Articles by Todd Domke

Articles by Todd Domke

Todd Domke is the Product Manager for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, and holds a number of certifications, including Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert. Todd is a frequent instructor at many of the Southern California training courses, and has been using SOLIDWORKS for over a decade.
The Top 10 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019

The Top 10 New Features in SOLIDWORKS 2019

SOLIDWORKS adds hundreds of new features every single release – and SOLIDWORKS 2019 is no exception. With great improvements in assembly performance, new workflows, and new surface texture features, SOLIDWORKS continues to innovate in 3D CAD.

November 9, 2018
Weldments and 3D Printing Fixturing

Weldments and 3D Printing Fixturing

SOLIDWORKS and Markforged have made some major updates going into 2018. Hawk Ridge Systems is excited to share these updates, especially to the Weldment feature along with the properties of Markforged's material Onyx 3D Printer with the Continuous Fiber Filament (CFF).

February 21, 2018
Tech Tip - BIM Support

Tech Tip - BIM Support

Designers and manufacturers of equipment, furniture, lighting fixtures, elevators and other types of products used in buildings have always had a bit of an uphill battle when sharing their design data for use in Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) software where the buildings themselves are designed. As of SOLIDWORKS 2015 new functionality has been added to easily export 3D models for use in AEC software, offering designers and engineers added flexibility and assurance in sharing Building Information Modeling (BIM) data.
July 4, 2016
Tech Tip - Mirrored Sheet Metal Parts in SOLIDWORKS

Tech Tip - Mirrored Sheet Metal Parts in SOLIDWORKS

When designing sheet metal parts, it’s very common to have an asymmetric part that requires an exact opposite hand (mirrored) version. SOLIDWORKS has always had a great part mirroring function that accomplished this in no time, eliminating the need to completely create the new part from scratch. However, if the part was made with Sheet Metal features, the manufacturing information was not transferred to the mirrored part. This information is critical when documenting the mirrored part on a production drawing. Introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2015, when creating mirrored versions of sheet metal parts it is now possible to transfer the sheet metal and flat pattern information from the original part to the mirrored part, saving you a huge amount of time during the drafting phase.
June 6, 2016
Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS - Pt. 2

Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS - Pt. 2

Inside SOLIDWORKS, there’s a unique and powerful type of assembly component pattern available for setting up patterned components along an open or closed path. This is perfect if you want to dynamically simulate roller chains, cable carriers, and power transmission systems. Previously, we created a generic energy chain. In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few special use-case scenarios.
February 24, 2015