The Branch and Merge feature in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional helps to separate and combine data while avoiding duplication, but there are alternative uses for the tool as well. The Branch feature lets you create copies of a source file and later modify them to test new concepts; the Merge feature lets you merge the branched file with the source file through different options. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we go over how to use these features in PDM Professional.
In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we introduce the Silhouette Entities tool in SOLIDWORKS 2020. This powerful tool can be used to create an outline of your model. Think of it as convert entities on steroids. With this feature, you can easily create a projected outline of your parts and assemblies similar to convert entities – just much more powerful and easy.
April 30, 2020
Do you want to learn how to use surface modeling? Here’s our first step to get started. Surface modeling is an alternative to solid body modeling. Essentially, it’s just another tab at the top of the SOLIDWORKS User Interface. Surface modeling is an important tool to have in your box because it not only makes modeling easier, it sometimes makes modeling possible. In other words, there’s some geometry that is impossible to create without using surface features. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to get started with surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS.
The Belt and Chain command is an advanced assembly feature that is great for easily connecting components together such as pullies or gears. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll walk you through the process of using these large assembly commands in SOLIDWORKS.
Fillets, or rounds, are an essential modeling feature, but even though it's basic, it doesn't mean it can't hold advanced functionality. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we are going to show you how to leverage the advanced functionality of fillets and another little-known feature to help save a lot of time when you're designing in SOLIDWORKS.
As the models get larger and more complicated, we turn to section views to expose inner details and help us easily share our designs. Section views are core part of the SOLIDWORKS toolset so much so that they are taught in the first day of SOLIDWORKS Essentials. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we are going to showcase section views. We are going to show you how to use some great tools that were added to the section view toolset in previous years that allow you to easily create great-looking section views
In our last Video Tech Tip we walked you through the steps to set up your SOLIDWORKS online license. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we are going to show you all about the MySolidWorks Admin Portal and why you should be using it at your company.
If you need to work remotely or want flexibility when you work with your SOLIDWORKS licenses, online licensing might be for you. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to convert your SOLIDWORKS license to online licensing.
March 19, 2020
When it comes to creating sketches, we’re often looking for faster ways to do our daily tasks like editing or dimensioning. SOLIDWORKS gives us the power to speed those tasks through the Auto-Rotate and Numeric Screen Input system options. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we will share with you how you can use them to speed up your sketching in SOLIDWORKS.
March 12, 2020
Creating your 3D model begins with a good 2D sketch, the foundation of models in SOLIDWORKS. One of the core concepts when working with sketches is using relations to help define the position of sketch geometry. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we take an in-depth look at one of the more advanced relations – pierce.
Using layers can save time when it comes to your drawings. They act as a grouping to speed up formatting for your drawing information. Layers contain information about an annotation’s color, font and thickness. They can also be hidden from view on drawings and from prints. Check out this week’s Video Tech Tip to see how to create a layer and modify its properties.
February 27, 2020
SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard for design. What makes this possible is the diversity of tools and features that can be used to design just about anything. We like to say you’re only limited by your imagination but as you're designing, you'll find that in reality you only use a few tools. So, it makes sense to have these at your fingertips and customize the interface to your liking to help you get your job done faster. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how you can customize the interface on the fly.