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Structural Member



Tips & Tricks

Does your company use a unique profile that comes back several times during modeling in SolidWorks? 

Then it can be useful to create a "Structural Member"!

Read on and discover step by step how you can create your own profile in SolidWorks.


Start with a new Part.

Then start a new Sketch on the Top Plane.

Draw the section of your profile.

When the sketch of the cross section is completely defined, you finish the sketching. 

Then select the Sketch in the SolidWorks Tree and go to Save As.

Choose to save as "Lib Feat Part (*.sldlfp)".
Make sure the file is saved in the right place. This is in the directory where the path for the Structural Members is placed.

When this is done correctly, an "L" will appear at the Sketch.
You can also set the material for your profile and fill in other Properties if needed.

Time to test our new profile!


Collision Detection

By default, SolidWorks does not take into account whether or not components are mixed up, which can lead to surprises later on.

Do you want to avoid that your product turns out not to work after production because of parts colliding?

Read below why Collision Detection is the tool for you!

Excel AutoFill

Everyone is familiar with the Excel function "AutoFill". However, not everyone knows that you can also apply it in SolidWorks.

You can use this handy feature while configuring certain Components, Features or Dimensions.

In the following we will show you how you can auto fill the "Suppress checkbox" to all configurations in the model.

Model Items

In this tip you will discover how you can reuse the dimensions you have applied to the model in the drawing environment.

Read on quickly and save time from now on with the making of technical drawings.

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