Halloween Arts & Crafts with SOLIDWORKS Weldments Part 2

October 25, 2018

Weldments in SOLIDWORKS offers a powerful way to design a structure based on easily drawn sketch segments. All it takes is an outline or skeleton sketch and from that, you can effortlessly piece your design together using structural members with predefined cross sections. But the real power of weldments is in the details and information that can be extracted from your model. One example of this is cut lists. A cut list is a BOM-like table for cut and welded structural shapes. This accurately calculates things like the length and quantity of members automatically based on the design.


Halloween Arts and Crafts with SOLIDWORKS Weldments Part 1

October 18, 2018

Have you ever wished you could spend more time using SOLIDWORKS for something other than work? I thought so, and fortunately, there are some great tools you can leverage to use SOLIDWORKS with your kids. It might sound spooky, but one day they may grow up to be better than you (or I) in 3D CAD! Let’s get them started off right with a treat from your work experience. 

In this Video Tech Tip, I will walk you through the process of creating profiles you can use in your weldment structures. For the weldment structure, I’ll be building a spiderweb or at least a reasonable facsimile. Feel free to create whatever you like.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Probing Simulation Results in SOLIDWORKS

October 11, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation has revolutionized the design process by enabling designers to perform analysis on their models–no engineering degree required! Simulation is easy to understand because the complexities of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) are disguised by the familiar and intuitive SOLIDWORKS user interface. SOLIDWORKS Simulation is written in the language of 3D CAD. 

As designers leverage the power of simulation in their workflow, they run multiple "what if" scenarios on their models. This offers them insight into their designs never before possible because a quick change can be made, and the simulation rerun instantly gives a designer feedback on their model. Finally, providing the answer to the looming question every designer is compelled to ask, “Was that change helpful to my design?”

As you run all these “what if" scenarios you’ll need to know a few tips and tricks to help make this process as easy as possible. In this Video Tech Tip, we share with you the quickest way to probe your model to get results at a specific location. 


Working with Coordinate Systems in SOLIDWORKS

October 4, 2018

When it comes to working with SOLIDWORKS every single part has a coordinate system. This is important because you are working in 3D space in SOLIDWORKS. This sometimes presents inherent complexities with navigating around your parts, especially with assemblies. One trick to make this process a little more intuitive and easier to understand is to leverage the power of coordinate systems. Each part will always have at least one. This is the intersection of the front, top and right planes, or in x,y,z coordinate terms it’s the origin 0,0,0. Just think about it as the home for your part. 

It’s good to know where this is because it’s useful to leverage this in mating parts together in assemblies, setting up a simulation and countless other applications. But sometimes this one coordinate system isn’t enough. It’s frequently necessary or useful to create your own custom coordinate. The biggest use case for this is when exporting your models for 3D printing or use by other engineers because you can control the orientation of the model with a custom coordinate system. 


Assembling Belts and Chains in SOLIDWORKS

September 27, 2018

With SOLIDWORKS you can take a concept in your head and make it a reality. The biggest advantage of creating digital prototypes of your concepts in SOLIDWORKS CAD is that instead of a napkin sketch or even a tool like PowerPoint, all of the little details are taken  into account. There are countless tools in the software to help you develop the intricacies of your design, enabling you to go from concept to design faster than ever before.


Making Sheet Metal Parts Easy in SOLIDWORKS

September 20, 2018

Sheet metal parts in SOLIDWORKS are easy to make thanks to the powerful set of tools, that enable users to model just about everything they can think of. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we take an in-depth look to one of the sheet metal features: the hem tool.


Modifying Dimensions Within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD

September 13, 2018

When modifying a feature or sketch dimensions, the most common spot to go to is the dimension modify box. It’s the most classic, straightforward way to adjust dimension values. Most users go here to key in a specific value to adjust the dimensions, but there are a lot more capabilities here that can help you design faster. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we show you the functionality of the dimension modify box so you can design faster.


Large Design Review in SOLIDWORKS

September 6, 2018

When it comes to working with SOLIDWORKS®, collaboration is key. As a designer or an engineer you know how important it is to be able to share your work with others. Whether it be a consultant, vendor, or even a fellow colleague, being able to share your designs is necessary. In this Video Tech Tip, we look at using Large Design Review in SOLIDWORKS. 


Maximizing the Use of Manufacturer Parts in SOLIDWORKS

August 30, 2018

With the enormous popularity of SOLIDWORKS as the go-to CAD software for many end-users, online retailers and manufacturers have taken to supplying their parts in a SOLIDWORKS format to help customers build assemblies. In this Video Tech Tip, we show you this is an amazing tool that allows you to create flawless bills of materials.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

Creating Interactive Content With SOLIDWORKS Composer

August 23, 2018

With SOLIDWORKS Composer, all sorts of technical content can be created from your 3D models- animation videos, assembly guides, instruction manuals, and even interactive content you can embed on your web-page or other documents. In this Video Tech Tip, we walk you through the process of how to create interactive content based on the simple workflow of linking views.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

Use the "Find Unconstrained Body" Option to Troubleshoot  SOLIDWORKS Simulation

August 16, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Simulation is an incredibly powerful tool that enables you to run any "what if" scenario on your design way before you begin prototyping. These virtual simulation capabilities allow you to validate your design before it’s built—reducing the time it takes to constructing something. And it’s easy. In this video tech tip, we demonstrate how the "Find Unconstrained Body” feature to SOLIDWORKS Simulation is used.

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Electrical Design

Efficient Schematic Design: Add/Hide Cross Reference Lists in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

August 9, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Electrical is an incredibly powerful electrical schematic tool. As you create these schematics, you are adding a lot of information and symbols to your design. This can  lead to clutter on your sheets. One way to clean this up, is to work with layers so you can easily hide or show certain items on your sheet. One really great example of this is with cross reference lists. In this week's Video Tech Tip, I demonstrate this technique to help clean up your drawing sheet.