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  1. I am trying to configure my drawing titleblock. Is there a way of opening a drawing template, Importing my part, and see the title block filled in (included dynamic text eg materials)? It seems that I have to go into properties and set the data fields (in drawing and part) every single time I import a new part. What I want to do is set a master template, so every time I drop a part into the drawing - the drawing block shows all the info to that part. I dont want to reconfigure my properties every time I load a new drawing. Is there a way of doing this?
  2. Hi guys, I need some of your technical wisdom/help I am designing a collapsible baby buggy and I am trying to design the handles that pivot inwards and lock together, Could you guys help me in deciding what method I should pivot and lock the handles together? The structure is made from aluminium tubing. here are the pics:- any help would be appreciated guys
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    Can anyone give me some advice. I have got a large assy and want to animated it. But I get errors on there not being enough memory. This is when I am manipulating the model in animation - thats before I have rendered it! I have a 4gb quad Pentium. Windows 7. Best performance enabled. And tonnes of HD space. I have enabled the performance sliders to best within SW2010. Is there a way to supress the features so I just have the finished model. I dont need to edit it - I just want to rotate the @#$@#$ thing! The large assy has been enabled. I have enabled everything to lightweight but still giving me problems.
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    Fabric Animation

    I need to animate a foldable chair with a canvas seat. Is there a way of modelling fabric in SW - then manipulating it in animator? Just imagine a deck chair and how the fabric folds. I doubt if SW can do this, but if anyone could come up with any leftfield ideas on how to do this. Cheers
  5. I have a small static assembly of 3 parts that needs to be FEA. I noticed that simulationXpress doesnt cater for assemblies. So I tried to save the assy as 1 part. Whether I saved it as a sldprt or iges, Solidworks generates multibodies of various kinds. I want just 1 solid body to work on in SW. Any advice on how to this guys?
  6. How do I import a M6x50 caphead screw in Solidworks? In toolbox the defaults only go upto 30mm on most small screws. Is there a way to alter the length easily within toolbox rather than changing the part directly? Also, is there a larger toolbox database/design library to download or is the one in 2010 the only ones?
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    Solidworks Mates

    I have a large assembly model with many parts and mates. There are 4 or 5 specific mates that I need to access and adjust to show the client the models movement. I dont want to trawl through hundreds of mates to access the specific ones. Is there a shortcut I can link to the mates so I can access them quickly through the main feature manager, rather than going through the submenus?
  8. My client wants an rendered animation of an collapsible wheelchair. I have modeled the components in solidworks but am thinking of doing a professional rendering animation in 3DS. I am more comfortable creating the animation steps within SW. Then I know all the parts interact with each other. Is it feasible to do the animation steps (keyframes et al) within SW and exporting the model complete with animation settings to 3DS? Then using the rendering engine of 3DS to make it look as professional as possible.
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    Solidworks Animation

    I hope it does not use the same design characteristics as mine & is just an upgrade of an existing model. My product is finally being launched at the mobility show in Peterborough on July 1st. Please see www.jouleflowdesigns.com for a different approach to collapsible wheelchair design. Its okay your patent is safe
  10. I have the full version of SW2010 and have imported the assy files created in Solidworks2010 educational version created by a uni colleague. When I import an assy file it warns me that it is for educational perposes only and when I modify the assy file and try to save it - it will not let me. It this another example of SW not being compatible with other versions? I always new it wasnt backwards compatible with earlier yearly versions, but not with the same year products! Anyone help?
  11. I am researching into collapsable furniture and need some examples of hinged joints for round 1/2inch-inch bar. I have come across this site: http://www.tubeandbracket.com/the-product/leantek-components I am especially interested lockable hinges and telescopic tubing. Any of you guys dealt with hinged aliminium/plastic tubing?
  12. I am currently running a Solidworks project that involves 40+ seperated drawings. In the past my projects have been sufficiently small enough for me not to worry about drawing etiquette I am finding my time is spent manually updating title blocks and bill of materials. Its a pain in the arse to be honest and I am sure there is a way of automatically handling the project more efficiently. How should I name my parts in the proper manner. At the moment I just name them spring_1, spigot_a, washer_a etc... When it comes to updating the BOM, I have to update everything - description, material, drg no, qty etc... Where do I update the parts list so all the drawing block is properly automatically updated. Is there a way of linking the title block with an excel BOM for example? This is a great time to learn how to make SW more efficient and make my life easier for me. Any input in how you guys do it will be of interest. Regards, voodoo
  13. I have pin that travels along a recess in a frame and then drops down to lock in to place. I can add a tangent mate on the pin and channel or a distance mate, so it looks like the pin is travelling down the channel in a staight line. But how can I get the pin to fall down the recesses into lock position? Here is a pic any help guys?
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    2d To 3d Sketch

