Tangent and Arc Dimensions in SOLIDWORKS

July 12, 2018

Dimensions are as integral to a SOLIDWORKS sketch as the geometry itself. Circles and lines need to have a location and a size. Using smart dimensions in SOLIDWORKS makes adding dimensions quick and easy. It’s just intuitive. In this Video Tech Tip, I'll show you some easy ways to deal with Arcs within SOLIDWORKS: 


Secret Powers Of The Trim Tool in SOLIDWORKS

July 5, 2018

Trim Entities in SOLIDWORKS is a command that should be used by all SOLIDWORKS users. Out of all the sketch tools in SOLIDWORKS, Trim has to be one of the most versatile. But it’s versatility isn’t very straight forward. In fact, the countless secrets of the Trim tool have been known only to expert users of SOLIDWORKS, until now. In this Video Tech Tip, I'll share with you the secrets of the Trim tool in SOLDIWORKS.


Creating Multiple Configurations Using Design Tables in SOLIDWORKS

June 28, 2018

When you want to increase your assembly performance or your SOLIDWORKS efficiency, you need to look at using configurations. Configurations are a great way to represent different versions of a design within a single part file. Think of it as a way to manage variations in your part geometry.  Once the design table is created, it can often be useful to show this in a drawing. In this video tech tip, we will show you how this is possible, and some techniques for displaying your configured parts in a drawing.

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Topology Optimization in SOLIDWORKS

June 21, 2018

Having an optimized design is one of the most important things to nearly every SOLIDWORKS designer. Typically, this means the most lightweight design that still gets the job done. In this Video Tech Tip, we walk through the process of how to use Topology Optimization to come up with the most optimal shape. 


Design Variations with SOLIDWORKS PCB

June 14, 2018

With SOLIDWORKS PCB, unprecedented levels of collaboration are possible between mechanical CAD and electrical CAD. These two historically separate teams can now work seamlessly on the same models in real time in their own respective software. 


Working with Zebra Stripes in SOLIDWORKS

June 7, 2018

With zebra stripes, you can get a detailed look at your SOLIDWORKS geometry. Through the lens of zebra stripes, you can really understand the shape and quality of your model surfaces. In this Video Tech Tip, we take look at some examples of how the Zebra Stripes tool in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD shows you small changes that can be hard to see in a standard display. 

Three Routing Tips in Less Than Three Minutes

May 31, 2018

The Routing add-in is included with SOLIDWORKS Premium and allows users to not only create piping and tubing routes, but electrical routes as well.  The process is largely automated and producing piping drawings with detailed BOMs (including pipe lengths), is a simple process. In today’s video, I hope to show you three simple routing tips that show some of the power and functionality that is built into SOLIDWORKS routing:

Parallel Approvals in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional

May 24, 2018

Workflow transitions can accommodate product development processes that require multiple team members to approve documents. For example, a department may need a team lead and a member of the management team to both approve a change before the file can be promoted. In this Video Tech Tip, we look at parallel approvals inside a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional vault. 

Creating Multi-Layered Appearances in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

May 17, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a standalone rendering tool introduced to the SOLIDWORKS suite of products in 2016. With this tool you can easily create renderings of your SOLIDWORKS models so lifelike it’s tough to tell the difference between a rendering and an actual photograph. Like all tools in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio, they are very intuitive and easy to use. Ease of use is the bedrock upon which SOLIDWORKS was built in 1995. 


Customize Your Hole Wizard in SOLIDWORKS

May 10, 2018

One of the best things about SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is the holes types and styles included with the Hole Wizard. If your shop only uses three, four or even a few dozen fasteners, having a larger variety can lead to a decrease in modeling speed. In this Video Tech Tip, you will learn how to customize your Hole Wizard options to a shop-specific format.