Intro to Using Shaded Sketch Contours in SOLIDWORKS

    June 24, 2022

    In this tutorial, we are going to walk through the basics with the Shaded Sketch Contours feature. It is worth mentioning because not everyone takes full advantage of this feature. You can use the Shaded Sketch Contours setting to view closed sketch contours and sub-contours as shaded entities. When the Shaded Sketch Contours setting is selected, only the closed sketch shapes are shaded. Let's take a closer look.

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    Generating BOMs with Product Release Engineer Using 3DEXPERIENCE

    June 10, 2022

    In this week’s video tech tip, we will walk through the Product Release Engineer tool. This tool allows us to check and make sure that our files have the necessary data associated with them and any property that we may need to tweak. It will also create a bill of materials, add part numbers, and before releasing all the files for production.

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    How to Design a 10-inch Skillet in 10 Minutes

    May 27, 2022

    In this tutorial, I will walk through how to model a 10-inch cast-iron skillet using SOLIDWORKS. The skillet happens to be the item that I most often use in my kitchen. After I design the model, I will use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to test the design. 

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    How to Create Offset on Surface in a 3D Sketch and Measure with Geodesic Entities in SOLIDWORKS

    May 13, 2022

    When working with surfaces, it can be a challenge trying to recreate complex geometry. In this article, We will walk through the steps to create an Offset on a Surface in a 3D sketch and measure with the Geodesic Entities tool in SOLIDWORKS.

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    New SOLIDWORKS Part with an xShape Design

    April 29, 2022

    Connecting SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is as easy as activating the 3DEXPERIENCE add-in within SOLIDWORKS. The 3DEXPERIENCE navigation compass will then appear in the task pane on the right side of your screen. The window that appears is where you manage your CAD data and progress associated with all aspects of your manufacturing process. In addition to storing the data on the cloud, you can manage who has access to it and monitor all steps and phases to stay updated. This is also where you check files in and out by "reserving" the part to avoid having two people making changes and accidentally overwriting each other's work files.

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    Dimensioning Sketches For Symmetry in SOLIDWORKS

    March 11, 2022

    In this article, we will define this hub shape and use a diameter dimension tool to help control the overall dimensions. I'm going to start by editing the sketch and adding a few dimensions. A couple of these, I know, are not your typical diameter dimensions, but I will add a few of the ones that I do know to get started. I also know that I want this to be a certain overall dimension. Let's get started and see how it's done.

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    When to Use Weld Beads vs Fillet Beads in SOLIDWORKS

    February 11, 2022

    How can I show that two parts are welded together in SOLIDWORKS without modeling a bead into the part? In this article, let's look at two different tools to use when adding beads to your model and the benefits of using one over the other, and the reasons why. 

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    Excel Vs SOLIDWORKS Configurations for Design Tables

    January 14, 2022

    Design Tables allow you to build configurations of parts or assemblies by setting parameters in an embedded Microsoft Excel worksheet. Configurations can represent different versions of a design within a single part file and manage those variations in your part geometry. In this article, we will show you some techniques for displaying your configured parts in a drawing. Two of my favorite ways to create configurations and access the table information is to either use Excel or to use SOLIDWORKS Configurations. In this article, we will take a closer look at both ways and the benefits of each.

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    Control 3D Sketches with 3D Sketch Planes and Spline Tools

    December 10, 2021

    Who should be using 3D sketches? Anybody who is working in SOLIDWORKS and has hit a point where 2D sketches just don’t cut it. Someone who needs to access 3D dimensions when creating weldments or structure systems into a design. It could also be someone who is working with tube and cable routing. Even though 3D sketches are classified as an advanced topic, it’s something that everybody might need to use at one point or another. It’s true, 3D sketches can get a little tricky to control, but here we’ll talk about some entry-level tools and different instances to use those tools so you can get the most from them.