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Often times parts vary slightly in design, which can result in different geometry. The Compare Documents command is used to compare the document properties, the features used, the geometry itself, or a bill of materials between two documents in SOLIDWORKS. Because the documents can be so closely compared, it helps identify areas that may cause mechanical issues based on differences in the design geometry. This is an especially great tool for comparing imported geometry to a repaired or modified
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
13 hours ago
Since its infancy, CAD has been a tool for engineers and designers alike. Analogous to going to your tool box and getting something to remove a bolt, you will usually have several options to choose from. Will a ratchet be best for this situation? Maybe a pair of pliers?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 day ago
Warning: SOLIDWORKS System Resources Running Low This blog is for those unlucky individuals working in SOLIDWORKS are persistently annoyed by this message.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 days ago
Looking for the perfect gift but don’t want to buy anything new? In this guide we will show you how we took an old useless box and use SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing and turned it into something new. Now this box isn’t all that useless, it serves a purpose.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
In our latest SOLIDWORKS tutorial series, Cadtek Systems’ Stuart Wortley combines his passion for the outdoors to guide you through creating your very own Drift Trike. This latest gravity sport is rising in popularity both in the US and in the UK. It comprises of a single wheel at the front with two, often Nylon, wheels at the rear to allow “drift”. The 3D modelling techniques in this series cover a wide range of skills useful to any SOLIDWORKS user.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 days ago
This is the second installment of our new Stump the Chump blog series here at SOLIDWORKS. In this series we will delve into common SOLIDWORKS questions and/or problems that our users have on a day-by-day basis and will present various ways in which they can solve them. While we have a large team of seasoned CAD users at SOLIDWORKS available to answer user questions, we also have the most passionate and best CAD community in the world. So in this blog series, we are going to share advice, tips
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
When setting up an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, we typically think of applying forces or other loads and calculating the resulting stresses and displacements as our outputs. However, in situations where the forces may not be known, an expected displacement can effectively be used as the “load” input to the analysis. This is known as a Prescribed Displacement and is available under the External Loads drop-down.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
7 days ago
Author: Chris Briand, CSWE, Javelin Technologies A kin to the article that our teammate, Josh Carrier, wrote back in 2010, I thought it high time we review the process of how to increase virtual memory on your workstation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
10 days ago
How to use the Automatic Border Feature The Automatic Border Feature quickly allows you to create a border in your sheet format. You can control every aspect of the border, including grid size and layout.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
11 days ago
On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions Continuing our series on automating forms inside of SOLIDWORKS PDM, we’ll move along with an example in Microsoft Word. (See Part 1 on Excel docs as forms here.)
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
It’s no secret that a 3D model makes conveying your concepts, ideas, or designs easier than ever but, navigating around the 3D space can sometimes prove tricky. It can even sometimes seem borderline impossible. So, here are a few tips that can help you orient your 3D models with ease. With these tricks you can save yourself from the tediousness of manipulating views and get back to conveying your concepts and designs.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
Welcome to this new edition of the SOLIDWORKS Support Monthly News, coauthored by members of the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support teams worldwide. NEW Functionality: Import SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials into SOLIDWORKS Composer
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
There’s no need to lament any further over missed connections thanks to the SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2017 Connection Dots feature. Missed Connections – Somewhere on Craigslist Prior to September 2016
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
SOLIDWORKS Composer can enable users to transform 3D CAD data into technical communications that helps customers understand and retain product information effectively. One of Composer’s powerful functions is to “breathe life” into conventional 2D documentation and 3D interactive outputs with dynamic hyperlinks and user-friendly navigation. By setting up a navigation structure ahead of time, the creation of the interactive content is reduced to a series of simple steps and the result is
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
20 days ago
On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
21 days ago
Creating and presenting drawings for parts and assemblies is an important step in any design process. In some cases, it may be made difficult to see specific areas of the model in that drawing view. This typically results from the model geometry getting in the way of seeing certain features based on the view angle. In any case, this problem can be easily solved using the 3D Drawing View mode.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
24 days ago
On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
28 days ago
This is the final installment of the Make It Move with SOLIDWORKS series where we cover the last technique for making things move, Motion Simulation. Motion Simulation is the most powerful and detailed method of making your designs move in SOLIDWORKS because you can simulate gravity, friction, and forces while getting useful outputs such as motor torque curves, motion profiles, sensors, and several other unique capabilities. In this video, I use the same robot from FIRST Robotics Team 3506 YETI
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
29 days ago
Let’s find out the optimal forward lean angle for a Ski jumper in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to help him get the longest jump in his life! In this article we will try to determine the value of a lift force as a function of a forward lean angle (FLA) of Ski jumper. To find this characteristic, we tested four different body position.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
On May 20th and 21st, 1927 Charles Lindbergh, aka “Lucky Lindy”, made history by completing the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight; piloting his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Long Island, New York to Paris, France. To celebrate the anniversary of Lindy’s achievement we’re showing SOLIDWORKS users how to model a 30” wingspan version of his iconic aircraft. Throughout this series, we’ll fly through lessons on how to work off imported images, and we’ll use a series of extrusions,
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Are you finding yourself generating the same feature every time you create a new part? Would you like an easy way to stamp your company logo into your products? Then the SOLIDWORKS Library Feature is meant for you!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
It’s easy to understand the range of motion of an assembly when you’re working with a 3D model. But how can one communicate this effectively in a 2D drawing environment? Well, the Alternate Position View makes quick work of this by allowing you to indicate the range of motion of assembly components by showing them in different positions.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago