All You Need to Know About the Geometry Pattern in SOLIDWORKS

January 3, 2019

If you have attended one of our essential courses, you are familiar with Geometry Pattern. If not, it’s very important to understand why Geometry Pattern can save you loads of time in modeling. In this Video Tech Tip, we will explain how to use the Geometry Pattern in SOLIDWORKS.


3 Ways to Find Your SOLIDWORKS Serial Number

December 27, 2018

Finding your SOLIDWORKS serial number is easy if you know where to look. You are given your serial number when you first get SOLIDWORKS and over time this could get lost or forgotten. Why would you need to know this? Knowing your serial number is important, especially when you call TriMech for technical support. You can also get access to all the extra online features through MySOLIDWORKS and the customer portal. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you three ways to find your SOLIDWORKS serial number. 


Using SOLIDWORKS to Wrap Presents

December 20, 2018

Wrapping presents can be a lot of fun or a huge burden – it all depends on your outlook. Sometimes you end up with a piece of paper that isn't big enough, or the wrapping paper roll isn't wide enough, or you have a stack of boxes to the ceiling and would like to assembly-line the whole process. That’s where leveraging SOLIDWORKS can come in handy. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you how to use the flattening and measuring tools in SOLIDWORKS to wrap your presents.


Getting Started with DriveWorksXpress

December 13, 2018

DriveWorksXpress is one of those tools included in every seat of SOLIDWORKS that most people just don’t know about. It’s an extremely powerful tool that can change the way you work – and save a ton of time in doing so. In this Video Tech Tip, we will show you how to make the most of this tool you already have.

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First Look at the New Features and Tools in SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019

December 6, 2018

Over the past few years since SOLIDWORKS Visualize burst on the scene, it has grown to become everyone’s go-to application for creating stunning, photorealistic renderings of 3D CAD files. Since it’s a standalone application, it can be used by anyone without tying up a SOLIDWORKS license like other add-in products. If you’re not already using SOLIDWORKS Visualize, you should be. In this Video Tech Tip, you will find some pointers to help get you started and render better with SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2019.


What is the SketchXpert Tool in SOLIDWORKS?

November 29, 2018

How many times have you been adding dimensions or relations to a sketch, and suddenly yellow and red litter your screen! You just over defined your sketch, and hitting undo isn’t always the solution you want. Enter the SketchXpert.


Thanksgiving Crafts with SOLIDWORKS and NESTINGWorks

November 22, 2018

It’s Thanksgiving, and in this Video Tech Tip, TriMech Application Engineer Laura Weismantel shows us how she used SOLIDWORKS and NESTINGWorks to help her create these awesome DIY table settings. This is a great example of how SOLIDWORKS and NESTINGWorks team up to efficiently create your designs.


Orienting Your Models in SOLIDWORKS

November 15, 2018

When it comes to getting around your models and orienting yourself in 3D space, rotating is key. The rotation command is arguably one of the most used ones. It’s easy too, right? Just click and hold the middle mouse wheel and you can bring your designs to life by spinning the 3D model around your 2D screen. But there’s more to it than just using the middle mouse wheel for what I call “free rotation.” There a handful of other ways to get more control of your model. In this week’s Video Tech Tip we will share with you two great recommendations so you can rotate like a pro.


The Best SOLIDWORKS 2019 Tool to Help Size Packaging

November 8, 2018

Have you ever created a design that wasn’t exactly easy to package? Sometimes the irregular shapes of our designs make it challenging to determine exactly what container they might fit within. In the past, users might have had to create a plane and sketch out a rectangle that they could then extrude to figure out the minimum packaging size.

SOLIDWORKS 2019 introduces an improved bounding box, that helps automate that process for assemblies and delivers the results we’re looking for even faster.


Creating and Finding Custom Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

November 1, 2018

I’m often asked by students and tech support why custom weldment profiles don’t work. It turns out that 90% of the time the issue isn’t with the profile itself, but with the location the profile is saved. We’ll walk through not only the steps to create a weldment profile but the common practice of saving to a location that SOLIDWORKS isn’t able to find.


Halloween Arts & Crafts with SOLIDWORKS Weldments Part 2

October 25, 2018

Weldments in SOLIDWORKS offers a powerful way to design a structure based on easily drawn sketch segments. All it takes is an outline or skeleton sketch and from that, you can effortlessly piece your design together using structural members with predefined cross sections. But the real power of weldments is in the details and information that can be extracted from your model. One example of this is cut lists. A cut list is a BOM-like table for cut and welded structural shapes. This accurately calculates things like the length and quantity of members automatically based on the design.


Halloween Arts and Crafts with SOLIDWORKS Weldments Part 1

October 18, 2018

Have you ever wished you could spend more time using SOLIDWORKS for something other than work? I thought so, and fortunately, there are some great tools you can leverage to use SOLIDWORKS with your kids. It might sound spooky, but one day they may grow up to be better than you (or I) in 3D CAD! Let’s get them started off right with a treat from your work experience. 

In this Video Tech Tip, I will walk you through the process of creating profiles you can use in your weldment structures. For the weldment structure, I’ll be building a spiderweb or at least a reasonable facsimile. Feel free to create whatever you like.