SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Using Solid Body Contact in SOLIDWORKS Motion Simulation

July 4, 2019

With SOLIDWORKS Motion you can animate your assemblies based on real physics. This next level realism takes your models from just an animation to a real movement, exactly like you’d see in the real world. That’s the big difference between animation and motion in SOLIDWORKS. In this Video Tech Tip, we focus on SOLIDWORKS Motion and how to use solid body contacts, which is the feature that makes it all possible.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using the DrawCompare Tool in SOLIDWORKS

June 27, 2019

What makes SOLIDWORKS such a powerful application is the sheer breadth of tools and utilities it offers designers. It would seem that the only limitation to what can be created in SOLIDWORKS is our imagination. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you one of the little-known utilities found in SOLIDWORKS: the DrawCompare tool. This utility offers the functionality to compare many different compare tools that inspect your documents for differences and present you with an easy to follow report outlining any changes

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Converting a Step File to a Part File with FeatureWorks

June 20, 2019

We all know SOLIDWORKS is the most common choice for creating CAD models. Unfortunately, it’s not the only choice. The design ecosystem is full of different CAD software. Which is not a problem until you need to communicate with someone who is not on your version of SOLIDWORKS. This is a problem because when you can’t share a native SOLIDWORKS file with someone you’re forced to work with what we call an agnostic file format like a Step file. In this week’s Video Tech Tip we share with you how to leverage FeatureWorks to help make this process as streamlined as possible. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Bloom Effects in SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360

June 13, 2019

With PhotoView 360 you can take your 3D models and turn them into images so real you won’t be able to tell the difference between a photograph and the rendering. But to be able to take your models and turn them into photographs, you’ll need to take care of all the details. When it comes to renderings in SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360, the details matter. In this week's Video Tech Tip we'll share with you the bloom effects which really add a great deal of realism to your model. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal: Body and Fill Patterns

June 6, 2019

SOLIDWORKS offers an extremely robust set of tools that enable an efficient workflow for designing anything your mind can think of; consumer products, weldments and sheet metal parts. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we'll go over the patterning tools that can be used to help you save a lot of time to add details to your design.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Understanding the Assembly Visualization Tool in SOLIDWORKS

May 30, 2019

One of the most useful and insightful tools in SOLIDWORKS is Assembly Visualization. It provides users with different ways to display and sort an assembly’s components in an easy to understand list as well as in the graphics area. 

There are countless ways the information can be shown and sorted to help you gain a deeper understanding of your assembly in no time at all. Assembly Visualization works by visualizing and listing properties or metadata of your model. This can be basic numerical data such as component mass, density and volume, but it can also be more complex, non-calculated custom properties such as Vendor, Bought/Sold or Status.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

What Every Engineer Should Know About SOLIDWORKS Virtual Components

May 9, 2019

This week’s Video Tech Tip is all about virtual components; what they are, why they’re great and how to use them. So, what are virtual components all about? Virtual components are used for assembly modeling in SOLIDWORKS and they are special parts because they are saved internally in the assembly file instead of in a separate part or subassembly file. This means they only exist inside the assembly and not physically on the hard drive somewhere. At any time, a virtual component can be saved to an external file. You’ve probably seen this message at some point in your SOLIDWORKS modeling career.

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.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

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.