February 26, 2016
SOLIDWORKS at its core is a Parametric Part modeler. As such, information needed to create drawings (model views and dimensions) is pulled from the part. All the information we need to have our drawing populate all required dimensions is already in the part.
SOLIDWORKS allows us to edit aspects of our model across any one of the different modeling environments (part, drawing, assembly) and have those changes reflect in the other two environments.
January 29, 2016
I love how SOLIDWORKS gives you so many opportunities to quickly perform many functions through on-screen gestures and typical Windows options keys.
This nifty little example has been around for awhile but always generates a buzz when I show it in a SOLIDWORKS training class, demonstration or user group meeting. This technique for creating reference planes in SOLIDWORKS works in part and assembly files.
January 13, 2016
As promised, we present Return of the Jedi... lightsaber!
In the second video of our Star Wars series, we break down the rendering process into more detail. You’ll see some suggested dimensions for your lightsaber as well as tips for improved efficiency in your own rendering process.
January 4, 2016
It's the first day after the holiday season, and it's back to the grind for us here at TriMech. Our team is looking forward to an exciting new year. But first, we wanted to take a look back on what you loved in 2015.
November 3, 2015
With the recent release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 and the flurry of “What’s New” events behind us, I started thinking about new features that have been introduced in the last few years.
Every new SOLIDWORKS software release brings brand new functions and tools, plus enhancements to existing commands and features. Here are a couple of my favorites you may have missed.
October 30, 2015
Light, medium or dark. No, we're not talking coffee. We're talking about a new interface brightness option found in SOLIDWORKS 2016.
August 28, 2015
Did you know SOLIDWORKS EPDM has the capability to create new folders and folder structures? With this feature, users can organize any project or product line into specific folders. By following the six steps below, you will never lose an important file again.
What is the one thing that all 2D sketches have in common?
As you may have guessed from the title of this article the answer is planes. Any time you create a 2D sketch in SOLIDWORKS you have to start that sketch on a plane or a planer surface. Since you will not always have a planer surface to sketch on, you have to become proficient in creating planes since it is crucial to modeling efficiently.
When applying restraints to fixtures in SOLIDWORKS, the reference plan tool can be used with high degrees of specification. With SOLIDWORKS 2015, customization of this feature is highly specific and allows you to apply multiple directional translations, including changing the normal direction of planes.
April 9, 2015
When patterning a feature in SOLIDWORKS, you’ve surely been intrigued by the geometry pattern option. It doesn’t scream for attention, so it can be easy to gloss over or shrug off with simple ‘meh.’ But before you disregard it completely, you should know exactly what geometry pattern means and how it can reduce rebuild time and file size.