SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Working with the Autotrace Feature in SOLIDWORKS

    April 30, 2021

    The Autotrace feature allows you to automatically trace around a sketch picture that has been imported into SOLIDWORKS. This is a great way to quickly recreate a logo or organic shape. The image can then be used in features such as extrudes and sweeps. Let’s take a look at how to enable this tool and how to apply it to an image within your project.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How Do I Use the Measure Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    April 23, 2021

    Taking measurements is common practice when modeling in SOLIDWORKS. This blog goes over the options that are available so you can leverage them into your everyday workflow. Let's take a look!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Setting up SOLIDWORKS Electrical Attributes to Work for You

    April 9, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS Electrical lets the engineer display design information using attributes that can be used with symbols, title blocks and connection tables. By using attributes, the user can make a design change in one location and have the change be carried throughout the whole project. Let's take a look and see how this works.

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    Customizing SOLIDWORKS Productivity Tools

    March 26, 2021

    Customizing your productivity tools is the first step in becoming as efficient as possible when designing in SOLIDWORKS. This video covers the steps to take that will place your most frequently used tools close by so you can spend less time looking for the right one and more time designing. Let's take a look at how to customization can give you access with just one click.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Revisioning in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

    March 12, 2021

    In this video tech tip, Matt Kokoski covers three different methods when creating revisions inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. The first method explains Saving with Options. The second method demonstrates how to add a new revision inside of the SOLIDWORKS window, and the third shows you how to add a new revisions inside of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform along with the benefits of using this method. Matt will also explain the branch and merging feature inside of the collaborative lifecycle application. Let's take a look in more detail.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    Automate Folder and File Creation in SOLIDWORKS PDM

    February 26, 2021

    Templates are a fantastic time saving tool in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional. Have you ever desired a uniform folder structure or had dread for the inevitable update of required project forms? Templates can help put your mind at ease by automatically enforcing these procedures.

    Templates are executed with a right-click anywhere in the vault and selecting the designated template. You can design a template to generate a folder structure with appropriate forms with only two clicks. This easy access will make getting your users to adopt the new workflow effortless.

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    How Do I 3D Print from SOLIDWORKS

    February 12, 2021

    As 3D printing becomes more common in the workplace, users are turning to SOLIDWORKS to better understand their designs in the context of 3D printing. SOLIDWORKS offers several 3D printing visualization and analysis tools and all of them can be accessed through the Print3D tool (File > Print3D). Let's take a look!

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    Change How You View Your Feature Tree in SOLIDWORKS

    January 29, 2021

    The Feature Tree in SOLIDWORKS is where we organize our model. It helps us extract information, show dependencies, filter what is shown on screen and more. Let’s look at how we can best leverage our Feature Tree in both parts and assemblies to make ourselves more productive. In this blog, I will break it down into three core functions and see how they are effective in Parts and Assemblies.

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    Top-Down Assembly Modeling

    January 15, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS is easy to use. That’s not really a hot take, it’s pretty much an agreed-upon fact. Among other reasons, that is due to the flexibility that is inherent in the design process. SOLIDWORKS enables you to work how you want. A true power user knows all the different ways to do things and picks the best way to get the job done. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’re going to showcase one of the two methods for creating assemblies - top-down assembly modeling. This is a favorite among many designers. Let’s see why!