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?
If you own any version of SOLIDWORKS, you already own SimulationXpress, but will it be enough for your next simulation project? In this article, we’ll have a look at the key capabilities of the SimulationXpress tool, allowing you to decide if you’ll need the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Add-In or … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Is SimulationXpress Enough?
For years, SOLIDWORKS users have been forced to skip pattern instances by manually clicking each instance they’d like to remove, leading to frustration paralleled only by rush hour traffic. This tends to be especially infuriating for very large patterns with many instances to skip. I’m happy to … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS: Skipping Pattern Instances with Window Select
I think most SOLIDWORKS users will agree – searching for the right information in your designs can be a pain. Whether you’re working on a complex part with a hundred features or a large assembly with a thousand components, finding what you need quickly isn’t always the easiest task. By now you’re … [Read more...] about Search Your Tree at the Speed of Light with # Tags
Scroll past video for content SolidWorks users who work with weldments often spend a significant amount of time creating and applying the proper corner treatment to structural members that meet at a common vertex. Applying corner treatment is a fairly straightforward procedure for structural … [Read more...] about Adjusting the Trim Order of Weldments