SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How To Avoid Frustrating Errors in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

    July 22, 2019

    You’re working away in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation when you run into this message, “Fluid volume recognition has failed because the model currently is not watertight.” Ugh. It can really put a cramp in your workflow. Even the tiniest holes keep SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation from detecting your fluid region making it impossible to run a study. Luckily, you don’t have to scrap your work and start over. Since SOLIDWORKS 2013, there’s a tool that makes it extremely easy to locate these frustrating gaps and holes in internal studies. It’s called Leak Tracking and it shows you exactly where the problem areas are so you can finish setting up your model for an internal flow study.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    5 Best SOLIDWORKS Tricks You Wish You Knew

    January 21, 2019

    This time of year is known for award shows, so we thought we’d jump into the mix and award the best TriMech Video Tech Tips for 2018. We had 52 amazing nominees, consisting of every Video Tech Tip we sent out in 2018. It’s a competitive field since these are published every week and each one was surely honored to be selected, produced and distributed for everyone to learn from. Voting was done by our TriMech Application Engineers with the criteria focused around which videos had the biggest impact on users. After we tallied all the votes we had our final top five Video Tech Tips!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Creating Custom Weldment Profiles Using Configured Sketches

    September 21, 2018

    Are none of SOLIDWORKS' default weldment profiles working for your project? Check out this short step-by-step tutorial on using configured sketches to create your own custom weldment profiles.

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    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How To Download SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles for Free

    September 14, 2018

    For those of you who have used SOLIDWORKS Weldments for frame design and extrusions in SOLIDWORKS, you're probably aware of how easy they are to work with and create. However, you may not be aware that there are literally thousands of profiles that you can download for free directly in the software. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Represent a Knurled Surface in SOLIDWORKS

    September 7, 2018

    The question comes up all the time, "How can I model a knurled surface in SOLIDWORKS?My answer to that is always, "You don't want to." When my Jedi mind trick fails, and they press me on why, I explain that a knurled surface would create thousands of extra faces in their model. This would in turn increase file size, bog down their graphical performance and, with many of these huge files, eventually slow down their computer speed. However, there are reasons to want to model a knurled surface, such as making a plastic part and the mold will be made from the model. If you really want to do it, it can be done. Our SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Modeling training class will teach you the skills needed to model a knurl (hint: You'll need to know how to use sweeps and circular patterns).

    3D CAD, Tech Tips, Technical Support FAQ Series

    6 Tests to Troubleshoot SOLIDWORKS Network License Connection Issues

    January 26, 2018

    Have you ever experienced issues when connecting the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork License (SNL) manager? If so, read on as we highlight some of the main areas that can cause trouble while obtaining a license.

    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, Tech Tips

    How to Open Autodesk Inventor Files in SOLIDWORKS

    January 1, 2017

    If you have legacy Autodesk Inventor files or you have received an Inventor file and need to open it in SOLIDWORKS, it may seem as though there is a washed out bridge in your path, but don’t panic! You CAN do this in SOLIDWORKS. There are two ways through which you will be able to open the Inventor files: through 3D Interconnect and the Autodesk Viewer.

    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.
    >> Need help installing SOLIDWORKS? Contact Tech Support

    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.