Getting Started Creating Animations in SOLIDWORKS Visualize

SOLIDWORKS Visualize is a powerful standalone application that allows you to quickly create photo-quality images and animations. There are two versions of Visualize; Standard and Professional. Please refer to the picture below for differences. Today I will briefly run through the creation of animations within SOLIDWORKS Visualize. Please note: animations can only be created if you have SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. Below is a 1969 Camaro I have opened in Visualize. For this example I want to show an animation of […]

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Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD)

Using eDrawings with SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition (MBD) Before I explain how to utilize MBD in eDrawings, I am going to define MBD. MBD stands for Model based definition and is an integrated drawingless manufacturing solution. Basically, it lets you communicate your designs without the need to create 2D Drawings. You can define, organize, and publish 3D Product manufacturing information using industry standard formats such as eDrawings, 3D PDF and STP 242. SOLIDWORKS MBD also supports industry standards like Military-Standard-31000A, […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Hole Callouts Supported in Advanced Hole Tool – #SW2018 Do you use the Advanced Hole tool in SOLIDWORKS? If you do, you know how time consuming it is to call it out in a drawing. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018, SOLIDWORKS can now create hole callouts for holes created with the Advanced Hole Tool utilizing the Hole Callout command. Refer to the image below. The result: You can also reverse the callout order. You will be […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temporarily Hiding Faces when Selecting Mates – #SW2018

SOLIDWORKS 2018 What’s New – Temporarily Hiding Faces when Selecting Mates – #SW2018 Having a hard time mating different components together when the faces you need to select are being obscured by existing geometry?  SOLIDWORKS has your back. New to SOLIDWORKS 2018 is a great new feature that allows you to temporarily hide faces while mating. This is a keyboard shortcut that you utilize while in the mate command. To use this shortcut, you need to hover over the face […]

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Wondering how to copy a surface in SOLIDWORKS?

If you are new or inexperienced with SOLIDWORKS Surface functionality and are looking for some simple tricks to help enhance your skills, knowing how to copy a surface is critical. The actual commands are quite simple but can be a bit difficult if you don’t understand how to use them. The first way to copy a surface is to use the offset surface command and set the offset distance to 0. When you click the command offset surface, the property […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Do You Use Selected Contours?

Do You Use Selected Contours in SOLIDWORKS?   Even though many SOLIDWORKS users take advantage of Selected Contours when creating different geometry, I often see Selected contours not being utilized and overlooked. Maybe this is due to being unaware of the functionality or just not fully understanding how to use it.   When creating sketches in SOLIDWORKS, most users create multiple closed contours within the sketch and don’t realize it. What does a closed contour entail? Closed contours are any boundary […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Difference Between SOLIDWORKS Loft & Boundary Features

What’s the Difference Between Loft and Boundary Features?   Loft and Boundary features are very similar but have a few differences. They are alike because they both allow you to blend together different shapes. They are different because you control each feature in different ways.   The differences show in the property manager. You will notice that the loft feature has sections called Profiles and Guide Curves. The Boundary feature has sections called Direction 1 and Direction 2.     […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS

Adding to Existing Selection Sets in SOLIDWORKS   Ever wondered how to add additional selections to existing selection sets? It is quite easy.   Below I have a selection set but I accidently selected only 2 of 3 faces I wanted to put in the selection set.     To add this face to the existing selection set you need to hold Ctrl–>click the desired selection set–>click the items to add–>right click–>update selection set. (Important: It is vital to hold Ctrl through this […]

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SOLIDWORKS: How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?

How Does SOLIDWORKS Save Files?   Have you ever wondered how SOLIDWORKS saves files?   Understanding how SOLIDWORKS files relate to one another is key to file management. The SOLIDWORKS file structure is a single point database. This structure means that each piece of information is stored in only one file. If any other file needs a piece of information, it must reference the file where the information is stored rather than copy the information into itself. In SOLIDWORKS, every […]

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SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Cannot Connect to Database

Cannot Connect to Database   A common error that may arise when using SOLIDWORKS Electrical is that it cannot connect to database.     Before I get started, there could be many reasons why this error could occur. I am going to explain three common fixes that normally take care of the problem. Additionally, if you have any hesitation about digging into this error, I highly recommend contacting your VAR for assistance.   1. Check to see that the SQL […]

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