SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

How To Create a Chain Component Pattern with Connected Linkages

March 1, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Assemblies is all about putting everything together–taking your countless individual parts and piecing them all together to create fully functional assemblies. As you start to add more parts and details to your assemblies, the complexity increases. One of these times saving techniques is patterns. Although this video focuses on the concept of creating a chain component pattern, it is full of many other assembly tips and tricks you’re not going to want to miss. 

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

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.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

How to Define Wire Styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

February 15, 2018

With SOLIDWORKS Electrical creating 2D schematic drawings that are both highly detailed and look great, is easy. You can create accurate schematic diagrams in no time at all. In this video tech tip, we focus on how to create your own custom wire style for use in your 2D electrical schematic drawings. This includes all of the necessary cosmetic and electrical properties, such as color, line type, size and equipotential formula.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

Insider Tricks Using SOLIDWORKS Mate Reference

February 8, 2018

SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to put your parts together to make fully functional assemblies. With just a few clicks you can use the Mate Reference tool to capture the real world movements and behavior of your models. Here is how to use it: 

3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

Understanding the Delete Face Command in SOLIDWORKS

February 1, 2018

The delete face command within SOLIDWORKS CAD becomes integral to the modeling process when you are dealing with imported geometry and surfaces. It’s great for removing geometry or enabling edits to existing geometry with no feature history. In this Video Tech Tip, we explore the delete face command and its powerful functionality.

SOLIDWORKS, PDM

Undo File Check Out in SOLIDWORKS PDM

January 25, 2018

Undo functions are great in applications. We use it constantly throughout all sorts of applications. If you make a mistake, an "undo button" is the fastest way to get back to what you had before. This is the same concept behind the “Undo Check out” in SOLIDWORKS PDM. It will cancel the check out without saving any changes you’ve made.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Electrical Design

Search Tools in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

January 18, 2018

Inside of SOLIDWORKS Electrical there are two powerful search tools that are great for navigating through the software enabling you to quickly find what you need when you need it. SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic design capabilities simplify development of electrical systems with robust and intuitive single-line and multi-line schematic tools for planning your electrical system.

>> Click here to learn how to use the search tool in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

SOLIDWORKS, Electrical Design, Tech Tips

Creating Libraries in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

January 11, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is a powerful tool that makes creating 2D Schematics quick and easy. SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic is capable of developing electrical systems with robust and intuitive single-line and multi-line schematic tools for planning your electrical system. In no time at all, you can generate drawings, wire lists, "From-To" lists, and countless other documentation for manufacturing.

Tech Tips, solidThinking

Introduction to solidThinking Inspire

January 9, 2018

Do you find yourself needing a solution that allows you to test the structural efficiency of your design? solidThinking Inspire might be your answer. Not only does it have the ability to test the design's support for the required loads, it also enhances the process by generating a new optimal material layout. In this Video Tech Tip, we will explore how solidThinking Inspire cuts out the long process of essentially guess and check.  

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips

Converting a Step File to a Part File with Featureworks

January 4, 2018

Many times you'll have to work with a part that isn't a SOLIDWORKS file. Maybe some of your collaborators are using a different package or you downloaded a part from an online catalog. Sure SOLIDWORKS can open these other file types like STEP, IGES, or Parasolid, but they're not really useable because they get imported as what's known as a "dumb solid." FeatureWorks is a powerful tool that can be used to recognize those geometric features a and build a parametric, feature-rich model. Here's how to use the tool.