SOLIDWORKS

Using the Belt/Chain Assembly Feature in SOLIDWORKS

November 16, 2017

Belts and chains are a common part of machine design in the engineering world. SOLIDWORKS enables you to easily create these in the assembly environment with the use of an Assembly Feature. Watch our Video Tech Tip to learn how!

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

Explode Animation with SOLIDWORKS Composer

November 9, 2017

You created your assembly. Now it's time to take it apart. Check out the video below to see how to create an exploded animation in SOLIDWORKS Composer to convey complexities in your designs or assembly procedures. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

2D to 3D Conversions in SOLIDWORKS

November 2, 2017

As more and more people are transitioning from 2D modeling software to 3D modeling with SOLIDWORKS, converting legacy 2D data is more important than ever. When you make this switch, there's no need to start from scratch and redrawing hundreds or even thousands of models. With SOLIDWORKS, converting 2D dwg to 3D models is quick and easy. Learn how to do it in this week's Video Tech Tip.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS Routing Capabilities: Piping, Tubing and Electrical

October 26, 2017

Ever wonder what SOLIDWORKS Routing can do for you? Routing is broken into three main categories: piping, tubing and electrical. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you an overview of the routing capabilities, including activating the add-in, setting up display states, accessing components in the Design Library, adding dimensions and more. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

How to Create Reference Planes Inside of SOLIDWORKS

October 17, 2017

In this Video Tech Tip, we take a look at creating reference planes inside of SOLIDWORKS. Reference planes are typically added to models to create geometry at a different angle or orientation instead of just your standard front, top or right planes. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Using the Vent Feature in SOLIDWORKS

October 12, 2017

The Vent feature in SOLIDWORKS is a great way to add any sort of vents for airflow through sheet metal and plastic parts. It’s a very simple way to create a vent opening, spars and ribs as needed. Today, we will be looking at how to easily automate this based on a sketch in SOLDIWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Using the Scale Tool in SOLIDWORKS

October 5, 2017

Whether it’s for molded parts or for heat-treating, scaling a model to account for shrink is a really serious design concern. Today, we’ll take a look at how the scale tool in SOLIDWORKS can help you accomplish this in just a few simple clicks.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

Interference Detection in SOLIDWORKS

September 28, 2017

One common problem with assembly design is trying to understand how parts are going to fit together and if there are going to be interferences. Luckily, SOLIDWORKS has a great tool to check for any sort of overlaps called Interference Detection.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD

How to Emboss Text on a Surface in SOLIDWORKS

September 21, 2017

One of the most requested tips people ask for in SOLIDWORKS is how to emboss or deboss text onto a complex surface. Today, we'll take a look at how easy that is to do with the Wrap feature.

3D CAD, PDM

Using CEX Files Inside Your SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault

September 14, 2017

SOLIDWORKS PDM is essential to help keep your files, organized, easily accessible and most importantly, easily managed. In today's Video Tech Tip, we're discussing CEX files and how you can use them inside your vault.