SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Relocating Sketches in SOLIDWORKS

    January 23, 2020

    So, you want to move a sketch from one face to another? There are two ways to do it. One is a basic lesson taught in the beginning of the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training, while the other is a slick trick only power users know. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’re going to show you both ways so you can easily move a sketch (or feature) to a different face

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    Using the Derive Sketch Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    January 16, 2020

    There’s no doubt that copy/paste is a beloved productivity enhancer. It’s something that we all use daily to help save time in applications like Word, Excel and even SOLIDWORKS. But SOLIDWORKS takes copy/paste to the next level with derived sketch. Think of derived sketch as copy/paste on steroids. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you how this works and why it’s so great.

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    Mastering the Power Trim Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    January 9, 2020

    The power trim tool is a favorite among SOLIDWORKS users. It’s a handy tool to cut away, trim or sketch geometry quickly. We affectionately call it the SOLIDWORKS weed wacker, because it works in mostly the same fashion. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you a little-known function of the power trim tool so you can leverage all of its functionality.

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    How to Auto-Scale Sketch Pictures in SOLIDWORKS

    January 2, 2020

    In your SOLIDWORKS designs, you can take advantage of pictures by inserting them into a sketch that can help you create your designs. But that’s nothing new. This functionality has been in SOLIDWORKS for many years. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to take advantage of the scale tool to accurately size the picture so that it is more useful as a design aid.

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    Saving Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS

    December 19, 2019

    When it comes to successfully navigating around the 3D space and modeling environment in SOLIDWORKS, viewing and orienting your model is vital. As you use commands like pan, zoom and rotate to orient the model to take a measurement or add a feature, you are creating model views. We all know the feeling when you create the perfect model view-it’s the best. In this week’s Video Tech Tip we show you how to capture these views and save them so you can easily use them again.

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    Using The Previous Selection Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    December 12, 2019

    Selecting items and geometric features in SOLIDWORKS used to often be tedious. With one misplaced click or unexpected move, you could lose all your selections. Fortunately there’s a tool in SOLIDWORKS that can help you get right back to where you were – Previous Selection. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use this selection tool.

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    Using Lasso and Box Selection Tools in SOLIDWORKS

    December 5, 2019

    In SOLIDWORKS, there are two different ways to make selections: box and lasso. These selection tools make up a fundamental concept of working in SOLIDWORKS. Unfortunately, not everyone got the news that the lasso selection tool was added a few years ago to the SOLIDWORKS toolset, so, in this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use this tool and some tips on how to make the most of the selection options.

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    A Closeup Look At The Status Bar In SOLIDWORKS

    November 28, 2019

    The status bar in SOLIDWORKS is one of those tools that has been staring users in the face since day one but is often overlooked. It’s potentially the most underutilized tool in the software. It is the area of the interface in the lower right-hand corner that has all sorts of useful information that can help you speed up your design workflow, if you know how to use it. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use the functionality of the status bar to instantly take measurements of your designs.

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    Creating Textures for 3D Printing Parts Using SOLIDWORKS

    November 21, 2019

    Creating textures for 3D printed parts is a great way to add a little extra realism as well as masking some of the layer lines present with a traditional FDM 3D printing system. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll show you how to design textures for 3D printed parts in SOLIDWORKS.

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    Extrude Options in SOLIDWORKS

    November 14, 2019

    Let’s get back to basics with this week’s Video Tech Tip, where we talk about the options in the Extruded Boss feature. This is probably the very first tool you learned to use when you started using SOLIDWORKS, and for good reason. It’s one of the most useful, fundamental tools in the software. Check out this video where we go over the extrude options and how to use them.

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    Working With Misaligned Mates in SOLIDWORKS

    November 7, 2019

    If you have components that don’t quite line up right, don’t sweat it. You can add misaligned mates in SOLIDWORKS in a breeze. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how. 

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    Using Sketch-Driven Patterns in SOLIDWORKS

    October 31, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS is full of features that help save time and enable you to design faster. One of the most popular of these features is the patterning toolset. These tools enable you to copy an existing feature in various ways, saving you from having to recreate them. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we will share with you one of the most powerful, yet underutilized patterning tools, the sketch driven pattern.