General

Flipped Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

There has been a time or two in SOLIDWORKS when I have inserted an angle dimension in a sketch and found myself instinctively subtracting the initial numerical value from 360 degrees in my head.  Sound familiar? Then let’s talk about some right-click options that will easily correct this issue for us. Assuming the sketch is the desired shape and the two lines to be dimensioned have been selected, accept the on-screen dimension. We can change it after adjusting its Display […]

Read More

Methods for Adding a Watermark to SOLIDWORKS Drawings

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Today I would like to present a couple of techniques to add watermarks into your SOLIDWORKS drawing files. The first method will show how to insert a static watermark into the drawing sheet format assigned to a specific layer. The second method will show how to insert a parametric watermark into the drawing sheet format that is driven by a custom property of the drawing. Static Watermark For a static watermark I will be inserting the text of the watermark […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS: Check Out These Check Boxes

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

In a recent SOLIDWORKS User Group discussion, we were talking about cool new functionality enhancements that were added over the last several years. We then took the conversation in another direction. What are some little, but still awesome, enhancements that can be easily overlooked? Here are two little SOLIDWORKS sketch enhancements that are worth the reminder. They both happen to be “newer” options of long existing features that can be enabled with…… check boxes. Convert Entities -> Inner loops Convert […]

Read More

Joining the SOLIDWORKS Community: Increase your Efficiency in a CAD Platform Transition

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Going from one CAD platform to another is always a complex transition. You need to migrate files, templates, information of all kinds, and retain the accuracy you were accustomed to living in. No matter what system you are coming from, I want to walk you through the process of beginning to realign your system specifics to the SOLIDWORKS Environment. Setting a Solid Foundation If you think back to the first time you began working in your previous CAD environment, try […]

Read More

How to Use Selection Sets

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

If you have come across a model or assembly where you are repeatedly making the same selection of bodies, entities such as faces or edges, or even components then it is time to utilize Selection Sets. Selection Sets allow you to choose items from your model or assembly and group them together as a single set. Selection sets are used in editing commands, changing appearances, hiding and showing components, making configurations, simulations and the list goes on! How to get […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS: Make Part Flexible – How to Modify Components to Allow Flexibility

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Flexible Components, first introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020, allow the assembly geometry to simultaneously drive the geometry of a flexible part. This is very advantageous for situations that require a part to dynamically interact with its surroundings, like a compression spring or even a boot for a shifting mechanism. The ‘Make Part Flexible’ command allows the flexible component to automatically update its position within the assembly without the need to rebuild the assembly each time. Let’s turn our attention to a […]

Read More

Shortcutting In SOLIDWORKS

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

SOLIDWORKS software receives significant enhancements each release. Some of these are exciting new modeling functionality, some are performance increases, and others might be directed to the user interface. In this blog post we will review some of the great interface enhancements and customization options that you should be taking advantage of. MOUSE GESTURES SOLIDWORKS introduced mouse gestures back in 2010. Over the years the number of available gesture options has grown, and you can now assign up to 12 different […]

Read More

Back to the basics: Hunting and Gathering on the 3D Experience Platform

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Imagine the most primitive state of humankind. Most will probably come up with the hunter-gatherers prevalent before the advent of cities and agriculture. I’m no anthropologist by any means, but I feel like the people we refer to as “hunter gatherers” behaved as they did because they were unaware of many of the mechanics of how the world around them worked. To them it was easier to just grab what they could directly consume and move on. Now, for the […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Blog Series

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

SOLIDWORKS 2021 is nearing release and the Computer Aided Technology Technical Team is excited for the next version of SOLIDWORKS. We have been working hard to find the best new features that SOLIDWORKS 2021 has to offer and are looking forward to sharing them with you and the SOLIDWORKS community. Beginning Tuesday, September 22nd, the CATI Technical Team will be starting our 7th annual What’s New Blog Series. The team is planning daily posts covering the new features and functions […]

Read More

SOLIDWORKS: Physical Dynamics

EmailFacebookLinkedInTwitterShare

Do you remember when you modeled your fist assembly in SOLIDWORKS? The exciting and rewarding experience watching parts snap together as each mate is applied. Your smile may have quickly fleeted when you noticed the assembly motion has components overlapping. Why are these parts moving through each other? When you are working on your assembly, SOLIDWORKS is not constantly evaluating for collision or interference between the components. You must enable the tools for SOLIDWORKS to look for these scenarios. Interference […]

Read More