

Let us see a short introduction of Draftsight, its capabilities & Its benefits in this blog.

As said, Draftsight is a 2D & 3D software that is used for 2D design and annotation & 3D Modelling. Draftsight will let you do all the operations you are doing in the present 2D software without missing the legacy. From the file extension to the user interface, you can feel the same feeling that you felt in the present 2D software.

Yes, it works with DWG/DXF format. So reuse of legacy data is easy.

The user interface is also the same, as a familiar user will take a short time to adapt to it. In other words, you will take a minimal learning curve to adapt here.

DraftSight interface

Import model to DraftSight

Some of the commands you can work with Draftsight are below:

  • Layer Management
  • Blocks
  • Mechanical Tool Box
  • Ballooning and BOM

Layer Management:

You can Use the Layer command to create new Layers, set the active Layer, and specify Layer properties and behavior.

Layer Management in DraftSight

You can create a new Layer at any time. For efficiency, it is recommended that you plan Layers in advance.

 

Blocks:

A Block is a collection of entities bound together as a single entity. After you create a Block, you can insert it whenever you need it in a drawing.

When you use the Make Block command, the Block is recognized in the current drawing only. The Export Drawing command lets you write a Block to an external drawing file for use in any drawing.

Blocks in DraftSight

 

Mechanical Tool Box:

DraftSight contains robust mechanical tools and symbols that will help you standardize your mechanical drafting practices and speed up your time to market. The Mechanical Toolbox allows you to choose which industry standard you want to use or create your own custom standard.

Mechanical tool box in DraftSight

 

Ballooning and BOM

The Ballooning system will let you give Properties of the physical entity present and extracted to BOM with a single click.

Ballooning and BOM generation in DraftSight

 

Power Tools available in Draftsight

  • Image Tracer
  • Drawing Compare

 

Image Tracer

Image Tracer in Draftsight

The Image Tracer tool lets you convert raster images in .bmp, .png, and .jpg formats to vector format. The images can be architectural plans, floor plans, logos, and curved images.

Image Tracer

 

Drawing Comparison

Compare to quickly identify and track changes using drawing revisions. Draw compare graphically depict differences between drawings/show entities that have been added or removed in the color of your choice.

Drawing Comparison

 

 

Benefits of using DraftSight

It’s time to expose the commercial benefit of this software over other 2D cad software.

  • Draftsight is having Perpetual cum network license type. Yes, we are providing a lifetime license with the best in price - No need for yearly renewal.
  • Also, we are providing Tech support for your license.
  • ROI – Tax depreciation against purchase.
  • API and LISP Programs are also available in Draftsight for customization.

 

How to import motion loads to static analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

 

Importing Motion Loads from SOLIDWORKS Motion

In this blog post, we'll show you how to import motion loads to static analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. This can be useful if you want to analyze the effect of dynamic loads on your design.

solidworks import motion loads

 

What are import motion loads in SOLIDWORKS?

To properly design a mechanical component, engineers must understand the loads applied to the parts during operation. Importing motion loads into SOLIDWORKS is a way to simulate the loads applied to the product and ensure the components produced withstand those loads.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation reads motion loads directly from the SOLIDWORKS Motion database. You can import loads at a single frame or multiple frames

Here let me show how it can be done.

After completing the Motion Analysis in Solidworks Motion.

solidworks import motion loads

 

Steps to import motion loads from the SOLIDWORKS Motion database:

  1. Click SimulationImport Motion Loads.Solidworks import motion loads to static analysis
  2. Select assembly component(s). Note (we cannot import to Simulation motion loads from components in a subassembly)

Multi Frame study in solidworks simulation

 

  1. Select Single Frame Study or Multiple Frame Study (Design Scenarios).
  2. Click OK

Multi frame analysis

 

  1. The program creates a study with the name CM-ALT-Frame - <Number>in each selected component as shown below.

motion study

 

  1. The Motion Loads Will be Imported by Default as Shown Below.

Run static analysis

7. Right-click the static study associated with the frame and select Run

static analysis through import option in SOLIDWORKS

 

  1. The Study will Generates Mesh and the study will solve it Automatically.

Generate mesh in solidworks

The below video shows a quick glimpse of the above-discussed steps.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are a few different ways to import a motion load into a static analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. The most common method is to use the Motion Studies tool. Contact us immediately for technical support.

Sheet metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS

Sheet Metal Costing: How to choose the right budget for your project?

