Using the standard SOLIDWORKS tools and features from the CommandManager is already an extremely efficient method to quickly bring concepts into a three dimensional model. However, many users prefer to leverage a variety of both standard and custom shortcuts through hotkeys or context menus for an even faster workflow. This article covers many of the most impactful default keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS, and describes how to customize them for maximum time savings. While using SOLIDWORKS, all
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 days ago
As we start the New Year, let’s take a look at some technology updates for those looking at new ways to improve their design productivity with SOLIDWORKS 2018. Three key areas of focus on are: New design interface techniques enabled by Windows® 10 New very high resolution “4K” graphics cards and displays Smaller, lighter machines, typically equipped without DVD drives SOLIDWORKS 2018 offers new capabilities to best leverage new features in Windows 10. All new Windows-based machines are now
SOLIDWORKS Blog
9 days ago
Record Player: The first record players are over 140 years old and are still unbelievably in use, in one form or another, today. This model is a little flashback of some old school music history. This is a multi-body solid created from mainly extruded features. This part has multiple shells including one with multi-thicknesses.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
13 days ago
Wooden Ornament: This wooden ornament is made of multiple bodies patterned and slightly rotated to give a checkerboard appearance. A circular pattern creates the first layer or level. A linear pattern is then used to stack up the layers before they are all cut into shape. There is one example of the newer circular profile sweep function which saves times by eliminating the need to create a circle sketch.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
27 days ago
Board Game: You don’t just play this board game, you must survive it. This fun multi-body model is mainly created from extruded bosses and a few cuts. One sketch picture is used to help create the walls and dividers of the box enclosure. There is a unique example of circular pattern of two circular patterns.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
30 days ago
Who, What, When, Where, Why and How Much? You’re scraping the internet to learn what the Admin Portal is, right?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
So you’ve got a great idea that should be implemented in SOLIDWORKS? SOLIDWORKS is always looking for what enhancements their users would like in new releases. Here are the Top Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS 2018. So what exactly is an enhancement request?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Hey there SOLIDWORKS Community! We’re excited to bring you this 3-part series where we are honoring one of the founding members of the Justice League of America, The Flash, by modeling his iconic mask in SOLIDWORKS. The Flash mask has a unique, organic form so we are going to model it around some reference images using mostly surface features. SOLIDWORKS Flash Mask Tutorial Series - Part 2 Welcome back, SOLIDWORKS community, to our 3-part series celebrating The Flash where we are modeling his
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Martini Glass: This festive multi-body part shows a few alternate methods for creating geometry. A spiral is projected onto the glass using a split line curve to create the etching. There is a cool example of the indent command removing material, similar to the intersect command, to create an accurate body for the liquid. Other features in the model include: revolves, move/copy body, and a linear pattern.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
It’s that time of year again when SOLIDWORKS announces its latest release and we prepare to share with our customers all the incredible new time-saving features during our rollout events. Admittedly, it’s like an early Christmas for us, but we get to play the role of Santa! This time of year also brings the annual tradition of our marketing gurus calling the technical staff into a meeting to implore us to pick our favorite new features and write about them. Here’s what that meeting usually looks
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Electrical Tech Tip Written by: Cheri Guntzviller-Miesen, SOLIDWORKS Electrical Application Specialist SOLIDWORKS Schematic and 3D Electrical have slightly different steps for creating an Rx Capture. (If you don’t have SOLIDWORKS, but only SOLIDWORKS Schematic, please jump to the end of the article.) SOLIDWORKS Rx analyzes your system, suggests possible solutions, and captures data that can help technical support personnel diagnose problems. Follow these steps to create a SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
by Olly Washington, SOLIDWORKS Technical Consultant Have you ever needed to join two parts together with Tabs and corresponding Slots? Of course you have otherwise you probably would not be reading this! In SOLIDWORKS 2018, the new feature makes the process of creating Tabs and Slots quick, simple, and automated. This brand new Tab and Slot feature can be used on both sheet metal parts and standard solids too.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Create Realistic Textures in SOLIDWORKS Visualize with Poliigon Create Realistic Textures in SOLIDWORKS Visualize If you’ve wondered how to make your materials look more photo-realistic, the answer is very simple – use textures! With Google image searches for “textures,” “seamless metal textures” or even more targeted searches like “galvanized metal textures,” you can easily find a lot of images and even websites offering you tons of textures to download. Textures.com has a lot of decent quality
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a powerful rendering software that creates highly realistic representations of your model, which can be done in just a matter of minutes. Custom appearances and textures can be applied, background environments can be added, and camera adjustments can create custom viewing angles, all combined into a high resolution rendering. Check out the video below to learn more! Want to see more SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
As we wind down from the fantastic Thanksgiving parade that happened last Thursday, now is a great time to reflect on the preparation and engineering that goes into making those parade balloons soar! The first instance of parade balloons being used was back in 1927. This is where Felix the Cat made his first-ever appearance. Here, in SOLIDWORKS, I have modeled a similar looking balloon to inspect its design.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Cornucopia: This festive model is multi-body part. It has two curve driven patterns to make up most of the cornucopia’s shape. The curve driven patterns use 3D sweeps as construction geometry to control the shape of the patterns. To create the cornucopia tapered, horn-like geometry, several scale features are used, some uniform and some non-uniform, to adjust the ring sizes.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. SOLIDWORKS Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar tutorial Welcome to the final part of
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
The release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 last month unveiled a brand new Welcome window that appears once the program is launched. This new window is packed full of useful links and tips. Starting on the Home tab, you can quickly launch a new file or open a recent document. It also has links to some online resources, including the Customer Portal and SOLIDWORKS Forum, as well as a list of tips at the bottom about ways to improve efficiency in SOLIDWORKS.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. SOLIDWORKS Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar Tutorial Welcome to part three of the
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Trident: This model of a famous spear shows how to make advanced geometry without using surface features. This part was created with only standard solid body features. Even though the final model is a single body, there are some multi-body techniques to allow for isolated cuts and a shell feature not affecting the whole part. The features used in the trident part include: revolves, lofts, move face, combine, mirror, scale and one delete face.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. SOLIDWORKS Pumpkin Pie Spice Jar Tutorial Welcome back to our 4-part
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
As you may already know SOLIDWORKS Electrical uses a SQL database to contain and maintain all our Electrical data and information. This has many benefits speed, resilience, multiuser working to name a few but one of the primary features is that the database can be interrogated to present the information it holds and present it how you want to see it. By now I am sure you have explored the many reports that ship as standard with Electrical, if not these can be found in the report manager project/
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
The leaves are changing colors, football is in full swing (American football that is), and turkeys are finding themselves on edge. It’s fall, SOLIDWORKS users, and, in my opinion, the best part of the fall season is the smell of pumpkin pie in the air. We’re celebrating the season by bringing you a 4 part series where we’ll be modeling this pumpkin pie spice jar, complete with a custom threaded cap, living hinge, and decal. We will design this jar in the shape of a pumpkin, which is made up of a
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Welcome to SOLIDWORKS 2018October is so exciting! The SOLIDWORKS team has added the polishing touches to SOLIDWORKS 2018 and it’s ready for delivery into your hands. With hundreds of enhancements, it can take significant time to understand and incorporate all the changes in to your workflow, team, and organization. Some of you have already attended a “What’s New 2018” live or digital launch event and had a taste of SOLIDWORKS 2018 — this is the best place to start (check with your local Value
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago