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The Future of 3d cad software market cloud based

The Future of 3D CAD Software Market – Cloud Based or Desktop?

 

The Future of 3D CAD Software Market - Cloud Based or Desktop?

Future of 3D CAD Software

 

‍3D modeling and design software are one of the biggest trends in the industry right now. It’s no wonder; with so many different applications to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect solution for your company. Luckily, the industry is ripe for innovation, which will only increase with the future demand for 3D cad software. 

This blog post will cover some key points from our report and provide further insight into the future of 3D CAD Design Software.

3D CAD Design Software Market Size, By Product and Service

The 3D CAD Design Software market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 34.3% during the forecast period, with market size of $8.8 billion in 2019 and $12.2 billion by this year. Rising demand for 3D printing and increasing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies are the major factors driving the market.

3D CAD Software Market Size

In addition to the rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. Geographically, North America led the market in 2017, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is highly consolidated. These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

3D CAD Design Software Market Growth Factors

The market for 3D CAD Design Software is expanding with increasing investments in research and development activities.

The advent of cloud-based solutions has helped in providing end-to-end solutions for product design. Moreover, the growing adoption of IoT across various industries is also a major factor in the market growth.

Rising demand for customized products and advanced design software are some of the other factors driving the market. The Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced machine intelligence are driving innovations in autonomous manufacturing.

These factors, as well as increasing investments in research and development activities, are the key growth drivers for the market.

Market Dynamics:

Market Dynamics of 3D CAD Design Software

The 3D CAD Design Software market has witnessed significant growth owing to the growing demand for advanced manufacturing technologies. Increasing demand for customized products and advanced design tools drives the growth of 3D CAD market.

Market growth is expected to driven by the increasing adoption of IoT across various industries, along with investments in R&D activities. However, regulatory guidelines are hindering market growth.

Market Prospects: Key Players and Future Trends

Cloud-based solutions are also becoming more popular, which is expected to further accelerate market growth.

A CAGR of 34.3% is projected for the Cloud-based Design market from 2018-2022.

Furthermore, the increasing use of 3D printing for manufacturing has been a challenge for the market.

Besides, the market is segmented based on the type of product, end-user, and geography. The report, therefore, provides comprehensive insights into the market, evaluates the market prospects, and provides key insights into the future of the market.

Conclusion:

This market is one of the fastest growing markets in the CAD Software sector. The adoption of Cloud-based Design Software such as 3DExperience SolidWorks is expected to be driven by its potential to improve the quality and efficiency of product design and manufacturing.

On top of that, the increasing demand for customized products is expected to drive the market in the near future.

How to Compare Documents in SolidWorks

How to Compare Documents in SolidWorks?

 

Compare Documents in SolidWorks:

Introduction:

The Compare Documents command in SolidWorks is used to compare the document properties, features, geometry, and bill of materials between two documents. The comparison of two documents can be compared in an overlay window to identify the changes that occurred in the documents.

For example, in an industry, a product design has two or more revisions. If the user uses the standard method to compare the difference between those product design revisions, it takes more time. As an alternative, the user can easily use this method to compare two different documents to save time.

5 Steps involved in Compare/Identify changes between documents 

Step 1:Select & Compare Documents

Click Tools --> Compare --> Documents

 

The above image shows that the user could open the two documents for comparison and follow the above steps.

Step 2: Run Comparison

The Compare Command will be opened in the Task Pane. Then follow the below steps:

    • In Reference Document Click the drop-down button and select the File Base_Bracket_&. SLDPRT.
    • In the Modified Document drop-down button select the File Base_Bracket_1&. SLDPRT.
    • In Items to Compare, Select the Check box for Document properties, Features, Geometry à Align parts.
    • Click Run Comparison Button.

Run Comparison in SolidWorks

 

The above image shows that the user can follow the above steps to Compare Documents.

STEP 3: Compare Document Result

In this step, the compare document shows the File Properties, Part Properties, and Document Properties - Detailing of the two Documents.

Compare Document in SolidWorks

File Properties Displays:

    • Size
    • Last Saved On

Part Properties Displays:

    • Face Count
    • Mass
    • Volume
    • Coordinates of X, Y, and Z (Center of Mass)
    • Feature count

Document Properties(Detailing – Annotation) Displays:

    • Display Annotations

STEP 4: Compare Feature Result

This step shows the difference between the two document Features.

Compare documents Feature Result in SolidWorks

BASE_BRACKET_&. SLDPRT FILE: The feature operations are not performed & displayed.

