SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Feature Recap for SOLIDWORKS 2019 Updates

    September 5, 2019

    As the launch for SOLIDWORKS 2020 approaches, we wanted to remind you of some of the most important features released in SOLIDWORKS 2019. This week, we go over different multi-episode videos that explain how these features will improve your SOLIDWORKS experience. Whether you're looking to improve your design performance, create innovative models or how to use multiple tools at once, these videos will provide you with the details of how to accomplish your design goals across the SOLIDWORKS suite. Watch the series below. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Advanced Functionality of The Rotate Sketch Entities Tool

    August 29, 2019

    When it comes to modeling in SOLIDWORKS there is nothing more fundamental than navigating around the 3D space. It is probably the first thing you ever looked to do when you used SOLIDWORKS for the first time. Typically, navigating around the modeling environment is done with two tools, pan zoom or rotate. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we are going take it a step further and share with you some advanced functionalities of the rotate tool that give you more power and control when rotating around 3D space.

     

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    Enhancements Made To Part Modeling In SOLIDWORKS

    August 22, 2019

    The SOLIDWORKS 2019 update included a lot of features that help improve either new or already existing tools, but with so many improvements it can be hard to keep track of them all. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’re going to go over some enhancements core to part modeling in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Creating Weldments With The New Structure System Tool

    August 15, 2019

    Weldments are key features in many designs. One of the exciting tools released in SOLIDWORKS 2019 was the new structure system, an innovative and easier way to create weldments. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we walk through an example of how to create a new large support structure using this new feature.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Customizing The Normal To View Orientation In SOLIDWORKS

    August 8, 2019

    When working in a 3D space like the SOLIDWORKS modeling environment, the view orientation and model manipulation are two of the key fundamental concepts. It’s the first thing you learn when starting to use the software. One of the most important view orientation tools is Normal To. Normal To is when you’re looking directly at the model and everything is straight and oriented properly. What’s great about this is that it makes it easy for us to visually understand the model. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you some of the more advanced functionality of this fundamental tool to help you better take advantage of it and easily understand your model.

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    Reorienting Parts and Coordinate Systems in SOLIDWORKS

    August 1, 2019

    With every SOLIDWORKS part, there are front, top and right planes. But what do you do if those don’t line up with exactly what you want? In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we'll show you step by step how to change the orientation of your part file to line up exactly how you want. 

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    Getting to Know the Welcome Screen in SOLIDWORKS

    July 25, 2019

    Within the SOLIDWORKS 2019 updates, there's a hub for everything you might want quick access to and it’s called the Welcome Screen. The Welcome Screen is a window that appears when you first launch SOLIDWORKS. From this interface, you have quick access to links, files, news and other useful items. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we'll show you how to take advantage of the Welcome Screen capabilities.

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    Undo Mistakes With the Reload Command in SOLIDWORKS

    July 18, 2019

    One of the little-known tools in SOLIDWORKS is the reload command, but we’re trying to get the word out about this powerful command you should be using.
    In this week's Video Tech Tip, we'll show you how to use the reload command to undo mistakes in your designs. 

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    How To Add a State To a Workflow In SOLIDWORKS PDM The Easy Way

    July 11, 2019

    As the life cycle of your designs and your company evolve, you’ll find an ever-growing vastness of data created as a byproduct. One way to really get control of your company’s data is to use a data management tool like SOLIDWORKS PDM, the only tool built specifically for SOLIDWORKS. This means it understands the important relationships between files and enables you to work how you want with your data.

    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.

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    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

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    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.