Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010- Happy New Year

31st Dec 2009- It's so fast to reach the last day of year 2009. For the pass 365 days, what have you achieved? Beside sitting in front of the monitor screen everyday.



for you who following SolidWorks-Malaysia blog since the very 1st day, we are glad to tell you that this is our 1st year anniversary and my 1st ever blog- Ice Kacang machine Our blog started last year, since 10th of December & thank to the team commitment and passion on SolidWorks with a willingness to share, we currently have 79 followers from varies country (mainly from Malaysia) and posted 170 blogs.

For a new blog in the bloggy blog world, we really proud to share with you our excitement and our achievement. Continue to support us by following our blogs and i guarantee you more and more interesting and eye-opening articles will be share in year 2010.

We wish you a fruitful year in 2010!~

Bye bye 2009! Welcome 2010!~

Glass bottle Vs Aluminium can, which is more environmental friendly?

A great blog to share to my fellow followers. SolidTutor posted an article by comparing glass bottle and aluminium by using SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress. Click here to view the great sharing.


which is grenner?

To use SustainabilityXpress you need to have SolidWorks 2010 installed. However, if you are using SolidWorks 2009 you can download SustainabilityXpress from the SolidWorks Labs site.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery: How to save your own weldment profile?

Many don't know how to save their own standard weldment profile in SolidWorks, some may even do not know there is a function called Weldment in SolidWorks where it can help you a lot when your design involve a combination of structural member!

Sometimes, the standard of structural member that you request may not supplied in SolidWorks by default. In this case, you can open a new part file and sketch out the weldment profile that you wish to apply. Next, how to integrate this weldment profile into SolidWorks is very important.

First, you need to know where is the weldment profile provided in SolidWorks is saved. Commonly, it is under your local disk C>Program Files>SolidWorks Corp>SolidWorks>Data> Weldment profile , add a file location and point to the location that I mentioned, so that it will apppeard under your task pane as shown in the picture below:

Then, press on the "Add to Library" button (which is beside the button of add file location under task pane), select the sketch from the feature tree and assign a name to it. Browse to the weldment profile location, in order to differentiate the profile supplied in SolidWorks and your own standard profile, you may create a new folder under the weldment profile, (for exp: name it as customized), under this customized folder, cretae sub folder for different type of member profile.

Besides that, file type is very improtant, make sure you select "Lib Feat Part" which means SolidWorks library feature part!

Try it now! You will find that when you try to insert the weldment profile to your sketch, the customized folder will appear under the pull down list of structural member function and you will able to use it!

In case it is not appear as what expected, go to Tools> Options>File location, under "show folder for:"select weldment profiles. Check the folder location, make sure it is point to the location of where you save your profile just now.


Hope this useful tips can help you !

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wanna have a Christmas Mystery Gift?

IME wish you a merry Christmas,

SolidWorks wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year………….

Year 2009 is leaving us soon, thanks for joining SolidWorks Malaysia community. We appreciated your support, your participation for all the activity and the event that organize by IME Technology.

IME SolidWorks Malaysia community vision is “To provide the best service, to deliver the latest technology information to Malaysia engineering industry”! To serve you better, we always look forward for your opinion or suggestion to serve you better. Visit SolidWorks Malaysia Facebook community discussion board to drop your idea, your suggestion, etc……… Visit SW Malaysia FB

The most creative idea, the most attractive posting will stay a chance to win for a Christmas mystery GIFT!!

What to suggest?
* Event & Activity that you would like to attend?
* Creative idea for SolidWorks program
* SolidWorks Rendering competition
* Information you would like to know
* SolidWorks Training Courses, etc…………….

Lastly, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a fruitful and happy year 2010…………


Visit SW Malaysia FB Discussion Board





Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Avatar's director-James Cameron live in SolidWorks World 2010, Anaheim, CA.

What a great news I got today! The BIG director is coming, live!

1st of all, have you watch Avatar? OMG! you haven't watch it! Better be fast because you definately do not want to miss the chances to watch this fantastic movie by the great director of Terminator, Alien, Titanic, Mr. James Cameron.


James Cameron with his star @ Hollywood walk of fame

Yes, he is appearing live in SolidWorks World 2010, Anaheim, CA. Just wondering, will he bring the terminator along? Or an Alien? Well, don't feel shock if you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger come along. He did filmed a couple of movies with the current 38th Governor of the state of California.

Last year we have Sir Richard Branson as keynote speaker of SolidWorks World 2009, Florida. Sir Richard Branson is the founder and President of Virgin Group. He talked about the 1st commercial trip to space and going to happen very soon.

