How to Design a Garage in SolidWorks

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If you’re into home improvements like I am, it’s that time of the year to start designing your summer projects.  It’s going to be another eventful year at the Tadic household as I plan to have my dream garage/studio built.  This is all possible due to a local vocational school that has offered to build it for only $500 (I will have to pay for all materials).  Normally, I’d be pretty skeptical about a service like this, but fortunately I […]

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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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Jordan’s SOLIDWORKS Setup Package

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SOLIDWORKS 2014 has just been released, and it’s time for a fresh start.  With each new release, I usually tweak my interface layout and my settings just a bit.  This year, I think I’ve finally got it perfected, so it’s time to share these customization’s with the world.  Click the image below to access a 9-page package including all kinds of user interface modifications and helpful template files.  This is a great resource for someone new to SOLIDWORKS looking to […]

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PhotoView 360 Tips

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PhotoView 360 (only available in SOLIDWORKS Professional and/or Premium packages) is an amazingly easy way to extract even more value out of your 3D models.  Having already modeled your entire assembly, you’re only a few clicks away from a stunningly realistic photo quality rendering.  Without any knowledge of the product, you can create a render using the simplest of workflows: 1.  MAKEUP:  Apply materials/appearances to each of the parts in your assembly 2.  LIGHTS:  Select a scene and rotate the […]

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A Sneak Peek into the Future of SolidWorks

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Last week at SOLIDWORKS World 2013, SOLIDWORKS shared three glimpses into the future of its products. Mechanical Conceptual Preview Top Ten List SOLIDWORKS 2014 Preview   Mechanical Conceptual Preview It’s a mouthful of a name, but it’s a brand new product that’s been in the works for the last few years.  It’s SolidWorks’ very first product that will be based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3D Experience platform, and it’s designed to compliment SOLIDWORKS by taking care of the upfront conceptual design stages. […]

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3DVision’s Guide to SOLIDWORKS World 2013

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It’s 1:15am on a Friday night.  The wife and the baby have been asleep for hours.  Where am I?  In my office talking aloud to myself while rehearsing my SOLIDWORKS World presentations.  Not quite as breathtaking as Rocky Balboa doing one-handed push-ups and beating down cow carcasses, but to each his own, I suppose.  Regardless, there’s plenty to be excited about this year.  So while you pack your bags to head to Orlando, keep the following events and presentations in […]

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2013 Beta Program

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SOLIDWORKS 2013 Beta is coming fast (in June)!  If you’ve never participated in the program before, consider the following reasons to join the beta team: If you want SOLIDWORKS to get better, there’s never a more influential period of time to communicate directly with the SOLIDWORKS development team.  About 90% of the feedback I gave them last year was implemented before SP0!  This is a period of hectic enhancement implementations.  If you want to see a tweak to the tools, interface, […]

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CSWE Prep: Sheet Metal

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If you haven’t heard yet, the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) event has been officially retired this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2012. Over 800 CSWP’s attended this year’s event on the USS Midway in San Diego, CA.  Not sure if there’s an exact limit to the quantity of attendees for an event to still be considered “exclusive”, but I’m guessing 800 would exceed that number.  Starting at SWW 2013, the exclusive celebration of extraordinary SOLIDWORKS certification achievements will now be limited to Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE). […]

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How to Organize your SOLIDWORKS Template Files

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PROBLEM: Have you ever noticed how disorganized all your default SOLIDWORKS files are (document templates, sheet formats, BOM’s, cut lists, custom property templates, etc.)?  After a default installation, they are all randomly crammed into a handful of directories including but not limited to the locations listed below: C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\data\ C:\Program Files\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\lang\english\ C:\ProgramData\SolidWorks\SolidWorks\ There’s something extremely dangerous about storing your customized files in directories like the ones listed above.  What happens if you upgrade?  Uninstall?  Reinstall?  Files in your ‘Program Files’ […]

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SOLIDWORKS ‘Tip of the Day’ – Complete List

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If you come to this blog to learn tips and tricks, you’ve just hit the jackpot. Have you ever noticed those little tips in the lower right hand corner of the ‘SOLIDWORKS Resources’ tab of your task pane? Have you ever clicked the ‘Next Tip’ link a countless amount of times because you just couldn’t get enough? Well, this is quite a spoiler to anyone that wakes up in the morning overwhelmed with curiosity of what each day’s SOLIDWORKS tip […]

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