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  • 1. zoom/rotate about mouse cursor not working (2005)
    For some reason, I can't get my sw 2005 to zoom into the cursor position, it will only zoom into center of the screen... I have changed the option View..Modify..Zoom about center, both checked and unchecked.. I can't find any other place to set this option.. Help please.. thanks!
  • 2. Maximum Radius of curvature?
    Hello, In SW, the Check menu allows you to check the" maximum radius of curvature". What exactly does this mean? It seems to mean different things in different industries. I have checked all my radius's and the numbers dont match up with anything. Is the some kind of standard equation for this? I couldnt find anything online. Thanks Mike
  • 3. Solidworks working time.
    Well done Solidworks! I have not had a crash for three weeks now and I am working a heavy cpu demanding project. :) Now this "may" be irrelevant, but what I did was to look at every sub-assembly, then suppressed every part/assembly, except the first two in the tree. After doing this, I looked at the mates between the two remaining parts/ assemblies and found that they were not at the top of the mate tree. This happens due to design changes, parts replaced and even moving parts/assemblies up and down the tree. Perfectly normal when designing, but why do the mates not move automatically up/down the mates tree, with the parts/assemblies? I then moved the mate to be at the top of the tree and continued down the tree, un-suppressing each part/assembly in turn, then moving the mates up the mate tree to correspond to the assembly. A bonus of this action, is that you can see that the parts/assemblies, are not constrained in the assembled order. I can see why, this would give Solidworks, a headache! This has not only reduced the crashing but has also improved the document opening speeds. This takes time and is sooooooo boring, but it has helped a lot. Now is there an automatic way of doing this or can it be added to future releases?

40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby western1812 » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 01:33:32 GMT


Has most Solidworks models for direct download.

Very detailed and great for running COSMOS prior to construction.


Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Mr. Me » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 10:18:36 GMT

I clicked on at least 20 assorted items and no models.  Do you have a 
specific example?

Re: 40,000 models/drawings free at McMaster-Carr

Postby Keith Streich » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 22:01:37 GMT

We had the McMaster boys in on 4-13-05 and they were asking about
suggestions, changes and how we used their website.  The first thing which
popped into my mind was to make their 3D models more accessible.

Instead of searching and searching down through all their items, then
entering given specifications, then showing if there was an available
models, just get me to the parts.  If something is exactly as I require,
great, they are number one on the vendor list.  If not, let me modify an
available model/solid for my requirements and I'll search for vendors later,
but I'll get my work done.

They could be a great source for part data and part dimensional

Give me your thoughts, I'm sure they are still open for suggestions and I'm
positive they don't watch this group.

I just thought it would be nice to see what everyone else thought.

Keith Streich
Pflow Industries, Inc
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Milwaukee, WI 53209

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