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    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Represent a Knurled Surface in SOLIDWORKS

    September 7, 2018

    The question comes up all the time, "How can I model a knurled surface in SOLIDWORKS?My answer to that is always, "You don't want to." When my Jedi mind trick fails, and they press me on why, I explain that a knurled surface would create thousands of extra faces in their model. This would in turn increase file size, bog down their graphical performance and, with many of these huge files, eventually slow down their computer speed. However, there are reasons to want to model a knurled surface, such as making a plastic part and the mold will be made from the model. If you really want to do it, it can be done. Our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Modeling training class will teach you the skills needed to model a knurl (hint: You'll need to know how to use sweeps and circular patterns).

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Easily Rename Your SOLIDWORKS Files and Retain the References

    September 22, 2011

    A frequent question on our Support Hotline is "What steps are to be taken when renaming a file in order to keep relations between models and drawings?" The short answer is to use your Product Data Management (PDM) system to do it. I'm kidding! PDM is the ideal tool for renaming files and managing references but this article is for those that don't have PDM or need to manage files that are outside their vault. 


    How To Insert Special Characters in SOLIDWORKS

    December 28, 2010

    Lets say you're creating a drawing in SOLIDWORKS and need to add a note which includes symbols such as Micron, or Pi.  Or perhaps you're designing this logo for my Alma Mater.