SolidWorks MOKA Meeting - April 6, 2010
Brian Long, User Group Leader, who I met at SolidWorks 2010 invited me to attend any of their meetings when I was in the North Oklahoma area. The meeting is held is in a community center in east Joplin and has members from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. SolidWorks Forum Website uses a coffee cup "mocha" logo. The meeting was a couple users showing how they model sample parts. The meeting was on a Tuesday night from 4:45 to 7:45 with 9 people at the begining and 14 people at the end (there are 36 members on the email list and 22 of them on the forum site). Good thing I showed up, they needed splitter cable (HA HA). The following notes come from that meeting:
•Starting in SolidWorks 2010, macros.can now be recorded in VB or C#.
•There is an issue with Windows 7, Internet 8, and SolidWorks 2010 that may not allow SolidWorks to load unless you change the DEP Settings.
•Sketches can be grouped together into blocks so they travel together (just like AutoCAD).
•For SolidWorks to load Inventor parts with parameters, you must have Inventor installed on the same machine otherwise it comes in as a dumb parasolid (I'm not sure about this since I do have Inventor and SolidWorks on the same machine).
•There's a new "twist" along path that will quickly make a helix.
•You can use a dumb parasolid as a template part to keep users from changing the original "make from" part.
•The new Property Builder Tab is really cool.
•There is a reported bug that if you use an equation editor to create, it cannot be linked to a drawing (actually it links from you get the variable name and not the variable value).
•On a vacuum formed part, a hidden sketch with arrayed lines is added so that a grid pattern can be shown on the drawing.
•Using guide lines on a loft can force a lofted part's shape.
There was an unusal challenge at the end of the meeting to model an apple.