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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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Cut List Sorting – #SW2017

Cut List Sorting   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to sort cut lists using new options in document properties. This new functionality provides a way to collect identical geometry and place that geometry into the same folder.     With “collect identical bodies”, the cut list will show as follows:   BEFORE                          AFTER                           […]

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 What’s New: Automatic Browsing When Inserting Components – #SW2017

Automatic Browsing When Inserting Components   New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is Automatic Browsing when Inserting Components. Traditionally, we all know we need to browse for a component while in the Insert Component property manager if none of the components are already open in SOLIDWORKS. Unless the part is open, this would require at least 3 clicks.     Fortunately, SOLIDWORKS added a nice update to the current methodology. When you open the Insert Component property manager in SOLIDWORKS 2017 and […]

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