I guess I need to have a walk at Hollywood walk of frame and snap the start of James Cameron.

To know more about the keynote speakers (yes, the 's' mean more than 1), please click here.

If you have not booked yet your seat for SolidWorks World in sunny Anaheim, CA - USA, it is not too late. Early bird registrations go until January 8th.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lucky Winner for IME SolidWorks Xpresso

Hello fellow friend, thanks for joining IME SolidWorks Xpresso on 10th Dec – 14th Dec 2009.
We get well respond and support from all SolidWorks design engineer in Malaysia during the online seminar. I am sure all of us enjoy the session very much. (Which session you like the Most?)

To appreciate your support and your participation, on behalf of IME Technology I would like to announce En Ahmad Rizal Maharam from Halliburton Malaysia to be IME SolidWorks Xpresso lucky winner. He had won a “SolidWorks Limited Solar Charger(which come with 7 type of adaptor)”
Congratulation................

Hope this session brings you smart design tips, which help us to design better and smarter.

Miss the session?? No worry. With the technology now a day, we can share the presentation easily through Facebook or Youtube.

Please visit to :

SolidWorks Malaysia - IME Authorized Reseller
SolidWorks IME Youtube

All the material is there for you to download. Click now and share with your friend.

Kindly click on to IME discussion board feedback how you think about seminar online??? Click to "IME discussion Board"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Local designer, we need you!

for a country to grow, we need young, fresh, innovative designer to come up with new state-of-the-art design. You do not need to design an aeroplane or alien spacecraft to make you special. Something simple, something out of the box, something will make others say " why i never think of that!" is good enough  to say I'm a creative designer.

We always complain you can survive in Malaysia by designing. We always heard a friend say Malaysia will never have a great designer. Malaysian would not appreciate a design and we believe that Buatan Malaysia products is a not reliable and I rather pay more to buy an imported design.

Is it really 'design' in Malaysia consider tak boleh lah (cannot laa~)? I believe this is just a mindset. A mindset that we should shift+delete and forget about it forever and ever.

so dear designer, this video is dedicated to you and I hope with this video can inspire you to stay to design and one day you stand proud to say: Malaysian design is the best!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let's learn some basic surfacing technique!

Hey friends! Take a look on the figure below, here are two similar model with simple geometry, but when you take a closer look, you will notice there are a bit difference between this two models. As indicate in my picture, the ending face of the 1st model are normal to the adjacent face whereas for the 2nd model is not. Besides that, the transition of flanges at the fillet corner for the second model are not as perfect as the 1st one.

When handle this kind of model, you may apply simple features such as extrude->chamfer (for the flanges)>fillet (at the four corner)> and follow by shell to make it hollow. Somehow you may not get the desired outcome. The steps I have mentioned above is the technique being applied to create the 2nd model! To get the nice result as shown in the 1st model, you may try sheet metal feature if it is a sheet metal part, or else you can try another alternative which is using surfacing. Here are some simple steps for surfacing approach:
1. Draw a recrangular, extrude surface and fillet the 4 corner.

2. To create the flanges, you can use Ruled Surface. This is a function for you to create or extend surface base on the selected edges on existing geometry, with a reference plane/face, you can control the angle of the flanges! (there are some other options in this function such as "normal/tangent/perpendicular to surface" for you to create a face at certain direction.

3. How to handle the transition between two flanges at the fillet corner? I will use loft surface. To control the behaviour or direction of the lofted face, we need to create the guide curve. Just insert a 3D sketch and use a spline line to join the point of two flanges as shown in the picture below:

I want to make sure the lofted face must tangent to each connected flanges. To achive this, I will add a tangent relation between the spline line and the edge of the flange at each side:

4. When apply the loft surface funtion, define the edges of the flanges as loft profile (edges of geometry can be the loft profile besides sketches) , while the 3D spline curve and the opposite fillet edge will be the guide curve. Take a look at the figure below:

5. To complete the loft surface for another 3 corner, i will rather use circular pattern! But this is a rectangular shape geometry! How?:

Just create a dummy circular surface body at the center of the rectangular. When you define the direction of circular pattern, you can either pick the circular edge/face / axis to chieve this! What you need to do after this is just make the dummy circular surface body hidden!
6. Finally, use Knit Surface to combine all the pieces (remember, you are working with surface body, not solid!) then, turn this surface body into solid by using Thicken option. Here, you can define the thickness of the solid and also the direction to add in the thickness!

Hope you get some idea from this sharing~ ^_^

Friday, December 11, 2009

APPEARANCES~ Ninja~

BOOOM~~ *APPEARing...*


hiiyooooo~ Good days everyone.. finally, tyler here again. This is my latest work by SolidWorks, Ninja~~~


For this ninja.. What i wanna share here is... Once we finish the modeling, we may do the appearances assignments in the SolidWorks environment before we import it to the PhotoView. As you see for the picture above, i assigned the appearances: fabric to ninja custom, plastic to skin and neon light to eyes.


BOOOM~ all of them were APPEARing~ Once i imported it into PhotoView~

Fuyoh.. so we may do the appearances assignments in SolidWorks or PhotoView depend on how you like~

Have a nice weekends and sayonara~



hiiyooooo~
BOOOM~~ *disAPPEARing...*


:: Tyler ::

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

fastest car in the world; fastest car designed in SolidWorks

Lots of time, I facing this question." Er... can SolidWorks design car ar?" Most of them are ask for fun, some of them are waiting me to say no and say, "Cheh! your software also not powerful 1". But sorry to disappoint them, my answer is 'YES'. Proof? Koenigsegg CCX is design in SolidWorks & it it the fastest street legal car designed in SolidWork.   SolidWorks is a high horsepower 3D CAD which allow you to design anything, anything, anything.


Let me see,
- I love car, fast one.
- I love orange colour.
- I love SolidWorks.

So, I bet this is my dream car after all. It have the power under the hook, it have the colour that I like, it was designed by the software that i like too. I guess it really make my day.

And from a local forum, this sexy Sweden exotic sport car listed #4 in fastest cars in the world for year 2009-2010. I not sure how reliable is this news but... from the figure, why not?  
245 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp.

the top 10 list:
1 SSC Ultimate Aero
2 Bugatti Veyron
3 Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
4 Koenigsegg CCX
5 McLaren F1
6 Ferrari Enzo
7 Jaguar XJ220
8 Pagani Zonda F
9 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
10 Porsche Carrera GT


So, boss! Cant I have a replica 1:100 scale for my X'mas present? Please~


p/s: please don't ask me again
, can SolidWorks design car.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thank you autotrace & merry early X'mas

Haha! was thinking to design something special to hang on our x'mas tree in our office. It all start with a quick hand drafting and then I scan it, mooo~


And with SolidWorks autotrace, I trace it and wah lah!~ this is what I get. Still thinking to 3D print it and hang my tree or not? X'mas come early. yeah!~


Saturday, December 5, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery: Delete Face & Replace Face

SolidWorks Surfacing Tools
Hi friends, recently I am working with a customer who are designing model which need a lot of surfacing techniques, here I would like to share two simple surfacing commands with you guys which are very useful and save you a lot of time when you doing surfacing. Let's take a look at the model above, this is a surface body with simple geometry, everything looks nice and okay at this moment.

Excessive material due to geometry of model

Somehow when you try to thicken the surface body in order to convert it become a solid model with a defined thickness, you may face this kind of situation where due to the geometry of model, some area of the solid model will have excessive material which is unwanted as shown in the figure above.

Delete Face

In this situation, you need not to use sketch and extrude cut in order to remove the unwanted geometry. This will pretty take time to sketch a close contour to fully enclose the unwanted volume and you may not get the nice result as you want!

Try on the Delete Face command first! This is the fastest way to help you repair the geometry of the model. Select the face belong to the unwanted geometry and under the option for Delete Face command, choose " Delete and patch", means, the software will remove the selected face and patch back the model with a more predictable geometry. (If you select option"Delete" only, it will only remove the selected face and you solid model will turned into surface model). Refer to the figure below, this is the outcome of the delete face command! Simple and nice?


Sometimes, Delete Face might not able to solve your problem, it's all depends on the complexity of model geometry just like the situation as shown in the figure below:

In this case, you can try the 2nd alternative which is Replace Face command! Let see how simple it is! First, do a offset surface for the face that you feel is suitable to be used to patch back the unnecessay geometry, make sure the offseted face is large enough to cover the target face to be patched! Or else, you will need to extend it!

Identify the face you need to patch back the unwanted area!

Replace Face

Use the replace face command, identify the target face for replacement and the surface for replacement.
Outcome for Replace Face Command

Hope you enjoy the small tips here, have a nice weekened! =)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tips to join FREE IME SolidWorks Xpresso Online Seminar

Hi my dear friend, I am sure all of you heard about SolidWorks Virtual event for some months. This platform is amazing, just like you attending an actual event at 5 star hotels.

IME Technology Malaysia had joining in this virtual experience platform, to be Malaysia first “SolidWorks Virtual event” program organizer! Thanks SolidWorks Corporation.

For the pass few week, IME SolidWorks Engineer are cracking their head THINK! THINK! And THINK! for innovative stuff to share with all of us. When my first time watching the video my team created, I was so surprise!!! Unbelievable ....


Please don’t miss this amazing day! During IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day, you will heard some very sweet & sexy lady voice (japanese) :) , innovative design sharing  and a very important actor “ Paper Man”…

To appreciate your support, who ever attend IME SolidWorks Xpresso, on 10Dec 2009 at 12.30pm to 2.30pm” will stay a chance to win for a “SolidWorks Limited prize”.
(if you are not available to join during this period, don’t worry the presentation material will on demand basic until 14 Dec, you can login any time during this period)


While, how to join for the event. It was just as simple as below:


1.Login to www.solidworks.com/swid_ime
2.Click Register


















3. Fill in your personnel detail and click submit
- You can add in your photo if you wan
- During the event, you can chat with other attendees from different country





















4. Congratulation, you are now able to login as an participants for “IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day”
5. You will see a lot of people walking around at the lobby, here, you can easily click on to auditorium hall or exhibition to visit.































6. This is how an auditorium hall look like
- You can create your own chat room
- Or join other created chat room
















7. This is how an exhibition hall look like
- Browse over your mouse to click for the information

















8. What if I facing problem to login this side, try this solution “ delete your internet explorer cookies”. This will solve your problem.

















Remember our date, see you on 10 Dec, 12.30pm. until 14 December.
You are always welcome to drop me an email at
felicia@cadcam.com.my for more.

Bye and have a nice weekend!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Green design: Iris Coffee Table

When doing my internet browsing today and search for images related to laser cutting, this design caught my attention and I decided to download it and share here. I think this is one good example of simple and nice design. The designer,Michael Bihain who is now working with companies and distribution firms development furniture, jewels and accessories and this is one of his new design, the iris table.
He has used laser cutting to transform a single sheet of steel into a coffee table that resembles an iris. Unlike most tables the iris is stackable. So I assume this designer had considered sustainability factor in this coffee table. Imagine the transportation cost saving by incorporate stackable features in his design. Besides, this is also good for environment as we can reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the number of transportation trip when shipping.
As a designer, we can play a big role in conversation of our environment, let start incorporate those features in our design that can reduce our carbon footprint like this one here. Thumb up for Mr. Michael Bihain.

have a nice weekend!!
~ah lau~

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Do you know about 3D Content Central?

Does my NOKIA 6500 looks cool? This is not the actual model, this is the image of SolidWorks file rendered with PhotoView360! Well, this photo was rendered by me but I am not the person who create this model, this model was downloaded from 3D Content Central through SolidWorks!

3D ContentCentral is a community of both users and suppliers. This website supplies millions of free parts and assemblies which are available in all major 2D and 3D CAD formats. SolidWorks is one of the supported format. In order to download all the supplied parts, basically what you need to do is just register as a member of 3D Content Central, then you will have the access to all the supplied parts. Besides that, you can also become a 3D Content Central supplier to contribute all your 3D models to this community.

Throughout 3D Content Central, you can search for supplier component using part numbers, product name and so on, you can also configure those parts base on your requirment such as customize the dimension or feature control. Besides 3D model, it also supply 2D blocks, library features and even macros for SolidWorks! All this functions are definitely save our time from create those standards or common parts by ourself~!

Do you know you can actually access 3D Content Central from SolidWorks? Here are the picture to show you where can you access the website from SolidWorks!


Callout the task pane (the smaller window on right hand side) of SolidWorks, click on the Design Library tab, and get the access to 3D Content Central!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Hole Wizard~

Last of the day, Hole wizard. Good news for Australian, it now come with Australia Standard. Hmm.. do we have Malaysia standard? Cosmetic thread can now easily insert into the hole during inserting the hole via hole wizard.

Video speak all!~

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Drawing Enhancementsssss

Easier. Faster. Focus on design, not drawing.

Selamat Pagi (Morning) guys, I just woke up, haven brush my teeth and I'm thinking how to explain all the new enhancementsssss (yes, lot of  's') for drawing. For the number of  's' you see, i believe you know what I mean. Yes! lot of enhancementsssss.



