SOLIDWORKS – Part and Sketch Origins: Do you know the difference?

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7 years ago, in 2011, Ketul, one of our Application Engineers, did a blog on the fact that there are two SOLIDWORKS origins: 1 red and 1 blue. Have you noticed? Here is the original link if you’d like to read it. https://www.cati.com/blog/2011/03/why-is-there-two-origins-in-a-sketch-one-red-one-blue/ Now that we’ve established that there are truly 2 origins, have you ever tried to select an origin and it would not select it? Happened to me recently. Here’s the plain truth…. Red Origins (located on a […]

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Getting the Most out of a SOLIDWORKS Certification

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I am a firm believer in the value of certifications. I am also unquestionably convinced that a SOLIDWORKS certification makes it easier to convince someone that you are more qualified than a non-certified competitor. What am I getting at? I’m an engineer licensed by the state of Michigan, and even though Michigan doesn’t require a license for an engineer working under an industrial exemption, it gives the assurance that I at least met the minimum requirements of the State of […]

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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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Learn SOLIDWORKS with a Customized SOLIDWORKS Course Guide

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SOLIDWORKS training has long been seen as a cost-effective way to strengthen an individual or team’s skills in SOLIDWORKS without placing the time burden of training on more experienced employees. Online SOLIDWORKS courses, in particular, have become popular for offering flexible, expert-led SOLIDWORKS training to users of all levels. Of course, the SOLIDWORKS courses you choose depend on your job title, duties, and ultimate goals for training. Whether you’re new to SOLIDWORKS and looking to pick up the basics or […]

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10 Tips for Success: SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams

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A SOLIDWORKS certification is the difference between saying you’ve worked with the software and proof of your expertise. I recently completed the process of becoming a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) and a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP). In this blog, I will be discussing what the SOLIDWORKS CSWA and CSWP exams are all about if you are ready to take them, and ten tips from someone who just successfully went through the process. The CSWA certification is proof of your cutting-edge […]

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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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How to Get Free SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams for Subscription Customers

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Completing a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam and obtaining a Professional SOLIDWORKS Certification is a great achievement. Not only does it shine proudly on your resume, but it also shows employers, decision makers, and fellow team members your level of skill and knowledge of the software. Companies often have certain strategies and standards set as a business to help stay ahead of the competition and having a reliable, knowledgeable, and certified staff is appealing to potential customers. Did you know that if […]

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SOLIDWORKS Online Training: Here’s What to Expect

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Before enrolling as an engineering student at the University of Michigan, I had used CAD software for several years. During that time I’ve experienced formal classroom settings, informal settings, as well as learning the software by simply clicking around until I found a solution. Even though I eventually accomplished what I was trying to do, this method was time-consuming and didn’t always yield the most effective solution. I recently had the opportunity expand my skills by taking a take a […]

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Online SOLIDWORKS Courses: Worth the Investment?

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With more than three million users worldwide, SOLIDWORKS products are some of the most widely recognized 3D software tools on the market. Creating designs on everything from supersonic aircraft to exoskeletons, SOLIDWORKS users are leveraging the software to drive innovation in almost every industry — and with it, a growing demand for skilled SOLIDWORKS professionals. The SOLIDWORKS Certification Exams were developed to address this demand, as well as help employers benchmark SOLIDWORKS competency. Passing a SOLIDWORKS exam has become a […]

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