Quick Sketching Tips and Tricks for SOLIDWORKS

    May 23, 2019

    With every release of SOLIDWORKS there are hundreds of enhancements added, both big and small. Some of these enhancements are little time savers while others are huge game changers. One thing’s for sure, as you’re busy getting your job done it’s tough to keep up with all of the enhancements year after year. Sometimes we find that SOLIDWORKS users are so wrapped up in their day to day modeling that they miss some of the new features. Although these features might not be exactly new to SOLIDWORKS, they could be new to you. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we take a look back and showcase some of the best additions to SOLIDWORKS sketching.

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    Explode Animations in SOLIDWORKS Composer

    May 16, 2019

    When it comes to your assemblies, one of the most important things is to be able to convey the big picture idea. This mostly means showing how it is put together and how it functions. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create an explode animation. But creating complete explode animations in SOLIDWORKS can sometimes be time-consuming and frustratingly tedious. With SOLIDWORKS Composer, creating a complex explode animation is super easy. In this week's Video Tech Tip, Application Engineer Mike Souders shows us how.

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    Modifying Camera Paths in SOLIDWORKS Composer

    March 21, 2019

    Have you just finished your 3D CAD model and want to show it off in an awesome 3D walk-through animation? The best tool for the job is SOLIDWORKS Composer. You can use it to create static 2D snapshots of your model or complicated 3D animations quickly and easily. It’s great for clearly conveying steps for assembly instructions or to help show off your model for marketing or sales purposes. SOLIDWORKS Composer is the go-to tool for creating the technical content you need to go along with your SOLIDWORKS models. In this Video Tech Tip, Application Engineer Mike Souders shows off the power of animations in Composer, specifically focusing on how to modify camera paths.

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    The Best SOLIDWORKS 2019 Tool to Help Size Packaging

    November 8, 2018

    Have you ever created a design that wasn’t exactly easy to package? Sometimes the irregular shapes of our designs make it challenging to determine exactly what container they might fit within. In the past, users might have had to create a plane and sketch out a rectangle that they could then extrude to figure out the minimum packaging size.

    SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces an improved bounding box, that helps automate that process for assemblies and delivers the results we’re looking for even faster.

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    Creating Interactive Content With SOLIDWORKS Composer

    August 23, 2018

    With SOLIDWORKS Composer, all sorts of technical content can be created from your 3D models- animation videos, assembly guides, instruction manuals, and even interactive content you can embed on your web-page or other documents. In this Video Tech Tip, we walk you through the process of how to create interactive content based on the simple workflow of linking views.

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    Creating Multiple Configurations Using Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

    June 28, 2018

    When you want to increase your assembly performance or your SOLIDWORKS efficiency, you need to look at using configurations. Configurations are a great way to represent different versions of a design within a single part file. Think of it as a way to manage variations in your part geometry.  Once the design table is created, it can often be useful to show this in a drawing. In this video tech tip, we will show you how this is possible, and some techniques for displaying your configured parts in a drawing.

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    Three Routing Tips in Less Than Three Minutes

    May 31, 2018

    The Routing add-in is included with SOLIDWORKS Premium and allows users to not only create piping and tubing routes, but electrical routes as well.  The process is largely automated and producing piping drawings with detailed BOMs (including pipe lengths), is a simple process. In today’s video, I hope to show you three simple routing tips that show some of the power and functionality that is built into SOLIDWORKS routing:

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    How to Simplify and Prepare Your Model for Analysis within SOLIDWORKS

    February 22, 2018

    SOLIDWORKS Utilities are a small set of powerful tools that enable you to examine the geometry of your model in detail. Some of our favorites are the Compare Utility and Power Select. In this Video Tech Tip, we are going to showcase the Simplify Utility which is extremely useful for working with large assemblies and preparing your models for Simulation.

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    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. 

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    SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies Part 1: Using the "R" Key

    April 13, 2017

    Welcome to our three-part Video Tech Tip series where you will learn tips and tricks for SOLIDWORKS parts and assemblies. In this first video, I walk through how to access recent documents using the "R" key and what hidden functions reside within the Recent Documents menu.

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    SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies Part 2: Pattern Driven Component Pattern

    April 13, 2017

    In part 2 of our three-part SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies series, we dive into the Pattern Driven Component Pattern tool and how it is used to add changes and instances to your design.

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    SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies Part 3: Copy with Mates

    April 13, 2017

    In part 3 of our three-part SOLIDWORKS Parts and Assemblies series, you will learn how to use the Copy with Mates tool to copy components and speed up your design process.