SOLIDWORKS: Stop Collaborate and Listen

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Considering how few of us actually get to start from scratch when it comes to designing, it’s imperative that you’re able to navigate through someone else’s design. If you’ve recently inherited another engineer’s design files or would like to be able to collaborate on designs more easily then this series will help you hit the ground running. Decoding another’s design files can eat up a lot of time and often lead to design errors in the editing process. I will […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Performance Gain with Saving to a New Version

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We often get asked “What can I do to make my models open up faster”? One of our answers is to ask if everything is saved into your current version? There is a performance hit when SOLIDWORKS must translate a previous version into the current version, but how much? I was able to get a hold of a big assembly model from 2019 and ran a few tests with it. Things to note first was that I loaded everything fully […]

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SOLIDWORKS Composer: How to Change Dimension Units

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There is 1 question that has come up twice this week regarding SOLIDWORKS Composer dimension units:                          “How do I change my dimensions from millimeters to inches in Composer?” Read on to see how and where to change and define Units in SOLIDWORKS Composer. Below, the dimension 374.65 is in millimeters, but it should be inches. Here is the way to make changes to the units for dimensions… Go […]

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SOLIDWORKS Features: Copy vs Move

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I have been using SOLIDWORKS for the past 20 years and I love it when a customer reminds me of the simple things that SOLIDWORKS can do that just make the design life fun again. This topic was focused on when you should Move a feature versus Copying a feature. Did you know that SOLIDWORKS can do both rather quickly without using any toolbar buttons? Let me explain the difference with some screen grabs and a short video. First off […]

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Setting Default Root Marks in SOLIDWORKS Electrical

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Whenever you place a symbol in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, it will automatically assign it a component designator. The designator by default is made up of a root mark, followed by an order number. The default root marks are determined by the class of the symbol. For example: motor symbols are in the motors class, which has a property that says all symbols should be labeled with “M,” so the third motor would become M3. Maybe at some point, you have had […]

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A look at Solar Radiation in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

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The holidays are in full swing, and with them comes shorter days and the dreaded cold of Winter. This time of year, there is nothing I look forward to more than the return of summer sunshine. Luckily SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation can help cure the winter blues with its advanced solar radiation capabilities. Let’s take a look. Many people are aware that SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an industry leader in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) heat transfer, and it includes robust radiation […]

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SOLIDWORKS Upgrade Time!

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With the new year approaching, this is a great time to upgrade your SOLIDWORKS software to the newest release. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with some important files being thrown out with the wrapping paper. If Santa left you a shiny new computer, this information can also be helpful for getting it setup to match your old one. Browse installation location folders Sift through your SOLIDWORKS installation folder. This directory will be removed […]

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Favorite SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal feature: Tab and Slot

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One of my favorite features in SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal is Tab and Slot. When it was introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2018 (https://www.cati.com/blog/2017/10/solidworks-2018-whats-new-creating-a-tab-and-slot-sw2018/). I was like man, I could have used this back in the day. It reminds me when my mom and dad would buy me model cars for Christmas. You may remember the cement glue that you had to use, and it would get all over the carpet. Well, mom and dad didn’t appreciate that. So, they started buying the […]

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How to Use Older Versions of SOLIDWORKS with VXelements

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YOU! You like to be on the cutting edge of technology in your industry, right? RIGHT! That’s why you have a Creaform 3D scanner and SOLIDWORKS. (Or you’re interested and that’s why you’re reading our amazing blogs.) However, being on the bleeding edge of technology can cause some confusion sometimes and that’s okay! For instance: because you’re such a trailblazer you definitely have SOLIDWORKS 2020 on your computer but there might be some small bugs here and there when using […]

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SOLIDWORKS: Becoming a Sketch Expert with SketchXpert

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Imagine: You are putting the finishing touches on a complex sketch, proud of your work. All that is left is one relation to give you the profile you need. Then, red and yellow fill the screen. Something has gone horrifically wrong; the sketch is over defined and unsolvable. There are dozens of relations and dimensions in this sketch—where do you start? Rather than trying to sort through the potential points of conflict on your own, let SketchXpert do it for […]

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