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Many good things come in threes–like fast food: would you like small, medium or large? Other times, we choose between three different flavors, colors, or levels of amenity. That “good, better, best” concept applies to SOLIDWORKS CAD, which is offered in Standard, Professional, and Premium configurations.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 days ago
For the next two weeks, high school students will compete in the FIRST ROBOTICS Championships, STEAMWORKS. SOLIDWORKS is a FIRST Crown Supplier in Houston & St. Louis. We are supporting a record number of 1200+ FIRST teams this season.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
7 days ago
This is an introduction to the Brewing with Electricity series that demonstrates how you can electrify your homebrewing efforts with SOLIDWORKS. Stay tuned for upcoming videos showing the process behind designing an electric brewing system and prepare to learn plenty of SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks along the way.
YouTube
7 days ago
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post letting you all in on my fascination with brewing beer – in particular, with the entire brewing process. So in an attempt to publicize my passion for brewing, there were a lot of folks who took advantage of watching one of my two webinars I presented using the digital version of an electric home brewing system. If you missed it, you can watch it right here.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 days ago
Can SOLIDWORKS share sketches between different part and assembly files? The easiest way to share a sketch is to create a Sketch Block. A Sketch Block turns individual sketch entities into a group or block.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
8 days ago
INEGI, aka Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is one of the most prestigious engineering institutes in Portugal, with 30 years of experience in bringing forth new technologies in the field of research and development. It positions technological innovation right at the interface between industries and universities. INEGI promotes research, technology-based innovations, and transfer of technology oriented towards the industrial sector.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
8 days ago
For those of you who haven’t noticed, SOLIDWORKS is really big on “data reuse.” That’s because recreating information is likely one of the largest contributors to lost time and designer frustration. I was recently on a call with a customer who was using the “Smart Components” feature in SOLIDWORKS in a really cool way.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
9 days ago
Learn about some of the key features of SOLIDWORKS Composer.
Learning Path
10 days ago
It is common practice to update parts and assemblies, but in a SOLIDWORKS Composer file, it is difficult to make substantial design changes since it is not a native SOLIDWORKS CAD software. However, it is simple to update SOLIDWORKS Composer actors and assemblies. All you have to do is select the components, and then choose “Update”. This relieves the headache of needing to update everything externally in SOLIDWORKS. In this lesson, individual actors as well as the whole assembly will be updated to show the updating capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Composer.
Lesson
10 days ago
Animations provide an extra visual representation of how an assembly can be put together, taken apart, and shows the order in which parts are added. Animations compliment exploded views incredibly well and help manufacturers and assemblers understand exactly how the components come together. Animations also serve as a great marketing tool, as they can show off the complexities of the design as well as how refined the final product is. In this lesson, an Animation will be created in SOLIDWORKS Composer by exploding additional components in this assembly.
Lesson
10 days ago
Exploded views can be created in SOLIDWORKS Composer and are incredibly helpful when trying to show all the components used in an assembly, or for showing how to assemble, disassemble, or repair the assembly. Exploded views can also be used for other purposes such as showing off a design by a marketing team. In this lesson, an exploded view and detailing the individual components will be shown by adding labels to each part in the assembly.
Lesson
10 days ago
Since vector graphics scale without distorting the image, they are very useful when trying to insert images into other documents, such as a PDF or a Word doc. Vector images also allow for a clean professional look for marketing purposes. In this lesson, you'll see detail views added to this exploded view and create a vector image of both of them.
Lesson
10 days ago
The Digger tool is a patented technology in SOLIDWORKS Composer that allows you to zoom into a part, create detail views and fade away actors in order to see internal components or mechanisms. Using the Digger tool allows users to easily create detail views of interior components of an assembly without having to manually hide actors in the assembly. Additionally, this tool helps give a better understanding of actors and assemblies with its ability to zoom into any specific portion of a part or assembly. In this lesson, you'll see how the Digger tool can be used to create multiple detail views of both the exterior and some interior areas of an assembly.
Lesson
10 days ago
Being able to incorporate SOLIDWORKS Composer files into a Word document or a PDF gives more flexibility to share information with manufacturers and assemblers. Even if a user doesn’t have SOLIDWORKS Composer downloaded on their machine, incorporating an SMG file into a Word document or a PDF can be a way to communicate efficiently using Composer files. In this lesson, you will see how to link SOLIDWORKS Composer file into a Word Document and a PDF as well as show how different configurations can be loaded in the same document.
Lesson
10 days ago
This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas. Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages, as they marched their planes in and out of the judges’ arena.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
11 days ago
In some cases instead of deleting a dimension, you might decide to hide SOLIDWORKS Drawing Dimensions. Now the question is how to make a hidden dimension visible again? This article demonstrates how to hide and then show dimensions in the drawing environment.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
Machineering, unser Partner für Simulationssoftware, veranstaltet am 18. Mai 2017 – ab 14 Uhr – in München den diesjährigen SIMULATION DAY 2017. machineering-Experten präsentieren die physikbasierte Simulation mit „industrialPhysics“, der Simulations-Software von machineering.
SOLIDWORKS DEUTSCH Blog
12 days ago
SetPageSetupOptions Error Hi,
SOLIDWORKS Forums
2 hours ago
Writing an VB.NET Add-In with Visual Studio it takes much time time to test the application due the fact that SolidWorks need to start and you have to open a file. Is there a method to avoid this?
SOLIDWORKS Forums
2 hours ago
I'm concerned about data backups for our PDM server. I'm less inclined to trust the networking team to backup our data nightly and be able to restore it in a timely manner. I'm asking what lessons learned and best practices have been developed and shared in the community? What software is needed?
SOLIDWORKS Forums
2 hours ago
My company requires a cut list for every job that we do, one major problem that SolidWorks has is the angles in a cut list not showing the direction of the cut. If the saw man were to just get the list and not the drawing, how the saw man is meant to know at which direction the angle is going (see example below):
SOLIDWORKS Forums
3 hours ago
I recently discovered that if you insert a BOM in a SW2017 Drawing, drawing views of the components in the BOM inserted afterwards will automatically be linked to it. People have been asking for something like this for a long time, so it's a great enhancement, but somehow it didn't make it into the "What's New" document (or at least if it did I can't find it). Deepak Gupta did some further checking and discovered that this only works if there's only one table in the Drawing (no other BOM's or
SOLIDWORKS Forums
3 hours ago
I've just restarted the Database server Service as it was stuck and not sending out notifications. During that down time, I set up a STEP conversion task and run by a transition in workflow.
SOLIDWORKS Forums
3 hours ago
I'm trying to develop an API which will allow me to select one of several numbering schemes (serial numbers). The problem is that all the examples have me building an add-in which handles the Serial Number generation as opposed to just generating it from one of the existing serial numbers set up via Admin Tool. The reason I don't want to use a custom S/N generator, is because I don't want to loose the ability to generate new numbers via Copy Tree and Move Tree.
SOLIDWORKS Forums
3 hours ago