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SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch of Trombone

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What does "do not scale drawing" in a drawing sheet mean?

This is information to be shown on the printed copy - it is telling the reader to please not print this A1 drawing sheet on A4 paper, or else the information you have highlighted "Scale 1:8" would not ...
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Make something that turns yet locked in place

A cogged positioning system uses the concept of a detent - a pin, ball, pawl or bump that fits against a mating cavity. Usually there is some kind of spring to allow the detent to disengage when ...
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Technical drawing for a part with complex (non-line, non-arc) geometry

You don't need to dimension it at all, because as you probably know, that part would never be manufactured by looking at the 2D. At my company, one of the standard notes we put on every drawing is "...
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How to set measure display units in Solidworks drawing?

There are many possible culprits. One of them is the following. Check in the lower right corner of your Solidworks window. you should see if you click on it, you should see the following menu. You ...
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How to convert Joules(kinetic energy) plot chart into watts?

To convert a plot of J versus s to a plot of J/s vs s, take the derivative. Here is my quick-and-dirty answer after digitizing the data.
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Can I make a drawing view normal to a plane in my model

Yes. You need to use the "Auxilliary View" tool, but, this is only able to accept an 'edge' as an input, so you can't use a plane. Usually, one would use this to create a 'view looking at a ...
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What are these hidden lines tangent to the circle?

This is just a stiffener that goes around the cylinder that runs across the walls Section View FUll isometric view
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Gear Design - Teeth Fit

Teeth on gears generally will not slip if your pitch and tooth profiles match properly, since the teeth would have to break off to slip. Minimizing backlash can be done by tight tolerance control. ...
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Is there an equivalent to the 'equal' constraint from solidworks in fusion 360?

I'm not familiar with the Solidworks equal constraint but it sounds like this should be done parametrically in Fusion. Dimension the first line to a value. Then, dimension the second one, but instead ...
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How to model a sheet metal nut in SolidWorks?

You might be interested in Smart Components / Smart Features. This technique will associate parts with features. As for the naming, we call those "Press Nuts", or more generically "Press Hardware"
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How to exit from editing part in place?

Deselect this option and it will return to the assembly.
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Why is this overdefined? Can't I move right vertical line to the rright?

The coincident relation at the bottom of the line on the right will prevent you from moving it horizontally. It is overdefined because your 20.75 dimension is ...
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Why do I have uncertainty in my dimension in Solidworks?

"Why" - This is not 'uncertainty' - it is displaying a tolerance. As far as the software is concerned, your part is exactly 14.40mm. The feature that you are using, however, is not used to ...
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Create a mate that allows a part to move within a specified distance from another part

Have a look at some of the advanced mates. For example limit mates : https://help.solidworks.com/2018/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/t_Limit_Mates_SWassy.htm I reckon that'll do what you need. Or you can ...
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How to use the intersect tool for two components in an assembly with solidworks?

So, this is actually non-trivial. Here are the key points: In order to use the "Combine" feature, to create the volume that you want, you need to have a multibody part In order to move the ...
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Is there a way to fix 'bad' surfaces in Solidworks?

Ok, looking at the "Filleted" file, it looks like you are trying to achieve the following: Yellow = 1mm Orange = 2.3mm Red = 5mm Your issue is primarily with order of operations. You need ...
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Should a stiffener be hatched

The standard is that The cylinder part should be hatched but not the rib. So something like the following.
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Can I omit the scale information in the technical drawing of a mildly complex mechanical part if I provide all of the necessary dimensions clearly?

You should not ommit the scale. Even if no one seems to read it, it is still important information. The task is quite trivial, I don't see any reason why to remove the scale because it can cause ...
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Technical drawing for a part with complex (non-line, non-arc) geometry

You probably need some auxiliary sections as well as the three basic views. For example if you draw a section at mid-height looking down the axis, you can easily dimension the "straight" ribs. If you ...
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Autodesk Suite vs SolidWorks comparison

First of all, the comparison you suggest isn't really valid since SolidWorks is really a parametric solid modeling software package, while The Autodesk Suite encompasses several different software ...
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Gear Design - Teeth Fit

In gear design, the most used tooth profile is the involute profile. I am not sure what do you mean by avoiding slipping(Velocity of sliding) because for two gears to move, there will definitely be ...
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SolidWorks circuit simulation?

CircuitWorks doesn't simulate the electronics; it just integrates between some common PCB design software formats and SolidWorks for mechanical information. For example, maximum component height, ...
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Solidworks - Projected Curve is incomplete

I'd recommend using a 3D Sketch Spline for creating your hose - this will more accurately model the natural shape that the hose would assume given the boundary conditions of perpendicular to the grey ...
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solidworks mating gear with shaft problem

Your issue is that you're assuming the key and key way will have exactly the same dimensions. In reality the key will have to be slightly smaller than the keyway. What yo want to do is start with the ...
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Trim parts against parts in assembly level solidworks

Yes, it is possible. The cut must be added to the feature tree of the part to be trimmed, but the location of the body remains defined within the assembly. I wouldn't usually recommend this as best ...
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Solidworks hole table export data format

The problem is that the CSV export is including the new line characters that are part of the hole callout. So this: ...
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how to pattern a cut-loft around a helix

I've pretty much answered this in the comments, but didn't want to hyperlink an image: Make your loft into an un-merged solid, that can be used as a cut tool later. Pattern bodies instead of features,...
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extruded Boss/Base error

The reason these two shapes are extruding together, is, because in the .DWG file, they are connected to each other. See what happens when you zoom right in? What you need to do in this instance, is ...
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How to detach/unrelate one part from another in Solidworks?

Remember that in solidworks, your part is continuously "rebuilt" using all the relations and operations that you have created, in the order that you see them in the feature list. If you get rid of a ...
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