SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS

Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS: Waking Up Midpoints

June 19, 2017

Welcome to our blog series, Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS, dedicated to the lesser-known new features. They might not be as popular as the cool kids, but we think they still deserve a seat at the lunch table.

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Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 3 of 4

June 9, 2017

Having already designed the wood stringers with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD in part 1 and refined the shape of the kayak for buoyancy, stability and draw with Flow Simulation in part 2,  the third step in designing a 3D printed kayak is designing the interior structure. In this blog, I show how to create the geometry to hold those stringers in place.

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Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 2 of 4

June 9, 2017

Last week, we released the first video of a four-part series showcasing our process of designing and 3D printing a skin-on-frame kayak. We theorized that with SOLIDWORKS solutions, designing and testing a skin-on-frame kayak would take far less effort than traditional methods, allowing us to ultimately 3D print and build a full-size kayak with relative ease, to test on open waters. In the first video segment we completed the initial design in SOLIDWORKS, allowing us to move on to testing part-two of the series.

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Designing and 3D Printing a Kayak with SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys – Part 1 of 4

June 9, 2017

With summer upon us, it is time for my favorite pastime (other than using SOLIDWORKS): Kayaking! And this year I have a brand new boat to play with.

See the entire design process of the TriMech kayak, from idea to production and launch, by reading our four-part blog seriesIn this first video, I go over how to use SOLIDWORKS to create the initial concept of the kayak by using a historic design for inspiration. Watch the video below.

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Checking SOLIDWORKS PDM System History

June 7, 2017

In a previous blog, we answer the top two frequently asked questions about SOLIDWORKS PDM license types. In this blog, we explore another feature that is little known, but none-the-less, often asked about. Keep reading for instructions on how to check your PDM System History.

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Education Innovation: SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2017-2018

June 6, 2017

It's here! SOLIDWORKS® Education Edition 2017-2018 has arrived. Packed with power and performance, this edition provides students with tools and skills they will need to succeed in the professional world. With SOLIDWORKS Education Edition, students get access to the same 3D design tools used by engineers and design professionals around the world, that way educators can focus on the important things — solving problems, fostering new ideas, collaboration and innovation.

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Undocumented Features in SOLIDWORKS: Circular Pattern

June 5, 2017

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of hype over the top new features SOLIDWORKS 2017. And while we admit that our engineers think chamfer enhancements, advanced hole, hide all types and a number of the other popular features are pretty impressive, we also think there are several undocumented features in SOLIDWORKS that aren't getting the attention they deserve.

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Create Smooth VR Animations with SOLIDWORKS Visualize

June 1, 2017

In this blog, we show you how to create beautifully smooth animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, giving your designs the precise representation and attention to detail that they deserve. They can rotate as desired in a smooth animation that will showcase all angles of the design.

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SOLIDWORKS Templates 101: Four-Part Webinar Series

May 31, 2017

This year at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, I presented on SOLIDWORKS Templates in one of the break-out training sessions. It was such a hit that we wanted to take the presentation one step further and break down SOLIDWORKS Templates into a four-part webinar series covering parts, assemblies, drawings and a recap of their relationship within SOLIDWORKS.

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Checking and Changing Your PDM License Type

May 25, 2017

In this blog, we answer two of the most frequently asked questions about SOLIDWORKS PDM license types: (1) How to change your PDM client license type (This was selected during your PDM client installation as either CAD Editor, Contributor or Viewer) and (2) How to check which version of PDM client you are currently running.

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Adjusting Camera Settings in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

May 24, 2017

In my last blog article, I showed how we could adjust the appearances on our rescue spreader to make it look more life-like in our final render. Let’s continue to work on those renders and add some dimension and drama with our camera settings in SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

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SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids: Introducing 3D Design to the Next Generation

May 19, 2017

More college graduates are well-versed in SOLIDWORKS than any other CAD system. SOLIDWORKS continues to lead the charge with a presence in a multitude of high schools and even some middle schools. Students are learning the skills necessary to lead the future of design.

But what about the younger generations? Their creativity seems to know no bounds. So what can we do to introduce them to 3D design and allow that creativity to flourish?