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. 

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Electrical Design

How to Pass the Equipotential Mark Through a Symbol in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

August 2, 2018

When it comes to designing today, efficiency is everything. Time is one resource we all wish we could have more of, but we can never get. So, we are forced to better use the time we have. For most designers, that’s the main draw to SOLIDWORKS tools —the time savings gained through efficiency. SOLIDWORKS Electrical is full of many features that add up to huge time savings. In this Video Tech Tip, learn all about how to configure your schematic so you can pass the equipotential mark across the symbol on your electrical schematics. 

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Electrical Design

Efficient Schematic Design - Propagate Data in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic

July 26, 2018

SOLIDWORKS Electrical makes designing complex electrical systems simple and straightforward. SOLIDWORKS Electrical has an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that automates complex tasks such as contact cross-referencing and terminal drawings. It accelerates product development by simultaneously minimizing the repetitive tasks associated with developing electrical schematics.


5 Ways to Save 5 Minutes with the Control Key in SOLIDWORKS

July 19, 2018

If there’s one thing that we all want more of it’s time. This is true in life and also in SOLIDWORKS. For now, the only way we can get more time is to learn how to better use the time we have. In terms of SOLIDWORKS that means becoming more efficient. In this Video Tech Tip, we show you 5 ways you can use the Control Key to help you save time.


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.

SOLIDWORKS, Simulation, Tech Tips

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. 

SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PCB Design

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.