Scroll past video for content If you have ever been in the CAD “zone”, working at full speed, rolling along on your SOLIDWORKS design project you have probably been faced with this before… If so, you were over aggressive with the clicks and are faced with the dreaded CommandManager walk off. … [Read more...] about SolidWorks – What's New 2016: Locking the Command Manager Ribbon
While you were exploring SOLIDWORKS you may have noticed a section in the Library Task Pane for 3D Content Central. If you have never used it before you are probably wondering what it is there for. Well if that includes you, you are missing out on thousands of free downloads for use directly in … [Read more...] about What is 3D Content Central?
In the first CAD tool I learned to use, it was almost every day that I would reuse sets of shapes repetitively to represent common items such as hardware. Rather than drawing a new hexagon every time I needed a bolt, I saved the first one I drew and reused that time and time again. Sound familiar? I … [Read more...] about Creating and Using Sketch Blocks in SOLIDWORKS
So you just finished an awesome design that took you quite a bit of time to model, and you are feeling pretty proud of it. You immediately begin to apply some appearances to the part to really bring it to life. This stage normally take a considerable amount of time if you don’t have just one preset … [Read more...] about Maintain Appearances When Applying Materials in SOLIDWORKS
If you are a fairly advanced SOLIDWORKS user, you have probably used Global Variables at some point. Global Variables are the easiest way allow certain dimensions to change quickly without having to go in and modify them individually. Here I have a block that is being driven by 5 Global … [Read more...] about Driving Global Variables with an External Text File
When you come to a sheet metal part with an odd shaped or partial edge flange you might realize that the usual select and size approach it not going to work. You are stuck trying to decide if you should just use a normal rectangular edge flange and then cut away the excess and drill a hole or … [Read more...] about Shaping a Sheet Metal Edge Flange
An important decision when purchasing a license of SOLIDWORKS is which version is right for your company’s needs. After pouring over a matrix for hours it typically boils down to one or two features that determine the correct license type. One of the features of SOLIDWORKS Premium that has always … [Read more...] about What's New – CircuitWorks now in SOLIDWORKS Professional
Since SOLIDWORKS Inspection was released in April of last year, the number one topic of technical support calls has been custom report templates. Whether the issue relates to getting attributes to map properly or making every characteristic fit in the table, there are several tricks I have learned … [Read more...] about Creating SOLIDWORKS Custom Report Templates