 

Introduction: Sheet Metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS

The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool helps you calculate how much it costs to manufacture sheet metal, machined, multi-body parts, and assemblies, as well as plastic molded cast, 3D printed parts, and multibody weldments by automating the cost estimation and quotation process.

Solidworks sheet metal costing

Steps involved in evaluating the Cost of a Sheet Metal Part:

The software depends on the un suppressing of flat patterns in sheet metal parts to determine the cut paths. If you apply costing to a sheet metal part for which the flat pattern cannot be unsuppressed that leads to incorrect costing.

Step 1:

In a sheet metal part, click Costing (Tools toolbar or the Evaluate tab on the Command Manager) or Tools > SOLIDWORKS Applications > Costing.

Solidworks sheet metal costing menu

If there is enough information in the sheet metal template, and if the part has a material assigned to it that matches the template, a cost estimate is calculated and the Costing Task Pane displays the Estimated Cost Per Part.

If there is not enough information in the template, or if you want to edit the Costing input values, follow the steps below.

 

Step 2:

Under Costing Template, select a template. Default templates are available or you can create templates to use custom manufacturing data. Lets see how to create a new Sheet Metal Template.

 

Costing Task pane

 

In Material section, select Class, Name, and Thickness from template if they are not populated. The Class, Name, and Thickness from template are populated if the material in the part matches the sheet metal template.

The Material cost is the cost in the template for the selected Class, Name, and Thickness from template combination. You can override Material cost without editing the template. Overrides affect only the part that is open, not the template. If you override Material cost, the field appears in yellow.

 

Step 3:

Select Stock Type from Template and choose Material Weight. Select an item to define the material usage under area to cost option. Under Quantity, set the Total number of parts and Lot size.

Optionally, under Markup/Discount, adjust the material cost or the total cost using a percentage factor.

 

Blank size in costing pane

 

The software extracts material information from the material set in the part and performs a cost estimate. The Costing Manager displays manufacturing features such as cut paths and bends in the part. The Costing Task Pane displays the Estimated Cost Per Part.

Click Begin Cost Estimation.

Begin cost evaluation

Finally, the Solidworks Sheet metal cost was calculated.

Estimated cost per part

 

 

What factors affect sheet metal costing?

There are many factors that affect sheet metal costing in SOLIDWORKS. They are

    • Size and complexity of the part
    • Type of metal
    • Thickness of the metal
    • Quantity of parts

In addition, the process used to create the part also affects the cost.

For example, parts formed using stamping will typically cost more than products produced using laser cutting. This is because stamping requires more expensive dies and tooling.

If you're looking to reduce the cost of your sheet metal parts, there are a few things you can do. You can try to simplify the design of the part.

When estimating the price of sheet metal products, there are a number of other costs that must be considered. 

These include the cost of

    • Raw materials
    • Labor
    • Shipping
    • Any Finishes/coatings applied to the product.

 

Do's and Don'ts in SolidWorks Sheet Metal Costing

1. DO use the correct material properties

If you're not sure what the right material properties are for your part, check out our tutorial on How to Create Material Properties in SOLIDWORKS here.

2. DON'T use the same material properties as the parent part

You should never use the same material properties for a child part as the parent part. This will cause the child part to inherit the material properties of the parent part. Instead, you need to set up the material properties for the child part separately.

3. DO make sure you have enough detail

If you're not careful, you might end up with a lot of unnecessary detail in your model. It's easy to add too much detail, especially if you're trying to save time by creating a quick model. However, there's no reason why you can't keep things simple while still getting the job done.

4. DON'T forget to add the thicknesses

You should always make sure that you add the thicknesses of each part as well as any holes or other features. This will help you calculate the total weight of the parts and ensure that you've got everything right.

5. DO check the accuracy of the results.

If you're not happy with the results, then you need to double check them. Make sure that you've added the correct thicknesses and that you haven't missed anything out. Also, make sure that you've entered the correct material properties into the model.

 

Benefits of Using Sheet Metal Costing in SolidWorks

1. Calculate Material Costs

SOLIDWORKS Sheet metal costing allows engineers to calculate material costs based on the size and shape of the part designed. Engineers can use these calculations to determine how much material will be needed to manufacture a particular product. They can also compare different materials to find out which one is cheaper.

2. Reduce Labor Costs

One of the biggest advantages of using this sheet metal cost estimating software is that it reduces labor costs. This is because it eliminates the need for manual labor to measure and cut parts. It also helps reduce scrap rates since it's easier to predict where cuts should be made.