BASE_BRACKET_1&. SLDPRT FILE: The feature operations are performed in this file. They are

    • Cut Extrude
    • Fillet

STEP 5: Compare Geometry Result

This result has two comparisons. They are

    • Volume Comparison
    • Face Comparison

Volume Comparison:

This result displays,

    • Material to Remove
    • Material to Add
    • Common Volume

Volume Comparison document in SolidWorks

 

Face Comparison:

This result displays,

    • Unchanged faces
    • Unique faces
    • Modified faces

Face Comparison document in SolidWorks

 

Conclusion:

This Compare Document command is used to compare the Documents properties, Features, and Geometry. The user can easily identify the differences and the changes that occurred in two different documents.

 

A Detailed Guide on SolidWorks Flow Simulation Meshing

A Detailed Guide on SolidWorks Flow Simulation Meshing

 

SolidWorks Flow Simulation Meshing:

There are a few questions that arise with every SolidWorks Flow Simulation user such as how to create an accurate mesh with a limited cell count? How do I know the mesh I have created is good enough for my analysis? However, SolidWorks Flow simulation meshing will help you to achieve maximum output efficiency.

Let's check out the various applications of meshing

Application:

    • Major improvement in accuracy with only a modest increase in the mesh size
    • Place the fine cells only in the most needed areas.
    • Enable solution-adaptive meshing on any of your existing simulations and continue the calculation immediately without restarting.

SolidWorks Flow Simulation Meshing basics:

Unlike the more common approach of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), where a model is broken up into a fixed number of elements (like tetrahedrons or triangles), SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation uses a technique called the Finite Volume approach.

The Finite volume method enables the technology called solution-adaptive meshing, where the user can refine and improve the mesh during the calculation stage itself unless starting from scratch.

There are 3 stages of meshing in CFD. They are

    1. Basic Mesh
    2. Global Mesh- Automatic, & Manual
    3. Local Mesh

1. Basic Mesh:

The basic mesh is constructed by dividing the computational domain into slices by mesh planes.

By default, the basic mesh planes are arranged so that the computational domain is divided uniformly.

Basic Mesh in SolidWorks flow simulation

 

2. Global Mesh:

In order to create a Global mesh, first right-click on the mesh and click global mesh. Then select “edit definition” to open the settings property manager to further refine the basic mesh.

By default, the slider's initial position is in Level - 3 for any project.

Global Mesh in SolidWorks flow simulation

A higher level of refining will result in higher accuracy and an increase in the total number of cells and time.

Check the results summary in the below image for levels 3 and level 5.

Total No of Cells for Level 3:

Global Mesh level 3

Total No of Cells for Level 5:

Global Mesh level 5

The minimum gap size option is available in the Global mesh property manager. Enabling this option will resolve the gap and provide more refinement in all locations that may not be ideal.

3. Local Mesh:

If you want more refinement in a particular area, specify a local mesh.

Right-click on the mesh Insert local mesh and specify the component, face, or edge where you want to apply a local mesh.

Local Mesh setup

You can also provide the number of cells across each channel and their level of refinement by enabling the channel box and then clicking ok

Right click Mesh > create mesh > Run. Refer to the local mesh results below. 

Local Mesh in SolidWorks flow simulation

It is clear that the component we specified refines more when compared to other areas and this will also provide less number of cells with more accuracy.

Applying appropriate mesh settings to the hotspot areas of the fluid model provides reliable, accurate results.

4. Global Mesh-Manual:

When activating the manual mode in global mesh, the refinement option will be the same as in local mesh additionally we can find the number of cells in X, Y, and Z directions across the computational domain

Enter the number of cells manually to generate the mesh as shown below.

Global Mesh manual setup

Global Mesh manual in SolidWorks flow simulation

 

The basic mesh result has been obtained in the above image based on the number of cells we have provided. Observe the effect that might result from a sharp increase in the number of cells.

On the whole, experiment with what you’ve learned here about the mesh settings to improve your SolidWorks Flow Simulation meshes.

 

How to create SolidWorks ID

How to create SOLIDWORKS ID/Customer Portal Account?

 

HOW TO CREATE A SOLIDWORKS ID / CUSTOMER PORTAL ACCOUNT?

            A SOLIDWORKS ID is your single account credentials for all things SOLIDWORKS-related. Use it to access the download link for the different versions of SOLIDWORKS, search the knowledge base advanced questions and answer and view training videos. In this article, I have listed step by step guide to creating SolidWorks Id through the SolidWorks portal.

