SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    Import Exploded Views and New Video Formats with SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

    May 28, 2020

    Now that you have your CAD model, what’s next? You’ll probably need to create some content to go along with the design, like images, sales videos, work instructions or assembly manuals. The best tool for this job is SOLIDWORKS Composer. It’s been around for a long time and has a long history of being the go-to tool for creating content from CAD. It saw some changes in the latest release of SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 that make it even better. Check out this week’s Video Tech Tip to see these latest enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Composer.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, Technical Communication

    360° Views in SOLIDWORKS Composer

    May 21, 2020

    You have your 3D model created, now what? You need to create all sorts of collateral based on the 3D model such as work instructions, assembly manuals and information for sales and marketing. Like most in the SOLIDWORKS ecosystem, you’ll probably turn to SOLIDWORKS Composer to do this. Composer is the only tool out there to create useful assets like images with arrows and text that are linked to the 3D model. If there’s ever a change, it will automatically update saving you from redoing any work. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to create 360° views in SOLIDWORKS Composer.

    SOLIDWORKS, Tech Tips, PDM

    Using Branch and Merge in SOLIDWORKS PDM

    May 14, 2020

    The Branch and Merge feature in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional helps to separate and combine data while avoiding duplication, but there are alternative uses for the tool as well. The Branch feature lets you create copies of a source file and later modify them to test new concepts; the Merge feature lets you merge the branched file with the source file through different options. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we go over how to use these features in PDM Professional.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Using Silhouette Entities in SOLIDWORKS

    May 7, 2020

    In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we introduce the Silhouette Entities tool in SOLIDWORKS 2020. This powerful tool can be used to create an outline of your model. Think of it as convert entities on steroids. With this feature, you can easily create a projected outline of your parts and assemblies similar to convert entities – just much more powerful and easy.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Getting Started With Surface Modeling in SOLIDWORKS

    April 30, 2020

    Do you want to learn how to use surface modeling? Here’s our first step to get started. Surface modeling is an alternative to solid body modeling. Essentially, it’s just another tab at the top of the SOLIDWORKS User Interface. Surface modeling is an important tool to have in your box because it not only makes modeling easier, it sometimes makes modeling possible. In other words, there’s some geometry that is impossible to create without using surface features. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to get started with surface modeling in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Working With Belt and Chain in SOLIDWORKS

    April 23, 2020

    The Belt and Chain command is an advanced assembly feature that is great for easily connecting components together such as pullies or gears. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll walk you through the process of using these large assembly commands in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Use Face Fillets in SOLIDWORKS

    April 16, 2020

    Fillets, or rounds, are an essential modeling feature, but even though it's basic, it doesn't mean it can't hold advanced functionality. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we are going to show you how to leverage the advanced functionality of fillets and another little-known feature to help save a lot of time when you're designing in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Improving Section Views in SOLIDWORKS

    April 9, 2020

    As the models get larger and more complicated, we turn to section views to expose inner details and help us easily share our designs. Section views are core part of the SOLIDWORKS toolset so much so that they are taught in the first day of SOLIDWORKS Essentials. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we are going to showcase section views. We are going to show you how to use some great tools that were added to the section view toolset in previous years that allow you to easily create great-looking section views

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    How to Use the Online Admin Portal on MySOLIDWORKS.com

    April 2, 2020

    In our last Video Tech Tip we walked you through the steps to set up your SOLIDWORKS online license. In this week's Video Tech Tip, we are going to show you all about the MySolidWorks Admin Portal and why you should be using it at your company. 

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Setting Up Your SOLIDWORKS License Online

    March 26, 2020

    If you need to work remotely or want flexibility when you work with your SOLIDWORKS licenses, online licensing might be for you. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to convert your SOLIDWORKS license to online licensing.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Speed Up Sketching with Auto-Rotate and Numeric Screen Input

    March 19, 2020

    When it comes to creating sketches, we’re often looking for faster ways to do our daily tasks like editing or dimensioning. SOLIDWORKS gives us the power to speed those tasks through the Auto-Rotate and Numeric Screen Input system options. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we will share with you how you can use them to speed up your sketching in SOLIDWORKS.

    SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    Creating Pierce and Coincidence Relations in SOLIDWORKS

    March 12, 2020

    Creating your 3D model begins with a good 2D sketch, the foundation of models in SOLIDWORKS. One of the core concepts when working with sketches is using relations to help define the position of sketch geometry. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we take an in-depth look at one of the more advanced relations – pierce.