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

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    Sketching Techniques Every Engineer Should Know in SOLIDWORKS

    July 30, 2021

    Nothing is more frustrating to a design engineer than trying to figure out how to make it easier to achieve something. In this article, we’ll cover five sketching tips used by designers that you can incorporate into your workflow so you can optimize your designing process and significantly reduce time when working in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll be taking a look at Quick Relations, Symmetry Relations, Virtual Sharps, dimensioning to circles, arcs and diameters, and a new feature added in 2020 called Silhouette Entities. Let’s take a look.

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    Sketching Techniques to Save Time: System Options

    June 25, 2021

    Taking advantage of SOLIDWORKS Systems Options will make your work much easier and save you valuable time. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few choices available to you so that you can spend less time with tedious clicks and more time on designing. The options we’ll cover in this blog are: Auto-Rotate View, Create Sketch on New Part, Enable On-Screen Numeric Input on Entry Creation, and Create Dimension Only When Value is Entered. We’ll cover these time-saving sketching techniques and discuss the benefits of each.

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    Mastering the Rotating Functions in SOLIDWORKS

    June 11, 2021

    Here are a few tricks that every engineer should know about the rotation functions in SOLIDWORKS. We’ll take a look at steps to take that will help you be as efficient as possible when handling your model in 3D space. We’ll start by clicking and holding down the middle button to rotate an assembly, or part, and finish by taking a look at the rotating functions and formatting text within a design.

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    Options when Rendering an Image in SOLIDWORKS

    May 28, 2021

    There are a number of different ways to render an image in SOLIDWORKS. The options to render an image will depend on which version you have and which graphics card you are using. To get started, we’ll start with the options available in SOLIDWORKS Standard and move our way up to see what is available for SOLIDWORKS Professional and SOLIDWORKS Premium. We’ll be using the Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer, as an example. Let’s dive in!

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    Working with the Mirror Feature in SOLIDWORKS

    May 14, 2021

    The updated mirroring functionality in SOLIDWORKS 2018 makes adding symmetry to your 2D and 3D sketches a breeze and facilitates fully capturing your design intent. There are many places where you can use the Mirror function, so let’s dive in and take a look at how to apply this powerful and time-saving tool.

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    Working with the Autotrace Feature in SOLIDWORKS

    April 30, 2021

    The Autotrace feature allows you to automatically trace around a sketch picture that has been imported into SOLIDWORKS. This is a great way to quickly recreate a logo or organic shape. The image can then be used in features such as extrudes and sweeps. Let’s take a look at how to enable this tool and how to apply it to an image within your project.