SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

    SOLIDWORKS Sketching Shortcuts and Quick Tips

    July 9, 2020

    So, you want to model faster. Since the foundation of your model is the sketch, let’s look at one way to improve your sketching. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you a little-known tip on how to speed up your sketching process.

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    SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3.0 User Interface Changes

    July 2, 2020

    If you’ve recently upgraded to SOLIDWORKS 2020 SP3.0, you may have noticed some changes to the user interface. Yes, the SOLIDWORKS developers like to keep us on our toes! We have seen an increase in support calls coming in for this very thing so I thought that in this week's Video Tech Tip I would inform the community at large in hopes of de-mystifying you all.

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    Save and Restore Your Customizations and UI in SOLIDWORKS

    June 25, 2020

    It’s no secret that SOLIDWORKS has the flexibility that allows it to be heavily customized. Sometimes these customizations can add up to some serious time savings. Having commonly used commands at convenient fingertips really does make designing much easier. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how you can take advantage of these settings so you can customize them.

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    Organizing Your Files in the SOLIDWORKS Feature Tree

    June 18, 2020

    When it comes to large parts or assemblies, organization is key. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you the easiest way to clean up your feature tree and organize your SOLIDWORKS parts or assemblies.

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    Getting Started With Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS

    June 11, 2020

    When it comes to modeling with SOLIDWORKS the one theme that persists is flexibility. There are always many ways to do the same thing. This flexibility means you can take the countless SOLIDWORKS tools and use them in a variety of ways to create just about anything. The only challenge, sometimes, is how to get started. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to get started with creating a sheet metal part in SOLIDWORKS. Think of this as two ways to do step one for creating a sheet metal part.

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    Reverse Engineering With the Slicing Tool in SOLIDWORKS

    June 4, 2020

    With each year the reverse engineering toolset in SOLIDWORKS expands and gets more powerful every time. Over the last few years, we have seen some amazing reverse engineering functionalities added to SOLIDWORKS Standard, Professional and Premium. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you how you can take advantage of these reverse engineering tools.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.