SOLIDWORKS contains a lot of features, but most users only use a small selection of them. In this tech blog I want to reveal a feature, which is relatively unknown to many users, but yet very powerful: Delete Face. It is a feature which I use often on day to day basis to solve some customer issues. Where to find it?
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
5 months ago
One of the more challenging parts of implementing a PDM System can be the introduction of legacy files into the Vault. Mapping revision properties that exist within SOLIDWORKS files to match the revisions within PDM has traditionally meant the use of APIs, complex migration workflows, or the manual incrementing of files. Without going through one of these processes, once checked in and transitioned, files migrated into the vault can have their revision variables incorrectly reset. So for example
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Who said CAD software couldn’t surprise you? Elite hi-fi manufacturers Bowers and Wilkins needed a simple way to add product imagery and illustrations to its user guides. Then it realised that SOLIDWORKS Composer makes it a cinch. Result?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
HOW TO MAKE SPRING ANIMATIONS Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools. Written by Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions, Inc. is your official SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and training provider for the Upper
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
With PDM Standard now available to SOLIDWORKS customers on subscription, common product data management woes have been solved. To celebrate, sing along with CAPINC experts to their latest song parody, featuring Jimmy Buffet and Product Data Management. CAPINC CAPINC CAPINC was founded on one core principle: Provide the best solutions and services to assist our customers in designing and developing better products. CAPINC provides premier solutions and services in New England to assist our
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
Who needs mate references? Anyone who is repeating the same mate selection process over and over think in terms of assemblies with repeating components.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
There are many adjectives I can use to describe my college experience: amazing, stressful, memorable, ridiculous, and broke, to name just a few. However, when I think back on some of the dorm rooms I shared, one word in particular comes to mind: CRAMPED. If you’ve ever lived in a dorm (and especially if you live in one now), you understand that space is a huge commodity. Every square inch you can gain is important.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
Those who attended SOLIDWORKS World may recall our mission to help the SOLIDWORKS community move beyond creating products and into the realm of designing experiences. Thanks to trends like big data and the Internet of Things, products can be so much more than customizable than ever before. It’s no longer about catering to an entire user base; product design is evolving to build products that users can adapt their own specific needs.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 years ago
There are numerous reasons to have more than one version of SOLIDWORKS installed and there are almost as many ways to manage those installs. This is what we here at Symmetry recommend to make sure they run as separate installations. 2014 splash 2015 splash So if you need to have more than one version on the computer it is best if all current installations are removed and all of the installation locations are cleaned out (it is not necessary to do this, but we recommend it.) If you are going to
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
2 years ago
test Changing line color and line weight does not have to be a difficult process! Actually, it was such a simple adjustment, it was wide open for an additional feature, so lofting was introduced to add some fun to the mix! Please note that the video is in HD and you can adjust the resolution by changing the gear in the tools section of video window. Please send us feedback!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Last month, Amazon invited its legions of customers to shop the future with the launch of a 3D Printing Store. Although the products range from quirky conversation pieces (personalized figures, phone accessories) to odd gimmicks (bird masks and a 3D-Rex dinosaur), the store’s existence validates a mainstream public interest in 3D printing. Sure the store might feel like the 3D printing Stone Age, but if you believe history repeats itself then designers will eventually strike gold. Beyond proving
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 years ago
Highlighting some Hidden Gems in the SolidWorks User Interface My model is gone! If you click or right-click a model and accidentally select “Hide” from the menu or toolbar, the model isn’t displayed. Running the cursor up and down the Feature Manager shows a temporary wireframe outline of each feature, but no model. Just use the same menu or toolbar to show the model again.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Flip Normal SolidWorks 2014 gives you a lot of new options, but this one has been a long time coming: Flip Normal! You are no longer prey to Reference Plane normals dictated by the geometry from which they are spawn. The new Flip Normal option allows you to control the XY orientation of your sketches, the positive Z for your extrusions, and gives you the ability to better control mate alignment when replacing a components sketches and faces. You are the Commander!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
