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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
3 days ago
In this blog we are going to explore the bi-lingual capabilities of SOLIDWORKS 2017 through the powerful 3D Interconnect functionality. But first, let’s be clear about what we are talking about here, a quick google definition will help. “A device used to connect two things together” that’s exactly what SOLIDWORKS 3D interconnect makes possible! The connecting of two completely different CAD packages!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 days 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
5 days 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
7 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
The Command Search function in SOLIDWORKS has to be my favorite feature. I find myself using it nearly every single day. What I love most about it is that any, and every, command is at my finger tips. Whether it’s a command I use once a quarter or once a decade, I can find it using this feature.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
13 days ago
SOLIDWORKS 2016 introduced the Thread feature, which allows you to easily create standard threads as actual, fully-modeled geometry. What if you have non-standard threads you want to use? The answer is to create your own thread profiles. The process is pretty straightforward and explained in the SOLIDWORKS Help.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
Assemblies often have duplicate components used throughout the design. However some of these duplicates need to be oriented as a left or right hand version of the original. SOLIDWORKS enables you to mirror components and simultaneously create left and right hand versions of individual components, which remain linked in the design and update together. Check out the video below to learn more!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
14 days ago
Written by: Bryce Hooper, Application Engineer at DASI Solutions Filling out forms is always a drag. Automating those forms with data cards and transition updates is a great way to alleviate that burden.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
16 days ago
Are you tired of getting the same old bouquet of roses for that special someone in your life? We suggest our fellow SOLIDWORKS users try something a little different by modeling this rose for that special someone. It will be a gift that shouts, “Hey, I care about you so much that I learned SOLIDWORKS Surface modeling just for you. And like my love for you, this version of the rose will last forever.”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
17 days ago
One of the first questions we get from new SOLIDWORKS users is how to set up their Bill of Materials (BOM) to match company standards. We do this by first setting up a Bill of Materials, arranging it as needed, then saving it as a template for future use. Start by adding the Custom Properties needed to your parts in your assemblies.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
19 days ago
If you do a range of similar products, you will know that configurations of your parts will save you a whole lot of work on a daily basis, but once you have started putting these parts into assemblies it can get confusing. Basically, the possibilities all multiply, as does the potential for selecting and changing the wrong thing Here we have a “Bracket” part with some configurations in it:
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
22 days ago
While there are many pattern features that can be used to replicate geometry, the Fill Pattern command allows you to fill a specified area with that pattern. This patterning command is unique in that the number of patterns and layout is automatically determined based on the defined area. This area can be adjusted by setting the margin values, and a variety of patterning types are available to create custom layouts. Check out the video below to learn more!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
22 days ago
Are you tired of getting the same old bouquet of roses for that special someone in your life? We suggest our fellow SOLIDWORKS users try something a little different by modeling this rose for that special someone. It will be a gift that shouts, “Hey, I care about you so much that I learned SOLIDWORKS Surface modeling just for you. And like my love for you, this version of the rose will last forever.”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
24 days ago
Are you tired of getting the same old bouquet of roses for that special someone in your life? We suggest our fellow SOLIDWORKS users try something a little different by modeling this rose for that special someone. It will be a gift that shouts, “Hey, I care about you so much that I learned SOLIDWORKS Surface modeling just for you. And like my love for you, this version of the rose will last forever.”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
What is a “Vortex Across a Pressure Boundary?” In Flow Simulation, a vortex is a region in the fluid domain which causes a swirl in a region where there is asymmetric drag in the flow field.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
“That looks ok, but can we see the spring compress?” It is the dreaded question that so many SOLIDWORKS animation users find themselves on the receiving end of. Creating in-context geometry modifications is not always the easiest task in an animation. A spring compressing or decompressing is the quintessential example of this.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Are you tired of getting the same old bouquet of roses for that special someone in your life? We suggest our fellow SOLIDWORKS users try something a little different by modeling this rose for that special someone. It will be a gift that shouts, “Hey, I care about you so much that I learned SOLIDWORKS Surface modeling just for you. And like my love for you, this version of the rose will last forever.”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
We all get busy and when you’re rushing to get a job completed, it’s easy to form some bad SOLIDWORKS habits along the way. We polled some of our SOLIDWORKS power users to see what helped them break the bad habits and increase their efficiency. 5 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL SOLIDWORKS POWER USERS
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Written by: Michael Nolte, Application Engineer, DASI Solutions From time to time, there is a need to create a test environment so that any potential changes to a SOLIDWORKS PDM vault can be tested away from the production vault or a vault that is actively being used. This way, change can be vetted out without causing delay or problems to a company’s normal activities in a production PDM vault.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Welcome back to the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Step-Up series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing all things SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Today, the North America SOLIDWORKS Simulation experts will discuss thermal analysis.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Many of us SOLIDWORKS users would be considered “gear heads”, or high-tech enthusiasts, but some of us take our “gear headed-ness” to such a high level that our enthusiasm for all things mechanical just pours from our heart. This tutorial series is for you, the SOLIDWORKS user that says “Nay, I am not just a gear head, I’m a gear heart!” In this four-part series we’ll be building a functional geared heart pendant using mostly essential SOLIDWORKS features, with a few unique part and assembly
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Many of us SOLIDWORKS users would be considered “gear heads”, or high-tech enthusiasts, but some of us take our “gear headed-ness” to such a high level that our enthusiasm for all things mechanical just pours from our heart. This tutorial series is for you, the SOLIDWORKS user that says “Nay, I am not just a gear head, I’m a gear heart!” In this four-part series we’ll be building a functional geared heart pendant using mostly essential SOLIDWORKS features, with a few unique part and assembly
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The <MOD-DIAM> issue can occur if you’ve been running several versions of SOLIDWORKS alongside one another on the same machine. SOLIDWORKS routes its file locations for common items like templates and symbols to the same location for both versions of the software. The version which is installed first will be the source for these file locations.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago