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28
June
2016

How to Create a Custom Weldment Cut List Template in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Create a Custom Weldment Cut List Template in SOLIDWORKS

Instead of modifying the default Weldment Cut List Table every time we create a weldment drawing, let's create our own template to use. Creating your own template is very straightforward, and so are these step-by-step instructions!

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

19
May
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS - Part 2

Step by step process on how to input appearance changes, rotation around an axis, and utilize an exploded view (explode/collapse) in an animation using SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

22
April
2016

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS

When you first load SOLIDWORKS you get a small amount of weldment profiles. This can be a problem if you need to use these. In this article, we will discuss how to add more content whether from existing locations or custom profiles.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

20
April
2016

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Making a Simple Animation in SOLIDWORKS

Let’s go through an easy step by step process on making a simple animation using different views (orientations) and translation/rotation of components.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

16
February
2016

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Treehouse

SOLIDWORKS Treehouse is a useful tool that is unknown and unexplored by many users. It is useful for assembly structure planning and viewing existing assembly structure. After the structure is completed, the structure can be exported to SOLIDWORKS.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

12
February
2016

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

Written by: Charlie Preston, Application Engineer

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - What About a Drawing View?

SOLIDWORKS provides a slew of different ways to display your models, both in the modeling contexts of parts and assemblies and when either of those is brought into a drawing view. We use a combination of display styles and appearances to customize how things look, and for assemblies - and their drawings - we can do this for individual components. Some methods for doing so, however, are less obvious than others, but may be just as valuable.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Tips

28
January
2016

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

How to Use The SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher

The Configuration Publisher is a SOLIDWORKS tool that filters through configurations using defining properties. On insertion, instead of choosing a configuration’s name, the Configuration Publisher prompts the user to choose parameters that filter which configuration is needed. This is particularly useful for parts and assemblies with many configurations that are used frequently. Configuration names that are of part numbers or are not descriptive enough to accurately determine which one is needed can also benefit from setting up a Configuration Publisher.

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28
January
2016

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Neil Lantto, Application Engineer

Model a Helmet Castle with Chin Guard in SOLIDWORKS

The modeling process is very much a balancing act. “How should I model this?” The answer to that question has to account for a lot of things whether we’re aware of it or not. Our modeling is also limited to our known SOLIDWORKS bag of tricks.

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31
December
2015

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Written by: Nick Beattie, MCAD Applications Engineer

Slow SOLIDWORKS Performance on the Network? Speed It Up!

Does SOLIDWORKS sometime feel like it’s working at a turtle’s pace? The problem might stem from being connected to a network.

Categories: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, SOLIDWORKS Tech Support

22
December
2015

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Paul Bremer, Application Engineer

Flexible Means Not Fixed in SOLIDWORKS

When I first started using SOLIDWORKS I learned about parts being used in assemblies and how to set them to fixed or float.  This allows one to control the movement of the parts being used.  The parts can be restrained using mates but not necessarily limit the movement.  That is great if you are dealing with only one assembly.  What if you are using an assembly with sub-assemblies through out and you still want movement?  The longer you use SOLIDWORKS the more you will be exposed to larger assemblies.  You know there is a way to have a flexible assembly but one might have forgotten where this function resides. 

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22
December
2015

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS

Setting up and using an Excel Based Bill of Materials can be frustrating if the rules are not known between Excel and Solidworks. You may have run into a couple of error messages in the process, or even ran out of memory with enough failed attempts. Following are the rules for successfully utilizing an Excel Based Bill of Materials in SOLIDWORKS.

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15
December
2015

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

CircuitWorks 2016 - See What's New in SOLIDWORKS!

The SOLIDWORKS 2016 release is out and they have made some nice enhancements to the CircuitWorks add-in. The first being it is available with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. It was only available in Premium previously.

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09
December
2015

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

Written by: Dave Padelford, MCAD Application Engineer

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 Admin Images?

It is starting to get to the time when you are thinking of upgrading to the SOLIDWORKS 2016 release. You use an Admin Image for deploying and you have more users to deploy to then previous years. Well new to 2016 Admin Images is the ability to use IP Addresses to deploy the software to.

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17
November
2015

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 2

Written by: Andy Rammer, Application Engineer

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - Part 2

SOLIDWORKS 2016's new enhancements include tools to help you solve complex problems faster and earlier; streamline all parallel design processes; connect electrical and mechanical design; collaborate across multiple disciplines; and fast-track designs to manufacturing including 3D printing. The result: you can focus on design, not CAD.

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16
November
2015

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Written by: Alaina Sobrack, Application Engineer

Sketching in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Exciting changes were made for the new SOLIDWORKS 2016. Here are some of the nice changes made for sketching.

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