3D CAD, 3D Printing, Tech Tips

    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.

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    Using the Feature Freeze Bar in SOLIDWORKS

    September 26, 2019

    The feature freeze bar is a great tool in SOLIDWORKS that can be used to help improve model rebuilds. It helps optimize the performance of your models. The tool is especially useful if you’re having long rebuild times or even if you’re experiencing some stability issues whenever you're working on a model.

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    Using Single Command Per Pick in SOLIDWORKS

    September 19, 2019

    When you are using sketch commands in SOLIDWORKS you’ll notice that they are persistent. This means that once a command is activated you need to deliberately exit the command by doing something like hitting or double-clicking the escape key. This is the default behavior in SOLIDWORKS. However, sometimes this is not the quickest way to work. So, there’s another way called single command per pick. With this option turned on, along with double-clicking to activate the command, you can have a lot more control over how you use the sketch commands in SOLIDWORKS. To see this functionality in action, check out this week’s Video Tech Tip where we walk you through how to take advantage of this option.

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    Close Up Look at Geometry Patterns in SOLIDWORKS

    September 12, 2019

    SOLIDWORKS is easy to use. I’m sure you’re not surprised at that statement. At this point, that’s common knowledge. Ease of use has been in its DNA from day one back in 1995. Although it is easy to use, it’s still one of the most powerful CAD applications on the market. To make that possible there are countless commands that enable modeling flexibility that has solidified SOLIDWORKS place as the go-to application for various industries from manufacturing, to medical devices and the Department of Defense. Buried in all that flexibility for modeling are some options that are probably missed even though they have been staring you in the face from day one. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share an option in the patterning commands that you might have missed, the geometry pattern command.

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    Feature Recap for SOLIDWORKS 2019 Updates

    September 5, 2019

    As the launch for SOLIDWORKS 2020 approaches, we wanted to remind you of some of the most important features released in SOLIDWORKS 2019. This week, we go over different multi-episode videos that explain how these features will improve your SOLIDWORKS experience. Whether you're looking to improve your design performance, create innovative models or how to use multiple tools at once, these videos will provide you with the details of how to accomplish your design goals across the SOLIDWORKS suite. Watch the series below. 

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    Advanced Functionality of The Rotate Sketch Entities Tool

    August 29, 2019

    When it comes to modeling in SOLIDWORKS there is nothing more fundamental than navigating around the 3D space. It is probably the first thing you ever looked to do when you used SOLIDWORKS for the first time. Typically, navigating around the modeling environment is done with two tools, pan zoom or rotate. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we are going take it a step further and share with you some advanced functionalities of the rotate tool that give you more power and control when rotating around 3D space.

     

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    Enhancements Made To Part Modeling In SOLIDWORKS

    August 22, 2019

    The SOLIDWORKS 2019 update included a lot of features that help improve either new or already existing tools, but with so many improvements it can be hard to keep track of them all. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’re going to go over some enhancements core to part modeling in SOLIDWORKS.

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    Creating Weldments With The New Structure System Tool

    August 15, 2019

    Weldments are key features in many designs. One of the exciting tools released in SOLIDWORKS 2019 was the new structure system, an innovative and easier way to create weldments. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we walk through an example of how to create a new large support structure using this new feature.

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    Customizing The Normal To View Orientation In SOLIDWORKS

    August 8, 2019

    When working in a 3D space like the SOLIDWORKS modeling environment, the view orientation and model manipulation are two of the key fundamental concepts. It’s the first thing you learn when starting to use the software. One of the most important view orientation tools is Normal To. Normal To is when you’re looking directly at the model and everything is straight and oriented properly. What’s great about this is that it makes it easy for us to visually understand the model. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you some of the more advanced functionality of this fundamental tool to help you better take advantage of it and easily understand your model.