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Keeping Older SolidWorks Releases in Peak Performance
Many SolidWorks users, for various reasons, stay with an older version of SolidWorks. Some SolidWorks users keep more than one version of SolidWorks to accommodate customers and partners. To keep your older SolidWorks at its peak performance consider updating to [more...
A New Feature I Love: Favorites Folder
Example of a long feature tree If you've ever built a part or an assembly with a long feature tree, you can understand that sometimes that feature tree can be a little difficult to work with. There isn't really a [more...
Two Handy Assembly Mouse Shortcuts
This month I have a couple of quick shortcuts to share when working with assemblies. I used these in my SolidWorks Assembly Modeling class last week and everyone in the class wanted to know how I did things so quick [more...
On Design and The Tools Of Our Trade
Every once in a while in this space, I like to depart from the usual technical tips and tricks and think back to not the tool but the reasons for its use. We need to learn the tools of our [more...
What's the Story with License Ordering?
If you're a CAD Admin and have network SolidWorks licenses at your company then this is for you. You may have noticed when working with the SolidNetWork License Manager that there is a tab called "License Order". Most people don't [more...
Using Bend Notes in SolidWorks 2013
SolidWorks 2013 has some very nice enhancements for bend notes. To start, bend notes can now be controlled directly from a selected view’s PropertyManager. Bend notes can also have more information added beyond direction, angle, and radius. Simply click on [more...
Fire Wall Settings for Downloading SolidWorks
If you have a firewall and need to download SolidWorks or SolidWorks Service Packs, try the following settings: From the SolidWorks Knowledge Base Solution ID# S-054044 The following procedure has been successful used in some cases without disabling the firewall [more...
Transactive Memory and 3D Content
I’ve been reading a bit lately about transactive memory. It’s a theory that basically states that in any organization, the group mind may know something in its entirety although individual members will only know either certain things or how to [more...
Change Your Life With SolidWorks "Search Options"
One of the great things about SolidWorks is that each new release is chock full of new functionality and improvements. The challenge of knowing where the settings are located that govern the behavior of all that functionality, unfortunately, becomes larger [more...
Two Men, Darts, and SolidWorks Simulation: Accuracy vs Aim.
A question I often run into, “Is SolidWorks Simulation accurate?” If you mean “Does SolidWorks Simulation perform its mathematical operations like a calculator?” Yes. It does that well. If referring to whether or not it predicts product performance correctly…well…that depends [more...
Getting Familiar with My.SolidWorks.com
How much time do you spend going from blog to blog, site to site, or checking your twitter feed to get the latest SolidWorks info? SolidWorks introduces my.solidworks.com; an aggregated site that pulls tutorials, tips, and news from across the [more...
New Right Mouse Button Options in SolidWorks 2013
You’ve been following the media. You’ve subscribed to all the blogs. You’ve even upgraded to SolidWorks 2013 and have been using it regularly. You know that this latest release brought hundreds of new features and enhancements. But…how many have you [more...
Remote vs. Distributed Mass
One of the more important and yet challenging aspects to using Finite Element Analysis is constructing a usable model. This model, whether found natively in a CAD package, imported from a CAD package, or constructed within a dedicated FE package [more...
Finding Your Keys… or, the Top-Level Assembly
The more stuff I have around on my desk, the harder it is to find anything. Like my keys, or my wallet, my glasses… SolidWorks projects can be like that as well, especially when it comes to assembly files. You [more...
The Hidden Gem of the Extrude Command
SolidWorks Extrude has a great hidden gem to save you time when you create your models. Let's look at a typical example: We need to extrude part of our model 2mm away from another face. In this case we don't [more...
Rendering Liquids In PhotoView 360
So close…yet so far. This should look perfect, but it doesn’t. What’s the problem? It is not uncommon, when portraying liquid in a glass, to create the liquid as a second feature in the part file. Perhaps you even used [more...
Using Textures In 3DVIA Composer
3DVIA Composer is used for a variety of purposes, and while shop instructions and end-user instructions are the most common applications, many people are making graphical assets for marketing purposes. You can create more realistic images if you take advantage [more...
Santa's Sleigh Design Contest Results
And the votes are in! Thank you for all the submissions and participation! I think it's safe to say that if Santa is ever in need of some concept designs, he'd have options. Winners received the highest cumulative scores and [more...
Split Lines in Simulation: Secret Mesh Controls
Any basic introduction to SolidWorks Simulation will include a brief lesson on using split lines to your advantage. The first common use of the split line is to give yourself a specific, localized area to apply a mesh control. This [more...
Linear Pattern Instance Options in SolidWorks
When creating a linear pattern of a feature, there are some options for the number of instances you might not be aware of. One direction only: Select an edge that represents the direction you want the pattern to go. Key [more...
More Tips for Transferring Your SolidWorks Licenses
“I am not going to make that mistake again!” cried Sal. “Oh, you mean moving or updating your SolidWorks installation without transferring your license first,” asked Sol, “like last year?” “Yes,” admitted Sal. “I know there’s a way to do [more...