3. Save Time

There are several different ways to use this SOLIDWORKS add-on feature. You can use it as a standalone program, or you can integrate it into your CAD system. If you're looking to save money, then you might consider purchasing a third-party solution. However, if you're looking to improve productivity, then you should consider integrating the software directly into your SOLIDWORKS CAD system.

4. Increase Productivity

You can easily determine material prices for each aspect of your project using sheet metal cost estimating software. 
This takes strategic material decision making and avoids the need to redesign parts later.  It also saves time by eliminating the need to manually enter data.

5. Avoid Errors

If you're looking for a more efficient way to estimate your product's sheet metal costs, then you should consider using a sheet metal cost estimating program. These programs allow you to easily calculate material costs for each component of your design. You can use these estimates to help you make better decisions regarding material selection and reduce the need to rework your designs later on. They also save you time because you won’t have to manually enter data into spreadsheets.

 

Conclusion

The article covers the topic of Sheet Metal Costing in SOLIDWORKS. It explains how to go about determining the cost of a sheet metal component in SOLIDWORKS.  If you enjoyed this article, please like, follow, and comment on our blog.

Solidworks Task Scheduler

How to use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to stay on track?

How to use the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler to stay on track?

          In day to day, our design life the designer spends lots of time taking a number of pints, creating a drawing, exporting and importing files. Solidworks professional and premium offer to access the Solidworks task scheduler for helps your productivity and work efficiently.

The Solidworks Task Scheduler set up tasks to perform at a future time. You can also use SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for scheduling the job during off-peak hours.

PURPOSE OF TASK SCHEDULER

The Task Scheduler allows you to perform automated tasks on a computer. you can schedule any program to run at any time for you.

You can access SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER in two different locations,

  1. Windows search > TYPE task > CLICK Solidworks task scheduler
  2. In Solidworks menu bar > Tools > Solidworks applications > CLICK Solidworks task scheduler

Search Task scheduler

 

Select tools in solidworks applications

SOLIDWORKS TASK SCHEDULER INTERFACE

            The user interface helps to assign the task and verify the status along with a date and time. The highlighted area is the task lists.

Solidworks Task scheduler Interface

 

The task details are given in the next picture, for more clarity.

Note: In scheduling time your system must be in switch ON condition.

TASK LIST

Task list

In the task scheduler, the most commonly used tasks are given below…

  1. Print files
  2. Import files
  3. Export files
  4. Creating drawings

PRINT FILES

The print file task helps you to save time and productivity. You can schedule tasks to print drawing files in are specified type within a folder. You can specify one or more files or folders, but you cannot specify both files and folders in the same task. For example: A0, A1, A2, A3, A4

Steps:

    • Click the print file in the task list.
    • Add a specific file or folder to print.
    • Click an option for printer setting.
    • Set the printer name, sheet size, no of copies.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

Note: your drawing sheet size and printer set size must be in same.

 

IMPORT FILES

            You can schedule tasks to import Parasolid, IGES, STEP, ACIS, VDAFS, SLDXML, and Rhino files into SOLIDWORKS part (*.sldprt) files. You can import individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Import files in Solidworks task scheduler

Steps:

    • Click the import file in the task list.
    • Add a specific file or folder to import.
    • Click an option for import type.
    • Set the import option for your need.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

EXPORTING FILES

You can schedule tasks to export SOLIDWORKS documents into other formats. You can export individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Export files in Solidworks Task scheduler

Export files in Task scheduler

Steps:

    • Click the export file in the task list.
    • Choose your export file type in the drop-down.
    • Add a specific file or folder to export.
    • Click an option for export type.
    • Set the export option for your requirement.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

CREATE DRAWINGS

You can schedule tasks to create drawing files for the SOLIDWORKS part and assembly files. You can create drawings for individual files or all files of a specified type within a folder.

Create Drawings

Steps:

    • Click creates drawings in the task list.
    • Choose your drawing template with a predefined view.
    • Add a specific file or folder to export.
    • Choose your file output location.
    • Set the scheduling date and time.
    • Click finish for scheduling.

Note: create a drawing template with a predefined view for proper drawing creation.

Conclusion:

The SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler is a great tool for staying on track with your work. By following the steps in this article, you can easily set up task reminders and get alerts when tasks are due. You can also track your progress and see how much time you have left to complete a task. For more tips on using SOLIDWORKS, be sure to like, follow, and comment on this article.

 

SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection How to Identify Fix and Avoid it

SOLIDWORKS Interference Detection: How to Identify, Fix, and Avoid it?