Some of the enhancementsssss:
1. New dimension palette. Reduce mouse travel.
2. Text tolerances with recent setting record
3. Change section depth to remove unnecessary sketch.
4. Detail view with ordinate dimension.
5. Dimensioning with popup widget.
6. drag and drop note.
7. Ballon size standard.
8. Annotation in 3D model.

You know what? Just watch after the jump and you will get what I mean by enhancementsssss.




Happy Sunday!~

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What's new in SolidWorks 2010: Mirror components

Still remember how to model a handle by just referring to an existing 2D drawing? Refer my previous post, projected curve, if you don't get what I mean. Model a handle is piece of cake for you. After the handle bar, of course we need to design the grip, grip shift, brake lever etc. Since left and right is the same, all we need to do is mirror the components.



Honestly, I believe most of you facing a comment issue when mirror a part. It may end up in an orientation which not as what we are expecting, something like this,



Aiya!~ How ar? What can I do ar? The answer is SolidWorks 2010. In SolidWorks 2010, a great enhancement available for mirror feature. It allow us to select the mirror part and reorient it to the right position which make you happy. Like this,



With the mate 'mirror' along, interactive motion is more accurate and faster result. As usual, after the jump is a video that I would like to share with you all.



Happy weekend!~

Friday, November 20, 2009

IME SolidWorks Xpresso

















IME SolidWorks Xpresso, 10 Dec 09, 12.30pm - 2.30pm

When you heard about “IME SolidWorks Xpresso”!!! What come into your mind? A cup of espresso??? :)

IME SolidWorks Xpresso, is a 3D online seminar first in Malaysia. Through this seminar, you will able to get an idea how SolidWorks’ Xpress features apply in our daily design life? How efficient it is SolidWorks today?

SolidWorks are design according to world wide design engineer require!! Through SolidWorks, it help us to shorten design circle with it automatic features, with it Xpress features.

How much you understand about SolidWorks’ features?

IME SolidWorks Xpresso Day on 10 December 2009 will highlight to you what is SolidWorks’ Xpress features. Join us on 10 Dec 2009 at 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

Click to www.solidworks.com/swid_ime to join for the event.

** remember get ready a cup of Espresso on your table during the event, let’s enjoy the coffee together…….

“Not free to join during working hour?” don’t worry all the video and the presentation material will available at the site for 2 days once the event starts. If you are not FREE to join for the event during the specified period, join any time when you are free (at night as well).

Don't miss the opportunities to experience in 3D online seminar.

SEE YOU ON 2 DECEMBER 2009! AND LOCK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!!!!
** we can chat with each other during the seminar through this online seminar platform!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Day

2 December 2009, 2pm - SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Day












Hi member, you are invited to join SolidWorks Tips & Tricks day on 2nd December 2009 at 2.00pm. At this unique one-day online conference, you will have the opportunity to pick-up some great SolidWorks tips and learn how to create more accurate and reliable product designs. We have special invite speaker from Malaysia, Singapore, India, etc to present you all the great SolidWorks Tips.

During the conference, you will be able to:

- Watch countless SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Videos
- Challenge your knowledge by taking our design quiz
- Have your question answered by proffesionals in “Ask The Expert” session.

Join us in this event, and participate in our live chat sessions. Our SolidWorks Experts will be there to answer all your questions, live from the Virtual Conference Auditorium.

Please click to
www.solidworks.com/swid_ime to join and experience virtual 3D experience.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Donate to rise sustainable design awareness

Important message: I'm not asking you to donate~

The best donation is that we just need to play a simple small role and others will donate on behalf of our small effort. We run for donation, we eat for donation (this is the best 1), we scarify sleep for donation, we doing heavy duty labor job for donation, and so on.... So, do I have an easier way to get donation to rise sustainable design awareness beside using above method?

Yes!~ let Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp do the donation and all we need to do is download SolidWorks® SustainabilityXpress solution. You download, you use it and you playing an important role to save our earth and the donation, just leave it to SolidWorks Corp, they will do the rest. :) Senang dengan legal download!~



What are you waiting for? Have you downloaded SolidWorks Sustainability Xpress?

"Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. has launched a donation program to promote environmental sustainability among designers of products as simple as water bottles and as complex as industrial machinery.

SolidWorks will donate $1 for every download of its SolidWorks® SustainabilityXpress solution, up to $10,000, to Formula Hybrid™, an international competition of university engineering students to develop high-performance fuel-electric hybrid vehicles. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress is professional-grade software providing advanced functionality that aids engineers in determining a product’s carbon footprint, energy consumption, air and water impact. By downloading SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, engineers and designers will help educate the next generation about environmentally friendly design while gaining a tool to help them create “green” designs today. SolidWorks’ goal with this new program is to spread the idea that any product can be designed with the lowest possible environmental impact."

