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SOLIDWORKS Performance and Fasteners

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Inserting fasteners into your assemblies is a common part of completing a design. It helps show how components will be connected for assembly and allows you to obtain an accurate count of the number and type of fasteners required. This blog will discuss several options for fasteners and how they can impact the performance of SOLIDWORKS. One key thing to consider that can greatly impact performance is the number of graphics triangles. Triangles are used by SOLIDWORKS to generate the […]

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SOLIDWORKS Dark Mode

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We just recently had the shortest day of the year. Yep, the winter solstice has come and gone. Now, each day is going to be a little longer than the previous for us in northern hemisphere. This thought of darkness has encouraged me to remind all our SOLIDWORKS users to explore “Dark Mode” color settings in SOLIDWORKS. It is a simple setting that changes the appearance of your SOLIDWORKS interface. In the system options, select COLORS settings and you will […]

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SmartMates in SOLIDWORKS, without the ALT key

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I am a huge fan of Shortcut Toolbars, Mouse Gestures, Quick Mates… anything to help with increasing user’s day to day proficiency. SmartMates is another good one – it creates one or more mates with the fewest mouse clicks. In SOLIDWORKS Essentials class we teach to hold down the ALT key and drag faces/edges onto other faces/edges. That works great if the 2 partnering items are both visible on the screen. If not, you cannot reorient the model mid-command, making […]

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The Top Ten List 2022: Idea Submission is Now Underway!

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Do you have an idea that can revolutionize CAD software as we know it? Have you been shouting into the void without an audience to share it with? Shout no longer! As described in this recent blog post from SOLIDWORKS, you can now submit your ideas for this year’s Top Ten List. All suggestions can be posted in the Top Ten List Swym community until January 3, 2022, with the voting period lasting from January 3 to January 28. After […]

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How to Change Units in SOLIDWORKS

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Today I want to talk about how to change the unit system in SOLIDWORKS. Before you can learn how to change the unit systems in SOLIDWORKS you should know how it stores and uses the unit system. If you want to skip past the background info and go straight to customizing or changing the unit system in SOLIDWORKS, click here. Access the unit system in SOLIDWORKS The unit system is stored in the System Options – Document Properties tab – […]

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Configuring Sketch Relations in SOLIDWORKS

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Configurations in SOLIDWORKS allow you to create multiple variations of a part or assembly model within a single SOLIDWORKS file. You can configure many things, most common are Features and Dimensions. Others include Colors, Equations, Sketch Planes, End Conditions, and Sketch Relations. Let’s take a look at configuring Sketch Relations. You can control the suppression state of sketch relations per configuration using the Display/Delete Relations Property Manager. The steps are as follows: Set the active configuration: When you change the […]

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Detail Views – How to create and utilize custom shapes in SOLIDWORKS

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Detail views are a great way to convey detail in a part or assembly. The tool in the software defaults to a circle shape to describe the model’s detail. However, there are many times that the shape used to enclose the detail calls for a more robust shape. To utilize a user-defined shape, unique options and setup steps are necessary. Let’s use this example, the body of an electric guitar. The body has many routes and holes for placement of […]

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Custom SOLIDWORKS Display Options

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Engineers can have a weird sense of humor… I was recently working with one of my colleagues in SOLIDWORKS when he opened up a new drawing template. What I saw was both hilarious and intriguing to me. His drawing didn’t look like a regular old drawing… it had a different background that looked something like this: This made me realize that us engineer’s have an appreciation for the small things, the details, the inside jokes, that lay people might not […]

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Borrowing a DraftSight Enterprise License for Non-SOLIDWORKS Users

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DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus licenses are network licenses. DraftSight users pull a license from a pool of licenses on a server. DraftSight users (Clients) can also borrow licenses for a select period of time. Once borrowed, users don’t need to access DraftSight through a VPN or network. DraftSight will act as a standalone license. When DraftSight is installed, there is a Dassault Systemes Folder that contains the DraftSight Program and a SolidNetWork License Manager. For Non-SOLIDWORKS users, this is […]

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SOLIDWORKS – Accelerated Zoom!

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If you are like me, when a new major version of SOLIDWORKS is released, I get so excited to open the What’s New document and start exploring all the new enhancements. Sometimes it is easy to focus on the flashy new features and overlook or forget about some of the more subtle enhancements. To ensure I do not miss some functionality that could be useful, I periodically review the What’s New documentation. So, what new functionality did I recently discover […]

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