 

SOLIDWORKS Interference detection: How to Identify, Fix, and Avoid interference?

Introduction

Interference detection is the process of finding and fixing errors or issues with your design. It can be difficult to know where to start when your model starts to feel like a minefield of problems. In this article, you will learn how SOLIDWORKS interference checking tools can help you find and fix many common mistakes in your models.

4 Steps to fix interference detection in SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS has a built-in interference detection tool which can be used to identify potential interferences between mating parts. The steps to check for interference are as follows:

1. Open the assembly file and select the mating parts to be checked for interference.
2. Click on the interference detection tool under the Assembly toolbar.
3. The interference detection window will open up. Select the appropriate options and click on the OK button.
4. SOLIDWORKS will check for interferences between the selected parts and generate a report.

In the below example we will be analyzing component interference's found within the assembly interference, and  detection analyzes geometry.

How to identify Interference detection in SOLIDWORKS?

First, Interference detection is found within “Evaluate tab” in tools.

"Click Tools --> Evaluate --> Interference Detection"

Interference detection tool tab

Note: It is easy to see interference's but sometimes it can be difficult to determine. By default, the selected component will be assembly. You can delete it by right-clicking on the name of the assembly and delete.

To select new parts, click on the desired area in the Graphics window.

Here, the components are overlapped as shown in below assembly image.

Overlapped component - interference detection

How to solve it?

To solve we need to calculate interference's within the entire assembly or specify components and then calculate for entire component.

As a result, the interference detection highlights the overlapping volumes of both components as transparent object.

Highlighted component - interference detection

Next, check the mates associated with the component using view mates tool option. Now we know the distance between the two interfering components.

View Mates Option Edit coincidence mate - interference detection

 

Adjust the dimension & check for interference till you can see there are no longer any interference between the selected components. After making all the corrections, functionality between the components is  .

SOLIDWORKS had easy to change the distance and the overlapping issues have been resolved.

Edit distance mate  Results section

Interference detection was great for static interference's when it comes to dynamic collisions we need to use a different tool the move component command contains a collision detection feature will check collisions between all components.

Interference detection can be useful to ensure that the component has the desired level of motion.

How to avoid Interference and enhance detection results?

There are a few things you can do to help ensure accurate interference detection results:

1. Properly define all mating surfaces.
2. Place all components in the correct orientation.
3. Use mating pairs wherever possible.
4. Check your results carefully, and correct any errors.

Conclusion:

SOLIDWORKS interference detection helps you identify and fix problems with your designs before they cause issues during manufacturing.

In this article, we looked at the root-cause of interference and how to fix it. If you need any help with interference detection or any other SOLIDWORKS features, contact our technical experts for immediate assistance.

 

Rename file in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & go

How to Rename/Change the file name in SOLIDWORKS using Pack & Go for revision change

 

Rename/Change the File Name In SOLIDWORKS using Pack and GO for Revision Change

In this blog we are going to see how we can use a hide function in “Pack and Go” option for replacing the text in the file name.

Pack and go option is one of the popular options that we all use to know; it will help us to get all the reference files of any assembly or drawing so you can share can it with others or to create a complete backup.

 

To open Pack and Go dialog box Select File --> Pack and GO

Prefix and suffix option in the pack and go dialogue box will use to add the text in front or back of your file name correspondingly

For example, you have added R1 in your suffix and saved a file for a revision change

Revision change or renaming in SOLIDWORKS

Now you need to make a revision R2 in the renamed file

In this scenario, you can use the option select/replace

Click the button and you will see the dialogue box as below

Pack & go - Select replace

Now you can just enter R1 in find and R2 in replace and then close select/replace dialogue box

So all your file name has been renamed from R1 to R2.

Pack & go - rename file

You also have two check boxes as case sensitive and exact match.

Pack & go - Select replace criteria

Case sensitive check box will help to ignore case sensitivity in the characters

And Exact match check box will help you to relax the space between the word

For example, if you have a file name “universal jointR1” you find in R1 will not help to find this R1 since this jointR1 is a single word, in this case, you can uncheck the exact match check box so it will recognize R1 and it can be replaced with R2

Hope this blog is useful.

 

Electrical Connection Points & Auto routing wires Blog

How to Create Electrical connection points & Auto-routing wires?

How to create Electrical connection points and Auto-routing wires?

In this blog post, I will explain both electrical connection points & auto-routing wires in SOLIDWORKS and provide some useful tips on how you can achieve them faster, and easier.

