## Calculating Natural Frequency of a Semi-Ring

For this post I decided to test out something that I learned in my mechanical vibrations class which is calculating the natural frequency of a semi-ring.  This ring can be seen above with some of the basic dimensions.  Below are

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## Creating 3D Sketches in SolidWorks

This video shows the basics of using 3D sketches within your models.  3D Sketches are very useful when creating car chassis or anything where lines or curves cross through multiple planes.  They reduce the number of planes that will

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## Sketch Pictures Help in SolidWorks

Are you trying to create SolidWorks sketches that are based off of pictures or hand drawn sketches?  If you are, this video will show the basics of how to open an image file within a SolidWorks sketch and use

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## Scooter in SolidWorks

For this post, I created something that a number of people use as a means of transportation or just for fun.  The scooter was a simple but fun build consisting of seven basic parts.  The grip on the base was

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## Transition to SolidWorks from Creo or ProE: Drawing Documents

This video is the final part of a three part series providing tips to help learn SolidWorks if you have used Creo or ProE before and now have to learn SolidWorks for school or for a job.  The basics

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## Transition to SolidWorks from Creo or ProE: Assembly Documents

Check out this video which is the second part of a three part series providing tips to help learn SolidWorks if you have used Creo or ProE before and now have to learn SolidWorks for school or for a

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## Transition to SolidWorks from Creo or ProE

Check out this video which is part of a three part series providing tips to help learn SolidWorks if you have used Creo or ProE before and now have to learn SolidWorks for school or for a job.  The

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## Octopus in SolidWorks

This post I decided to create something that was a little out of the ordinary.  This octopus took me a quite a while to complete.  I started by creating sketches for the head of the octopus in order to define

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## Creating Blocks within Sketches for Synthesizing Linkages, Cams and Gears

Check out this video demonstrating how to use the block feature within SolidWorks to create sketches that behave like linkages, cams, or gears.  Blocks take a group of entities and lock them together.  These are able to be moved,

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## Take-Out Food Box in SolidWorks

For this post, I decided to create something that we all have most likely seen at some point in our lives, a take-out food box.  I created it using sheet metal tools as I treated the sheet metal like paper.

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Check out this video that shows where to find the tutorials in SolidWorks on DimXpert and TolAnalyst.  DimXpert allows you to create dimensions in your part documents that can be brought into your drawings faster which will save you time

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Check out this video showing where to find tutorials already within SolidWorks that demonstrate how to use PhotoView 360.  This add in lets you render realistic images of your model that you can place in reports to show

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## Elephant in SolidWorks

For this post I decided to share one of my more creative models that I made recently.  This elephant took some time in order to get it to work out how I wanted.  I used pictures of an elephant as

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## FEM Comparison Between Hand Calculations and SolidWorks Simulation

One class I am taking this year is a class on the finite element method (FEM).  I decided for this post to solve out a relatively simple FEM problem by hand and then compare my answer by using SolidWorks Simulation.

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## Strength of Materials Help in SolidWorks

Check out this video showing which SolidWorks tutorials can help you test the effects that different materials have on your model.  Included are tutorials showing how to set up simulation studies on composite materials.  The end of this video provides

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