SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Favorite Tips for Rendering in PhotoView 360

May 2, 2019

While most users now have access to SOLIDWORKS Visualize, it can be a daunting task to switch to a different platform to render your parts. PhotoView 360 is included in the SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium seats, and lets you set up a quick rendering without having to switch programs. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll share with you our favorite tips for rendering in PhotoView 360.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Introducing FilletXpert in SOLIDWORKS

April 25, 2019

When modeling in SOLIDWORKS, oftentimes we leave our fillets and rounds for last. This is a great practice that makes sure you get your model geometry set before adding cosmetic or machining features. This can also lead to frustration, as you’ve just modeled a very complex part, but the fillet just won’t work. This is where FilletXpert can help. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll show you how FilletXpert works.

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Display Customization in SOLIDWORKS

April 18, 2019

If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video of a SOLIDWORKS guru or even looked over your coworker’s shoulder, you might've noticed that not everybody uses the same display settings for SOLIDWORKS. This can be done to reduce eye strain, match with a previous CAD software or just because it looks cooler. In this week’s Video Tech Tip we’ll walk you through the process of customizing your display settings.

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Using the Delete Hole Feature in SOLIDWORKS

April 11, 2019

While Delete Hole might not be the most glamorous addition to the SOLIDWORKS 2019 enhancements portfolio, there are plenty of surfacing users who are very excited about this new feature. Deleting a hole from a solid body is fairly simple with the Delete Face and Fill Command but deleting a hole from a surface body doesn’t have the same workflow because there is no face to select. In this Video Tech Tip, we’ll walk you through the process of deleting a hole in a solid figure.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts

April 4, 2019

In this week's Video Tech Tip we'll go over our top five favorite keyboard shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS. These are, in our opinion, the most time-saving commands that every SOLIDWORKS user should appreciate.

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Creating Multiple Fillets in One Feature

March 28, 2019

Creating multiple fillets in a single feature is something I’m asked about often. Typically, the user has seen it in a different 3D CAD software other than SOLIDWORKS or would like to unclutter their feature tree. This is also a very useful skill to quickly simplify your parts for assembly performance or simulation by allowing you to only suppress one feature. In this Video Tech Tip, we’ll show you how to create multiple fillets in one feature.

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Why You Should Care About Partial Fillets

February 28, 2019

The SOLIDWORKS 2019 update includes the ability to create fillets that don’t run the entire length of the edge and you may be asking yourself, "Why would I need that?" If you’re not producing awesome injection molded enclosures with crenelations for curb appeal, you might not care, but your machinist does. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we'll walk you through creating a partial fillet.

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All You Need to Know About the Geometry Pattern in SOLIDWORKS

January 3, 2019

If you have attended one of our essential courses, you are familiar with Geometry Pattern. If not, it’s very important to understand why Geometry Pattern can save you loads of time in modeling. In this Video Tech Tip, we will explain how to use the Geometry Pattern in SOLIDWORKS.

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Using SOLIDWORKS to Wrap Presents

December 20, 2018

Wrapping presents can be a lot of fun or a huge burden – it all depends on your outlook. Sometimes you end up with a piece of paper that isn't big enough, or the wrapping paper roll isn't wide enough, or you have a stack of boxes to the ceiling and would like to assembly-line the whole process. That’s where leveraging SOLIDWORKS can come in handy. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you how to use the flattening and measuring tools in SOLIDWORKS to wrap your presents.

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Getting Started with DriveWorksXpress

December 13, 2018

DriveWorksXpress is one of those tools included in every seat of SOLIDWORKS that most people just don’t know about. It’s an extremely powerful tool that can change the way you work – and save a ton of time in doing so. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you how to make the most of this tool you already have.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Maximizing the Use of Manufacturer Parts in SOLIDWORKS

August 30, 2018

With the enormous popularity of SOLIDWORKS as the go-to CAD software for many end-users, online retailers and manufacturers have taken to supplying their parts in a SOLIDWORKS format to help customers build assemblies. In this Video Tech Tip, we show you this is an amazing tool that allows you to create flawless bills of materials.

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Customize Your Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS

May 10, 2018

One of the best things about SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is the holes types and styles included with the Hole Wizard. If your shop only uses three, four or even a few dozen fasteners, having a larger variety can lead to a decrease in modeling speed. In this Video Tech Tip, you will learn how to customize your Hole Wizard options to a shop-specific format.