Millions of tons of plastic are polluting the world’s oceans. It reaches the oceans through rivers and waterways, and then accumulates in five high-concentration areas called gyres. Boyan Slat, a student at the Delft University of Technology, and his Ocean Cleanup team believe that it’s possible to remove most of the plastic from the oceans in only five years using a series of floating filtration platforms anchored to the ocean floor, and massive floating booms attached to the platforms. By
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Over the past year, the amount of technical posts we’ve been able to offer has grown by leaps and bounds. Much of that has to do with the growing number of contributors from the SolidWorks reseller channel. Some of it has to do with having more contributors from within SolidWorks. And there are even some posts coming from end users.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
This past weekend, I went on a spontaneous trip to Maker Faire in New York City with some friends working in the Lewis Research Group at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We woke up at the crack of dawn to drive down to New York City for the day on Saturday and be the first group of people to enter the fairgrounds. After a four hour commute, we arrived – the fair was teeming with geeks and techies displaying all sorts of cool projects including a robotic coffee dispenser,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
A coworker recently sent me a story about Easton LaChapelle. Easton is a 17-year-old student from Colorado (in the western US) who has been doing some incredible work designing advanced prosthetics. Without telling the whole story, Easton met a young girl with an $80,000 prosthetic and immediately wondered if he could design something equally good at a lower cost. Using a combination of 3D printers, open-source part designs and SolidWorks, Easton was able to build a prosthetic hand and arm for
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Mass customization – where customers can modify a product’s appearance, features or content to their specification – has been the “next big thing” for a very long time. Even as far back as the 1970s, futurist Alan Toffler predicted the emergence of mass customization. Yet it has taken until very recently for the tools to enable such a revolutionary new production technique to become available on a mass scale. Now everyone from Nike to Motorola are using the technique to provide a unique product
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Hello to all, Welcome to this new edition of the SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQ. Lots of news this month, with the 2014 beta program still under way, info about OS requirements, SWW 2013 proceedings and many very interesting Solutions from the SolidWorks Knowledge Base. Enjoy! SolidWorks 2014 Beta programThe beta phase of SolidWorks 2014 is still in progress!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Today’s computers are lightning fast – they can enable you to do anything from communicating with your team remotely to performing complex calculations to improve your designs. Since its invention, the computer has helped scientists solve complex problems. Teversham Engineering in the United Kingdom is using SolidWorks to recreate digital technology of the past – the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, used by researchers at Cambridge University. As part of the EDSAC project,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Sketches By CAPINC Applications Engineer, Laura Weismantel One of the ways you can save time while building a model in SolidWorks is to never model the same feature twice. There are many tools that can be used to achieve this objective, such as the patterning and mirror commands. Something else that can help you with the same objective is to reuse your sketch geometry instead of re-drawing same or similar geometry as you build your part. Popular techniques used to
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
Since 2011, when we first featured Donn McKinney’s U.S.S Missouri project, our friend Donn has further progressed in his work. To give some background to those of you who are unfamiliar with Donn’s project, Donn, a fan of World War II-era US battleships, is currently building a fully operational virtual replica of the U.S.S. Missouri in collaboration with the U.S. Navy. Using the replica, he plans to examine the boat’s functionality. USS Missouri Modeled in SolidWorks eDrawings 1 To show us some
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
As we discussed in Part One of the series, the Maker movement is harnessing ideas and technology to spur innovation. MakerBot’s Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is bridging the gap between engineers, researchers, designers and creative professionals to create amazing, true-to-life products, quickly and easily. SolidWorks Simulation and Workgroup PDM software allowed MakerBot engineers to create and evaluate several design iterations of the MakerBot Replicator 2. In doing so, MakerBot wasted no
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago
WIRED’s editor-in-chief Chris Anderson recently published a book suggesting that the Maker movement will likely transform the U.S. economy. Anderson believes that as the Maker movement gains momentum, the American spirit of tinkering and building will be re-tooled and made more user-friendly for the Internet Age. Formlabs Printer Designed in SolidWorks In his book, Anderson lists SolidWorks as the best paid software for designers, and mentions that the 3D printer is the most high-profile Maker
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 years ago