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.

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    Leveraging Linear Component Patterns in SOLIDWORKS

    November 12, 2021

    Linear Pattern enables you to copy an existing feature and apply it in various ways, saving you time from having to recreate them. This week’s article will go over two enhancements SOLIDWORKS has made to linear patterns in recent years to help you design more efficiently. Let’s take a look.

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    Working with Breadcrumbs in SOLIDWORKS

    October 29, 2021

    In this article, we're going to look at navigation and selection techniques specific to Breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs in SOLIDWORKS is a tool to help navigate an assembly and locate what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. Another reason for using Breadcrumbs is to explore errors, access features, or access edit options. It’s a powerful selection tool that saves you time from digging through the FeatureManager Design Tree for the features that need editing or viewing a trail of the modeling structure by simply hovering over the graphic area. Let’s take a closer look at Breadcrumbs.

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    Get Organized with System Design in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

    October 22, 2021

    This article looks at how to get more organized with an electrical system design. We’ll be focused on how SOLIDWORKS Electrical can help you get a grip on the number of devices that you have present within a system design starting with proper component management best practices. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at how to get organized in SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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    Resolving Mesh Failures in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

    October 8, 2021

    Meshing is a crucial step in simulation. When working with assemblies or complex parts, “mesh terminated" or “failure to create mesh” for certain features, or components, may appear. The first step in debugging these errors is looking at your geometry. Based on your analysis objectives, you can suppress certain features that do not contribute to the results and are there for cosmetic reasons only. In this article, I will demonstrate how to suppress cosmetic features and suppress fillets and chamfers if they are not relevant to your analysis. Let’s take look.

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    Working with Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

    September 24, 2021

    SOLIDWORKS is very flexible about letting you execute your designs and perform your work in a manner that suits you. They try not to lock you into a particular workflow, or sequence, of picks and clicks. This is obvious when selecting items because you have the ability to preselect items in the graphics area, or the feature tree, then issue the command or function that you’re interested in. In this article, we’ll show you time-saving techniques when selecting items that will enable you to design cool stuff way faster. Let’s dive in!

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    Quick Tips: Copy, Paste, Drag and Drop in SOLIDWORKS

    August 27, 2021

    First off, SOLIDWORKS is made for Windows. When the first release of SOLIDWORKS first came out in 1995, it was made to be as fully compliant program as possible with Windows. This is beneficial to anyone who is proficient in Windows File Explorer as it means you already have an understanding and a skillset that is relevant in SOLIDWORKS. One of the fundamental aspects of a common window function is the copy and paste functions and the drag and drop function. In this video, we will show you different examples of how to copy and paste as well as tips on how to drag and drop. Let’s look at these functions so that you can have a complete understanding of what these functions can do for you in SOLIDWORKS.

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    Automate Borders and Title Block Options in SOLIDWORKS

    August 13, 2021

    In this video tech tip, we will be setting up borders using the Automatic Border tool in SOLIDWORKS and also launching the Title Block Wizard to take a closer look at the functionality of links and properties that you have control over. Let’s look at these powerful tools