Creating a SOLIDWORKS ID:

1. Use this link for creating a SOLIDWORKS ID  

Click the link http://customerportal.solidworks.com/  (OR) Use in the internet browser > Type SOLIDWORKS.com > Click menu in upper right corner > Select SW customer portal

SolidWorks portal

 

2. Click on Create a SOLIDWORKS ID

Create SolidWorks id

Now enter your e-mail address and serial number > CLICK Next.

It doesn’t matter if you enter a Standalone license or Network license serial number.

SolidWorks id for customers

 

NOTE: For Network license serial number, If you have multiple SOLIDWORKS users at your company and only one serial number, you should have no issues creating multiple accounts using the same serial number.

3. Activation link (OR) Company details

The company details on the next page should automatically propagate. If not insert these.

An activation link will be sent to your e-mail address, select the link to activate your account.

4. Log in to the SOLIDWORKS Customer portal

The SOLIDWORKS Customer portal users with the ability to:

    • Access the SOLIDWORKS knowledge base, Where you can search for solutions and SPRs.
    • Download the latest releases of SOLIDWORKS versions.
    • Review your Software licenses and subscription service information.
    • View the status of SPRs.

SolidWorks login dashboard

 

What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022 Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

 

What's New SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

In this blog, we are going to explore What's new SOLIDWORKS 2022: Top 6 feature updates in 3D CAD

1. Dimensioning Tool:

After the completion of each and every drawing dimensioning is the major process to be done to define the drawing completely. This dimension is done by using the dimensioning tool. This tool should be accessed easily to complete the work as soon as possible. And for dimensioning a circle we have three types of dimension leaders and they are radial and diametrical and linear. Considering this Solidworks 2022 has added the feature of changing dimensioning leader style from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial, within the flyover toolbar. So, let’s have a deep look at this added toolbar in Solidworks 2022.

 

Dimensioning tool SOLIDWORKS 2021

Dimensioning in SolidWorks 2021

 

Here in the above image after dimensioning, to change it from radial to diametrical or diametrical to linear or linear to radial we have to go to the leader option, which is highlighted inside the RED color box, only then we are able to find the option to change the dimensioning style which we require.

Considering this Solidworks 2021 has added the dimensioning leader feature within the flyover toolbar in Solidworks 2022 version, for changing this dimensioning leader style.

Dimensioning Feature in SOLIDWORKS 2022

As mentioned above to reduce the time and easily access the tool, Solidworks 2022 has been launched with the new feature and shortcut for this dimensioning leader style of circular objects. Let’s have a detailed look into the dimensioning leader added to the flyover toolbar.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022

By keeping the cursor on the dimension already given and left-clicking over that displays a flyover toolbar as like in the above-mentioned image.

Click the first icon highlighted in RED color to change the dimension from diametrical or linear to radial leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 2

Select the second icon to change the dimension from linear or radial to diametrical leader style of dimensioning.

New Dimensioning feature in SolidWorks 2022 - 3

Clicking on the third icon highlighted in RED color changes the dimension from radial or diametrical to linear leader style of dimensioning.

 

2. Linear Pattern:

With linear patterns, you can produce numerous instances of one or more features that you may evenly space along one or two linear lines.

Let's see how the SolidWorks 2021 & 2022 version varies in the Linear pattern.

Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2021

To create the linear pattern in an older version of SolidWorks, one must select the sketch and the direction. 

Linear Pattern in Solidworks 2021

Here, the selected line became a part of the entities rather than the directional reference. 

Linear Pattern with directional reference

 

Linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS 2022

In SolidWorks 2022 version, execute the same commands with the sketch. You can select a line from the same sketch that contains the entities to the pattern.

Linear Pattern using sketch in Solidworks 2022

Here, the selected line does not become a part of entities but only as a direct reference.

The changes made in new updates are very small but they can make a difference when making a complex drawing.

Linear Pattern using sketch command

 

3. Hole Wizard:

Hole wizard is the command to simplify the following work such as making different threading standards, tapped holes, countersink, counterbore holes, changing drill sizes, screw clearances, and slots as well.

For which we just need to click on the type of hole or thread as per requirement. Time saved is comparatively high than manually finding, fixing, and creating holes or slots by means of other commands.

The hole wizard tool is presently improvised with slotting tool feature by changing the direction or position of the slot by simply clicking the TAB key.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2021

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2021

As shown in the above image to change the orientation of the slot we have to change the control vertex parameters. And we need to give relations like a parallel to change the degree of orientation.

Thus the orientation is changed by means of changing all the above-mentioned parameters.

Besides the older version of SolidWorks allows the user to change the orientation of the slot after changing the relations.