Creating connections between electrical components is a very common task in electrical design. These connections often need to be made and verified before moving on or even before the schematic capture stage. Auto-routing wires to make connections and keep track of which connection goes where is also a common requirement for electrical designers.

Let's look at the below example.

The Contactor is an Electrical component designed in SOLIDWORKS. The function of this electrical component is to act as a fuse. This is the Device that protects every other component.

When creating an electrical connection, a connector connection point specifies where mating connections should be positioned.

Electrical Component Connection Points

Steps to create Electrical connection points and auto-generate routing wires

Step 1: 

In order to create an Electrical connection point, we need to find the component wizard in the toolbar.

The electrical component wizard tool can be found by clicking Tools --> SOLIDWORKS Electrical --> Electrical component wizard. By clicking this, a new tab will be opened as shown in the below image.

Electrical Component Wizard

 

Step 2:

Click on the Routing Component Wizard tab --> Routing Functionality points --> Add.

It will direct you to the SOLIDWORKS component file.

Routing Component Wizard

Step 3: Add a C point to the component for wire connection

Once the existing sketch is selected you can able to find the red arrow. This arrow shows the direction of the terminal in which wires will be get connected.

Add C Point to component for wire connection

After adding C points, wire routing will be auto-generated.

Auto routing Wire generation

When you've completed all of the component checkpoints. The wire will be automatically connected to those places. The schematic will automatically link the components.

Benefits of using SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:

  1. Using SOLIDWORKS electrical helps you to save time in creating simplified wire routing for your design.
  2. Provides you the flexibility to change your wire route at any point in time which will also automatically update drawings accordingly.

Mistakes to avoid in SOLIDWORKS Electrical routing:

1. Don't use the wrong units

One of the most common mistakes made by new users is using the wrong units when creating electrical diagrams. You should always use metric units such as milliamps (mA), volts (V), ohms (Ω), and amps (A). If you're unsure what unit to use, check out our guide on choosing the right units.

2. Don't forget to include the ground plane

Another mistake that's easy to make is forgetting to include the ground plane in your electrical diagram. This is especially true if you're drawing a circuit with multiple phases. In this case, each phase will need its own ground plane.

3. Don't forget to add the neutral wire

If you've ever worked on a project where you had to run wires through walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures, then you know how difficult it can be to find a good place to route them. You might even end up running into walls, floors, and ceilings again as you try to figure out where to put the next one.

4. Don't forget to connect the wires properly

One of the biggest mistakes people make when routing cables is forgetting to connect them together. This means that you'll need to cut off the ends of each wire before connecting them together.

5. Don't forget to check the continuity

Double-check the wires connection. You can do this by checking the continuity between two points. Simply select one point and then another, and click the Continuity button. If the connection is correct, the light will turn green.

 

Conclusion:

Thus in this blog, I have shared everything you need to know to create electrical connection points and auto-generated routing wires in SOLIDWORKS. I hope this article makes you learn about the benefits and things to remember & mistakes to avoid in wire routing between electrical components.

If you have any difficulties, kindly reach out to our technical experts for immediate assistance.

Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

 

An Easy Guide to Resolve Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

A troubleshooting guide is always useful to have at hand when working with a new program. You never know when you’ll run into a hurdle that needs to be solved. In this post, we’ll take you through a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

Read on for more details about this topic and tips that may help you solve the problem in a more efficient manner.

What is a drawing view?

A drawing view is a type of dynamic sheet that is used to display information about a model. It is created using an embedded sheet and a dynamic sheet.

You can have multiple drawings open at the same time, and each drawing has an independent sheet with its own properties. When you close any one of them, it will also close all the other drawings that are other sub-elements of that sheet.

The embedded sheet displays the model, and the dynamic sheet is what you see when you open the drawing. In other words, the embedded sheet is the model, and the dynamic sheet is the cover sheet.

What are empty drawing views?

Empty drawing views are a problem related to the missing view on a sheet while drawing. It is a very common issue in SOLIDWORKS, and it can happen for many different reasons.

One reason why you may see an empty sheet is because of missing views. When these are missing, the sheet will show nothing. In short, if there are no views showing on a sheet, it won’t show anything.

Another reason why you may see an empty sheet is that you have an issue with the view settings of the sheet. When these are set to invisible, the sheet view will show nothing.

If you are experiencing the problem that all the views of the sheet are missing, then you can try the following solutions.

How to find empty drawing views in SOLIDWORKS?

As mentioned previously, empty drawing views are caused by missing or hidden views on a sheet. You can easily spot them because the sheet will be completely empty.

