Suppose you want to make a SOLIDWORKS Universal BOM Template for mixed weldments which incorporates weldment structural members but also sheet or plate and even purchased parts. Suppose you also want to automate the BOM as much as possible to avoid manually inputting data and have it update … [Read more...] about Weldment BoM Templates Using Nested IF Statements
SOLIDWORKS Routing is a powerful add-in included with SOLIDWORKS Premium. Routing has a wealth of useful tools to improve your efficiency when designing routes that contain electrical components, tubes ( flexible hoses, straight sections with elbows, or form bends), and pipes (straight sections with … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Routing – One and Two-Hole Flange Orientations
The recent news of security issues plaguing Internet Explorer (IE) have been a source of concern for many. Microsoft also made a recent announcement that it no longer supports its 12 year old operating system, Windows XP (XP). The later isn’t really a surprise; it has just finally been made … [Read more...] about The Time is Now! Ditch XP, Vista and Windows Server 2003
There are so many great shortcut commands in SOLIDWORKS that even the most common shortcuts often go unnoticed. Familiarization with onscreen navigation, and getting a better idea of what you're looking at is key. I decided to compile a list of the commands that help me when I'm creating a … [Read more...] about Common Modeling Shortcut Commands in SOLIDWORKS
Technological innovation is a never ending process of iterative design. The products we use evolve and change, often incrementally and sometimes drastically, over time. This leaves the engineer with the normally tedious task of backtracking through old projects to update their part … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Update and Replace Part Data
Have you ever started a SOLIDWORKS Simulation study that you thought was pretty straightforward, but after six months (including several missed deadlines and scope changes) ended up right back where you started? Well, you aren't alone. One of the main topics we teach in our Analysis Mentoring … [Read more...] about Planning Your SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study – Services Spotlight
SOLIDWORKS Inspection is a First Article Inspection (FAI) and in-process inspection software that greatly simplifies and automates the creation process of ballooned inspection drawings and inspection reports (AS9102, PPAP, etc…). SOLIDWORKS Inspection consists of a stand-alone application and a … [Read more...] about SOLIDWORKS Inspection is Now Available
SolidWorks Weldments has added an excellent enhancement for the 2014 release. The weldment profiles of structural members are now configurable! Previously, weldment profiles were managed on a file-by-file basis. So, why would you want to configure SolidWorks weldment profiles? Some benefits … [Read more...] about SolidWorks Weldment Profiles: Now Configurable!