For the complete press release, click HERE

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Macro Review: Springs Maker

Hello.... long time no see..... sorry for didn't appear in this blog recently....as I am kinda busy with my daily work........ and busy in nights .......and busy in dreams as well.......feel kinda pressure with my job and lack of inspriration of writing post.....bla bla bla bla......(a man can tell a thousand lies for one excuse... he he he!!)

Today, I going to steal some Glamour from What's New in SolidWorks 2010 and I will do a review on "Maker Springs" macro - one of the Top 50 Macro which can be downloaded from 3D ContentCentral. This macro is downloadable via this link click here . I am not sure how many of you have downloaded this macro but after I tried this macro, I realized that this is a very very useful macro. I probably will vote this macro as "The Must have Macro for a Mechanical Engineer".
As you can see from the video that I recorded, I have created an icon for this marco.

Thank you, Mr. Washington Santos for contributing such as great macro. I salute you!!

~ah lau~

What's New in SolidWorks 2010- Multi lips Groove

Mari!  Mari! Great lips groove enhancement in SolidWorks 2010, I'm pretty sure product design and related industry will like it very very very much!~

Yes, now lips groove come with 'MULTI' & 'JUMP GAP'. How?

1. Mutli lips groove means that now you can select multiple face at one time to create the lip even though the faces are not merge together. we are talking about saving time, a lot a lot of time!~

2. Jump gap means if you have a gap in between two created lips, then instead of leaving is as a gap, turning on this feature allow it to create a continuos wall gap. So, it reduce the need to manually create a wall' to close the gap.

Ok la, i know you prefer to watch it in action. A video after the jump!~

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What's News in SolidWorks 2010-> Closed Corner & Hem

Good news for those users who always working with sheet metal design! I found that throughout the years, the ability of sheet metal features is keep on increasing in order to compensate the needs from users. This year, the enhancements are focus on how to enable the user create more complex geometry for sheet metal model in an easier and smarter way!
One of the examples is now we can use the existing Closed Corner command with a greater variety of sheet metal parts. When you are applying the closed corner function to add material for an opened gap, SolidWorks help you to manage the transition well.
Another example will be the improved sheet metal functionality to let the user design more complex sheet metal parts. User can now add hems to non linear edges. When you add hem to a sheet metal part edge, you can now edit the hem profile to control the length! Just like how you can do for edge flange!
Let’s go through the video:

Closed Corner & Hem in sheet metal

We have more than that! please keep following SolidWorks M'sia Community~ =)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What's New in SolidWorks 2010->Assembly Visualization

Hey guys & gals! Heard about assembly visualization before? If you haven't explore in SW2010, perhaps you don't know about this! This is a brand new feature introduced in SolidWorks 2010!
Basically, Assembly visualization provides multiple ways to display and sort components within an assembly in a list and in the graphic area. With this function, user can sort the list by one property at a time.

Assembly Visualization
How Assembly Visualization Can Help You?
1) Basic information calculated from SolidWorks such as mass, volume, surface area are available in the tool.
2) User can define other properties such as vendor, revision or status of a component in the part file itself and then access those data from Assembly Visualization.
3) If you sort by SW-Material, you can edit component materials directly from the list!
4) Color indication-In the graphic area, colors are applied to the model to help the user visualize and compare the relative value of the sorting property for each component.
5) You can save the list information in a separate file such as a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet or a text file.

Monday, November 2, 2009

SolidWorks Discovery-How to customized your own standard toolbox?

Do you know how to customize you own standard toolbox? No? Okay, follow below step by step to create your own toolbox. :)

Step 1: Go to Add-in, check the selection box for both SolidWorks Toolbox & SolidWorks Toolbox Browser.



Step 2: Go to Toolbox>Configure...


Step 3: From the toolbox user interface, choose "1. Select your hardware"


Step 4: From the provided toolbox standard, select a standard that you wish to copy. Hit on the copy icon, then enter a new name for the copied standard.


Step 5: Select the second page(customize hardware), select the hardware you wosh to modify, then customize the size and information from the interface as shown in the figure below:

Step 6: You can add new size for the selected hardware:

Step 7: After key in and customized all the information, remember to press the "Save" button for all the updates. Now, you can browse your own created standard from the toolbox browser, just drag and drop the hardware into you assembly.


and there you go!~