There are two ways to find out if you have any empty drawing views. The first one is by using the View Status command. Simply click on the status bar at the top of the drawing area, and you will see this option.

The second way is by using the View Control command. This is found under the View menu, and it gives you more options related to the views on a sheet.

Solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

The most efficient way to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views is by changing the view settings of the sheet. If you have an empty sheet because of hidden views, you can simply change the view settings of the sheet to visible.

You can also change the options by right-clicking on the sheet tab and selecting the view settings from the context menu. In both cases, you will have the view settings visible on the sheet.

If you don’t want the sheet to show anything, simply change the settings to invisible. If you want to display something, change the settings accordingly.

Simply changing the view settings of the sheet won’t solve the problem, but it will at least let you see something. You should also change the view settings in the model so that it overrides the settings of the sheet.

Solve the problem with Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing Views

In SOLIDWORKS do you view empty views when you open the drawing?

Where did the views and notes go?

 

Empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

We are not happy to see our drawing views displayed like the above image right?

Let's dig deep and know why it is happening.

What causes views to be empty?

What happened was that the model(s) may have been moved from their previous folder to another folder, but the drawing is not updated with references, so it opens with blank displays Because the specified model drawing does not expect it to be.

If the drawing is already open while the model is moved to the new location, the issue is now resolved. The drawing reference will be updated.

How to resolve the empty view Issue?

  • Close the drawing (no need to save)
  • Next, we have to choose Solidworks Home tab > resent document > reference

 

Select references

 

Select File --> Open --> Select the drawing, but do not open yet --> References --> Double-click the model --> browse to the model’s new location

 

SOLIDWORKS Drawing - importing assembly

Double-click the model to browse to its new location.

SOLIDWORKS Drawing - Edit reference file

 

The new folder path dialog box will be displayed in green and press OK to confirm the change

Now, we need to select the recent drawing.

Select drawing in documents

 

Thus drawing Views are now populated!

Resolved empty SOLIDWORKS Drawing views

The drawing will now be displayed in all views, and all Annotations will be displayed.

Conclusion:

In this article, we discussed a troubleshooting guide for empty SOLIDWORKS drawing views.

We looked at what a drawing view is, what are empty drawing views? and how to find out if you have an empty drawing view on a sheet?

We also discussed how to solve the problem with SOLIDWORKS drawing views, and provided solutions for both the model and sheet view settings.

We hope this guide will help you solve the problem more quickly and efficiently.

SOLIDWORKS 3D INTERCONNECT

SOLIDWORKS 3D INTERCONNECT : It’s Not as Difficult as You Think

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect and Extracting Features

The SOLIDWORKS 3D InterConnect feature enables you to create solid models from other CAD data, including CATIA and Pro/Engineer. Extracting allows for the ability to reverse engineer parts using SOLIDWORKS by removing material from a complete part, generating features that were cut during the process.

SOLIDWORKS has the capability to work with third-party native CAD data files which include ACIS, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA v5 (.CAT part, .CAT Product), IGES, PTC, SOLID EDGE, NX files as shown in Fig(A)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect

Fig(A)

 

Importing STEP/IGES files and Extracting the Features

SOLIDWORKS has a special option to extract and recognize all the features from other CAD files or STEP/IGES files.

Let us see the step by step process for extracting features from a STEP file

Step 1:

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect importing step file

Fig (B)

Open a STEP file directly into SOLIDWORKS. Once after opening, the part will be viewed as an imported STEP part as shown in fig (C)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect view step file

Fig(C)

 

Step 2:

Right-clicking the STEP part file allows you to click on the “Dissolve feature” option which will prompt you to break the link of the part initially as shown in Fig (D)

 

SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect dissolve feature

Fig (D)

 

The below picture shows you the break link dialog box after clicking on the dissolve feature. Click on the “yes, break the link” option as shown in Fig (E)

 

                                      SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect break line option  Fig(E)

 

Step 3:

Breaking the link from the previous step will convert the step part file into an imported geometry. You can extract the feature only after converting it into an imported file.

Right-click the imported file and go to feature works -> Recognize features. This will induce the user to extract the standard features or sheet metal features as per the wish shown in Fig(F) and (G)

 

SOLIDWORKS recognize feature option                                 SOLIDWORKS feature works options

Fig(F)                                                                                          Fig(G)

 

Step 4:

The Complete recognition of the remaining features in the imported body. When recognition is complete, the imported body no longer appears in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Manager design tree.

