I don’t know about you, but I often find myself going to the internet for everything these days. Want to see a new recipe? Go to the web. Need to know where the new dry cleaner is?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 days ago
One thing SOLIDWORKS users use every day is the Smart Dimension tool during sketching. Beginners often start the command by selecting it at the Sketch toolbar of the CommandManager. But this needs quite some mouse travel to select it. So experienced users often use a shortcut key or mouse gestures to start it.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
30 days ago
Have you ever wanted to test multiple versions of a part or drawing without the fear of ruining the original design? Well it’s possible in SOLIDWORKS, and a lot easier than it may seem. In this video, I’ll be showing you exactly how to copy a drawing file and duplicate it for multiple projects without having to start completely from scratch. Don’t like video?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 month ago
Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017, ‘Magnetic Mates’ was arguably one of the best new features, but as the Beatles put it: “It’s getting better all the time!”. With SOLIDWORKS 2018, things are not only getting better, snapping objects together is getting easier too. Frustratingly, when using Magnetic Mates in 2017 there was often a struggle aligning connection points whilst ensuring the orientation was correct.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
No matter the SOLIDWORKS rebuild command you use, whether it’s standard rebuild (the “green light” icon) or forced rebuild (CTRL-Q), it’s important to understand what is happening when SOLIDWORKS is building a feature. When a feature is being built, the modeling engine is carrying out an instruction in the file’s instruction set. The resulting information is geometry in the design space. SOLIDWORKS will check this geometry against existing geometry in the model to make sure it “fits”
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
When it comes to creating projects in SOLIDWORKS, the main goal is to spend as much time as possible on what is important, the design itself. Nobody wants to be stuck wasting unnecessary amounts of time on tasks like recreating file templates over and over. Come on, we are trying to increase productivity here! In this video, I’ll walk you through the process of creating a drawing template that can be used on multiple projects.  View the video transcription below: [
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Football: Just in time for the Super Bowl, we got this model ready to go with no deflategate controversy here. This fun multi-body model has some uncommon but powerful features included. There are two simple examples of curved driven patterns. There is also a “deform” feature using the “Surface push” option to slightly deflate the ball.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
by Alex Campbell-Brunton, SOLIDWORKS Technical Consultant SOLIDWORKS Routing is an add-in that allows you to completely automate the process of routing pipework, tubing or even cabling, saving you many hours of modelling against traditional methods. Sound interesting? SOLIDWORKS Routing In this article we want to show you the benefits of using this package. We know that projects often have tight deadlines so saving time at any stage can take some pressure off.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
It goes without saying that one of the most frequently asked questions people have for us at Alignex is how to cut time and be more efficient when working with their 3D CAD designs. In this video blog, I’ll walk you through how to easily manage your configurations with a little known tool already found in the SOLIDWORKS platform, the Configuration Publisher. [Video Transcription] Many of us have seen how a toolbox fastener is inserted into an assembly.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
1. What is SOLIDWORKS Manage?SOLIDWORKS Manage is an advanced product from PDM family (Product Data Management), which provides comprehensive tools to manage projects, processes and items in your Company. Flexible and expanded functionality of the SOLIDWORKS Manage allows easy and detailed planning of each project stage or process progress, including distribution of defined tasks to desirable departments or employees.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 months ago
Ever wondered how to skew the odds in your favor? Well, we can try to make some dice that are skewed using SOLIDWORKS so that we can win at craps. But the funny thing is, as biased as these bones look, NumberPhile explains that they are perfectly fair given that you have both handed versions. Drat.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
Chest of Drawers: This highly detailed, multi-body model has over a 150 bodies and is created mainly from extruded features. There are several examples of different types of wood joints. Dovetail joints are used in the drawer creation. Mortise and Tenon joints (open and closed) and tongue and groove joints are also used to build the framework of the chest.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
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 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months ago