SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Take The Time To Fully Define: Make Your Drawings Populate Model Dimensions

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

An Old Trick For Quickly Creating Reference Planes In SOLIDWORKS

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Return of the Jedi Lightsaber

January 13, 2016

As promised, we present Return of the Jedi...  lightsaber!

If the first video of the lightsaber creation series sparked your creativity and inspired you to practice your SOLIDWORKS skills on your own lightsaber, check out this follow-up video!

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.

>> Did you miss the first video in the series? Check out the rapid speed video here!

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Tech Tips, Stratasys, PDM

Year In Review: TriMech's Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2015

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Do You Know About These Hidden Gems In SOLIDWORKS?

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS 2016: I'll Take My Interface Dark, Please

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips, PDM

Organize Your CAD Files With SOLIDWORKS PDM Folder Templates

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.

3D CAD, Tech Tips

How to Create SOLIDWORKS Planes

July 1, 2015

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 this means that becoming proficient in creating planes is crucial to modeling efficiently.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

Changing The Direction Of Reference Planes

May 13, 2015

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Want To Save Rebuild Time In SOLIDWORKS? Use The Geometry Pattern Tool

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Creating A "Sketchless" Surface Cut In SOLIDWORKS

April 2, 2015

Sometimes we need to create a plane cut in SOLIDWORKS, but we only have information for three points of the plane. You can make this happen easily with surface cuts.

3D CAD, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

Changing The Viewport Axis In SOLIDWORKS Composer

March 27, 2015

When importing files into SOLIDWORKS Composer, you may need to reorient the default vertical axis of the viewport to get the desired shadows and lighting effects. The process is quick and easy.