SOLIDWORKS feature manager

 

Conclusion:

In this blog, we have elaborated on how to use SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect. I hope you can now easily navigate with the options shown and improve your design. If you have already used 3D Interconnect options and faced any issues please comment below so that our technical team will assist you to solve the issue.

5 STEPS TO CREATE CABLE IN SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL

5 Steps to Create Cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

 

How to Create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

Introduction

In this blog post, I will show you how to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. There are many guides out there on how to create cables, but most of them leave out important details, or worse, are simply wrong.

Cables play a very important role in electrical and electronic systems, carrying electrical current between components. They are found in a wide variety of applications, from smartphones and laptops to cars and industrial machinery.

5 steps to create cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

STEP 1: Open cable reference manager

In the library, select cable reference manager to open a new table. Then create a new reference and classification manager.

The classification manager is like a folder in which we can filter with different standards.

 

create electrical cable

 

STEP 2: Create new cable properties

Select the new reference option in the cable reference manager ribbon.

electrical cable reference manager

The cable reference properties tab will be opened. We have to provide our specification which includes dia, Sq.mm, color, cores, core dia these are the important things needed to be updated in the property tab

Electrical Cable properties

STEP 3: Assign cable core properties

Cable core properties are found on the same tab as the third choice at the top. There, we must enter the number of cores required for the cable.

electrical cable core properties

We must also indicate the dia of the core we require, as well as control over whether it is a miscellaneous, power, or neutral core. This tab also allows users to pick the colors of the cores.

STEP 4: Assign cable between components

After we have built the new cable, we must place it and assign it to the components that require it.

associate cable cores

Wires are drawn & cable is created after the components have been placed.

STEP 5: Associate cable cores

Now, we must use the new cable option to add the cable to the associated cable cores tab. After that, we must choose the cable we made in the library manager.

At the bottom, we must select four wires in addition to the four cores.

After choosing all of them, we should use the associate cable cores option at the top of the page as shown in the below image.

solidworks electrical - associated cable core

Once paired, it will turn green, and the origin and destination will be updated as well.

The cable is also added to wires, and a cable mark is seen between the components.

Conclusion

In this article, we'll walk you through the process of creating electrical cables in SOLIDWORKS Electrical. This process can be a little tricky, but with our help, you'll be able to create cables that are both accurate and efficient. If you have any questions or need immediate technical assistance, please contact us today. We'll be happy to help!

Tips to choose 3DExperience SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller

Tips for Choosing Best SOLIDWORKS Authorized Reseller

How to choose SOLIDWORKS Authorized Reseller?

Introduction:

If you are a designer or engineer and looking for 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software, you might be wondering how to choose an authorized reseller. It’s important to select a reseller that can provide the best possible service and support.

Before getting to know the factors that we need to consider when choosing an authorized reseller, first let us understand the difference between 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS.

What is SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS is a 3D CAD software that helps you design and engineer products. It allows you to create 3D models, assemblies, and drawings of your product. SOLIDWORKS is used by engineers, designers, and other product professionals to create products of all shapes and sizes.

SOLIDWORKS Offers different desktop solutions as follows

  1. 3D CAD
  2. Simulation
  3. PDM
  4. Electrical
  5. CAM
  6. Composer
  7. Inspection
  8. MBD
  9. Visualize
  10. Draftsight

What is 3DEXPERIENCE Works?

The 3DEXPERIENCE (3DX) platform is a collaborative environment that allows companies to create in new ways. It gives businesses a comprehensive, clear insight into their operations and ecosystems by bringing the community, ideas, knowledge, and solutions together in one space.

3DEXPERIENCE Works offers a cloud-based solution to the user that is

  1. Design/ Engineering
  2. Simulation/ SIMULIA
  3. Management/ Collaboration
  4. Manufacturing ERP/ DELMIA
  5. Manufacturing/ Production
  6. Marketing/ Sales

Who are 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized resellers?

3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized resellers are partners who have been certified by the SOLIDWORKS Corporation to sell and support the 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software. They undergo rigorous training and are held to high standards. Because of this, you can be sure that an authorized reseller will be familiar with the software and be able to help you get the most out of it.Solidworks Authorized Reseller

 

When choosing a reseller, it's important to consider not only the price but also the level of service you can expect. Look for a reseller who is knowledgeable, responsive, and has a good reputation in the community.

How to choose the best 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller for your business?

When you're looking for a 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First, decide what's most important to you.

Do you need someone who can provide local support?

Are you looking for a reseller who can offer training or consulting services? Or do you need someone who can provide equipment and software?

