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    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Applications & Projects, Visualize

    Rendering With SOLIDWORKS on Independence Day

    July 3, 2020

    Whenever a holiday comes around, I like to get creative in SOLIDWORKS as you can see from a previous article I created for Halloween a few years ago. For Independence Day, I wanted to raise the flag in SOLIDWORKS! This provided a great opportunity for me to create a rendering and show you the differences between PhotoView360, SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard and Visualize Professional.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Migrating from AutoCAD to SOLIDWORKS

    November 30, 2018

    For years, you’ve been languishing in the darkness of 2D CAD. That black background felt so familiar, but now you’re starting to see the 3D light. It can be difficult for your eyes and mind to adjust but have no fear, I’m here to guide you on your new journey into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

    Ballooning Placeholder, Dummy and Hidden Parts in SOLIDWORKS Drawings

    March 26, 2018

    Sometimes our assemblies require additional components or items that may not be visible within the actual 3D SOLIDWORKS assembly. I encountered a question from a customer who was using a sealant on an O-ring in their design. They still wanted to track the usage of this sealant on their Bill of Materials (BOM) but didn’t feel it was necessary to create a 3D component for it within the SOLIDWORKS assembly.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Topology Study

    March 19, 2018

    One of the best aspects of SOLIDWORKS is that it’s not just a 3D CAD tool, but that it's a complete engineering solution. Tools like SOLIDWORKS Simulation help us analyze our designs and test them for critical attributes such as strength and fatigue. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 and previous versions, Simulation Professional even included a tool that would allow us to optimize our design for a set goal while varying many of our design parameters. This took a lot of the guesswork out of creating the best possible design and reduced the number of iterations that were required in the design cycle. SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional now includes Topology studies.

    SOLIDWORKS, CAM, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: SOLIDWORKS CAM

    March 14, 2018

    With every new release, SOLIDWORKS gives their users more functionality and value, while keeping subscription costs unchanged. SOLIDWORKS 2018 includes a new package that enables users to create CNC toolpaths directly from their SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies.

    SOLIDWORKS, PDM, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: SOLIDWORKS PDM Revision Table Integration

    March 12, 2018

    When we're creating our designs, they are rarely perfect in their initial shape. Instead, they are constantly evolving as we make changes. We need a way to track these changes as our designs evolve. Most organizations do this through a revision table. 

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Smart Explode Lines

    March 7, 2018

    Exploded views are a great way to show all the components in your assembly, and explode lines help to explain how they fit together. In SOLIDWORKS 2017 it was easy to create explode lines, but if you had many different components and many instances of those components, the process could become a bit tedious. You had to create explode lines for every single component, and for every instance as well. 

    SOLIDWORKS, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Alt Key to Hide Faces During Mating

    March 5, 2018

    I’ve always felt that mating components in an assembly was one of the most exciting parts of creating my designs in SOLIDWORKS. After putting in all the work to build up the individual components, I was finally able to see how they would all interact. SOLIDWORKS gives us so many unique tools to check for interference or collisions and simulate the motion of our components. Putting my parts together in an assembly is the point in the design when everything starts to come to life.

    SOLIDWORKS, Technical Communication, Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018

    Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Smart Capture in SOLIDWORKS Inspection

    February 26, 2018

    With so many new enhancements, it’s hard to decide which SOLIDWORKS 2018 features to try first. If you work with multiple CAD systems, consider adding SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2018 to the top of your must-try list. Here's why the new Smart Capture feature is a TriMech favorite!