SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using the Derive Sketch Tool in SOLIDWORKS

January 16, 2020

There’s no doubt that copy/paste is a beloved productivity enhancer. It’s something that we all use daily to help save time in applications like Word, Excel and even SOLIDWORKS. But SOLIDWORKS takes copy/paste to the next level with derived sketch. Think of derived sketch as copy/paste on steroids. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we share with you how this works and why it’s so great.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Mastering the Power Trim Tool in SOLIDWORKS

January 9, 2020

The power trim tool is a favorite among SOLIDWORKS users. It’s a handy tool to cut away, trim or sketch geometry quickly. We affectionately call it the SOLIDWORKS weed wacker, because it works in mostly the same fashion. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you a little-known function of the power trim tool so you can leverage all of its functionality.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

How to Auto-Scale Sketch Pictures in SOLIDWORKS

January 2, 2020

In your SOLIDWORKS designs, you can take advantage of pictures by inserting them into a sketch that can help you create your designs. But that’s nothing new. This functionality has been in SOLIDWORKS for many years. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to take advantage of the scale tool to accurately size the picture so that it is more useful as a design aid.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Saving Custom Views in SOLIDWORKS

December 19, 2019

When it comes to successfully navigating around the 3D space and modeling environment in SOLIDWORKS, viewing and orienting your model is vital. As you use commands like pan, zoom and rotate to orient the model to take a measurement or add a feature, you are creating model views. We all know the feeling when you create the perfect model view-it’s the best. In this week’s Video Tech Tip we show you how to capture these views and save them so you can easily use them again.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using The Previous Selection Tool in SOLIDWORKS

December 12, 2019

Selecting items and geometric features in SOLIDWORKS used to often be tedious. With one misplaced click or unexpected move, you could lose all your selections. Fortunately there’s a tool in SOLIDWORKS that can help you get right back to where you were – Previous Selection. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use this selection tool.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using Lasso and Box Selection Tools in SOLIDWORKS

December 5, 2019

In SOLIDWORKS, there are two different ways to make selections: box and lasso. These selection tools make up a fundamental concept of working in SOLIDWORKS. Unfortunately, not everyone got the news that the lasso selection tool was added a few years ago to the SOLIDWORKS toolset, so, in this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use this tool and some tips on how to make the most of the selection options.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

A Closeup Look At The Status Bar In SOLIDWORKS

November 28, 2019

The status bar in SOLIDWORKS is one of those tools that has been staring users in the face since day one but is often overlooked. It’s potentially the most underutilized tool in the software. It is the area of the interface in the lower right-hand corner that has all sorts of useful information that can help you speed up your design workflow, if you know how to use it. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how to use the functionality of the status bar to instantly take measurements of your designs.

3D CAD, 3D Printing, Tech Tips

Creating Textures for 3D Printing Parts Using SOLIDWORKS

November 21, 2019

Creating textures for 3D printed parts is a great way to add a little extra realism as well as masking some of the layer lines present with a traditional FDM 3D printing system. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we’ll show you how to design textures for 3D printed parts in SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Extrude Options in SOLIDWORKS

November 14, 2019

Let’s get back to basics with this week’s Video Tech Tip, where we talk about the options in the Extruded Boss feature. This is probably the very first tool you learned to use when you started using SOLIDWORKS, and for good reason. It’s one of the most useful, fundamental tools in the software. Check out this video where we go over the extrude options and how to use them.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Working With Misaligned Mates in SOLIDWORKS

November 7, 2019

If you have components that don’t quite line up right, don’t sweat it. You can add misaligned mates in SOLIDWORKS in a breeze. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we show you how. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using Sketch-Driven Patterns in SOLIDWORKS

October 31, 2019

SOLIDWORKS is full of features that help save time and enable you to design faster. One of the most popular of these features is the patterning toolset. These tools enable you to copy an existing feature in various ways, saving you from having to recreate them. In this week’s Video Tech Tip, we will share with you one of the most powerful, yet underutilized patterning tools, the sketch driven pattern.

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Tech Tips

Using the Feature Freeze Bar in SOLIDWORKS

September 26, 2019

The feature freeze bar is a great tool in SOLIDWORKS that can be used to help improve model rebuilds. It helps optimize the performance of your models. The tool is especially useful if you’re having long rebuild times or even if you’re experiencing some stability issues whenever you're working on a model.