You'll also want to make sure the reseller is qualified and experienced in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software. Ask for references and check out online reviews to see what other customers have said.

Once you've narrowed down your options, schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and find the best solution for your business.

How to maintain a good relationship with your SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller?

It's important to remember that you and your authorized reseller are partners. You need each other to succeed, so it's important to maintain a good relationship. Here are a few tips for doing just that:

Communicate regularly: Let your reseller know what your needs are and ask for help when you need it. They're there to support you, so take advantage of that.

Stay up to date: Make sure you're always using the latest version of 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS and that your licenses are up to date. This will help avoid any compatibility issues.

Say thank you: A little appreciation never hurt anyone. Show your reseller some love every once in a while—they'll appreciate it!

The benefits of working with a SOLIDWORKS VAR

When it comes to choosing a SOLIDWORKS VAR, it's important to consider the benefits of working with one.

For starters, an authorized reseller is extensively trained in 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS software and can provide expert advice and support. They can also help you optimize your design process and make the most of the software's capabilities.

Additionally, an authorized reseller is up-to-date on the latest 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS releases and enhancements, so you can be confident that you're always working with the latest version of the software.

Plus, they offer a wide range of services, from training and support to implementation and customization, so you can find exactly what you need to get the most out of 3DEXPERIENCE Works & SOLIDWORKS.

Conclusion:

When it comes to choosing the best 3DEXPEREINCE Works & SOLIDWORKS authorized reseller for your business, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. That's why we(SIMTEK India) have put together this guide, to help make the process as easy as possible.

By following these tips, you'll be able to find a reseller that can provide you with the best SOLIDWORKS software possible, while also meeting your specific business needs. Plus, by establishing a good relationship with your authorized reseller, you'll be able to get the most out of your SOLIDWORKS software.

how to use image tracer power tool in Draftsight

How to Use Image Tracer Power Tool in DraftSight

How to Use Image tracer Power Tool in DraftSight?

DraftSight is free CAD software that is easy to learn and use. It provides powerful tools for 2D and 3D design, allowing you to create complex models. One of these tools is the power tool.

A power tool is a plugin that provides an alternate way to do something in DraftSight. Power tools can help with things like rendering, text editing, and joining solids.

This post will teach you about the power tool available in Draftsight - Image tracer and how to install one if you need it in your workflow.

The Image Tracer

The image tracer power tool is a plugin that allows you to create a trace of an image. It's useful for quickly generating models from actual images instead of having to spend hours modeling them. The software reads the pixel information of the image and creates a 3D model as it processes the information. This saves time in DraftSight because you don't have to manually model everything yourself.

Image tracer is an example of a power tool. It can be found on the Plugins tab under More Tools > Image Tracer. It's easy to install; all you need to do is unpack it and then double-click the .dcr file. Installing it will automatically place a shortcut on your desktop for you to use later if you need it in your workflow.

How to install the Image Tracer?

When you open the DraftSight software, you'll notice it has a blue toolbar near the top and a ribbon across the top. If you click on that toolbar, there will be an option for plugins. Click on that and then scroll down until you find "Image Tracer."

Click on "Image Tracer" to install it in your DraftSight software. This plugin is one of many tools available (we are only focusing on this one).

After installing the plugin in your DraftSight software, you'll notice there's now an extra bar at the bottom of your screen. There will also be a new icon at the top right corner of your ribbon that represents Image Tracer.

The 3 things you need to know about the Image tracer power tool

    • Convert raster images in .bmp, png, and .jpg formats into accurate and editable lines and curves in DWG files.
    • The images can range widely from floor plans to artistic logos saving massive time and tedious effort to manually retrieve and edit the image elements.
    • Image tracer feature is available in all versions except Draftsight standard.

Example:

    1. When you select the image tracer feature, it shows the property manager of it.
    2. Here you can select the profile type to convert as.
    3. Attach an image that wants to be converted as dwg
    4. In this case, I use the SOLIDWORKS logo, so selecting the type as logo
  • After selecting the type of profile, it prompts for selecting the image
  • Select the image.it starts converting
  • You can use the transparency option to change the transparency of the image or you can use the hide image check box to hide the image
  • As a result, here is the logo of SOLIDWORKS. Using the join command, I can join the individual lines.

    Conclusion

    Now that you know what the power tools in DraftSight are, you’re ready to start using them.

    The Image Tracer lets you take a picture of anything and automatically converts it into a traceable, editable 2D line drawing. This is easier than drawing it all by hand, and is a great way to reuse, cut, and paste.

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