Articles by Ricky Huynh

Articles by Ricky Huynh

Ricky Huynh is a SOLIDWORKS Senior Applications Engineer with Hawk Ridge Systems based in Mountain View, California. He graduated UC Davis in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in SOLIDWORKS, Composer and Electrical.
Where In the World Is My SOLIDWORKS Explorer?

Where In the World Is My SOLIDWORKS Explorer?

You may have noticed something interesting when searching for SOLIDWORKS Explorer in your Windows Taskbar search recently – it’s not there! What happened? In 2020, SOLIDWORKS has replaced SOLIDWORKS Explorer with SOLIDWORKS File Utilities. Luckily, they retained many of the important functions like Pack and Go, Rename, Replace, and Move with just a right-click in your File Explorer window.

Let’s make sure you already have it installed.

April 26, 2022
How to Hide or Show Components in SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

How to Hide or Show Components in SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

Looking for ways to hide and show components in an assembly in SOLIDWORKS? These tricks are especially useful when trying to apply mates or seeing what’s hidden under a component without changing its transparency. We’ll be looking at hiding and showing components with the ‘eye’ icon, Display Pane and the Tab key.

November 1, 2019
3 Ways to Mate in SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

3 Ways to Mate in SOLIDWORKS Assemblies

So, you’ve successfully learned how to build your part and now you're ready to create your first assembly. Congratulations! Once you’ve inserted your components (via ‘Insert Components’, dragging and dropping, etc), let’s move on to mating. One of the great benefits of SOLIDWORKS is that there are multiple ways to accomplish the same result, and that also goes for mating! We’ll discuss how we can use the Mates menu, Quick Mates and SmartMates to get you up and running.

September 23, 2019
How to Create Virtual Sharps in SOLIDWORKS

How to Create Virtual Sharps in SOLIDWORKS

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to dimension to a virtual sharp? Luckily, there are multiple ways to create a virtual sharp in SOLIDWORKS, as well as different display options.

Let’s look at creating a virtual sharp in a sketch. When inside of a sketch, hold down Ctrl, select the two sketch entities and then select the Point tool on the Sketch tab. Once it appears, you can reference it like you would any other point.

August 7, 2019
What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 Release Highlights - Part 2

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2019 Release Highlights - Part 2

In this second part of our What’s New webinar series, we’ll continue to discuss our favorite features in SOLIDWORKS 2019, including great improvements in assembly performance, new workflows with touch and markup, and new surface texture features. We’ll also touch on features from the past few releases that have had a significant impact on our day-to-day usage of SOLIDWORKS, that you may have not been aware of before.

November 14, 2018