Hole wizard in SOLIDWORKS 2022

Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Horizontal orientation Hole Wizard in Solidworks 2022 - Vertical orientation

The user needs to only Press the Tab option to change the orientation accordingly.

This saves a lot of time for designers/engineers to meet their deadline at right time.

 

4. Predefined Views:

In SolidWorks 2021 version, the user cannot specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern.

But in the upgraded version, the user can create a predefined view and also be able to specify the model orientation as a trimetric, dimetric, or flat pattern in a drawing. This is very useful for the user who needs to create a drawing template that contains specific predefined views.

Predefined Views: SOLIDWORKS 2021 Vs 2022

Predefined view - Drawing 1 Predefined view - Drawing 2                    

Views Creation in an upgraded version of SolidWorks:

In SolidWorks Drawing, Click the Predefined view option from the command bar

Select the drawing view to predefine our requirements.

Predefined view creation

Then select the type of pattern we need for the particular view/drawing.

 

Predefined view final output

Now you can create the predefined view and specify the model orientation as Flat Pattern, Trimetric, and Dimetric.

 

5. Rotating a section view about an Axis or Hole:

In this feature, the user can rotate the section view plane through an axis, temporary axis, hole, or cylindrical face.

In the SolidWorks 2021 version, there is a feature for section view in the different planes like Front Plane, Top Plane, and Right Plane. However, the edge or axis feature that is not available in SolidWorks 2021 Version. 

Comparison of SOLIDWORKS 2021 & 2022

rotating section view in Solidworks 2021                 rotating section view in Solidworks 2022

 

To create a section view about an axis, go to section view property manager. Under Section, click Section About Axis.

Select an axis, hole, or cylindrical face, and then select a point or vertex to create the section view plane.

The below image shows steps that how to create a section view about a hole or axis.

rotating section view with axis in Solidworks 2022

rotating section view with plane and axis in Solidworks 2022

 

6. Mirroring with Two Plane:

SOLIDWORKS has worked on the Mirror feature to reduce time wastage and increase performance.

Let’s take a part drawing for a better understanding of Mirroring.

Click the mirror option in the command bar to create the mirror feature. In the mirror dialogue box,  select the plane with which the features need to be mirrored as shown below the image. 

Mirror option in command bar

The below image shows the resultant body using the mirror feature in 2021. Here the SOLIDWORKS 2021 lets you only create mirroring with a single plane.

Mirroring in SolidWorks 2021

Mirroring in SOLIDWORKS 2022

With SolidWorks 2022 version, the user can able to select the dual-plane while creating a mirroring feature in the same part. 

Check the results of the SolidWorks 2022 Mirror feature shown below.

 

Mirroring in SolidWorks 2022

In addition to that, we have Mirror Seed only feature on selection it mirrors the seed features about the dual planes. 

Mirroring with seed feature in SolidWorks 2022

Conclusion:

SOLIDWORKS 2022 brings many new exciting features and improvements. My personal favorite is the mirror feature in the above-discussed topics. What's your favorite feature update in SOLIDWORKS 2022? Comment below!

 

Show assembly as part in indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS

Show assembly as part in indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS

 

Best Practices to use indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS

Generally, the main purpose of indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS is to show all the parts inside an assembly and subassembly in detail.

Sometimes when we use a standard assembly component item in SOLIDWORKS for creating a model which is a bought-out and SOLIDWORKS consider that as an assembly and it will list all the part in that assembly in indented BOM. Since it is a bought-out item our requirement will be it needs to appear as  a single part in our BOM

If we save that assembly as a part and use it in the assembly all the kinematic motion will be lost. And we can’t use the motion in the assembly

Let me insert an assembly to the assembly and then take the BOM for example.

In this case, the hydraulic cylinder line item number 6 is a brought our item, and we need it as a single line item, lets's see how we can do it in this blog

BOM of Hydraulic cylinder assembly

 

Open the assembly of the hydraulic cylinder and then go to the configuration

Select and right-click on the configuration.

SOLIDWORKS BOM configuration properties

Under the Bill of material option, choose “Hide”.  The hide option will hide all the parts in this assembly BOM.

Hide or Show parts in BOM properties

Now Let me insert this part into the assembly and then take the BOM for example.

Show assembly as part in intended BOM in SOLIDWORKS

The hydraulic cylinder line item number 6 is a brought as item, and it is still an assembly with all the constrain and motion. Now it will show as a single line item in assembly indented BOM in SOLIDWORKS.

I hope this blog is helpful for all, apply this in your BOM creation and simplify your work.

 

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?

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 order to conclude, 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.

 

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