Rendering Candy Canes in SOLIDWORKS

December 21, 2017

'Tis the season for Christmas music, hot chocolate and 3D printed holiday cookies. With access to affordable 3D printers and user-friendly design software, there is no excuse to use last year's boring stencils. With SOLIDWORKS, it is easier than ever for CAD lovers to render their favorite holiday treats and print food-safe cookie cutters. Keep reading to see how we rendered candy cane cookie cutters using basic tracing and surfacing techniques.

3D CAD, Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS

What They Didn't Teach You About Heat Transfer

December 18, 2017

Does reducing manufacturing costs across a wide range of mechanical designs and systems sound like music to your ears? A new analysis software in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is proving to be extremely effective with heat transfer analysis, giving mechanical engineers the ability to accelerate key decisions at their workstations (eliminating the need for CFD specialists). 

Simulation, 3D CAD

Zen and the Art of SOLIDWORKS Bike Wheel Simulation

December 8, 2017

New England is a great place to go mountain biking. Besides the amazing scenery, the fresh air and the seemingly endless supply of technical trails to ride, it’s also the only place where you can get away from the notorious New England traffic jams. Typically, when I mountain bike I don’t shy away from roots, big rocks or drops, resulting in some real stress on my bike.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Events and Webinars, DriveWorks

Dream of Design Automation? Introducing DriveWorks

November 28, 2017

Do you find yourself creating essentially the same product over and over again? Could your products be defined by a uniform set of rules?

If you've ever dreamt of automating your repetitive design tasks in SOLIDWORKS, then DriveWorks might be the perfect solution for you.


7 Enhancements I'm Thankful For in SOLIDWORKS 2018

November 21, 2017

During the holiday season we naturally find ourselves reflecting on the past year and appreciating the things that have affected our lives in a positive way. Over the last two months, I’ve spent a lot of time learning about the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018. Read on as I pay tribute to seven enhancements I am most thankful for this year.


Utilizing Color in SOLIDWORKS 3D Design

November 21, 2017

Did you know that you can carry over the colors 
from  your 3D part or  assembly model onto  your detail drawings without having to use a shaded view?  This is a great way to help distinguish between components in assemblies, especially in 2D views and large assemblies where things are 


Utilizing SOLIDWORKS Sweeps & Threads

November 14, 2017

We're not talking about sweeping with a broom. We're talking about creating sweep geometries and threads in SOLIDWORKS. These features are some of the most misunderstood in SOLIDWORKS, and we're going to break them down for you in this blog.

Visualize Features and Tips, 3D CAD

Paying Tribute: Rendering a Veterans Memorial in Visualize

November 10, 2017

To honor those who have served our United States Armed Forces this Veteran’s Day, I’ve modeled the Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Arizona, which has a unique feature that is perfect to demonstrate the scene lighting and animation capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. To do this yourself, read our tutorial and watch the full demonstration in our video! 


Costing Templates 101: Editing Templates

November 8, 2017

In our previous blog on creating costing templates, we showed you how to set your default template settings and create new templates. Keep reading to find out how to edit templates that capture unique characteristics associated with manufacturing methods for four different body types: General Single Body Parts, Sheet Metal, Multibody and Assembly. This is especially important when there are changes in the costing structure, for example, when the price of aluminum or steel increases.


Costing Templates 101: Creating Templates

November 8, 2017

The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool (available in SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium) has templates that serve as starting points, saved with your customzied preferences for calculating manufacturing costs. Templates are the heart of what drives the values displayed within your interface. In this blog, we'll explore creating the templates that include the procedures and specifications you use to manufacture parts.


Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS: Understanding Feature Dependencies

November 3, 2017

Understanding Feature Dependencies is especially useful when deleting or reordering features in SOLIDWORKS. There have been multiple updates in the last three years regarding this particular function. To best understand the updates, it's helpful to see how they evolved.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD

SOLIDWORKS Simulation in the Real World: Peru

November 1, 2017

Have you ever been reluctant to try something, wishing that you could test for safety or durability first? SOLIDWORKS Simulation has the power to virtually set up real-world environments to test product designs before they are sent to manufacturing. With simulation, you have the ability to test designs against parameters such as static, dynamic response, assembly motion and heat transfer.