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!

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Make a 3D Snowflake in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

    December 17, 2020

    So, you want to get better with SOLIDWORKS? There’s no better way than getting hands-on time with the tool. In this week’s video tech tip, we share with you an example of creating a part that leverages many time savings tools and techniques you need to know if you want to elevate your SOLIDWORKS designs. Since we are heading into winter, we'll use a snowflake for example. Check out this week’s Video Tech tip on creating a 3D snowflake in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

    Options Search in SOLIDWORKS

    December 10, 2020

    In this week’s video tech tip, let’s look to one of our favorite tips for anyone new to SOLIDWORKS – the options search. With this feature you can search through the system options for SOLIDWORKS as well as the document properties. This will save you a lot of time that you would normally spend digging through the list of countless options or document properties. It's a must know for any novice or even power user. 

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, CAM

    Create a New Probing Operation with SOLIDWORKS CAM

    December 3, 2020

    The design process includes many steps to bring an idea from imagination to reality. The last step along this journey is the manufacturing process. This is where the “rubber” meets the road. In this case though, it's the metal being shaped by the machines. For some parts, the features can be critical with tight tolerances. To better achieve these high levels of precision, SOLIDWORKS CAM 2020 introduced the probe tool. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to leverage this tool for your machining operations.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, CAM

    Automatically Generate Tool Paths With Tab Cutting In SOLIDWORKS CAM

    November 19, 2020

    You have the model, now it’s time to make it a reality. To go from design to the physical part you’ll need to machine the components. An easy way to do this is to leverage the power of SOLIDWORKS CAM, the integrated Computer-Aided Machining tool for SOLIDWORKS. Because it’s integrated with SOLIDWORKS, it’s easy to go from model to machining and any changes to the model are instantly reflected in the CAM process.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Insert a Part Into a Part with SOLIDWORKS

    November 12, 2020

    How to insert a part into a part. That might seem like something from the movie Inception, but I assure you it’s not. It’s a modeling technique that is extremely useful, especially for using Master Modeling techniques. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we walk you through how to use this feature. Here’s how to insert a part into a part in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Advanced Multibody Modeling in SOLIDWORKS

    September 17, 2020

    Multibody part modeling is a foundation skill needed to create advanced models. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we’re going to show you some more advanced multibody modeling techniques in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Getting Started with Multibody Modeling in SOLIDWORKS

    September 10, 2020

    In this week's Video Tech Tip, I'm going to show you how to create a puzzle cube by using boss extrudes with Selection Contours, Combine and Intersect. You can create it exactly as I did or you can use the concepts from this and make your own design. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Use Future Version Components in SOLIDWORKS

    September 3, 2020

    Every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version of its software with amazing enhancements. This is great until we encounter a file compatibility issue between yearly versions. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we show you how to open a file that is from the latest version with Version Interoperability in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

    How To Reuse Your Simulation Setup

    August 27, 2020

    Want to save time when using SOLIDWORKS Simulation? In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to duplicate a study and copy features from one study to another. This makes it easy to run several iterations of a simulation. Because, let’s face it, we never run just one simulation. It’s a process, made up of many iterations of a study. Here’s how to save time and do this efficiently.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Tips for Customizing Your SOLIDWORKS Interface

    August 20, 2020

    If you want to get more time to design, then you need to look at how to design faster. The easiest way to do that is to make SOLIDWORKS work for you. Yes, SOLIDWORKS is incredibly powerful, but it’s also very flexible. In other words, you can make SOLIDWORKS work your way by customizing it. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we look at our favorite way to customize SOLIDWORKS and how you can save those settings to take with you to load up your customizations anywhere.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Using the Combine Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    August 13, 2020

    SOLIDWORKS can be used to make anything. If you can think it, you can model it. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be manufacturable. In a modeling ecosystem as capable as SOLIDWORKS, there are countless tools and various techniques. One of the core techniques for modeling is multibody part modeling. Leveraging multibody parts can really help elevate your design. It’s a favorite technique of many SOLIDWORKS pros. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to leverage the Combine tool which is the fundamental tool for multibody part modeling.