Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Star with freeform

This ‘star’ is easily created with a very useful feature in SolidWorks.

All the horns are very smooth and organic. This feature helps us to create a shape that is very organic. This useful feature no other than freeform. Freeform allow us to create those shapes are very organic which is difficilt to model using sketch feature such as sweeps or loft.

The steps:

1.  Split it to get the highlighted face.

2.  Delete the others, left the highlighted face.

3. Use freeform. Add a curve in the middle of the face and add a point at the center of the curve.

4. Change the view to top view, select the point.

5. Drag the point through Z axis (green color arrow)

6. Pattern it using circular pattern.

7.  Fill all the gaps using filled surface.

8. Finally, knit it up and form it as a solid. As simple as that.

Monday, April 25, 2011


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Challenge 2: Import scanned data

Let's continue with our monthly challenge.

Spot the different and tell us how to have this different appear.

Answer in next post.

Amirul (, application engineer for IME Technology, one of our dedicated technical engineer to solve your SolidWorks and 3DVia problem.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tips & Tricks: SolidWorks with matweb

Do you know that there is website out there inside World Wide Web which offering you the peace of mind of creating your own material properties?

Well, introduce to you Here you have tones and tones of material properties to be choose without having the headache of flipping through your materials handbook! The best thing is it can be associated with your SolidWorks programme! Of course there would be charges, but if you wish to have it free.. well, just have to type all the data on your own as I teach you yesterday.Give it a try!

Warhamni ( a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Customize your materials properties

Are you aware that you can actually customize your material properties inside SolidWorks? As known, SolidWorks already has a library of standard materials. Now, let say you also have your own property library that you get from your customer/vendor, thus you want to use it as the material properties for your modeling. This is not a problem, you can always customize your library to fulfill this need. Now, I will show you how to make this, it is really simple!

1. Open SolidWorks, then open a new Part. Right click At the Material and select Edit Material.

2. Now, you select the type of materials that you want to customize. In my example over here, I want to customize the ABS inside the SolidWorks Materials (folder)> Plastic (folder)> ABS. Copy the selected materials using Right Click> Copy.

3. Close the Window and now select the Custom Material (folder). Expand the folder. Paste the ABS material inside the Plastic Category.

4. Click on the ABS and rename to ABS Molded. You can now change the properties of your material. Shown below are the screen shot of how I changed the Yield Stress values and make my custom specific properties.

Warhamni ( a.k.a 我爱你 (i love you),she is the trainer for CADCAM training centre, SolidWorks Authorized training centre. Although she join the team late but trust me, she's good in 'playing' SolidWorks and a fast learner. She can easily answer you in no time, with her lighting speed Kawasaki.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Customize your own command manager tab

In SolidWorks command manager, there are many existing tabs for you to use, like Features, Sketch, Surfaces … and so on. It allows us to find our feature easily.

Sometimes, I found that it still take my time to find the feature which I want to use especially those I often use. For example, I use Solid-Surface Hybrid modeling all the time. So, those tabs I often use are feature, sketch and Surface. When I want to sketch, I had to go to Sketch tab. When I want to use Extrude, I had to go to Features tab. When I want to use offset surface, I had to go to the Surface tab. It became not so user friendly to me.
To make my work easy, I customize my own command manager tab. Without editing the existing tabs, I create a new tab and put in all the features that I often use.
To customize your own command manager tab, right click on any tab select Customize:

Click on the add new tab and select Empty Tab. Then go to command and you can start to drag the feature into the new tab you just created.

At last, below is the command Manager Tab that I customized for myself. :)

Jackson ( is part of the team member who good in sufacing skill in SolidWorks. You won't believe it until you see some of the exotic cars he model with SolidWorks.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tips & Tricks: Automatic Symmetric Split

One day, you receive an imported part model as below.

Most of the time, we are require to do some modification on the model; it could be the model shape, dimensions of the model or even add some features on the model. Say if the model/part is symmetry, the best practice is to
“Reduce a Part to its Smallest Repeatable Symmetrical Body”
How can SolidWorks help you to do this in the fastest way? By using the SolidWorks Utilities add-on, launch the Symmetry Check tool (Tools > Symmetry Check…).

Then, use the Automatic symmetric split,
The model will be split instantly with split lines.

It doesn’t care the orientation of the part and therefore this is great to be used for imported file or use for simplified the part for simulation purpose.

Ken ( is the Application Engineer (AE), specialist in SolidWorks and SolidWorks enterprise PDM for IME group of companies. He may not have a good fighting skill but he is good in providing solution to manage your company data.