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Most know if you right click on a tool bar and choose customize at the bottom of the dialog that pops up you can then choose the commands tab and look for the command you want to add to a tool bar then drag and drop it onto your toolbar.
The quick way to do this however is to use the search function at the top of your SolidWorks Window. Select Commands from the drop down menu.
Then type in the command name. Lastly from the search results drag the command to a tool bar and Voila you just saved a ton of mouse clicks and scrolling.
Shown below is searching for cavity function and moving it to the features toolbar:
Im frustrated. As you all know SW is releasing Edrawings Pro for the iPad. Its great! It has all of what we have been asking since the release of the first iPad edrawings. But why am I frustrated? Well first is that I bought the original app for 2 bucks and now after they have made the pro version they want me to pony up and pay 4.99 for the next few days to get the ‘pro’ version and after that it will cost 9.99. Grrrrr I feel like I am being nickled and dimed to death by SW now. Had I known that there was going to be a pro version that I would end up paying for in the end I would have not bought the first version and then waited and bought the second ‘Pro’ version.
I know its only a few bucks but really! After investing in the first version of the app where the funds I am sure were re-invested into the pro version I am told I have to put up more cash to get what I have been requesting for extra features.
Am I alone in this? Do you feel like you have been ripped off by buying the first version?
No links to the app have been provided, mainly I refuse to be a part of what I see as a money grab. If you want it go and google it. There are plenty of people blogging about it… Dont get me wrong the app is great but this bait and switch with the first version to the second ‘Pro’ version has gotten under my skin.
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Another tutorial video from UsingSolidWorks on splitting up a part and saving the multi bodies out into an assembly in a few easy clicks. As well a contest for a iPad. You could get a 1 in 25 chance of winning it. Pretty good odds if you ask me http://usingsolidworks.com/members/ipad-contest-and-a-free-20-min-solidworks-tutorial-video/
Vary pattern is a super handy tool. EXTREMELY finicky but if you use it right it can save a ton of time in modeling.
The link mentioned in the video is here: Vary Pattern in SolidJott
The registry entry you are looking for is:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SolidWorks\SolidWorks 2009\User Interface\Dialogs
Sting value = uiCirPatternDlg_copts
Value date = tfmexps_0_esa_360.000000_esc_1_gp_1_pc_1_dexps_359_
The correct, default value for this string should be = dexps_359_tfmexps_0_esa_360.000000_esc_0_gp_1_pc_1_
You can simply delete this string value to fix the problem; it will be re-created the next time you use the linear/circular pattern feature.
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I apologize to everyone since just before Christmas SolidJott has been under spam attack and some crap gets through. I am doing my best to keep the jerks out but it is getting to be a bit much. I have generally 10-30 spam signups a day and upwards of 100 article (spam) submissions per day. I may lock down the site here and have it invite only to stop this nonsense.
Sorry for any spam I may have sent your way.
Over the last year thousands have contacted me with their SolidWorks modeling problems.
What is interesting is that a very large portion of the problems are the same, so your not alone. So instead of bashing your head against your desk and grinding your teeth how about you check out these free videos I have put out for the coming year? I am very confident that you will find answers to some of your issues modeling, given how often these tips and tricks are requested.
We have just re-vamped our system and replacing some of the free videos to address these common issues to get you up and running frustration free. And we want everyone to benifit from the new videos so we are listing them below for you to check out. For some of you these will be repeats but sometimes it is always good to do a review, you never know what you may have missed. Enjoy!
- 7+ most wanted tips and tricks from SolidJott over 2010
- Threads, if you have to model them, what are the most efficient and fast ways to model them up.
- Optimizing assembly performance in two parts: System settings and Ninja tricks
- Matt Lombard the author of the SolidWorks bible, the SolidWorks Surfacing bible and others shares his filleting tricks
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