Subassemblies are an excellent method for both organizing design assets and improving assembly performance in SOLIDWORKS. Simply put, a subassembly is an assembly within an assembly, and they’re used very regularly by design professionals. But what happens when motion is required in a subassembly? … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Making Subassemblies Flexible
Trim Surface, Split, and Split Line – these three powerful SOLIDWORKS commands belong in every surfacing user’s utility belt, but learning when to use each and the (often subtle) differences between them can be a challenge. In this article, we’ll identify the unique functions of these commands and … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Trim Surface, Split, & Split Line – What’s the Difference?
For many users, drawings are a critical aspect of the design documentation process. When creating drawing views, SOLIDWORKS automatically applies labels to the new views with respect to the assignedSystem Properties. By default, these labels are not reused once a labeled view has been deleted. As … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Reusing Deleted Drawing View Labels
3D Interconnect made its debut in 2017, providing users with a fantastic new method for importing and collaborating with non-SOLIDWORKS models. Without the need for translation, models imported via 3D Interconnect come with fewer errors, while maintaining face and edge IDs and even establishing a … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018: Unconsumed Sketches in 3D Interconnect
Layers have been available for many years in SOLIDWORKS, allowing users to assign drawings entities to them and control many visual aspects including visibility as well as line color, thickness, and style. New in SOLIDWORKS 2018, hatches can be added to layers, providing even greater flexibility … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018: Layers and Colors for Hatches
The Advanced Hole command made its debut in SOLIDWORKS 2017, allowing users to create complex multi-step holes in a single feature. Despite already being an impressive time saver in the design process, the command has seen significant improvements this year. New in SOLIDWORKS 2018, callouts can now … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018: Callouts for Advanced Holes
The bounding box is an indispensable piece of reference geometry in SOLIDWORKS, representing the smallest area or volume in which a design can fit. While available in weldment and sheet metal models for many years, creating a bounding box for a standard part has required convoluted workarounds – … [Read more...] about What’s New SOLIDWORKS 2018: Bounding Box
If you’ve spent any time researching SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you may have found yourself a bit overwhelmed by the wide variety of offerings available. In this article, we’ll break down the capabilities of each level of SOLIDWORKS Simulation Add-In and help you determine the best fit for your … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Which Package Is Right for Me?