    Is it possible to convert a 2d sketch into a 3d sketch. The model I want to alter is a chainlink file I downloaded from solidworkscentral and it involves the crvpattern command of which I am unfamiliar. See file: http://www.3dcontentcentral.com/download-m...1&id=13156# What I need is to change the 2d sketch path into a 3d sketch path. So the individual chain links follow a xyz path instead of an xy path. Any help guys?
  15. I use sw2010 at home and 2009 at work. I presume sw is not backwards compatable like previous versions. Is there a way of loading 2010 files into 2009?
  16. I am going to start my Masters Degree in Product Development in Sept. I am already thinking of my main project. I would presume it would be an open brief - like my final degree year. I need advice on what the examination board would favour in terms of deciding on a final project. I made a mistake in my final year degree in concentrating too much on getting a working prototype up and running than my report - which could have been better but ran out of time on getting the prototype working. Could you give me examples of main degree projects that you have been successful with. Should my project include a working prototype? a non-working visual prototype or can I get a succesfull pass with JUST a good Project Report with plenty of research/ideas/concepts/drawings etc..? As long as I can prove the idea works in the report - there is no need for a working prototype? Any final year ideas or examples would be great. Some ideas I have seen: http://www.eng.brad.ac.uk/?p=ugra_d000s Cheers voodoo
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    Masters Degree Project Advice

    Thanks for such and indepth response. My aim is to get employment not start a business. I wanted successfull examples of good projects that you have seen that have impressed you, or examples of fellow students projects which have done well as a main project.
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    After Effects

    AE newbie here! I have a camera dolly clip of a town day skyline. I would like to replace the skyline with an animated dusk skyline .avi over it. Remember: the camera is panning as well as the skyline. How do I remove the sky from the movie?
  19. I have slight imperfections in my SLA model. The imperfections are 0.1mm grooves in the model and need to be filled. So due to the small filling area I would think a thin filler would be best. The proto is ABS material from a Dimension machine. Could anyone recommend a filler ? Maybe there is a filler spray out there that would do the job? Cheers
  20. Is there a way to link my PC to more processing power i.e. another PC to help with my 3DS renderings? I saw a program about 3D Special FX and the computers are linked to many servers to take the processing weight. Is there a smaller more cost effective way a humble home user could do this?
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    Extra Processing Power

    Is there something out there that will just dedicate itself to the rendering process rather than buying a computer? Maybe this is what a server is? Sorry I'm a newbie on these matters.
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    After Effects

    I am a newbie at After Effects can anyone help me? Have a large picture jpeg (4000x3000 pixels) What I want to do is pan and zoom a camera around the image and save it as a 10 second video. Any thoughts how I would do this guys?
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    Color Matching

    See the link: I presume the footage is tracked by matchmaking software (boujou) then the 3DS objects are imported to be compositioned. What I want to know is how they get the color/textures in the footage to seamlessly blended with the 3D objects to make it look so realistic? When I Color Match in After Effects the proccess is more hit and miss. Is there a quick and accurate way of doing this?
  24. I am trying to animate a fairly large polygon scene. How do I simplify the on-screen refresh rate? The screen viewports takes ages to update so I need a way to simplify the onscreen polygons- yet when I render the objects they need to be fully detailed. Any help?
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    Producing A Cv

    Hi, I have various media that I want to put on a disc that showcases my CV. What I want is to be able to insert the disc and it will automatically load my CV on screen. The viewer will then be able to click on various windows/links to view the text/pics or video. Is there any software that can do this? I know Powerpoint can link various media, is there anything out there that is better for my needs?

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