Customizing View Orientation in SOLIDWORKS

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I am sure everyone has run across the scenario before when you are trying to look at your SOLIDWORKS model and the orientation is not how you want it. This can be frustrating, as you have to continually rotate the model and not use the standard views. There are two possible ways this could happen. First, you could have got yourself into this situation by not paying close enough attention when you started your model. Hopefully this is not the […]

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SOLIDWORKS: 3D PDF Files For Technical Communication

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SOLIDWORKS provides several fantastic solutions for technical communication. You can use SOLIDWORKS Visualize to create high quality photo-realistic images of your product. Another great option is to create interactive product instructions using SOLIDWORKS Composer. SOLIDWORKS Inspection, eDrawings, and even 2D prints are all ways to successfully communicate your design information to others. In this article, we are going to look at a lesser known option, 3D PDF files. We’ll look at how to create the file and also what you […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Surface Area of a Cross Section – The EASY Way

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Over the years I’ve had users ask me this question enough times that I thought it would be worth telling everyone about. It concerns measuring/calculating the SURFACE AREA of any give Cross-Section view of a model in SOLIDWORKS. I know there are other methods of getting this value, including physically cutting the part in half, and others, but… HERE is the EASY way!! Do a SECTION VIEW using the regular command for this. You can’t just use the MEASURE command […]

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Copy Settings Wizard

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Copy Settings Wizard Alright, it’s 8am Monday morning and you made it to the office. Traffic was a nightmare, because apparently, it’s important to stop and look at the fender bender in the opposite lanes of travel even though there’s a median, regardless you’re in the office. You fire up your machine when your buddy in IT strolls by. He informs you, just how much you owe him for coming in over the weekend and upgrading all the machines to […]

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Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018

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Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS 2018 If you are new to M.C.A.D. (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design) or you are interested in learning the basics of 3D part modelling using SOLIDWORKS, there are some simple steps you can take to familiarize yourself with the application. There are also self-paced tutorials included with the software which will provide an excellent path to learning the basics of 3D design. After completing the first few tutorials you will be prepared to attend a SOLIDWORKS Essentials class, […]

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SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology

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SOLIDWORKS Training at Computer Aided Technology “There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from Failure” – Colin Powell. At Computer Aided Technology, proper training is a critical component to success of any SOLIDWORKS or any software user.  With SOLIDWORKS Training, users are statistically more productive and accurate. Any untrained user may require up to 22.5 hours to acquire the same skill level that it takes a trained employee just 5 hours […]

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Free SOLIDWORKS Training for Veterans

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CATI is helping veterans return to the civilian workforce and advance their careers by offering free SOLIDWORKS CAD Software Training Classes. CATI and MCAD are inviting U.S. military service Veterans to take the SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Class at no cost. The SOLIDWORKS Essentials class provides the foundation for building SOLIDWORKS skills. After completing this class, students are ready to make parts, assemblies and drawings, and will be on the path to SOLIDWORKS proficiency. The training schedule is now open for registration through 2017 and […]

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Creating SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch

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6 Easy Steps to Create SOLIDWORKS Library Features From Scratch Creating Library Features from scratch is a VERY valuable technique to know. It can save you tons of time when you have “common features” that you want to reuse over and over again. In this case let’s say we have a drafted, filleted, pocket that we are tired of creating over and over every day. (Fig. 1) We would like to “capture” this feature into the Design Library so that […]

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Power Select

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In this blog I am going to talk about a VERY under used, and almost unknown tool in SOLIDWORKS. The POWER SELECT. Ever wanted to select all the fillets/cuts/extrudes/etc in a part ? How about all the faces/features/parts/etc that are colored a certain color ? All the convex or concave edges ? The possibilities of obscure things you can select with this tool go on and on… I know that some of this selection can be achieved by using the […]

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GrabCAD: A Learning Resource for All

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If you’re a SOLIDWORKS user, and you’re not familiar with GrabCAD, you’re missing out on a great free learning resource.  Already with one million registered users, GrabCAD is becoming the standard for sharing 3D models online.  Run by the users and for the users, there is no limit to what you might be able to find and download from the site. SOLIDWORKS users, specifically, can reap some of the biggest benefits from GrabCAD.  SOLIDWORKS (with its own user base greater […]

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