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SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch of Trombone

My task is to create a 3D Sketch of a trombone like the one below My professor recommended defining the points 1-4 and putting a spline through them. I did that, but my resulting design looks weird. ...
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What does "do not scale drawing" in a drawing sheet mean?

I opened a new sheet in Solidworks drawing, in the title block, there was a field written "Do not scale drawing". What does that mean? There is a scale already being chosen over there. It was just a ...
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Make something that turns yet locked in place

I imagine this is an easy concept but I do not know much about mechanical engineering design. I am trying to make a "knob" like a control knob in solidworks that turns and is locked in place after ...
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How do you create a chamfer in 3D CAD that joins the edges of two different shapes?

I am trying to make a 3D model. It consists of a cylinder resting on an extruded ellipse as you can see in the picture below. I now want to join the top edge of the ellipse with the top edge of the ...
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Are boxy edges normal in SolidWorks when working with a drawing?

I'm giving SolidWorks a try and am following one of their tutorials on creating a part. When I create circles they are looking a bit "boxy" to me. My graphics card has 512MB of ram and I have checked ...
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Can drawing views in Solidworks be scaled without keeping aspect ratio?

I'm making weldment drawings that involve a long W-Beam with a number of flanges welded to the web. The problem is that because the weldment is so large, lines become difficult distinguish from each ...
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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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Can I make a drawing view normal to a plane in my model

I am trying to make a drawing in solidworks, with a view normal to plane offset from the top surface and at a 45 degree angle from the surface. Here is an image showing my model with the plane. Sorry ...
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SolidWorks circuit simulation?

I use Labcenter Proteus Circuit simulation - you create circuit design, then apply current and see simulation in action - for example leds are blinking, or motor is rotating. If there is ...
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Solidworks motionstudy/motion study causes parts to "jump"

(solidworks files here) I've made a small assembly thet mooves smoothly manually, but when I try to moove it the same way is motion study, it collides is a strange way... what can be the cause of ...
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Selecting edge of a circle in Solidworks

When I am drawing things (Assembly) in SolidWorks, on some parts which I work on, I can select the edge of a circle and then measure the dimension to a line, like shown below: But the problem is that ...
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Determine force distribution from a bolt pattern

Need some help designing a bolt pattern for a pressure tight enclosure. How do i determine the force applied at a distance from a bolt location so that I meet the minimum force to compress the ...
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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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Technical drawing for a part with complex (non-line, non-arc) geometry

I've been making technical drawings for various parts I've designed. Since these parts were meant to be 3D printed, this is mainly just to have them in my portfolio so I have something to show/talk ...
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How to set measure display units in Solidworks drawing?

I have already set millimeters in document propertis, nevertheless the display units are meters Why and how to fix?
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How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts?

How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts? Anyone know how?
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Gear Design - Teeth Fit [closed]

I am working on designing a set of gears for 3D printing. I have not done any gear design before - how should I improve the design to prevent gear slipping?
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Is there an equivalent to the 'equal' constraint from solidworks in fusion 360?

I used to use Solidworks a few years back and am now trying to learn Autodesk Fusion 360. So far I'm pretty impressed but one thing I've not found is something like the ...
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solidworks mating gear with shaft problem

I am trying to mate a gear with a shaft via a key.key coincident with gear and cocentericity of gear with shaft cannot both be made.
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Solidworks Extrude Base/Boss - Base Extrude Doesn't Seem to Exist Anymore?

I've started using SolidWorks migrating from other software, Creo Parametric (formerly Pro/E) and the Base/Boss terminology confused me. After significant research, I've found that a "base ...
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Solidworks hole table export data format

I'm trying to help a student with a project. The task is to generate CNC G-Code from a Solidworks hole table export (CSV) using VBA. The problem is the export format is going to be a difficult to ...
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Solidworks - Projected Curve is incomplete

-- This issue might be due to a bug in SolidWorks 2014 SP2 -- I'm trying to route a water hose from one location to another without passing through a keepout area (the red box shown). I am simply ...
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Equation driven conical spring not rebuilding properly in Solidworks 2019

I'm trying to make an equation driven conical spiral, you can download the file here. I know that I can use the spiral tool to achieve this but there are reasons why I want to do it like this. I have ...
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Trying to get a plane at a certain distance and angle

I'm working with solidworks and trying to make a plane at a certain distance and angle from another plane. Just for some context, I want to do something like this: My plan was to create a plane at ...
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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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Solidworks: Make a copy of a sketch on a different plane

I have Sketch 1. It's on Plane 1. There's a different Plane 2, and I want to make Pketch 2 which is simply the entities in Sketch 1 copied to Sketch 2. I don't want to copy-paste, because I want to ...
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What is a method to export a SolidWorks part (with distinguishing between materials) to a voxel cloud?

i'm doing a simulation in matlab which uses a 3D matrix as input, i.e. the matrix has the form (xDim, yDim, zDim). With a simple STL export and a voxelization of this STL file i can get only a matrix ...
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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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Is there a way to fix 'bad' surfaces in Solidworks?

I'm trying to create a smooth blended fillet on the outer edge of a part with fillets around it's corners in Solidworks. The results I have are pretty much what I want it to look like but when I check ...
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How to use the intersect tool for two components in an assembly with solidworks?

I have an assembly file in Solidworks 2019 with two components, the green, and yellow rectangular prisms. I'm having trouble understanding the instructions I found online about making an intersection ...
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Why is this overdefined? Can't I move right vertical line to the rright?

Why is this overdefined? Can't I translate eveything yellow horizontally to the right?
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Solidworks - How to safely clone a large multi-assembly project?

I have a top level project directory with about 40 Assembly files and several hundred SLDPRT files and they are all highly dependent on each other. The original version of this works fine and has no ...
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How to get 2d representation for a 3d object

I've created a 3d object and I want to cut the exact shape on a fabric to cover it Is there a way to "flatten" it? Lets say its a cube, so this is the 2d result i'm looking for:
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On modifying imported STL files in Solidworks

Some weeks ago I downloaded a couple of 3d models from Thingieverse in STL format and I wanted to make some minor modifications before printing. The modification were: I wanted to split a multi part ...