When you are dealing with such a complex and function rich software like SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy for a few hidden features to slip through the cracks. Although some of these offer only minor help to your day-to-day design work, some of them can have a major impact both now and in the future. One of these hidden gems many overlook is called the Enhancement Request. Maybe you have created your own hotkey that takes a 10-step process down to one and you wanted to share it with the world?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
I take notes and make myself reminders. It’s what I do. So after my day at the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network’s Technical Summit in Nashville, I’ve got a lot of notes and reminders to review. The SWUGN Technical Summits are one-day training and networking events in cities across the country.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 months ago
Does an engineer share workloads or work concurrently in a team? My observation is that most engineers are PART of teams, but don’t necessarily WORK in teams. By nature, an engineer is trained to be a highly effective innovator who first works with tools on his own, challenging complex issues and then when done, gets feedback from team members which he/she then inserts into his/her concepts or designs. The process is still very sequential at many companies out there and most of the engineers I
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 months ago
Choosing the right digital tools is becoming a critical aspect of business strategy for today’s companies. When those tools are the ones you entrust with creating your company’s new products, the lifeblood of product development organizations, choosing the right ones becomes vitally important. There are so many factors to take into consideration when considering software vendors to partner with; an important one is the financial strength of that company.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
The new release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is less than a month away and when you install SOLIDWORKS 2016 one of the first things you will notice is that with this release there is a new look to the SOLIDWORKS Interface. This is the 3rd interface change SOLIDWORKS has made since it was released and in looking back it has been over 7 years since the last overhaul so it was time for a change. At first glance more users are going to say what happened to all the colors and according to the SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years 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
3 years ago
Learn SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gestures Most of us don’t use SOLIDWORKS with any sort of fancy, new-fangled, professional 3D mouse. Instead, we make due with a standard, two-button mouse that probably comes with a scroll wheel and maybe a couple of other buttons. Does this make us any less important? Of course not!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
wooden-mouse neil blog There is this thing we all do in a rush, click quickly and with little to no regard. Some of us will be click happy even when we’re not under the gun. If you’re like me, you’ve found that hurrying attitude will sometimes make you pay with extra time spent. So here I am attempting to aid my frantic friends.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
A question that came up not to long age with a customer is how to handle complex sheet metal bends or parts that need to be formed incrementally. So we took a part that was imported into SOLIDWORKS and set out to work on finding the best solution for this. Image1 So the first question is would the part unfold and by using Convert to Sheet Metal we found the part would flatten so next we needed to tackle the two tabs in the middle of the part to break them into incremental sections. What worked
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 years ago
When studying shrink fits and press fits, we have a couple of options in SolidWorks Simulation; I would like to explore a couple of them in this post. If we just care about the end result, we can use the “shrink fit” contact sets. This technique is available in linear static as well as non-linear studies.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Recently, I was contacted by a customer that was struggling with creating an opposite-hand version of a part in Composer and wanted to know if it was even possible. The engineers had only provided him with one side; however, both a left-hand version and a right-hand version of the component existed. Composer *can* do this utilizing the “Symmetrize” function.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Want an easy way to speed up your SOLIDWORKS Modeling skills? Learn how to use a standard 3 button mouse to Zoom, Pan & Rotate. Figure 1 - Mouse Sure, you can always go to View -> Modify and choose one of the Zoom commands. But there is a better way!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Do you spend hours looking for answers on SOLIDWORKS functionality? Do you want to stay current and ahead of the competition? Improve your productivity and performance in SOLIDWORKS using an intuitive solution – SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services. SOLIDWORKS Subscription Services helps you work smarter and faster by extending your software life through live technical support, bug fixes, and automatic software upgrades.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 years ago
This week’s Question of the Week is the culmination of a several questions I received regarding my recent SOLIDWORKS Weldments Tech Tip Tuesday and Throwback Thursday posts. The questions focused around how to create your own custom weldment profiles in SOLIDWORKS. The process, while fairly straightforward, has a few steps that could cause you problems down the line should you miss something. I’ll go through the steps and point out any potential cases where this can happen.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Many people are aware of the use of design tables in SOLIDWORKS to allow for quick changes to models. Just add the feature or dimension to the table, and in a few quick clicks you can change design parameters from one convenient spot. However, what is less known is that it is also possible to use the many built-in equations in Excel to create a table that will be “smarter” than just a spread sheet of numbers. Let’s look at a basic example to illustrate how easy it is to get some extra
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
There is an excellent tool in Sheet Metal that can allow us to make completely round parts! Rolled Sheet Metal 2014 When you need to create large diameter round parts sheet metal may not be the first tool you’d consider, but it a great tool for this application. Consider a 3 foot diameter metal cylinder and how we could create this and create a flat patten using the sheet metal tools found in SOLIDWORKS Standard. There are some tips and tricks included!
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Ring: This single body part has an example of a Wrap feature using text and has curvature continuous Face Fillets. This part has an example of an equation driven layout sketch to help visualize the text “unwrapped”. Download the file and modify the text to create your own custom ring. Download: Ring Complexity: Basic Features used: Finger Base Extrude, Text Wrap, Through All View the rest of the Part Reviewer Tutorials here.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago
Have you ever imported a part or started a design and then wanted to change the part’s orientation to better fit with your overall design intent? If so, SolidWorks makes this easy following these simple steps. Step 1. Position the part or assembly in your view-port to the desired orientation.
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
4 years ago