SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS Installation Help: SOLIDWORKS Administrative Image Will Not Launch

December 21, 2016

I’ve had a few recent run-ins with the SOLIDWORKS administrative image (with my own machines and in multiple customer environments) that did not end favorably.

The ‘deploy automatically’ function simply would not launch on the client end even though the documented instructions for permissions had been followed.

3D Printing, Tech Tips, Stratasys, FDM Technology

Tech Tip: Fortus 250mc Tip Replacement Instructions

November 22, 2016

To ensure optimum performance, it’s important to inspect your machinery on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and monitor proper upkeep. Like any other piece of equipment, Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers also require preventative maintenance from time to time. For instance, at around 2,000 hours of use, it’s a good idea to check and replace the tips on various FDM technology. In our blog, we will walk you through step-by-step Fortus 250mc tip replacement instructions. Here’s how:

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

The Internal ID Does Not Match: Why It Happens & How To Fix It

November 10, 2016

Have you ever referenced a SOLIDWORKS file only to be plagued with internal ID errors due to  file name changes or parts with the same file name?
 
When opening assemblies, users sometimes get a message saying the referenced document has a non-matching internal ID. Let's explore why this occurs and how to remedy the issue.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Slow Assembly? Use Assembly Visualization To Find What Parts are Slowing You Down!

October 31, 2016

Are slow parts causing your assembly to crawl? Locate and identify them using the Assembly Visualization tool. Let's walk through the steps.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

Import Files Into SOLIDWORKS Composer Without Installing SOLIDWORKS

October 24, 2016

In 2014, SOLIDWORKS released SOLIDWORKS Composer, a tool that design companies use to leverage their 3D CAD data from any source to develop assembly instructions, end-user manuals and intriguing animations.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using an Options File to Control Network License Usage

October 14, 2016

Using an Options file can help control how the licenses issued by the SolidNetwork License Manager are used within the company. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Transfer & Activate A SOLIDWORKS Standalone License

August 11, 2016

In this blog post, you will learn how to activate a standalone license and quickly move it from your old computer to your current computer.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

3 Common SOLIDWORKS Import Geometry Problems (And Fixes For Each)

August 9, 2016

It's extremely important to verify and fix imported geometry. This is especially true when the user plans to add features on top of the imported geometry.

Today, I will show three examples of common imported geometry issues and how to find a solution. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS PCB: A New Age Of PCB Design

August 1, 2016

Recently, I attended a week of training on SOLIDWORKS' newest product, SOLIDWORKS PCB. This new PCB design software was developed in a collaborative effort between Altium and SOLIDWORKS to bridge the gap between the ECAD and MCAD tools.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Design Faster With The SOLIDWORKS Mouse Gesture Wheel

July 22, 2016

The mouse gesture wheel is a great tool for reducing mouse travel in SOLIDWORKS, placing commonly-used commands right at the mouse pointer. 

In this blog, I will show you how to set up the wheel to maximize efficiency and minimize the learning curve.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Design Sheet Metal Fast with the Convert to Sheet Metal Feature

July 15, 2016

Want to get that sheet metal design going more quickly? Utilizing "Convert to Sheet Metal" can help.

Are you more of a visual learner? Scroll to the bottom for a step-by-step video of this tutorial.