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Designing windmill blades in solidworks

I am trying to design the windmill blades (the green part) in Solidworks but am having trouble since the radius of curvature for the blades varies at different points. I tried bending it as a sheet ...
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Solidworks Loft error (guide curve not intersecting with profiles)

I am trying to add 'finger grooves' to my model of a brake lever and want to use a loft to do so. I have created (to my knowledge) all required sketches for the loft but SW gives me an error when ...
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How to compare small and large scale model of an IC engine to predict force, torque, rpm etc generated by actual engine?

I have this 6 cylinder radial engine designed in Solidworks. Rendering Blueprint (Source:Inventor Wizards) And I want to perform some motion analysis on this engine to make some prediction about it'...
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Show thread feature as thread symbol in Solidworks drawing

I have a SolidWorks part with a thread feature as shown below. Is it possible to show the same as thread symbol in corresponding Solidworks drawing
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link text (note) with mass property in Solidworks for different configurations

I have a SolidWorks assembly with 2 configurations. I want to display the mass of each configuration in the model itself as a note (text). An illustration is shown in the figure below. I have two ...
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Solidworks gear representation in drawing

I have an assembly in Solidworks with gears that I want to make a sketch from it. I want to hide the gears teeth and represent the each gear teeth only as center line, like in the picture below on the ...
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How to measure / calculate Tait-Bryan angles of a moving platform in SimMechanics

I exported a model of the mechanism created in SolidWorks to SimMechanics in order to explore the possibilities of control. To solve the problem, i need to know the angular position of the mobile ...
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How to model Motor Windings in Solidworks?

I want to model a DC motor in order to eventually do some simulations (temperature/cooling related) and I'm wondering what is the best way to model the motor windings? I've seen a few video's on how ...
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In Solidworks Hole Toolbox, what is Thread Minor Diameter according to DIN 13-1

Dear StackExchange Community, I recently discovered how to use the Toolbox customization to specify new threads in Solidworks 2021 SP2.0, such as ISO fine metric threads (DIN 13-3- ... -9). However, ...
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Transferring the project from "Altium Design" to "SolidWorks" while maintaining silk-screen printing, sizes and everything else

I want to transfer the PCB project to solidwork from altium design, I read forums on how to do it better, and so: Save to STEP. The option is good and working, but I did not like the option, since ...
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Solidworks Simulation- Large displacement with Inertia Relief

I'm trying to use the Solidworks simulation package to solve for the stresses inside a body as it accelerates (very rapidly). Because I expect some small features to deform quite a bit, I need to use ...
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Unexpected stress concentration results

I've run some stress simulations but I keep getting some unexpected results. I have 3 parts connected using 4 bolts as follows: A torque of 1N is applied to the hole on the right to simulate a hung ...
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How do I create nano-scale mesh electronics in Solidworks?

I'm trying to complete a project for my solidworks course and it involves nanoelectronics. The idea is to create a mesh array of field effect transistors (FETs) that will monitor the firing of neurons ...
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how to automatically create an assembly from a part

something really funky happened recently, trying to track down what actually happened. I created a sweep on a 3d-sketched path, then mirrored it accross a plane so that the initial sweep and the ...
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Solidworks static simulation having issues

I've got everything set. Material is aluminum alloy 6061. I've set the component contacts to no penetration. I have a contact set where both blocks meet and keep getting the same error. The bottom ...
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Bolted joint junker test with finite element method

Anybody knows a tutorial to make a finite element analysis for bolted joints like junker test(fastener vibration) in Solidworks or Ansys?
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How to design CAD bevel gears from known outside diameter?

I'm working on a problem where I need to design and 3D print bevel gears to fit in the inside of a box and transmit a gear train around the inside corner, as roughly illustrated by the cross section ...
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Solidworks Long Term Transient Heat Transfer

I have a cylinder with water, containing an arbitrarily shaped (i.e. a free surface), but still a primarily cylindrical object. The setup is subjected to transient heat loading (dT +20 -10C at room ...
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How do I make my balloon annotations circular instead of oval-shaped?

I'm getting oval balloons for my annotations instead of circular balloons even though I selected the circular setting. Is there any way to edit/revert this annotation to become a normal circle?
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Why don't I see a yellow preview indicator when using the chamfer tool?

I'm having problems trying to use chamfer on an edge. Typically I see yellow previews of how cuts/extrusions will appear, but this is not the case for my first time using chamfer. I have tried looking ...
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Replicate loft-based object to value-driven object

I've made the following oddity in Solidworks: All the dimensions are known except for the top part. This is probably because this was done using the Lofted Boss/Base feature. The Loft profile goes (...
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Is there sufficient information to complete the bottom end?

BACKGROUND Fresh of the heels of figuring out my "kinky" issues in this question I thought I was fully prepared to deal with the following drawing titled COILED PIPE 2. The drawing seemed ...
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Need help in Solidworks Macros. I want to add 5mm into previous dimension

Basically I have nearly 1000 files. I want to edit a dimension which is labeled D2@Sketch 10. Assuming that the name can be a variable, I want to do this task: D2@Sketch 10 = D2@Sketch 10 + 0.005 So ...
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Solidworks Z-axis Tolerances

I have a fresnel lens made by a company that has z-axis steps in it at the 10s of micron scale. That's fine except that it creates weird optical effects that I am having trouble simulating. I have a ...
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why does wrinkling happen when i shell my part outward? (solidworks)

i am relatively new to solidworks and would appreciate any help. I am creating a hollow pipe as shown in the picture below. I did this by using lofted boss/base for 3 circular sketches and the ...
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Open 3MF File in another Program With Macro

I made a macro a few months ago to save a .3MF (alternative file format to .STL for 3D printing) which I love, but I'd like Solidworks to Auto-open the 3MF with PrusaSlicer when the file is saved. Is ...
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How to Make a Flexible Subassembly with Top-Down Design Method in SOLIDWORKS?

Recently, I'm trying to create a "4 dof robotic arm" on a robotic vehicle. The file structure be like: Robotic.SLDASM ...
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Flexible and "Squishable" Tubing for Peristaltic Pump Model in Solidworks

I have made a rough model in solidworks of a peristaltic pump we purchased in my lab. There are no moving parts. Screenshots shown below. Is it possible to make assemblies with the three sets of ...
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Unable to multiply the part along the same axis as rotate in SolidWorks

I am trying to multiply part with Linera Pattern and have each instance rotated by 180 degrees. Unfortunately, I can't specify the same axis for both rotation and ...
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issues with using variable pattern to control plane angle of feature

two different problems. first, I create a feature by creating a sketch for it on a plane that is defined using an angle. whenever I update some part of the part, it seems, the name I've given to the ...
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How can I draw an angled wall with constant thickness per slice along an axis?

This questions is hard for me to formulate, so here is the problem: During these Covid-19 times, my dad (a mechanics manufacturing teacher) made two articles (1, 2) on how to design and model custom-...
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Design table driven equation driven parametric curves for sketches in Solidworks

Do these exist? I suspect they don't.. Equation driven parametric curves for sketches yes, but not with their parameters set by design table.. The closest I'll be able to get, I think, is what I'm ...
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can a design table be created -only- for colours in solidworks?

exactly what the title says. and, what is the easiest way of doing this? I can do it clunky and manually by first creating a design table with only one dummy variable then adding the colour colums.. ...
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how to automatically add non-specified dimensions to a design table

I would like to create a boss using a spline with many points, then scale it using a design table. The catch is that I don't want to manually set dimensions (in x,y, and z) for each of the points of ...
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how to twist a sweep around a spiral in solidworks

. I create two helixes, identical except for two different diameters of wind. connecting their ends, I create a spiral slide as a surface. I then create an hour-glass like revolved surface, then ...
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flexing operation fails when structure is too long

I have a linear repeat such that for up to 11 repeats, the flex operation works perfectly. for 12 and more, the operation goes haywire. is there an alternate way of doing it that avoids this ...
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Trying to simulate the bending of a right angled pipe in solidworks

I have created a bent right angled tube in solid works. It has a constant inner diameter of 1" and thickness of 1/8". The tube is comprised of a straight portion 1 ft in length, followed by a 90 deg ...
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Calculating the lifting force $F_{Kab}$ with SolidWorks – according to VDI 2230

I’m not sure if my procedure to simulate the lifting force $F_{Kab}$ is correct. So I illustrate my way how to get the lifting force $F_{Kab}$ using SolidWorks and the simulation tool. I hope you can ...
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Creating flange from 3D surface

I have essentially a hollow tube created from 3D splines that define the inner and outer surfaces. How can I extrude a flange from the exterior surface? I did not mention, this is Solidworks 2012. ...
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Need help with Solidworks

Would I be allowed to ask which Solidworks feature I should use to make the recessed bit (circled in red) of the thing in the diagram below? Thanks.
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FEM with SolidWorks : order of magnitude of the precision by wich displacements can be computed

My name is Thomas. I am an electromechanical engineering student. For my master thesis, I have to design an underwater end-effector for a robot. I have used SolidWorks and the simulation module to ...
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Can anyone answer why the below Quadruped robot body jumping abruptly in the solidwork motion analysis study?

enter image description here enter image description here Hello, I was trying to study a Quadruped Robot bounding gait motion like WildCat Robot in the SolidWorks motion Analysis.Where my basic ...
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What is the corresponding option in fusion 360 for distance mate in solidworks?

I have been trying to put this two components using assembly in fusion 360. The distance between this two blue colored faces should be 60 mm but I can't find the distance mate option like solidworks ...
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Solidworks - I need to slope the inner side of the lid

This is the cup lid that I designed, I gave 45deg angle at the bottom which worked well Now I want to give the same 45 deg angle at the top but fillet or champer is not working. Now sure what am I ...
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Mirrored pairs in a circular pattern in Soildworks

I have a body that I want to mirror one time and then continue to fill the circle with the pair The regular mirror feature will work if I create a plane that is tangent to the circle, but it will be ...
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Why is my toolbox empty? (SolidWorks 2021)

If I open SolidWorks and go to the toolbox, it only shows 1 map named 'Favorites'. The toolbox as well as the 'Favorites' map are empty. If I click to configure it opens a window as shown in the ...
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Designing a grabber

I designed a grabber for grabbing strings and yarns. the movement that I need is straight up and down to grab a piece of yarn. I wanted to know if this model (in the video) works in real life or not. ...
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Help in Solidworks macro for updating split children parts

I have a main file. I use a split feature to break it into two parts and save them as separate files. My goal is to change some dimensions in main file and the children files (the split files) getting ...
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Formation of robot links programmatically in Solidworks

Spherical Parallel Manipulator in SolidWorks My question is a continuation of the topic. Is it possible to form the links and joints of the robot not manually, but programmatically in Solidworks? For ...
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How to use standard aluminium extrusions

How to use standard aluminum extrusions and accessories at Solidworks? I believe there are some libraries, but I don't know how to click or download them. Would you please teach me how to do it? Thank ...
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