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Creating a Base Flange as a Cross Section
Use a Miter Flange Instead of a Hem!
Getting a Clean Tapered Edge in the Flat Pattern
Custom Relief Type
Controlling the Default Bend Radius

Control the Corner Gap of a Four-Sided Box
Create a Fill Pattern with a Fill Boundary

Using SolidWorks Vent Feature for Sheet Metal

Fixing Corner Relief
Bend Tables

SolidWorks Built-In Calculator
Displaying Toolbars with Keyboard Shortcuts

Change the Orientation of the Standard Views

Biggest Time Saver for SolidWorks ... The Scroll Mouse?
Moving and Copying Features

Jog Fixed Length vs Non-fixed Length

Add your Personal Touch to SolidWorks - Part 2
Add Your Personal Touch to SolidWorks - Part 1

Repeating the Same Commands in SolidWorks

Radial Dimension on a Revolved Feature

Create an Edge Flange on a Curved Planar Edge
Create a New Sheet Metal Forming Tool

Turn Off Sketch Relations Flags to See the Sketch Better

Copy Entities Versus Mirror Entities
Hole Wizard Pre-Selection Versus Post-Selection

Use a Miter Flange Instead of a Hem!
Sometimes when you want to place a hem on two or more edges of a part, the Miter Flange command will make your life easier. While it may not let you use as small of a radius as you want (we all think we can bend zero radius, but we canít) the ease of use and control is so much better.

Getting a Clean Tapered Edge in the Flat Pattern
Many times when you design a part with a tapered edge, you really want the flat pattern to have a clean, single line edge without the bumps along the bend area. See how to accomplish this, looking at several techniques in SolidWorks to see which one really gets the job done.

Custom Relief Type
When you create an Edge Flange or a Miter Flange that does not go the full length of the edge you select, you have the opportunity to specify a Custom Relief at the short end.

Controlling the Default Bend Radius
In the general use of SolidWorks, the default bend radius on a new part is whatever you specified as the default value on the last sheet metal part you had open. How do you prevent having to always check and change the default bend radius when you start a new part?

Control the Corner Gap of a Four-Sided Box
A common part is the four-sided box. There is one question that arises very often with this very common part. How do you control the gap in the corners of a common four-sided box to ensure that the flat pattern is squared up for punching?

Create a Fill Pattern with a Fill Boundary
A Fill Pattern allows you to fill a defined region with a predefined cut shape or pattern of features. You can sketch a boundary to be used as well as control the pattern layout.

Using SolidWorks Vent Feature for Sheet Metal
The Vent command is a unique way to create sheet metal cutouts. Think of the vents for cooling fans on your computer. What would have been a long process to sketch is greatly simplified by this feature.

Fixing Corner Relief
The Corner Trim command is a great tool for preparing your sheet metal parts for manufacturing; however, it does not allow you to see the results in the 3D model. A simple work around is to use the Unfold command to flatten the bends in the corner you are concerned with and then apply an extruded cut to remove the material.

Bend Tables
SolidWorks allows you to create three different styles of Bend Tables: Bend Allowance, Bend Deduction, and K-Factor. But, the help file is not much help since it is out of date and talks about the old text file method of creating the tables. The sample tables provided aren't much help either, since they do not use the correct format.

SolidWorks Built-In Calculator
A lot of people have a calculator close to their workstation. I tend to use to the Windows calculator on my computer. Did you know that SolidWorks has a built-in calculator? This may not be the most advanced feature of SolidWorks, but many users to do not take advantage of this great tool.

Displaying Toolbars with Keyboard Shortcuts
While many users already use keyboard shortcuts, many miss the optional ability to control the display of toolbars with keyboard shortcuts. Learn how to the clever user can quickly create a powerful interface where the use of keyboard shortcuts can quickly toggle the display of custom toolbars.

Change the Orientation of the Standard Views
There are many standard SolidWorks views to choose from. Once in awhile you get a part that just isnít oriented the way you think it should be. What you think is the Top view is really the Front view.

Biggest Time Saver for SolidWorks . . . The Scroll Mouse?
Your mouse plays a vital role in using SolidWorks. If you have a two button mouse with a scroll wheel, the wheel acts as a third button. SolidWorks takes full advantage of the common three button mouse to pick commands, select objects, and accept features.

Moving and Copying Features
A great way to increase your productivity is to reuse work that you have already done. SolidWorks makes it very easy to reuse features such as extruded bosses, extruded cuts, holes, and sketches by allowing you to drag and drop features from one place to another.

Jog Fixed Length vs Non-fixed Length
The Fixed projected length check box can be used to maintain the original length of the part or to add material to hold the fixed edge of the part.

Add Your Personal Touch to SolidWorks - Part 1
One way to add your personal touch is using an image file as the SolidWorks background. You may want to use a picture of your family, favorite car, vacation place, or company logo. Then, share your favorite background images with fellow SolidWorks users by emailing them to us to upload to the website.

Add Your Personal Touch to SolidWorks - Part 2
Another way to add your personal touch is using PropertyManager skins. A skin is just a tiled bitmap image applied as a background of the PropertyManager. Then, share your favorite background images with fellow SolidWorks users by emailing them to us to upload to the website.

Repeating the Same Commands in SolidWorks
Many times when working in SolidWorks, you have to repeat the same command over and over again. Or, you may use a few commands over and over again. Fortunately, there are functions in SolidWorks that help you out considerably.

Radial Dimension on a Revolved Feature
See how to dimension the sketch properly to place the desired radial diameter dimensions on a revolved feature.

Create an Edge Flange on a Curved Planar Edge
SolidWorks 2007 now allows you to add an edge flange on curved planar edges. Single curved edges, multiple tangent edges, cylindrical edges, and lofted edges on parts can now be used easily to create an edge flange.

Create a New Sheet Metal Forming Tool
You can easily create your own forming tools using the Forming Tool command in SolidWorks 2006. The Orientation Sketch and the colors that identify the stopping faces and the faces to remove are added automatically.

Turn Off Sketch Relations Flags to See the Sketch Better
When working in a sketch, sketch relations are very useful. A small flag appears in the sketch indicating which sketch relation was used and where. Sometimes, though, these small flags can add up and make it difficult to see sketch entities. SolidWorks allows you to control the display of the Sketch Relation flags.

Copy Entities Versus Mirror Entities
Sketches often contain shapes that are used more than once in a sketch. There are various ways in SolidWorks to accomplish this. Which way is better?

Hole Wizard Pre-Selection Versus Post-Selection
There are two ways to use the Hole Wizard in SolidWorks. You can either select the plane or face to create the hole on before or after you select the Hole Wizard command. What's the difference?

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