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4 Steps to Installing the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool 4 Steps to Installing the Workgroup PDM Admin Tool
By Simran Rekhi, TriMech Trimech's Simran Rekhi provides the steps needed to install the updated WPDM Admin Tool whether it's a client SOLIDWORKS machine or a Server machine.
7 Ways to Save Time with the ALT Key in SOLIDWORKS 7 Ways to Save Time with the ALT Key in SOLIDWORKS
By Zach Brown, GoEngineer Are you ever annoyed by that soft snapping thing while adding dimensions? Read this tip from GoEngineer to learn how to get around that and more.
Importing Files into SOLIDWORKS Importing Files into SOLIDWORKS
By John Hall, TriMech Avoid errors and learn about the different options for importing models and translating data back and forth between SOLIDWORKS and other software.
How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD
By Oboe Wu, DS SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017 added significant 3D PDF Template Editor enhancements. Oboe Wu of DS SOLIDWORKS highlights his favorites here.
The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard
By James Reeher, Fisher Unitech The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.
See How Easy it Is to Edit STL Files in SOLIDWORKS See How Easy it Is to Edit STL Files in SOLIDWORKS
By Dan Erickson SOLIDWORKS 2018 includes tools for working with STL files and other mesh files natively.
Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts
By Jeff Setzer, GSC The new 3D Interconnect functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is useful when working with a variety of native non-SOLIDWORKS files.
Customizing SOLIDWORKS: Making it Work for You Customizing SOLIDWORKS: Making it Work for You
By Cody Pendzich, GSC SOLIDWORKS offers a number of ways to customize the software to make it faster to access the tools you use most. GCS has the steps here.
Lessons Learned with SOLIDWORKS CAM and CNC Lessons Learned with SOLIDWORKS CAM and CNC
By Adam Hughes Adam Hughes shares his experience as a newbie with a Tormac CNC cutter and SOLIDWORKS CAM 2018.
Things to Consider When Upgrading SOLIDWORKS  Things to Consider When Upgrading SOLIDWORKS
By Nate Fredrich Nate Fredrich of GSC shares frequently asked questions and different approaches to installing SOLIDWORKS, including hardware recommendations.
The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard The Power and Value of the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard
By James Reeher, Fisher Unitech The SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard provides a myriad of hole options from threaded and clearance holes to pipe threads, dowel holes and slots.
How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD How to Customize 3D PDF Templates Using SOLIDWORKS MBD
By Oboe Wu, DS SOLIDWORKS SOLIDWORKS MBD 2017 added significant 3D PDF Template Editor enhancements. Oboe Wu of DS SOLIDWORKS highlights his favorites here.
Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts Using SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect with Sheet Metal Parts
By Jeff Setzer, GSC The new 3D Interconnect functionality introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2017 is useful when working with a variety of native non-SOLIDWORKS files.
Exporting SOLIDWORKS Data into SOLIDWORKS Visualize Exporting SOLIDWORKS Data into SOLIDWORKS Visualize
By Michael Souders, Trimech New to SOLIDWORKS 2017 is the ability to directly export CAD data to SOLIDWORKS Visualize with one click. There are two options for doing so.
Why Does My Machine Crash So Often? Why Does My Machine Crash So Often?
By Benjamin Modic, GoEngineer GoEngineer's Benjamin Modic talks about computer crashes, why expensive graphic cards can run poorly and the best hardware options for SOLIDWORKS.
Managing SOLIDWORKS Plastics Results Managing SOLIDWORKS Plastics Results
By Andrew Jaskey, CAPINC CAPINC's Andrew Jaskey covers two possible ways plastics can be saved in SOLIDWORKS 2016 and older. See the tip and webinar in this tutorial.
Viewing SOLIDWORKS in 3D PDFs Viewing SOLIDWORKS in 3D PDFs
By Jamie Lee, Dassault Systemes Take advantage of Adobe Readers 3D PDF functions, such as sharing models with non-CAD users, viewing section cuts, and adding SOLIDWORKS files.
Advanced Data Cards in SOLIDWORKS EPDM: Part 1 Advanced Data Cards in SOLIDWORKS EPDM: Part 1
By Michael Craffey, Razorleaf There are multiple inputs or fields on a data card that may be valid, but certain fields are not valid and should not be allowed to be editable.
SOLIDWORKS 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts Guide SOLIDWORKS 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts Guide
By Nic Rady, GoEngineer While working on a part, pressing the D key will bring the breadcrumbs down to your mouse. See the full guide from GoEngineer.
Why You Need To Know About Variable Pattern Why You Need To Know About Variable Pattern
By Jay Pinheiro, Fisher Unitech Variable Pattern was added in SOLIDWORKS 2015. You can pattern planes and sketches, not just features, faces, and bodies. Here's an example.
Will Your Product Meet the Demands of the Real World?
By SolidProfesor SolidProfessor discusses the six step design validation process for SOLIDWORKS Simulation in this video.
Renaming an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS Electrical Renaming an Assembly in SOLIDWORKS Electrical
By Cheri Guntzviller, DASI Solutions DASI Solutions provides a handy guide for changing assembly names in SOLIDWORKS Electrical in this tech tip.
Take Advantage of Pre-Defined Electrical Content Take Advantage of Pre-Defined Electrical Content
By CAPINC SOLIDWORKS Electrical libraries gives users access to parts information, 2D representations and 3D models for millions of parts.
Show All Edges When Selecting Features in SOLIDWORKS Show All Edges When Selecting Features in SOLIDWORKS
By John Setzer, Graphics Systems See the advantages to using the FeatureManager design tree in SOLIDWORKS, and learn how to select from the graphic area as well.
Use the Material Portal, Create Custom Materials and Fluids Use the Material Portal, Create Custom Materials and Fluids
By Corey Bower, GoEngineer Learn how to use the SOLIDWORKS material portal, create custom materials and create custom fluids in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.