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SOLIDWORKS on a Tablet or Smartphone [UPDATED]

May 6, 2019

In late 2015, we witnessed an inflection point in the way the world works. This happened when mobile web traffic surpassed desktop traffic for the very first time. Since then, this trend has only accelerated as more things are done on a mobile device from web browsing, photography and even engineering. We are seeing more CAD tasks being done on mobile devices.

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Three Tools to Help You Pitch Your Ideas Before Prototyping

April 29, 2019

We hear a lot about going from concept to design, and with SOLIDWORKS CAD that’s the easy part. But what’s next? What tools do you need to pitch your design and get that first prototype made? In other words, what tools do you need to go from concept to reality?

Once you have your CAD complete in SOLIDWORKS, the three tools that help you make a concept a reality are: SOLIDWORKS Composer, SOLIDWORKS Visualize and SOLIDWORKS Visualize Pro. With these tools you can showcase how your design will look and how it will work, capturing the essence of your idea before it’s even made. The best part is these are all linked to the SOLIDWORKS CAD model, meaning any changes to the model are automatically updated; saving you substantial time and frustrating effort.

All three tools put your model on a stage so you can easily share your designs, but what exactly are the differences? In this article, we break down each of the features of the tools, so you can know exactly why and when to use them.

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Designing and Working With Decals in SOLIDWORKS

April 15, 2019

Decals make all the difference with your models. They are the little details that truly elevate your design from good to great and most models aren’t complete without them. So, what are decals and how do you use them in SOLIDWORKS?

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Can I Run SOLIDWORKS On A Mac?

March 11, 2019

Yes, but not really. Here's how.

"Can SOLIDWORKS run on a Mac?" is a question we get all the time. Unfortunately, the answer is no, it does not run natively on a Mac. It can only be installed on a Windows environment. So, the question then becomes "How can I run SOLIDWORKS on a Mac and how well does it perform?" Let's talk about how to get SOLIDWORKS running on your Mac and what you can expect in terms of performance with this kind of set up.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Measure Anywhere

February 8, 2019

Included in the SOLIDWORKS 2019 launch is the measure anywhere feature. This means you no longer have to exit a command before you can take measurements. Such seemingly small improvement is a big favorite among TriMech Application Engineers and considered a top reason to upgrade to SOLIDWORKS 2019.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Interference Detection for Multi-Body Parts Modeling

February 1, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 offers some incredible features. Today we'll go over one of the most important tools for avoiding potential manufacturing defects and mishaps: the interference detection tool. Until now, this tool was only available for Assemblies. This is great for most modeling workflows because it helped show potential collisions or interference in complicated assemblies, but it was also an important tool for multi-body parts and thanks to the 2019 upgrade we can now handle this.

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Top 11 Featues in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Partial Fillet & Chamfers

January 25, 2019

Our third top new feature in SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the ability to add a partial fillet and chamfer. This was the enhancement that got the most cheer from a packed auditorium when it was previewed at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 in Los Angeles, and it’s easy to see why.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: Graphics Pipe

January 18, 2019

SOLIDWORKS 2019 offers some incredible advancements in the graphics performance. Everyday tasks like manipulating models and geometry, zoom and rotate are greatly improved in SOLIDWORKS 2019. These changes are very noticeable, especially when working with large assemblies.

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Top 11 Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019: 3D Textures

January 11, 2019

One of the most exciting new features of SOLIDWORKS 2019 is the addition of 3D textures. This new feature allows you to add complex and intricate geometry to your 3D CAD models in a few simple steps. 3D textures can add repeating geometric features to models in one simple step, such as dimples, knurls or textured patterns.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features: Transparent Section Views

May 8, 2017

Over the years, the SOLIDWORKS display has become more advanced with new view types and section view selections for users to choose from. In fact, Creating Transparent Section Views is one of the enhanced features in SOLIDWORKS 2017 that our engineers say is a game changer.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features: Hide All Types

May 3, 2017

Does your display screen get cluttered with annotations, reference geometry and sketches on SOLIDWORKS? Well, SOLIDWORKS 2017 introduced an enhanced feature that allows you to hide/show everything more easily. In our blog, we explain why adding the Hide All Types feature to the user interface will drastically improve clients' design processes.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Top 11 Features: Chamfer Enhancements

April 17, 2017

SOLIDWORKS 2017 enhanced several parts and features, with improvements to Advanced Holes, Cut List Sorting, Window Selection, Configurations and more. Out of these updates, Chamfer Enhancements is hands-down one of our favorites. Here's why: